Praise be to the moon god. IT’S FINALLY HERE! Today, fans of Sailor Moon got their first look at the new anime, “Sailor Moon Crystal,” the reboot of the entire franchise, which begins airing July 5th.
Of course, when a cherished, nostalgic, and altogether life-changing anime gets redone, there’s gonna be a couple of squeaky wheels. Let’s face it: long time fans of the franchise have TWENTY YEARS of nerd feels about Sailor Moon! We all have memories of how it shaped what we thought anime was, or how it changed our lives. Hell, my username since I was 13 has been “IAMCHUBBYBUNNY” specifically because I identified with Usagi’s clumsiness and was so in love with Sailor Moon. (Spoiler: I’m 32 now so that’s a realllllyyyy long freaking time to stick with a name as silly as that!)
The Sailor Moon Crystal character art was released a few weeks ago, and fans clamored about how they DIDN’T LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME as the old anime. Now, if any of us have gone back and taken a look at the first season of Sailor Moon with fresh eyes, I don’t think any of us would say that it was a PIONEER OF ANIMATION for the industry. OF COURSE this new version, with the SERIOUS amount of money they’re putting into it this time, and with new animation technology, is going to LOOK DIFFERENT. I swear to god, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. If ONE MORE OF YOU bitches about how the skirts are too long.. GET THEE TO THE MANGA, BRO!
Sailor Moon Crystal was always supposed to be more true to the manga. Producer Atsutoshi Umezawa said that they are “not remaking the previous anime, but adapting the original manga and starting from scratch again,” so the stylistic changes, like the super long legs, and more romantic and soft style of the animation, definitely reflect that.
Everyone just needs to take a seat, and appreciate that THIS IS EVEN REALLY HAPPENING. That said, all of us here at Defective Geeks are super duper excited about the launch of Sailor Moon Crystal, and of course would like to take this opportunity to TURBO NERD OUT and take apart the trailer with our over-sensitive otaku eyeballs. Here we go.
Just LOOK at this graceful kitty cat. Luna looks exactly the same as the original. ARE YOU PEOPLE HAPPY? Be grateful she wasn’t turned into a fuzzy cat or something, a la Beast from the X-Men. Ugh. Also, I am very pleased she flips up onto that wall just like in the anime (and in the manga, too, duh!).
2. ODANGO ME UP, SCOTTY!
Here, fans get a glimpse of one of the tools Usagi uses to keep her hair in those perfect buns. BLACK BOBBY PINS? Please, girl. Everyone knows you have to use blonde pins or else you’ll see them. Also, cosplayer’s have no need to groan about getting rid of their old Sailor Moon wigs, since her hair still looks like it’s wrapped around a hair donut, like in the original.
3. ERMERGHERD THE LOCKET FROM THE MANGA!
Left is Usagi’s first locket from the original anime, middle is the locket from the original manga, and right is her locket in Sailor Moon Crystal. I’m WAY TOO EXCITED about her using this locket in the anime, because you know that it means… MORE PRODUCTS WITH A DIFFERENT LOCKET ON IT! Yes!!! TAKE my money, Moon Kingdom!!!
4. SPOT THE HIDDEN MICKEY–ERR, I MEAN, ODANGO!
There’s a short shot of this castle or church-type location with a window that is very clearly an odango-head Usagi. Or Mickey Mouse. OR MAYBE IT’S SYMBOLISM OF THE 4 MAIN PLANETS CONVERGING ON THE MOON (Maybe Venus get’s the big circle? I dunno.)
5. DON’T MISSPELL THEIR NAMES, OKAY?
We only get stills of the 4 inner senshi, and no voices just yet, but DANG do these girls look good! I, for one, am all for the new animation style. ANd check it out, Venus has her Love Me chain/belt in this pic! Ido wish Jupiter had her belt, too though :( BOO HOO, I LOVE ACCESSORIES, YOU GUYS.
6. ON BEHALF OF THE MOON, MY BODY MOVES LIKE A HUMAN’S NOW!
NO HATE on the original, you guys, but c’mon. That first season of old school Sailor Moon had them all proportioned like chubby, muscle-less warriors of love and justice. On the right you’ll notice her her left pinky isn’t broken anymore, and her arm actually has a shoulder muscle in there somewhere. However, SAILOR MOON COSPLAYERS TAKE NOTE: she has THREEEEE stripes on her collar now. NOT TWO. And her choker now has her brooch shape hanging from it, not just a moon! DON’T MESS IT UP YOU GUYS. Naoko is judging you. Also, her moon has some ivy and stuff on it now.PLANTS EQUAL ROMANCE. Tell your friends.
Okay, that’s all, I promise. Jokes aside, I am so grateful to be getting a reboot of my childhood dreams, no matter what the nitpickers say. The HATERS CAN’T CRUSH MY CAPSLOCK LOVE OF SAILOR MOON, EVER. DO YOU HEAR ME? Because my otaku brain fights for love, and justice, and the power of friendship, and stuff.
Take a minute to watch the awesome trailer video yourself, and let us know what you think!
This is IAMCHUBBYBUNNY, signing out… IN THE NAME OF THE MOOOOON!