In the name of the moon…
|I have no words for this remake. More like I can’t find any words because I’m SO EXCITED TO SEE IT SO LET’S SEE IT NAOOOWWWW|
|I’m pretty sure that there’s at least 2 generations of fans waiting to lynch anyone who screws this new version of Sailor Moon up, so let’s see how they managed.|
anaaga// When I reviewed some reactions about the new Sailor Moon anime, I found not a little amount of people are not really pleased with the new Sailor Moon. I can understand why they think it’s not the same with the original anime. The first episode is too fast, the art is different, the voices sound awkward for some, and even Usagi’s jutsu has a different name from the original anime! It seems that many consider this more of a reboot than a remake.
However, I am actually happy with these changes. This is because of the fact that the changes are made so that the new adaptation is more faithful to the manga. Yes, the episode feels rushed, but believe me or not, that’s how the first chapter of the manga is. And that’s only the first chapter. I’m also loving all the little details the in the remake that makes it closer to the manga, such as Usagi’s test paper, her friend’s remark about the jewels, and so on. And yes, Usagi’s original jutsu is Boomerang, not magic. I also appreciate how Toeri tried to make the anime feels like an old-school with the soft background, and so on… Except with the transformation that is CGed. But oh well, what can I do about that?
Usagi seems really skinny and more mature in this remake, but this is the studio trying to be closer with Takeuchi’s original art style. She claimed that Leiji Matsumoto’s Galaxy Express gives a great impact with how she designed the characters in Sailor Moon (even Tuxedo Mask’s personality is based on Captain Harlock), therefore the resemblance of the art style between the two and how mature-like the characters look like in this remake. And there’s nothing wrong with sexy Tuxedo Mask, right? Teheh. As for the voice acting… Usagi did sound awkward at first, but somehow Karakuri convinced me that it’s totally fine (and it is, teheh). And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Nojima Kenji trying to sound like Furuya Toru because original Tuxedo Mask seiyuu and all that. The seiyuu tried their best to sound as great as possible, and I’m happy with the effort they poured in this anime.
The Wonderful World of Shoujo
Things went pastel and bishounen sparkles showed up. It MUST be true love.
Karakuri// Did you know that a moonbow was a thing? I certainly didn’t. Anyways, yes, Sailor Moon is extremely shoujo. Though that’s only to be expected, since this was the series that defined a lot of shoujo and mahou shoujo genre traits for later series. There’s also definitely romance in this, if you couldn’t tell. I know I said that this was “darker” in Metanorn’s summer preview, but after some self reflection, I think that might have been a bit misleading. This isn’t Madoka Magica and doesn’t have nearly as much despair. On the other hand, it’s not quite Precure level of innocence either. Characters are capable of dying in this (or even suicide in at least one case I can remember), and the forces of evil can just be evil for the hell of it. Sometimes the villains are just misunderstood individuals, but there’s also the kind that just want to destroy the world.
I, uh, definitely had a fangirl moment with Kishio Daisuke voicing Jadeite. I also saw somewhere that they brought in Toriumi Kousuke for Nephrite too, and that’s really exciting. The updated seiyuu cast is just really exciting in general, and I already love the changes they have in Crystal. As for Mitsuishi Kotono as Usagi, I can sympathize with some of the complaints. In 2014, hearing the same kind of voice acting as the 90’s seems like a couple steps back. However, Mitsushi is perfectly capable of voicing a teenage character, so it’s not because of the seiyuu’s lack of talent or anything that Usagi sounds like this now. The people in charge probably had her voice Usagi like that for nostalgia’s sake. They went with the exact same transformation sequence (in CG), when they could have come up with something new, so while they’re trying to make this a “new” Sailor Moon, they’re not completely forgetting what the old one was like.
As for Tsukino Usagi herself, she’s kind of a… different heroine. Or at least, she’s a bit unique to what the mahou shoujo heroines are like now. She’s not some perfect human being who’s one desire in life is to help people, but instead she’s kind of irresponsible, childish, and she resorts to crying pretty easily. It’s easy to see why the characters that came after Usagi are a bit more mature, since watching her fumble around for most of the episode wasn’t the easiest thing to watch, but she’s the leader of the group nonetheless. Watching her slowly become more leader-like is one of the things the storyline will develop. …Though the anime seems to only be covering the Dark Kingdom arc, so we’ll see how far that actually progresses.
Some will think that I’m extremely biased with my judgment of this anime. In a way, I am. I am actually one of the very few people who read the manga first then watched the anime. And even at the end, I failed to finish all of my Sailor Moon anime because of its minor inconsistencies with the manga (lol I was such a manga elitist, and I was only in elementary school too). So for me, the manga is my childhood. Though I don’t think the original anime was bad too. It made my days fun. However, the manga gave me more impact than the anime. That is why I am happy when this remake is faithful to the manga. I can overlook its flaws because of its consistency with the manga… But even when it’s not faithful to the manga, I think I still can overlook its flaws. I’m not such a manga elitist now, so I’m fine with any Sailor Moon anime. What’s important is that Sailor Moon is back, and that’s the most important thing for this show. And if Sailor Moon is back, there’s nothing wrong with it. Teheh.
Well, I’m pretty damn pleased with how things turned out. My first experience with Sailor Moon was the English dub that aired on TV. So the original anime was a bigger part of my life than the manga ever was. Though, uh, like anaaga I never actually finished watching the entire anime for some reason. However, I’m happy that the show is being remade, and following the mange more closely. Things are pretty similar to the original anime right now, but a few events definitely branch off, and this version should definitely have a lot less “monster of the week” filler. I also love the older style that this anime is using. Obviously a few things have been updated, but they’ve definitely kept aspects like the pastel scenery or the transformation sequence for nostalgia’s sake. …I don’t know how I feel about the CG, but I’ll get over it. Just like how I’ll get over the Momoiro Clover Z’s OP and EDs (I’m not entirely fond of the songs, though I’ve never been a fan of any of Sailor Moon’s OPs or EDs) and some of the QUALITY animation. Really, I’m just happy that this remake is a thing that exists.
Five guesses as to who might be mildly important in the next episode.