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Heck yeah I finally started watching the reboot and maybe am re-reading it to catch up with current events as well maybe
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- Supersonic Wave (the “crying attack”) appears in both the original manga and the 90s anime. It appears in the first story and again in the funny dentist story (as a MotW plot in SuperS and an arcless short story in the manga). Both Usagi and ChibiUsa can do it, and the 90s anime had ChibiUsa doing a variant of it constantly during the R season. While never outright stated, it’s implied to be a kind of inadvertent Royal Moon Family defense mechanism for when their children feel really helpless and aren’t fully grown into their powers.
- Mamoru wears the Tuxedo during the day in the manga as well. And yeah, Usagi doesn’t recognize him, and yeah that’s hilarious and requires a little bit of suspension of disbelief, but Usagi is also not the most observant little fish. Bless these two dorks. In either case, it’s not new. It’s straight from the manga. You may address all complaints to 1991.
- Moon Tiara Boomerang is the name of the attack in the manga.
- Usagi has the exact same voice actress as before. Same one. This is not a new actress with a more annoying high pitched voice. It is literally the exact same voice. It has always sounded like this.
- The plot is practically beat for beat the exact same plot that appears in both the first episode of the original anime and the first chapter of the manga. It’s okay if you don’t like it, but if you think it’s worse plotwise than the original anime then you confuse me. Because it the same plot. The same things happen. In the same order.
- The story cannot be cliche if it invented the cliches. If you’ve never seen Sailor Moon but seen lots of Mahou Shoujo and now you are watching SM for the first time and thinking “it’s so standard” - this show literally invented that standard. It was revolutionarily unique and groundbreaking, so much so that now an entire genre of anime owes itself to this story’s existence. You are not seeing a rehashing of old tropes, you are seeing their invention.
- Not seeing exaggerated goofy faces and instead expressing emotion using real movement is the opposite of lazy animation. Those big goofy faces are frame saving animation shortcuts. It’s okay to miss them, but that doesn’t mean Usagi is inexpressive. Manga has even fewer “frames” to work with to show character emotion, and so also uses shortcuts and big cues to get feelings across. Usagi in Crystal has weird loopy eyebrows when she’s upset and presses her faces against jewelry store glass in a face that’s even funnier than the manga. She may not go into caricature mode, but she does make funny faces.
- That being said, manga Usagi is not nearly as over the top as 90s anime Usagi, so yeah, she’ll probably reflect that in Crystal. But doing a loyal adaptation of the original character is not watering things down (similarly, manga Mamoru is not nearly so much of a jerk, and they do not start out as antagonistic to each other). This isn’t watering down the characters or relationships, it’s rounding them out and giving them more nuance and treating them as the manga did.
- I think people are overestimating the budget on this, and if I had my laptop I could more easily type out my long reasoning for it, but since I’m doing this from my phone I’ll just say that 1. The distribution method (twice a month only online) indicates this isn’t being backed by a tv channel or getting additional funds that way, 2. they’ve already proven they can make money off of older nostalgic audiences just by releasing merch with no need for a new series so there’s not much financial incentive to invest there and expect much of an increase in returns, and 3. newer anime series (like PreCure) are much better formatted to take advantage of the marketing to kids “buy all our play sets and toys!” model than the series on which they were inspired. I don’t think this is being made with an expectation that it’ll bring in much additional revenue for the franchise, and so is budgeted to account for that. I think it’s being made because a whole lot of adults working in the industry now remember and love it and want to make it because it’s special to them. Which is why it has the slower production schedule, because they want to do it right with limited resources.
- Considering the above, and given what’s been said in interviews (it’s for the women who grew up with the series), I don’t think this anime is for everyone. And if it’s not for you that’s okay. The more someone has been dissecting Sailor Moon to pieces since they were a baby, the more I tend to see a positive response from them so far. I get the feeling (reinforced by the fact that the transformation sequence has so many direct homages to the old series, including nail polish that’s just going to be covered by gloves anyway) that this is a passion project for almost everyone involved. It’s not the blockbuster reimagining, it’s the “let’s put on a show” version by a group of fans. So comparing it to shows with prime time TV slots and the budget to accompany them isn’t fair. And I think it’s being designed so that you can watch it without knowing anything, but not particularly being reimagined to try to bring in more people. I get the feeling that everyone involved is trying to do, essentially, the version of Sailor Moon that would have existed if the whole scope had been understood from the start, if Naoko had had time and space to flesh out more of her ideas, and if the anime adaption had been more loyal to the manga (and the manga that Naoko wanted to make).
- This isn’t the new Sailor Moon for a new age, it’s the execution of the original Sailor Moon that it always deserved but never got. If that’s not interesting to you, that’s okay. But the last thing this is is a betrayal to the franchise, as every moment and every choice so far has shown so much knowledge and love for the franchise it came from. The water color pallets, the prettiness (which is absolutely Naoko’s whole aesthetic - she LOVES making things impossibly pretty), the story beats and script. Ikukos hair, Sailor V, the inclusion of the video game motif and dreams. If this ruins your childhood, then your childhood was already ruined by Naoko Takeuchi in 1991, because so far the biggest feeling I get from this is that this is trying to be what Sailor Moon was always really designed to be. And it’s okay to like other versions better, but this is the sweetest love song to the source material I’ve seen so far, and I don’t see how the source material can ruin your favourite adaptation of it. Again, you don’t have to like it, but they aren’t “ruining” it or “messing it up”. So far I have only seen them honoring the original vision that never got made.
I mean, that could change; we’ve only had one episode. They might make a decision that seems to run counter to everything in the original story, but that hasn’t happened yet, and I don’t see any foreboding omens so far. It’s okay not to like it. It’s okay not to like the style. Just don’t hold the illusion that that means something sacred is being ruined. Naoko always wanted Sailor Moon to be flowy and pretty. Not liking the style isn’t the same as it being bad. And the plot is direct from the manga. Nothing from the source material is being neglected here. This is a good adaptation of the manga so far by every metric I know. You don’t have to like it, but don’t pretend your opinion has any basis in loyalty to the series when this is the most loyal adaptation ever seen so far.
So yeah. Them’s my thoughts.
Mamoru did the tuxedo thing in the original anime as well as the manga, just in episode 5 instead of his first appearance.
Oh, jfc, I want to marry this post, because absolutely every single one of these bullet points is how I feel about Sailor Moon Crystal, only articulated far more calmly and rationally than I’ve been able to do so far! Every. Single. One.
Sailor Moon invented so many of these cliches! This is based on the manga! It’s okay to prefer another version! That doesn’t automatically make this one “ruining” what you loved about the first anime! The manga still came first! It’s okay to like the first anime best of all! This is not your biggest of big budget anime series, so it’s not fair to compare them! Manga!Usagi is really not ’90s anime!Usagi and that doesn’t make her automatically worse! You can totally prefer ’90s anime!Usagi, but manga!Usagi was still the original! Preferences are totally valid, but I would like to think people keep these things in mind!
Let me just draw some sparkly hearts on this and sigh a bit dreamily.
People who have a superiority complex based on their enjoyment of vintage music or books are some of the most annoying people in the world and if I ever hear you ridiculing someone just because they may not enjoy listening to the beatles whilst reading to kill a mockingbird and sipping a cup of hibiscus green tea i will literally come to your house and staple your nipples to your elbows