Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 25 – “Act.25 SHOWDOWN -DEATH PHANTOM-“

Sailor Moon Crystal is a remake of the original Sailor Moon television anime series that began airing in Japan in 1992. Unlike the original anime series, Sailor Moon Crystal aims to remain as faithful to the original manga source material as much as possible. While this new series utilizes more modern animation techniques, the character designs try to retain as much of the early 1990s look as it possibly can.

Episode 25 sees Sailor Pluto play a very important role at the beginning of it, but her actions have dire consequences for her. But what Pluto does is a very important plot point because it stops the end of the world and it becomes the catalyst for something very important that happens to Chibi-Usa. The first half of this episode packs quite the emotional punch.

It’s also thanks to Pluto’s actions that everything with the Sailor Guardians and Mamoru seem to be returning to normal. Nemesis tries to taunt Usagi and the others, and this makes Usagi angry enough that she transforms into Sailor Moon. I really liked seeing Usagi’s conviction right before her transformation, because it shows that she’s not unsure of herself and thinks of the welfare and safety of her friends over herself at that particular moment.

But as we see, Sailor Moon can’t take on Nemesis alone because she doesn’t have enough power to counter him. With the help of Mamoru and the other Sailor Guardians, it looks like Nemesis has been defeated. But as the suspense was drawn out, I could tell that they hadn’t succeeded. But when Nemesis attacks, Demande surprises everyone by jumping in front of the group and trying to fight Nemesis himself. Demande had a very selfish reason for trying to save Sailor Moon, since he wanted to be the one to defeat her himself, but at least she and the others were saved for that particular instant. But let’s just say that this isn’t enough to stop Nemesis.

Just like near the end of the previous Sailor Moon Crystal story arc, this episode makes it clear by the end that it’s building up to a major climax to take place in the next episode, which is the final one of this arc. In some respects, what happened in the previous two episodes can be seen as formulaic, since there’s a lot of similarities between details that happened here and details that happened near the end of the previous arc. But there are just enough differences that the similarities don’t immediately jump out unless you start thinking about them.

So all that’s left is one more episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, and then the series will be finished for the time being. It sounds like there’s supposed to be more Sailor Moon Crystal at some point in the future, so I’ll be curious to see how the next episode will end. Will it simply bring about a conclusion to this arc, or will it possibly hint at what could be coming in the future?

VIZ Media Announces Sailor Moon S Dub Cast

VIZ Media announced new English dub cast members for the Sailor Moon S anime series at its Sailor Moon panel at Anime Expo. The new cast members are:

  • Erica Mendez is Haruka Tenoh / Sailor Uranus
  • Lauren Landa is Michiru Kaioh / Sailor Neptune
  • Christine Marie Cabanos is Hotaru Tomoe / Sailor Saturn
  • Keith Silverstein is Professor Tomoe

Silverstein also plays Usagi’s father Kenji Tsukino in VIZ Media’s dub.

VIZ Media will release the first set of Sailor Moon R on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 14, 2015. The company released the second half of Sailor Moon‘s first season on home video in February 2015.

VIZ Media announced in May 2014 that it had licensed all 200 episodes, the three feature films, and the assorted tie-in specials of the original Sailor Moon franchise, as well as the Sailor Moon Crystal anime series. The original series is streaming on Hulu and VIZ Media’s Neon Alley service. The company is also simulcasting Sailor Moon Crystal as it airs in Japan along with Crunchyroll and Hulu.

Source: ANN

Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 24 – “Act.24 ATTACK -BLACK LADY-“

Sailor Moon Crystal is a remake of the original Sailor Moon television anime series that began airing in Japan in 1992. Unlike the original anime series, Sailor Moon Crystal aims to remain as faithful to the original manga source material as much as possible. While this new series utilizes more modern animation techniques, the character designs try to retain as much of the early 1990s look as it possibly can.

Episode 24 includes some major revelations. The first, while not a revelation to the audience, is a revelation to the other characters: the true identity of Black Lady. Demande makes an important declaration that leads to an important plot point right at the end of the episode. Wiseman’s true identity is also revealed in this episode.

But beyond all that, the most important revelation, at least to me, comes from Sailor Moon.  When Black Lady says she has all she wants when she has Mamoru, Sailor Moon recognizes her own jealousy from earlier in the series. This was such an important piece character development in this episode, and I was glad to see her realize what her behavior toward Chibi-Usa had been like.

Sailor Pluto also gets some focus in this episode as well. We got some good character moments for her as she finds herself torn between her sacred duty to serve as the solitary Guardian of the Space-Time Door and her desire to want to help Sailor Moon and the other guardians. It’s these moments in the episode, in addition to the flashbacks of her interactions with Chibi-Usa, that show that Sailor Pluto isn’t as distant and aloof as seemed to be when she was first introduced. I enjoyed getting to see the flashback that included a much younger Sailor Pluto, because I thought she looked adorable.

Episode 24 really builds up the tension and drama throughout it, so it ended up being kind of cruel for it to end with such a cliffhanger. While we’ve seen some of the other episodes end with a cliffhanger, none of them were as dramatic as this one was. It ended up being so dramatic that it made me want to come back in two weeks in order to find out what will happen.

From what I’ve seen, it appears there are only two more episodes left for Sailor Moon Crystal. Between what was shown in this episode, as well as what was seen in the preview for Episode 25, it really feels like this should be ending in one episode instead of two. Hopefully there’s a reason for this story to last two more episodes and that Toei didn’t decide to try to stretch out this final section of the storyline in order to reach a particular episode count.

Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 21 – “Act.21 COMPLICATION -NEMESIS-“

Sailor Moon Crystal is a remake of the original Sailor Moon television anime series that began airing in Japan in 1992. Unlike the original anime series, Sailor Moon Crystal aims to remain as faithful to the original manga source material as much as possible. While this new series utilizes more modern animation techniques, the character designs try to retain as much of the early 1990s look as it possibly can.

Episode 21 starts off Usagi awakening on Planet Nemesis and meeting Prince Demande. This section contains a substantial amount of exposition as he explains about meeting Wiseman, why Black Moon attacked Crystal Tokyo, as well as the obsession he developed with Neo Queen Serenity. Demande steals a kiss from Usagi, but she pushes him away. Later, we see Usagi upset about Demande kissing her, as well as how she’s racked with guilt over the things she said to Mamoru the last time she spoke with him. At first, it comes across as Usagi being a whiny crybaby again, but by the end of this scene, she realizes that she needs to trust in her own power so she can save the three Sailor Scouts who were kidnapped by Black Moon. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a challenge, since Usagi is unable to transform into Sailor Moon due to the power of the Malefic Black Crystal absorbing the power of her Legendary Silver Crystal.

This episode finally allows us a brief scene with Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Jupiter as they awaken. They find their transformations have broken, and when they try to transform, they have the same problem that Usagi has. But Prince Demande uses his power to make them fall unconscious again. It’d been long enough since I saw these three characters that it almost felt like I had started to forget they were even part of the series. While it was nice to finally see them, it just felt so brief. But this is basically how the original manga portrayed this part of the story, so I can’t blame this on the anime adaptation.

About half of Episode 21 focuses on Chibi-Usa. It’s revealed that she’s actually 900 years old, but that she suddenly stopped growing and hasn’t had any power awaken. Through flashbacks, we see the teasing that she endured because her power hadn’t awakened yet, how she and Sailor Pluto became friends, her father telling her stories about Sailor Moon, and what happened right before Black Moon attacked Neo Tokyo. This included some very much-needed character development for Chibi-Usa, but it’s a little frustrating that it ended up having to be conveyed in flashbacks that served as an “info dump.” I wish there had been some way to spread some of this out a little more. And right at the very end of the episode, something major happens to Chibi-Usa that could have a major impact on how the story in this arc will move forward.

Unfortunately, Episode 21 ended up being bookended with “info dumps,” and that any real progression to the story only takes place for a short time in between the two exposition sections and right near the end of the episode. While the information imparted in the exposition scenes was important, having two major exposition scenes in one episode did bog it down a little. Hopefully, Episode 22 will see more actual story progression so the audience can feel like they’re actually getting somewhere in this story arc.

Toei Europe Announces a Second Season of Sailor Moon Crystal

Toei Animation Europe mentioned in a news article that a second series of Sailor Moon Crystal is currently in the works and is scheduled to premiere in Summer 2015.

Sailor Moon Crystal premiered in July 2014, with new episodes streaming on the first and third Saturdays of each month. The series is streaming on Niconico, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Neon Alley.

Source: ANN

EDIT: I have since found information saying that there’s not a second season of Sailor Moon Crystal in production, and that there won’t be a new season airing in Summer 2015. It appears the article being referenced was talking about the second arc of the series airing on Japanese television.

Source: Sailor Moon News

VIZ Media Hosts Sailor Moon Moonlight Party III to Celebrate English Dub Premiere of Sailor Moon R

VIZ Media invites Sailor Moon fans to join the company as it hosts a special free virtual party and unique live stream event to mark the English dub premiere of Sailor Moon R (Season 2) on Neon Alley/Hulu. Featuring the new English dub cast, the second season of the anime series begins streaming on Neon Alley and Hulu for a limited time starting on the evening of April 10, 2015. Catch the latest interstellar adventures of Episodes 47-60.

To celebrate, a special Sailor Moon Moonlight Party III will take place on April 10, 2015, starting at 6:00pm PT on VIZ Media’s YouTube channel. Fans are encouraged to participate in the event, which will present Sailor Moon R Episodes 47 and 48 (where main character Usagi, voiced by Stephanie Sheh, is reawakened to her mission), along with Episode 54 (where Rei, voiced by Cristina Vee, makes her singing debut), and Episode 60 (the first episode featuring Chiba-Usa, voiced in English by Sandy Fox).

As the episodes stream via Neon Alley/Hulu, viewers can take part in a real-time Q&A with VIZ Media staff that will run throughout the evening. Fans are invited to submit questions throughout the event via YouTube, in the comments sections of the actual live stream (as available), or on the official VIZ Media Facebook page, and via Twitter using the special hashtag, #MoonlightParty.

Sailor Moon Moonlight Party III participants and viewers also can interact with members of the VIZ Media team, which will be present during the live stream to answer questions and offer lively commentary and little known information about the series and these new episodes. A Sailor Moon trivia contest also will take place and fans and aspiring Sailor Guardians are invited to submit their answers via Facebook and Twitter to win special prizes. Sailor Moon fans nationwide are also encouraged host their own Moonlight Parties and share pictures using the hashtag #MoonlightParty on favorite social media platforms.

“The Sailor Moon Moonlight Parties have been an extremely fun and interactive way for fans to join us and celebrate the premiere of new English dub episodes and revel in our shared love for this iconic series,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager of Animation. “During our latest virtual soirée, we will release the premiere dates and times for the remaining Sailor Moon R English episodes as well as some other exciting surprises and news! Don’t miss all the excitement!!”

In Sailor Moon R, Usagi and her friends return to their normal lives after their epic battle, but the Sailor Guardians are called back into action when powerful new enemies appear. By the power of the Legendary Silver Crystal, Sailor Moon gains strength with a dazzling new attach and transformation. The coming battle won’t be easy, but things get even more complicated when a mysterious pink-haired girl falls form the sky and goes after Mamoru!

The Sailor Moon anime series is inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi (published in North America by Kodansha). In the series, Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation!

First English Dub Clip for Sailor Moon R

VIZ Media has released the first English dub clip for Sailor Moon R. This is the scene where Chibi-Usa and Luna-P first appear, and ends with Chibi-Usa turning a gun on Usagi and demanding the Legendary Silver Crystal.

I am embedding the dub clip below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view it due to region blocking.

Source: The Fandom Post