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

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

English Dub Cast Announced for Sailor Moon Crystal

The English dub cast for Sailor Moon Crystal was announced during VIZ Media’s Sailor Moon panel at Anime Boston.

The cast includes:

  • Stephanie Sheh is Usagi Tsukino
  • Kate Higgins is Ami Mizuno
  • Cristina Vee is Rei Hino
  • Amanda Miller is Makoto Kino
  • Cherami Leigh is Minako Aino
  • Robbie Daymond is Mamoru Chiba
  • Michelle Ruff is Luna
  • Johnny Yong Bosch is Artemis

This cast list confirms that VIZ Media is using the same cast for Sailor Moon Crystal that the company is already using for the first Sailor Moon anime.

Source: The Fandom Post

Sailor Moon R Anime Dub Cast, Trailer & Release Detailed

VIZ Media held a Sailor Moon panel at Anime Boston, and announced that the first home video release for Sailor Moon R is scheduled to be released on July 14, 2015, and will be priced at $79.98. This set will contain episodes 47 through 68 and will come in a premium chipboard box, and the set will also include a 96 page full color booklet. This release will be a Blu-ray/DVD Combo that will include three DVDs and three Blu-ray Discs.

Casting information for Sailor Moon R was also revealed:

Ayakashi Sisters

  • Claudia Lenz is Koan
  • Jessica Gee is Petz
  • Cassandra Lee Morris is Calaveras
  • Cindy Robinson is Berthier

Black Moon Clan

  • Steve Cannon is Rubeus
  • Rena S. Mandel is Esmeraude
  • Greg Felden is Saphir
  • Matt Mercer is Prince Demande
  • Steve Kramer is Wiseman

The season is divided into two arcs: One arc being an anime filler (to give Naoko Takeuchi time to make the next manga), and the other arc being the actual Black Moon plot.

The first arc shows Usagi and the others having their memories restored from the first season. Their enemies are a pair of aliens, Ail and Ann, who are seeking human energy to restore their life tree. Mamoru had yet to recover his memories and he appeared as the Moonlight Knight rather than Tuxedo Kamen. This arc only lasted for 13 episodes.

The second arc introduces Chibi-Usa, a little girl from the future who is searching for the Silver Crystal. The new enemies are the Black Moon Clan, comprising of the Ayakashi sisters (Cooan, Beruche, Karaberas, and Petz), Rubeus, Safir, Esmeraude, Prince Demande, and Wiseman. They too want the Silver Crystal so that they can take over the future. The Sailor Senshi’s adventure continues.

A trailer for Sailor Moon R Set 1 is now also available for streaming on YouTube.

Source: The Fandom Post

New Cast Member Announced for Sailor Moon Crystal

The staff of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime has announced that idol and singer Shoko Nakagawa will voice the role of Diana in the series beginning in episode 20, which will premiere on April 18, 2015.

As a fan of Sailor Moon herself, Nakagawa commented on the role, saying, “I actually personally own a cat named Luna, and I’m very happy to be playing the role of Diana, the extremely cute daughter of Luna.”

In addition, the staff announced that the television broadcast of the anime’s Dark Moon arc has been scheduled to begin airing in Japan on July 1, 2015. The broadcast of the Dark Kingdom arc will premiere on April 1, 2015. The 19th episode, titled “Time Warp -SAILOR PLUTO-,” will premiere on Niconico on April 4, 2015.

Source: ANN