OP3: 「ニュームーンに恋して」 (New Moon ni Koishite) by やくしまるえつこ (Yakushimaru Etsuko)
「無限1-予感・前編 –」 (Mugen 1 -Yokan Zenpen–)
“Infinity 1 –Premonition Part 1–”
The hype for Sailor Moon Crystal crash and burned the moment that the first few episodes were released almost 2 years ago and I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. That’s the honest truth and as someone that watched (and blogged) the entire year of it, I can honestly say that, it wasn’t that great. There were some highs but mainly lows and as an adult watching it for the “first” time, it didn’t make me reminiscent of my childhood at all. They changed virtually the entire series so it felt like I was watching these characters for the first time – with some similarities in looks. It wasn’t necessarily the plot that killed the series for so many fans, I think it was more so the poor production value. However! Be disappointed no more! If you’re still with me on this new season, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s like getting through initiation – you’ve made it and now you’re going to be rewarded.
I’m only half-joking when I say that because I do feel a huge accomplishment by finishing such a long series that had excruciating humps along the way. I took a deep breath, watched a few other anime in-between and now I’m back at it. But I’m pleasantly surprised this time! Sailor Moon Crystal isn’t horrible! In fact, asides from Usagi’s (Mitsuishi Kotono) continuously annoying voice, I couldn’t find too many faults with it that had me instantly regretting my decision to blog this introduction. Maybe it’s because my expectations were so rock bottom that anything would’ve been an improvement, but I’d like to give Toei the benefit of the doubt since they’ve actually decided to make this a weekly anime now rather than a bi-weekly ONA. You can clearly see the updated character designs and animations right off the bat; coupled with the new staff working on it and it’s pretty much an entirely new anime! I’m excited for this and it’s rare to say that a sequel is better than its original. Sailor Moon Crystal is going places now and I’m going along for the ride.
This cour of Sailor Moon Crystal should correlate to the Sailor Moon S series which featured the Death Busters as the primarily villains. It also introduces a few new Sailor Scouts to our group, and I’m biased, Sailor Neptune is probably my favorite (along with Venus) so it only makes me more excited for this arc. If anyone doesn’t remember who the Death Busters are, let me refresh your memory with an image of the crazy scientist! He’s the one that stands out the most in this series for me and if you still don’t remember what happens, then you get to watch this with a fresh pair of eyes! I love the involvement from all the Sailor Scouts this season, especially as Tenou Haruka (Minagawa Juno) and Kaiou Michiru (Ohara Sayaka) are further integrated into the story. Junko did a phenomenal job as Haruka by the way. She would’ve had me fooled 😉 Chibi Usa (Fukuen Misato) returns as well with a new friend of her own so there’s plenty to look forward to. Once again, the plot isn’t extremely complex or hard to understand but it’s definitely better than our past two arcs. Hopefully the writers aren’t going to drag anything out and the quality doesn’t decline over time. I’m actually optimistic that this will end up as a decently remade classic mahou shoujo.
That’s a lot of words on the page so let me simplify it by saying – watch this sequel! – if you’re a Sailor Moon fan. Sailor Moon Crystal has come back rejuvenated and with a great arc coming up, I can’t be more hopeful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still weary of what Toei is going to deliver us, but somehow I have a bit more faith this time. Trust me, if you dropped the first two arcs for whatever reason – watch this new episode and you’ll see what a great improvement they’ve made.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #SailorMoonCrystal returns today with its 3rd season… and once again, I feel like the only person in the world following it =( BUT! #SailorMoonCrystal returns with better character designs! X_X #nowai And they redid all the transformations! Even tho the plot has changed, I’m liking this season’s start much more than season 1. Keep it up! The thing I wasn’t too keen on was the OP/ED but animation quality went up & that’s a bigger win!
ED3: 「eternal eternity」 by 皆川純子 (Minagawa Junko) and 大原さやか (Ohara Sayaka)