Sailor Moon Crystal is currently in the midst of its second season; the reviews for the first season of the show—which is a rebooted cartoon of the original Sailor Moon story arc—were less than glowing. Many critics and fans disliked the show’s poor animation, which is attributed to being a direct result of the low budget given to the animators who must create a new episode on a bi-weekly basis. The second season, however, has been showing a gradual trend of more positive reviews. In addition to major improvements in the animation for the second season, the storytelling has also improved dramatically. The following are some reasons why the show really isn’t as terrible as many people assume.
In the original cartoon, the characters were given about 2 attacks every season—sometimes less—which were then animated and reused over and over as stock footage. This is in direct contrast to the comic book, which used a range of different attacks depending on the situation. Sailor Moon Crystal, following the lead of the original comic, gives the characters many different attacks and animates them uniquely each time. This helps the show feel less formulaic than the original cartoon.
The designs for Sailor Moon Crystal are a lot more stylized and closer to the aesthetic of the original comic than the first cartoon series. Even seemingly simple details such as clothing and hairstyles are being rendered closer to the vision that the creator originally had when she drew the comic.
Although Sailor Moon Crystal has far less episodes to work with than the original cartoon, many fans are noting that the characterization—at least in some cases—is actually more developed than the longer cartoon from the 1990s.
One major example of this greater character development can be seen in the character of Chibi-Usa, the daughter of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion, aka Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask in the distant future. In the first cartoon series, she was depicted as very childish, whiny—and quite frankly, like a brat. When she turns over to the dark side, she does it because she’s mad that people don’t have time to play with her as much. In Sailor Moon Crystal, however, she is portrayed much more empathetically; she doesn’t give into darkness because people won’t play with her, but as the culmination of a growing since of loneliness and despair that was portrayed since she arrived in the series.
Another example can be found in the depiction of Mamoru Chiba; in the original cartoon, he was a flat character who nothing more than helped the female characters when they needed it and act as a love interest. In Sailor Moon Crystal, he is his own character, with his own hopes, dreams, problems, and so on. With a new internet plan from Comcast XFINITY, you can watch Sailor Moon any time you want.