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Clearing Things Up About the New Sailor Moon Anime - PLEASE READ!
Posted 7/11/14 , edited 8/26/14


So I decided to make a topic to clear some things up about the new Sailor Moon anime – Sailor Moon Crystal. This was especially (or rather, mainly) done for people who have only seen the original anime and are using it as a basis for the new anime without ever reading the manga. The reason I decided to do this, is because a lot of the comments on the new series keep repeating themselves, and the same old questions and assumptions keep coming up. This was done to make things clearer for those who have only seen the original anime and not read the manga and are now venturing on towards Crystal.

Please reference people to this thread if they keep asking the same questions/comparing the original anime with the new manga-based adaptation.



EDIT (August, 26th)

The new Sailor Moon anime WILL be containing the second arc of the manga, Black Moon (known as R in the original anime!) Check out the link below!

http://nagisayuu.tumblr.com/post/95769531839/excerpt-from-kobayashis-interview-in-the-visual-book
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I really enjoyed reading this. I already knew a majority of what was written but it's good information for people who aren't familiar with all aspects of Sailor Moon.
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I really enjoyed reading this. I already knew a majority of what was written but it's good information for people who aren't familiar with all aspects of Sailor Moon.


Thanks. I posted it because I keep on seeing people complain/write about the same things over and over again so I thought this would clear some things up.
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Everything comes to a stunning revelation that connects and reveals the absolute meaning behind all the fighting in the final arc, Stars, that turns Sailor Moon into a cosmic horror story.


Well then. The more you know. I'm totally new to Sailor Moon, but I sure hope this new series turns info a full run of the manga now.
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Thanks for posting this. I was gonna pass on this as I figured it was gonna be a kiddie comedy. I'll give it a chance now.
Posted 7/11/14 , edited 7/12/14

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Everything comes to a stunning revelation that connects and reveals the absolute meaning behind all the fighting in the final arc, Stars, that turns Sailor Moon into a cosmic horror story.


Well then. The more you know. I'm totally new to Sailor Moon, but I sure hope this new series turns info a full run of the manga now.


Beware of spoilers! And to be honest, the final arc of the manga, Stars, in my opinion can be most compared to the final episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica for the tone, the setting, the massive implications, the choice the main character makes (Madoka and Usagi) and how it affects the very universe.

Its brilliant. Trust me.


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Thanks for posting this. I was gonna pass on this as I figured it was gonna be a kiddie comedy. I'll give it a chance now.


It takes a bit to start off, but once it does...It is really good. Anyways, there is a reason it is so well remembered to this day and it is not the miniskirts
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Wow this thread was very enjoyable and useful to read. Thanks!

Btw, how many chapters are there in total from the manga?
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Thank you! I'm so very glad that you put this up there!! It did need to be said!

I remember reading the manga while I was in middle school and was quite surprised by much like the anime it wasn't! Usagi and Mamoru's relationship! Especially at the very end of the manga! The overall darkness of the story. Totally blew my mind 10 to 13-year-old mind.
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Thank you for writing this! You pretty much mention everything that I would said to someone about the new and old anime. So far I'm loving the new anime (the art style and Usagi). I can't wait to see more episodes of Crystal. I also really hope that there will be more than 26 episodes too and maybe some new movies or perhaps Sailor V. >.<
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stark700 wrote:

Wow this thread was very enjoyable and useful to read. Thanks!

Btw, how many chapters are there in total from the manga?


The original manga before being revised, had 52 Acts. The revised version they're basing the anime on has a bit more than that - 60. The reason there are now 60 chapters is because the manga-ka split some of the overly long chapters.

These 60 chapters do not include the side stories.
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So I decided to make a topic to clear some things up about the new Sailor Moon anime – Sailor Moon Crystal. This was especially (or rather, mainly) done for people who have only seen the original anime and are using it as a basis for the new anime without ever reading the manga. The reason I decided to do this, is because a lot of the comments on the new series keep repeating themselves, and the same old questions and assumptions keep coming up. This was done to make things clearer for those who have only seen the original anime and not read the manga and are now venturing on towards Crystal.

Please reference people to this thread if they keep asking the same questions/comparing the original anime with the new manga-based adaptation.

I will be referring only to the original 200 episode Japanese anime Sailor Moon (NO dub in ANY language), the manga Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, and the new anime, Sailor Moon Crystal.

The creators of Sailor Moon Crystal have said that this new adaptation will be following the manga. What does this mean?

Let’s start on the original anime, which the majority of people are familiar with:

• The first anime has 200 episodes and 5 arcs:

Sailor Moon (also known as Classic)
Sailor Moon R
Sailor Moon S
Sailor Moon SuperS
Sailor Moon Stars


There were also three movies made, the second of which adapts a short story from the manga. Even with that, they're still pretty much outside of canon Sailor Moon.

The first anime was only loosely adapted from the manga. At its most basic, it followed the manga and its five main storylines. However, the original anime put its own spin, retelling and interpretation of the manga’s storyline especially during the least liked season in the anime, Sailor Moon SuperS, which was not well adapted at all from the manga even with its own interpretation. Character’s ages and personalities were changed (some far more than others; so much so that they might have been completely different characters), plots and backstories/side-stories were changed, sexual orientation was changed, gender was changed, the fate of the villains was changed, and relationships (both romantic and platonic) were changed. There is a lot of filler and monsters of the day to fill in the story and develop the characters. The overall plot for each arc moves much more slowly than the manga’s, and villains are given far more compassion, kindness and even redemption than the manga. The overall feel of the original anime is much more juvenile (yes, even in its darkest moments) than the entirety of the manga.

Then there is the manga itself, the source of which is the entire basis for the new anime which seeks to adapt it as accurately as possible:

• The manga has 5 arcs. (Depending on the edition of the manga, it could have 18, 12, or 10 volumes the latter two of which do not include the Short Stories - those are published in separate volumes either 1 or 2). The arcs are:

Sailor Moon (also known as Classic)
Black Moon
Infinity
Dream
Stars


The manga is of a much faster pace with no fillers and no monsters of the day. It is far more mature, sensual and sexual. The manga is also more violent, sinister and far more syfy oriented than its first adaptation. Characters personalities are quite or entirely different, with the characters both looking and acting far more mature and adult than their original anime counterparts. The plots are much darker, more serious; there is more at stake constantly and it feels far more intense and desperate. The villains are crueler and far more evil; their attacks more deadly and not comical in the slightest. Everything comes to a stunning revelation that connects and reveals the absolute meaning behind all the fighting in the final arc, Stars, that turns Sailor Moon into a cosmic horror story. The sheer scope of the story and what is being implied by this point is utterly amazing and mind-blowing. There is also an incredibly talked about, mysterious and often debated character who shows up in the final two chapters of the entire manga who does not truly appear in the original anime. This character was barely alluded to in the anime, but plays a very important and crucial role in the manga as short as their appearance is.


Characters and differences in personality - I have mentioned the characters being different from manga – original anime. I’ll focus on a few of them.

• Usagi herself is much more mature, far more serious, incredibly powerful and far less forgiving in the manga while constantly retaining her traits of being very loving, affectionate and caring. Her relationship with Mamoru is much more sensual and explicit in the manga, and much more emphasis is put on their romance which plays a major role throughout the story, and goes through times of jealousy and attraction to others and is played up much more seriously than the original anime.

• Mamoru himself is given much more time on screen, and is far more useful and important generally to the overall plots than he is in the original anime. Again, his relationship with Usagi is very mature and serious; how far they’ve “gone” in their relationship is implied and hinted at in the manga unlike the more innocent romance of the original anime.


• Rei (Sailor Mars)'s personality is completely different – I think this is one of the things people will find most surprising when watching the new anime. In the manga, Rei is calm, cool and collected. She’s never been attracted to Mamoru, and dislikes men in general. (Only in a side story is it revealed she was in love with an older man once, but she got over it). She does not have that special relationship with Usagi as she did in the original anime; that relationship is shared with Minako instead, crossing over into a much debated scene in the final arc, Stars which seems to imply they think of each other with a different type of closeness.

• Speaking of Minako (Sailor V – Sailor Venus) – she is not the ditz and the “alternate” Usagi as she is in the original anime. Minako is the leader of the group of inners from the start, and the one who used to double as Usagi in their former lives due to how similar they look. She’s smart, brave and loyal – her one and only duty in life is to serve and protect her princess. Her act of being interested in men and dating is just that – an act. She knows her duty and quite frankly, lives for it. Again, she’s another character who is much more serious in the manga than the anime.

• Zoisite and Kunzite aren’t gay in the manga. Sorry yaoi fans. And Nephrite and Naru don’t have a relationship in the manga as they do in the original anime. Tough luck shippers.

• The final person I would like to signal out and focus on is Chibiusa. She does not appear until the second arc of the manga and I will not spoil her role for people who do not know who she is, but I have to mention her because of all the characters in the entire series – Chibiusa’s personality is so different that she is quite frankly, an entirely different character from the manga to the original anime. In the original anime, Chibiusa was utterly unlikable. She was very annoying, spoiled, bratty, quite useless and almost unbearable. She was the most hated character of the entire anime by far. In the manga however, Chibiusa is entirely different. She starts off as this very frightened, unhappy girl who finds it hard to trust anyone due to what is happening in her life. From then on out we see that she is actually this sweet, loving and affectionate person who tries her best to pull her weight and help in battles; she wants to grow up and become a lady like her mother, and does her best to become that person. She is very much like Usagi, and they share many traits. For all those people who could not stand her in the original anime (including me), you’ll find she’s incredibly likable in the manga, and will be in the new adaptation of the anime.

The artsyle of the manga and the new anime.

• The manga was written in the early to mid 90’s (1991 - 1997). It has the classic 90’s style, the Bishoujo style. In this style, characters (girls especially) are drawn beautiful rather than cute; leggy, tall and shapely rather than short, small and undeveloped; mature and womanly rather than more youthful and girlish. The characters look older than they actually are (except for a few who either look their age or far younger). The expressions are usually more serious and refined than the original anime with its wacky, screwball expressions, though the manga has its share of funny faces and moments though overall the tone is much more serious. Personally, I far prefer characters looking older than their age than being moe-blobs, or the far more disturbing lolicons.

• The new anime’s style is based upon the manga’s artwork, only a bit more modernized – especially concerning the eyes.


The version of the manga used to adapt the new anime.

• The omnibus edition of Sailor Moon first released in Japan in 2003 is what is being used as the basis for the new anime. This edition featured new cover artwork, revised dialogue and artwork (all for the better). It also featured splitting of overly long chapters into more chapters. So the manga went from having 52 Acts to 60 Acts. Again; this is the version of the manga that is being used to adapt the new Sailor Moon anime.

Complaints:

• People, the original anime is NOT the basis for the new Sailor Moon anime. The basis for the new anime is the manga, which is the first and main thing from the Sailor Moon cannon. Do NOT compare the original anime with the new anime using the original as the “first” and the “basis” when it is NOT. The new anime is based OFF THE MANGA and is STICKING TO THE MANGA. It is NOT an “update” of the original anime, nor is it a retelling of the original anime.

Extra:

• The creators of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime have said that it will have 26 episodes. Now, I find this odd. If they're sticking to the manga, 26 episodes are too long to cover just the first arc of the manga. 14 chapters complete the first arc of Sailor Moon with the final chapter (chapter 14) crossing over with the next arc of the manga. 26 episodes would perfectly cover both the first and second arcs of the manga, especially if you take in to consideration that in the second edition of the manga (the one they're using to make the new Sailor Moon anime), 26 chapters completed the first two arcs of Sailor Moon perfectly.

So who knows? We might get a wonderful surprise and find out they're really adapting two arcs and with episode 14 or 15, the current title of the anime might undergo a change.


In case anyone thinks I am somehow bashing the original anime, let me clarify: I will always simply love the original anime series, though it is only loosely adapted from the manga and interprets and tells the manga's story its own way. It has its own charm, emotion and telling and it is an absolute classic in every way, shape and form. I love the manga even more despite its flaws, and I am very happy that it is finally getting a much more accurate adaptation.

No matter the adaptation may it be the original manga, the anime, musicals, movies, live action, new anime…This is the series that has touched a lot of people and has really stood the test of time. It can be enjoyed time and time again, with old and new fans. Just because it looks different doesn’t mean it cannot be enjoyed.



This was a Heckuva' read! Highly interesting, and informative! An absolute Goldmine of Sailor Moon knowledge here. Thank You for this, Sangria!
Posted 7/11/14
isn't this just another manga vs. anime preference sort of argument?

the original sailor moon anime is different from the manga, but it's the one that made people like the franchise.

like I know a lot of people seem to think the Flowers of Evil manga is wayyy better than the anime. But in my opinion, the anime is better than the "canon" because it was presented in a more creepy kind of way, which suited my tastes.
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This OP is good, and you should feel good about having made it. I could not have said these things any better myself. Bravo!
Posted 7/11/14 , edited 7/12/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:

isn't this just another manga vs. anime preference sort of argument?

the original sailor moon anime is different from the manga, but it's the one that made people like the franchise.

like I know a lot of people seem to think the Flowers of Evil manga is wayyy better than the anime. But in my opinion, the anime is better than the "canon" because it was presented in a more creepy kind of way, which suited my tastes.


...Did you even bother to read what I wrote?

This is NOT an argument at all.

I wrote this just so people would know what to expect from the new anime, and why it shouldn't be compared to the original anime (as the new anime is based off of the manga).

I wouldn't say that the anime of Sailor Moon is what made people like the franchise. Rather, the anime began when the first arc was being serialized, and as more people watch than read, the anime became more familiar though the manga was very popular in Japan.

And of course the anime was broadcast globally before the manga was shipped, so people are more familiar with it, though now with the manga being available people love that too.

I too watched the anime fully before reading the manga.


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This was a Heckuva' read! Highly interesting, and informative! An absolute Goldmine of Sailor Moon knowledge here. Thank You for this, Sangria!


No problem, I had fun writing it. After all, this is one of my favorite series ever.
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