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Sailor Moon: Crystal (2014 TV Series)

Sailor Moon Crystal
Sailor Moon CrystalProgram (c) Toei Animation, Naoko Takeuchi. Wallpaper by jm511 on DeviantART

Sailor Moon: Crystal

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A lot of intellectual properties are getting reboots these days. The fan-favorite Sailor Moon is no exception with Sailor Moon: Crystal, a 2014 reboot of the 1992 TV series. Crystal follows the same basic premise as 1992's Sailor Moon, but has many differences.

First off, all the characters have new voice actors (except for Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon, who is voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi in both the original and Crystal.)

Secondly, the animation has been completely redone. Toei Animation, being the studio behind both the 1992 series and Crystal, almost give the characters a new look, taller bodies, brighter colors, better special effects, Usagi's hair is very flowy, and there's even a CGI transformation sequence. Crystal even gets a 16:9 widescreen presentation compared to Sailor Moon's 4:3 aspect ratio.

Third, the story moves at a faster pace than the original did. Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon was introduced in the first episode, Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury was introduced in the second episode, Rei Hino/Sailor Mars the third episode, and so on. The original made you wait several episodes between the introduction of each Sailor Senshi (or Sailor Scout for those who prefer that term.)

Fourth, the soundtrack is completely different. You won't hear "Moonlight Densetsu" from the original on Crystal. It's a completely different song for the intro and the end credits.

While new fans are guaranteed to enjoy Sailor Moon: Crystal, longtime fans of the orginal 1992 TV series and the manga it's based on may have mixed feelings. You can stream it for free on Hulu.com