Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal
|Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Crystal|
July 5, 2014
|# of Episodes||
26 (25 aired)
The first season of the new anime consists of twenty-six episodes; of thirteen each. It focuses mainly on how the Sailor Team was formed, battling and defeating new and stronger enemies, and meeting new Sailor Soldiers along the way. It focuses only on the first two arcs of the manga.
While she is hurrying to get to her school on time one day, fourteen-year-old Usagi Tsukino accidentally steps on a black cat. When she picks it up and takes off the band aids on its forehead, she notices a crescent shaped symbol on the cat's forehead. Usagi, however, thinks that it's just a bald spot and runs off to school. Later that day, Usagi takes a nap, only to be awakened by the cat from earlier that day. To her surprise, the cat starts talking to her and introduces itself as Luna. Luna tells Usagi that she is destined to become a Sailor Soldier, and gives her a mystical brooch that enables her to transform into Sailor Moon by calling out Moon Prism Power! Make Up! After transforming, Sailor Moon hears her good friend, Naru, screaming and goes to rescue her from a Youma. After defeating the Youma, she meets Tuxedo Mask, a mysterious man who encouraged her to defeat the Youma during the fight. The next day, Usagi wakes up to go to school thinking that what happened that night was dream, that is, until she hears Naru telling her friends about what happened the previous night. Soon, Usagi finds out that not only does she need to find the other Sailor Senshi, but she also has to find the Moon Princess and protect the supremely powerful Silver Crystal from the Dark Kingdom; a mysterious group of villains that attempt to steal life energy from humans to strengthen and revitalize their ruler Queen Metaria to dominate Earth and exact their vengeance on the people of the White Moon, who have been reborn and reincarnated as "ordinary" teenage girls on Earth.
Usagi eventually finds the other five Sailor Senshi-Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Venus- and finds out that Tuxedo Mask is actually Mamoru Chiba, a man that had previously made fun of her about multiple things, including her low test grades and her meatball-like hairstyle. He and Usagi later begin to fall in love with each other. However, during a battle with Kunzite, Tuxedo Mask injures himself while trying to protect Sailor Moon from an attack, causing him to lose consciousness as well. Sailor Moon is overwhelmed with sadness when this happens and after crying out in anguish, her tiara breaks, revealing a crescent moon symbol on her forehead and instantly transforms into Princess Serenity, the Princess of the Moon Kingdom, Silver Millennium. After regaining her memories of her past life, one of her teardrops reveals the vastly powerful, legendary Silver Crystal itself, which starts to send out immense healing energy throughout the city. After attempting to attack the newly awakened Serenity, Queen Beryl and Kunzite abduct an unconscious Tuxedo Mask.
To find answers, Luna takes the five Sailor Soldiers to the Moon, where the ruins of Silver Millennium lie. The spirit of a young woman with silver hair appears before them and thanks Luna for bringing them here. She reveals to Sailor Moon that she is/was her mother in her past life, Queen Serenity. She explains that they all lived happily on the Moon with their beloved kingdom, the very first era of Silver Millennium. However, an evil entity from the cosmos, Queen Metalia, arrived out of the blue and brainwashed the humans of Earth to plan a major assault on the Moon Kingdom.
After returning home, Usagi runs into Mamoru, who she is shocked to discover has been brainwashed by Queen Beryl. A battle in another dimension takes place between Queen Beryl and the five Sailor Senshi. Sailor Venus manages to kill her by using the holy sword. Endymion runs off with Sailor Moon in pursuit. Elsewhere, the four Inner Sailors are confronted by the four Knights, who they succeed in freeing from Metalia's control. Before they can embrace, Metalia kills them all. Saddened at the loss of their sweethearts, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus are told by Kunzite to keep on fighting to protect their princess. In the headquarters of Dark Kingdom, Sailor Moon uses the sword to stab Endymion in the chest and then herself.
She collapses on top of Tuxedo Mask and the others are horrified to have the tragedy repeated yet again. The complete Silver Crystal suddenly grows and envelops Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask in it before disappearing. Sailors' Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus all teleport after them. A hurt Luna asks Artemis to teleport her to the Moon. He does so, and Luna desperately pleads for Queen Serenity to show herself once more.
A few weeks after the obliteration of Queen Metaria and her bewitched Earth minions, the five Sailor Soldiers' are living a time of peace and harmony. Usagi receives a brand new and much stronger transformation brooch, called the Crystal Star , from the ghostly spirit of Queen Serenity, and transforms into an even stronger evolution of her standard Sailor form. She also obtains a much stronger mystical scepter to defeat any new enemies she might encounter: The Cutie Moon Rod, whose purifying/destroying moon-based attack is Moon Princess Halation.
As their regular and basic transformation pens were destroyed during their final showdown with Queen Metalia, Ami, Rei, Makoto and Minako are each given the much stronger and more powerful Star Power Sticks by Luna, as well as newer wristwatch communicators. Usagi and Mamoru have now grown closer in an official romantic relationship, but are interrupted by a young, bright pink-haired girl falling from the sky from a mysterious portal. This girl, calling herself "Usagi," demands the vastly powerful Silver Crystal from Usagi. Unfortunately, the Black Moon clan have arrived on Earth and are after Chibiusa (whom they refer to as "the Rabbit") in order to obtain the legendary Silver Crystal of the future and destroy it, as it is no match for the increasingly vast amounts of evil energies from the Malefic Black Crystal that they possess. To accomplish this, they seek to abduct Chibiusa for their own purposes.
Things get more and more difficult and uncertain when Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury and Sailor Jupiter are all abducted and taken to planet Nemesis as captives. Fortunately, with the help of Chibiusa and another Sailor Soldier, Sailor Moon and her closest friends' go the future to learn more about the Black Moon and what are their ultimate goals involving Chibiusa and the all-powerful Silver Crystal are.
Ultimately, Wiseman finally takes charge and reveals himself as the embodiment of Nemesis itself: the Death Phantom. Desiring to help her fellow Sailor Senshi from beyond her post, Sailor Pluto (with the encouragement from Diana) gladly goes through the Space-Time Door with the young Guardian-kitten guarding it in her stead; breaking the second taboo. No longer trusting anyone, Prince Demande succeeds in taking both Silver Crystals of the past and future with the intention of merging them into one large Silver Crystal, which would result in the utter annihilation and nonexistence of both eras. In a desperate attempt to stop this disastrous catastrophe from occurring, Sailor Pluto breaks the third and last taboo: she freezes all of time. This gives Sailor Moon an opportunity to take the Silver Crystals from Prince Demande and use them to eliminate Death Phantom once and for all. Having violated the third and final code she was forever bound to, Sailor Pluto dies to serve her "punishment" of eternal rest in Crystal Tokyo. Seeing her closest friend "die" before her very eyes, causes the real Chibiusa to awaken and drive Black Lady out of her subconscious mind, and becomes Sailor Chibi Moon for the first time. Her true awakening as a Sailor Senshi results in Neo Queen Serenity's own awakening from her longtime slumber.
Now awake, Neo Queen Serenity bestows much stronger planet powers on Sailors' Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus, and gifts Sailor Moon with the third evolution of her standard Sailor form with the Cosmic Heart Compact and a more powerful weapon-the Spiral Heart Moon Rod-to fight new enemies. With the past and future saved from nonexistence, Chibiusa decides to stay in the twentieth century to continue her training in order to become a full-fledged Sailor Soldier.
- Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon - Kotono Mitsuishi
- Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury - Hisako Kanemoto
- Rei Hino/Sailor Mars - Rina Sato
- Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter - Ami Koshimizu
- Minako Aino/Sailor Venus - Shizuka Ito
- Luna - Ryo Hirohashi
- Artemis - Youhei Oobayashi
- Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask - Kenji Nojima
- Chibiusa Tuskino/Sailor Chibi Moon - Misato Fukuen
- Sailor Pluto - Ai Maeda
- Queen Beryl - Misa Watanabe
- Queen Metaria - Yoko Matsuoka
- Jadeite - Daisuke Kishio
- Nephrite - Kosuke Toriumi
- Zoisite - Masaya Matsukaze
- Kunzite - Eiji Takemoto
Black Moon Clan
- Prince Demande - Mamoru Miyano
- Saphir - Tsubasa Yonaga
- Rubeus - Hiroki Takahashi
- Esmeraude - Houko Kuwashima
- Wiseman - Hiroshi Iwasaki
- Koan - Satsuki Yukino
- Berthier - Rumi Kasahara
- Petz - Wasabi Mizuta
- Calaveras - Tomoe Hanba
- Ikuko Tsukino - Yuko Mizutani
- Shingo Tsukino - Seira Ryu
- Kenji Tsukino - Mitsuaki Madono
- Naru Osaka - Satomi Sato
- Haruna Sakurada - Akemi Kanda
- Motoki Furuhata - Hiroshi Okamoto
- Gurio Umino - Daiki Yamashita
- Yumiko - Hyang-Ri Kim
- Kuri - Yukiko Morishita
- Mayumi Osaka - Sanae Kobayashi
- Original Creator - Naoko Takeuchi
- Director - Munehisa Sakai
- Series Script Supervisor - Yuuji Kobayashi
- Animation Producer - Toei Animation
- Theme Song Performance - Momoiro Clover Z
- Character designer - Yukie Sako
- Series composer - Yasuharu Takanashi
- Art directors - Takashi Kurahashi and Yumi Hosaka
- Animation directors - Kozue Komatsu
- Soundtrack production - King Record Company, Limited
- Color Design - Kunio Tsujita and Tomoko Kobiki
- Director of Photography - Takeo Ogiwara
Announcement Of The Anime, First Delay, And First New Estimated Premiere
The newly modified anime series was first announced at a 20th anniversary event streamed on niconico on July 6, 2012. There, it was announced that it would premiere in the summer of 2013. It was also announced that Momoiro Clover Z will be singing the theme song for the anime.
It was officially announced in spring 2013 that the Sailor Moon anime that was supposed to start airing in the summer of 2013 was going to be delayed until further notice.
In July 2013, the new Sailor Moon anime was officially estimated to premiere in November 2013 - January 2014. Nakayoshi Magazine announced that the series was officially in production followed by those dates of expected premiere.
Second Estimated Premiere, Second Delay and Third Estimated PremiereDuring the second 20th Anniversary event on August 4, 2013, it was revealed that the new Sailor Moon anime will air in December 2013, and that it would be streamed internationally online via niconico. It was also revealed that Momoiro Clover Z will be doing both the opening and the ending for the new anime. Later, it was announced on October 17 that the anime will be subtitled in 10 languages.
It was confirmed January 9th that the anime will be premiering in July 2014. Before the announcement, Atsutoshi Umezawa confirmed in a press release that the new anime will not remake the old anime, but adapt from the manga.
Black Moon arc
At the Animate Girls Festival on November 7, 2014, the second half of Sailor Moon Crystal was announced and a key visual was shown as well. The second half, which premiered in January 2015, covers the Black Moon saga of the manga.
Later, Chibiusa's voice actress and Sailor Pluto's voice actress, as well as the new ending for the second half of the anime, were all announced on December 27, 2014, during an event. On January 26, 2015, the character designs and the cast for the members of the Black Moon Clan (excluding the Spectre Sisters) were all shown and announced on the official website for the twentieth anniversary project.
Main article: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Merchandise
- ↑ New "Sailor Moon" Anime Announced For Summer 2013 - Crunchyroll
- ↑ New Sailor Moon Anime Delayed - Anime News Network
- ↑ Sailor Moon Eyeliner and More - Miss Dream
- ↑ 12/27、イオンシネマ幕張新都心にて「美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal」ブラック・ムーン編突入世界最速先行上映会＆新キャスト発表イベントが開催決定！セーラー5戦士に加え、ちびうさ、セーラープルートキャストも登壇！：美少女戦士セーラームーン20周年プロジェクト公式サイト
- ↑ The announcement on the website