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The Sailor Moon Crystal trailer has landed

Big news, guys. The first teaser trailer for the Sailor Moon Crystal reboot series is finally here. Finally, we get to see the new art style in action. Take a gander:

Let’s do a bit of analysis on this, shall we? Read on:

First of all, the animation is great. It looks bright, colourful, interesting and true to the manga from the few seconds of footage that we have. Like the art style, I can’t say I’m completely enamoured with the animation. Usagi looks so slender, her legs look so ridiculously thin, that it feels like it’s a bit of a reversal in terms of body image.

Nice to see that in 21 years, she's still late for school

Nice to see that in 21 years, she’s still late for school

Yes the original animation gave the Senshi ridiculous legs, but in comparison the Sailor Moon Crystal Usagi looks like she’s got an eating disorder…

Saying that, I don’t think the art style will matter too much alongside the writing, the music, the voice acting & the plot. It certainly doesn’t repel me, and I’m glad they’ve chosen a style distinct from the classic anime.

Sailor Moon Crystal - Usagi hair

This was a really lovely little touch. Smiled at this!

We’ve gotten our first look at Luna, and she looks and sounds excellent. I do miss Keiko Han’s familiar voice, but hey, this is a reboot. I like the red glowing eyes, although I think they could have made her eyes a little more… cat-shaped, like they were in the manga.

I love the red eyes - makes her look rather ominous. This is the character who will probably the most similar between iterations. How much can you change Luna?

I love the red eyes – makes her look rather ominous. This is the character who will probably the most similar between iterations. How much can you change Luna?

Clearly from the content of the trailer, this is all from the first episode, where Usagi is dragged into the world of kicking monsters’ asses by Luna. This isn’t the greatest series of shots – Usagi’s mouth is constantly agape, and she looks a little vacant.

I feel like she should be drooling...

I feel like she should be drooling…

It’s clear that when Sailor Moon appears, it’s akin to the first episode of classic Sailor Moon, as well as the very first manga – she’s in the jewellery store operated by Naru’s mother. You can see the “Sale” banner in one shot.

I wonder if they'll keep that weird crying power she had for that one episode?

I wonder if they’ll keep that weird crying power she had for that one episode?

Altogether, nothing that’s at all too far from the classic series. I’m sure they’ll grow further and further apart as the series progresses.

Finally, we get Sailor Moon’s iconic pose and catch-phrase, “In the name of the Moon, I will punish you!” They’ve obviously tried to update her pose a little more, make sure they’re different from the original, but with the same voice actor Kotono Mitsuishi, it’s pretty hard.

Biiiiig wind up aaaaaaaand...

Biiiiig wind up aaaaaaaand…

KERPOW! My god her arms are long

KERPOW! My god her arms are long

In fact, the line gave me a huge wave of nostalgia and familiarity. Kotono’s performance is definitely different from previously. It may be age, or direction, or that she wants to take the character in a different direction, but while it’s clearly the same voice, it doesn’t feel like the same character.

And, as I said, since this is a reboot, that’s a good thing.

Man, sticking to the manga has made an almost shot-for-shot remake of the first episode

Man, sticking to the manga has made an almost shot-for-shot remake of the first episode

The trailer ends with a Momoiro Clover Z song. It’s fine I suppose, although it’s rather… pedestrian… for my liking. The beauty of Moonlight Densetsu was that it sounded so off-the-wall compared to J-Pop music, and still does, with it’s weird Russian influences.

I very much enjoyed this static shot. Really can't wait to see this anime

I very much enjoyed this static shot. Really can’t wait to see this anime. Sailor Venus’ legs look a little messed up, though… 

It may sound like I’m complaining – I’m not. I’m excited. With just under a month to go, I’m really looking forward to this series. I hope it’s good – it certain has its work cut out for it, but whether or not Sailor Moon Crystal is any good or not. at least it’ll be interesting.

Roll on 5th July! Remember you can view it with subtitles and all via streaming site NicoNico, from any country. Those lucky devils in the US will also be able to watch it on Hulu Plus later on in the year, and they are currently uploading the original Sailor Moon series, remastered (it’s still looking great), a few episodes at a time.

P.S. A few weeks back I wrote a Sailor Moon Crystal piece for Screen Robot, give it a read.

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