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Sailor Moon Crystal
Sailor Moon Crystal Logo
Title card of Sailor Moon Crystal intro
Country of origin Japan (original broadcast),
North America (Intl. broadcast)
No. of episodes 39[1]
Premiere "Act 1: Usagi, Sailor Moon"
Finale "Act 38: Infinity 12, Infinite, Journey"
Movie
Broadcast
Original channel Niconico (Japan)
Crunchyroll (Intl. broadcast)
Hulu (Intl. Broadcast)
Original run July 5, 2014 - Present
Time slot Niconico: 6:00AM[2]
Crunchyroll: 6:00AM ET (10:00 UTC)[2],
Hulu: 6:00AM ET (10:00 UTC)[2]
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Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal Bishōjo Senshi Sērāmūn Kurisutaru?, lit. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal), is a 2014 adaptation of the Naoko Takeuchi 1992 manga series. Sailor Moon Crystal celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Sailor Moon franchise with the intention of a creating a "shot-for-shot" adaptation of Takeuchi's manga and storyline.

Official Description

"Usagi Tsukino is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she's also one spirited eighth grader. One Day she meets a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead and transforms into the pretty sailor-suited guardian and justice, Sailor Moon! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi apparently has a mission to protect a princess and and to find her fellow Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal. Meanwhile Queen Beryl of the Dark Kingdom sends her subordinates to the town where Usagi lives. They cause strange events to occur there, all in the effort to acquire the tremendously powerful Silver Crystal. Can Sailor Moon and the other Guardians successfully find the Legendary Silver Crystal and protect the princess...?"
—Official Summary

Summary

Dark Kingdom Arc

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.

Black Moon Clan Arc

With the arrival of Chibiusa from the future, things take a strange turn for the Sailor Guardians. At the same time, the Black Moon Clan also appear. After Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Jupiter are captured by Koan, Berthier, and Petz, though at the cost of them being destroyed while Rubeus takes the captured Guardians with him, Calaveras meets her end before she can kidnap Sailor Venus, at which point Chibiusa admits she's from the future to Venus, Sailor Moon, and Tuxedo Mask, and agrees to take them back to her time, meeting the Sailor Guardian of the Time Gate, Sailor Pluto.

Upon discovering the wasteland of 30th century Crystal Tokyo as a result of the Black Moon Clan's attacks, Sailor Moon is kidnapped by Prince Demande, due to her resemblance to her future self, Neo Queen Serenity. Tuxedo Mask's future self, King Endymion, explains the history of the Black Moon Clan, Nemesis, and Chibiusa being Usagi and Mamoru's future child. When Tuxedo Mask and Chibiusa are separated in the time stream, Wiseman uses the opportunity to brainwash Chibiusa to his side, turning her into Black Lady.

Meanwhile, Usagi is able to free herself and the captured Sailor Guardians from Nemesis and return to Earth, only to then learn of Wiseman's true identity as the Death Phantom. Demande loses his sanity and attempts to merge the Silver Crystals of the past and future, which would be catastrophic, forcing Pluto to break her cardinal rule to never stop time to prevent it, which results in her losing her life for violating her duty.

This manages to break Death Phantom's hold on Black Lady, who reverts back to Chibiusa before transforming into Sailor Chibi Moon. Together, Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon destroy Death Phantom and Nemesis, before Chibiusa then has to return home to the future, only to then be sent back by her mother to receive proper training as a Sailor Guardian, giving Usagi a gift from her future self, the Heart Moon Rod.

Death Busters Arc

Episodes

Season One

Dark Kingdom Arc

Ep. # Episode Title NA Airdate
1 "Act 1: Usagi, Sailor Moon" November 20, 2015
2 "Act 2: Ami, Sailor Mercury" November 20, 2015
3 "Act 3: Rei, Sailor Mars" November 27, 2015
4 "Act 4: Masquerade Dance Party" December 4, 2015
5 "Act 5: Makoto, Sailor Jupiter" December 11, 2015
6 "Act 6: Tuxedo Mask..." December 18, 2015
7 "Act 7: Mamoru Chiba, Tuxedo Mask" December 25, 2015
8 "Act 8: Minako, Sailor V" January 1, 2016
9 "Act 9: Serenity, Princess" January 8, 2016
10 "Act 10: Moon" January 15, 2016
11 "Act 11: Reunion, Endymion" January 22, 2016
12 "Act 12: Enemy, Queen Metaria" January 29, 2016
13 "Act 13: Final Battle, Reincarnation" February 5, 2016
14 "Act 14: Conclusion and Commencement, Petite Étrangere" February 12, 2016

Season Two

Black Moon Arc

Ep. # Episode Title NA Airdate
15 "Act 15: Infiltration, Sailor Mars" February 19, 2016
16 "Act 16: Abduction, Sailor Mercury" February 26, 2016
17 "Act 17: Secret, Sailor Jupiter" March 4, 2016
18 "Act 18: Invasion, Sailor Venus" March 11, 2016
19 "Act 19: Time Warp, Sailor Pluto" March 18, 2016
20 "Act 20: Crystal Tokyo, King Endymion" March 25, 2016
21 "Act 21: Complication, Nemesis" April 1, 2016
22 "Act 22 - Hidden Agenda, Nemesis" April 8, 2016
23 "Act 23: Covert Maneuvers, Wiseman" April 15, 2016
24 "Act 24: Attack, Black Lady" April 22, 2016
25 "Act 25: Showdown, Death Phantom" April 29, 2016
26 "Act 26: Replay, Never Ending" May 6, 2016

Season Three

Death Busters Arc

Ep. # Episode Title NA Airdate
27 "Act 27: Infinity 1, Premonition Part 1" TBA
28 "Act 27: Infinity 1, Premonition Part 2" TBA
29 "Act 28: Infinity 2, Ripples" TBA
30 "Act 29: Infinity 3, Two New Soldiers" TBA
31 "Act 30: Infinity 4, Sailor Uranus Haruka Tenou, Sailor Neptune Michiru Kaiou" TBA
32 "Act 31: Infinity 5, Sailor Pluto, Setsuna Meiou" TBA
33 "Act 32: Infinity 6, Three Guardians" TBA
34 "Act 33: Infinity 7, Transformation, Super Sailor Moon" TBA
35 "Act 34 - Infinity 8, Infinite Labyrinth 1" TBA
36 "Act 35: Infinity 9: Infinite Labyrinth 2" TBA
37 "Act 36: Infinity 10, Infinite, Upper Atmosphere" TBA
38 "Act 37: Infinity 11, Infinite, Judge" TBA
39 "Act 38: Infinity 12, Infinite, Journey" TBA

Characters

Sailor Guardians

Character Cast
Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) Stephanie Sheh
Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury) Kate Higgins
Rei Hino (Sailor Mars) Cristina Vee
Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter) Amanda C. Miller
Minako Aino (Sailor Venus) Cherami Leigh
Setsuna Meioh (Sailor Pluto) Veronica Taylor
Haruka Tenou (Sailor Uranus) Erica Mendez
Michiru Kaiou (Sailor Neptune) Lauren Landa
Hotaru Tomoe (Sailor Saturn) Christine Marie Cabanos
Chibiusa Tsukino (Sailor Chibi Moon) Sandy Fox

Other Characters

Character Cast
Mamrou Chiba (Tuxedo Mask) Robbie Daymond
Luna Michelle Ruff
Artemis Johnny Young Bosch
Naru Osaka Danielle Judovits
Shingo Tsukino Nicolas Roye
Isuko Tsukino Tara Platt
Kenji Tuskino Keith Silverstein
Gurio Umino Benjamin Diskin
Motoki Furuhata Lucien Dodge

Dark Kingdom

Character Cast
Queen Metalia Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Queen Beryl Cindy Robinson
Jadeite Todd Haberkorn
Nephrite Liam O'Brien
Zoicite Lucien Dodge
Kunzite Patrick Seitz

Black Moon Clan

Character Cast
Wiseman (Death Phantom) Steve Kramer
Koan Claudia Lenz
Berthier Cindy Robinson
Calaveras Cassandra Lee Morris
Petz Jessica Gee
Rubeus Steve Cannon
Esmeraude Rena S. Mandel
Saphir Greg Felden
Prince Demande Matthew Mercer
Black Lady Tiffany Fox

Death Busters

Character Cast
Souichi Tomoe Keith Silverstein
Germatoid Keith Silverstein
Kaorinite Tara Platt
Eudial Erin Fitzgerald
Mimete Kira Buckland
Tellu Laura Post
Viluy Cricket Brown
Cyprine Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Ptilol Susan Aceron
Mistress 9 Christine Marie Cabanos
Pharaoh 90 N/A

Production

2012

At a July 6, 2012 press conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the series, Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha and idol group Momoiro Clover Z announced that a new anime adaptation of Sailor Moon was in production and scheduled to premiere in Summer 2013 for a simultaneous worldwide release,[3][4] with Momoiro Clover Z performing both the opening and ending themes.[5]

2013

Following the announcement of a new series in 2012, in April 2013, it was announced that the new anime would be delayed.[6] Months later, on August 4, 2013, the new anime would be streamed during the winter of 2014.[5] On January 9, 2014, it was announced that Sailor Moon would instead premiere during July 2014.[7]

2014

On March 13, 2014, the official website for the new anime was updated to reveal a countdown, that began on March 14, regarding a special announcement that would be revealed on March 21st, 2014.[8] That same day, an image displaying the key visual art, synopsis and staff for Sailor Moon Crystal were announced on Toei's website. The official artwork also revealed the name for the anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal Bishōjo Senshi Sērāmūn Kurisutaru?). The series is animated by Toei Animation and directed by Munehisa Sakai.[9]

At the 20th Anniversary Project Special Stage on April 27, 2014, the Japanese cast and premiere date were announced. Sailor Moon Crystal would premiere on July 5, 2014 with the first episodes premiering on the first and third Saturdays of each month.[10]

While Kotono Mitsuishi reprised her role as protagonist Sailor Moon, from the previous series, a new cast of voice actresses were chosen for the four Sailor Guardians. Hisako Kanemoto was cast as Sailor Mercury, Rina Satō would voice Sailor Mars, the voice of Sailor Jupiter would be provided by Ami Koshimizu, and Sailor Venus would be voiced by Shizuka Itō.[10]

On April 30, it was announced that Sailor Moon Crystal would run for 26 episodes, streaming via Niconico, on the first and third Saturday of each month for a whole year from July 5 onwards.[1] Crunchyroll would also stream the series on their website on July 5, 2014 at 6:00am ET (10:00 UTC).[2] The first trailer for Sailor Moon Crystal was published on YouTube on June 5, along with an announcement of the voice talent slated to play Tuxedo Mask and Luna (Kenji Nojima and Ryo Hirohashi respectively.)[11] A starter book for Sailor Moon Crystal was released during the Summer of 2014. The book included interviews with the new Japanese cast and information for the fans.[12]

2015

On September 28, 2015, the day in which the final episode of the Black Moon arc was aired on Japanese television, it was announced that production for the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal was given the green light. The third season of Sailor Moon Crystal is known as the Death Busters arc, which is based on the Infinity arc of the manga.[13] Chiaki Kon replaced Sakai as the series director.

2016

The newly appointed staff and cast for the third season were announced in a live webcast on January 27, 2016.[14] The first episode of the Death Busters Arc was previewed at a special event held at Animate Ikebukuro store in Tokyo on March 6, 2016.[15] The third season began its regular airing on April 4, 2016.[16]

2017

On January 25, 2017, a fourth season of Sailor Moon Crystal was announced on the Sailor Moon 25th anniversary website,[17] later confirmed to be a theatrical film project divided into two parts, with Kon returning as main director.[18]

English Distribution

Main article: Sailor Moon (series)

July 2014, Viz Media gained the license for Sailor Moon Crystal anime for simulcast streaming.[19][20] Viz aimed to release the franchise digitally with English subtitles beginning in Summer 2014, followed by a new English voice dub starting in late 2014. June 2014, Viz was only exercising its video streaming rights in the United States, plans for streaming the series to viewers in Canada not yet announced at time.[21]

July 2015, Viz Media officially announced that the English localization for Sailor Moon Crystal would debut at the 2015 Anime Expo.[22] The dub for Crystal would use the same cast used in the new localization of the original Sailor Moon series.[23] On November 2015, the English dub of the first two episodes and were made available to watch on Hulu.

Home Video Release

Japanese Release

The first two seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal were released in Japan in thirteen Blu-ray box sets. Each volume contained two episodes. A limited edition Blu-ray was released first. A regular DVD and Blu-ray were released a month later on the exact date of the next limited edition Blu-ray. The first limited edition Blu-ray was released on October 15, 2014.[24][25][26]

North American Release

The first season of Sailor Moon Crystal was released on standard DVD and Blu-Ray August 16, 2016 with a limed edition set released at the same time for both formats.[27][28] The standard and limited edition DVD and Blu-Ray of second season of the series was released in early on February 28, 2017.[29][30] The third season of Sailor Moon Crystal is pending a December 5, 2017 release.[31][32]

Home Video Guide

Media Title Release Date
Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 August 16, 2016
Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 February 28, 2017
Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Limited Edition August 16, 2016
Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Limited Edition February 28, 2017
Sailor Moon Crystal Set 3 December 5, 2017
Sailor Moon Crystal Set 3 Limited Edition December 5, 2017

Videos

Gallery

Promotional

Official Artwork

Screenshots

Scans

Trivia

  • The premiere episode, "Usagi - Sailor Moon" was viewed one million times in two days, with a total of 250,000 comments globally.[33]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sailor Moon Crystal Anime Confirmed for 26 Episodes - News
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Crunchyroll to Stream Sailor Moon Crystal
  3. Sailor Moon Manga Gets New Anime in Summer 2013 - July 6, 2012
  4. New 'Sailor Moon' Reboot Arrives in 2013 - July 6, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 New Sailor Moon Anime to Stream Worldwide This Winter
  6. New Sailor Moon Anime Delayed - Anime News Network
  7. New Sailor Moon Anime by Toei to Premiere in July – News
  8. Sailor Moon Website's Animation Page Opens a Countdown – News
  9. 2014's New Sailor Moon Crystal Anime's 1st Image, Story Intro Posted Online – News
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kotono Mitsuishi Leads New Sailor Moon Crystal Anime
  11. アニメ『美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal』TRAILER(PRETTY GUARDIAN SAILORMOON Crystal TRAILER)
  12. Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Guide Book & Sailor Moon Crystal Book - Sailor Moon Collectiables
  13. Sailor Moon Crystal Gets 3rd Season on Death Busters
  14. Sailor Moon Crystal: Death Busters Arc" Cast Additions Introduced
  15. The first episode of the Infinity Arc of Sailor Moon Crystal will be previewed at a March 6th event
  16. Sailor Moon Crystal 3rd Season's Premiere Date, Theme Songs Revealed - News
  17. Sailor Moon Crystal Anime Gets Sequel - News". Anime News Network
  18. Sailor Moon Crystal Anime 4th Season Revealed as 2-Part Film Project
  19. Viz Licenses New Sailor Moon Crystal Anime
  20. Viz Licenses Original Sailor Moon Anime Franchise
  21. Neon Alley
  22. The Sailor Moon Crystal English dub will premier at Anime Expo on July 3rd in Los Angeles
  23. The voice cast from Viz’s Sailor Moon Crystal dub will be the same as the cast of the new dub of the original anime
  24. セーラームーンCrystalのBDは、オルゴールが付く豪華版|work=Natalie|publisher=Natasha Inc.
  25. アニメ「美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal」DVD(通常版)第1巻
  26. アニメ「美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal」Blu-ray(初回限定豪華版)第1巻
  27. Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Blu-Ray/DVD
  28. Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD + GWP
  29. Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD
  30. Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Blu-Ray/DVD
  31. Sailor Moon Crystal Set 3 Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD
  32. Third ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ Season 3 Anime Season DVD/BD Artwork Arrives
  33. "Sailor Moon Crystal" 1st Episode Viewed One Million Times in Two Days

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