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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 26[1]
Premiere "Act 1: Usagi, Sailor Moon"
Finale "Act 26: Replay, Never Ending"
Movie
Broadcast
Original channel Niconico (Japan)
Crunchyroll (Intl. broadcast)
Hulu (Intl. Broadcast)
Original run July 5, 2014 - July 18, 2015
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

PENDING

Episodes

Dark Kingdom Arc

Ep. # Episode Title Airdate
1 "Act 1: Usagi, Sailor Moon" July 5, 2014
2 "Act 2: Ami, Sailor Mercury" July 19, 2014
3 "Act 3: Rei, Sailor Mars" August 2, 2014
4 "Act 4: Masquerade Dance Party" August 16, 2014
5 "Act 5: Makoto, Sailor Jupiter" September 6, 2014
6 "Act 6: Tuxedo Mask..." September 20, 2014
7 "Act 7: Mamoru Chiba, Tuxedo Mask" October 4, 2014
8 "Act 8: Minako, Sailor V" October 18, 2014
9 "Act 9: Serenity, Princess" November 1, 2014
10 "Act 10: Moon" November 15, 2014
11 "Act 11: Reunion, Endymion" December 6, 2014
12 "Act 12: Enemy, Queen Metaria" December 20, 2014
13 "Act 13 - Final Battle, Reincarnation" January 3, 2015

Black Moon Arc

Ep. # Episode Title Airdate
14 "Act 14: Conclusion and Commencement, Petite Étrangere" January 17, 2015
15 "Act 15: Infiltration, Sailor Mars" February 7, 2015
16 "Act 16: Abduction, Sailor Mercury" February 21, 2015
17 "Act 17: Secret, Sailor Jupiter" March 7, 2015
18 "Act 18: Invasion, Sailor Venus" March 21, 2015
19 "Act 19: Time Warp, Sailor Pluto" April 4, 2015
20 "Act 20: Crystal Tokyo, King Endymion" April 18, 2015
21 "Act 21: Complication, Nemesis" May 2, 2015
22 "Act 22 - Hidden Agenda, Nemesis" May 16, 2015
23 "Act 23: Covert Maneuvers, Wiseman" June 6, 2015
24 "Act 24: Attack, Black Lady" June 20, 2015
25 "Act 25: Showdown, Death Phantom" July 4, 2015
26 "Act 26: Replay, Never Ending" July 18, 2015

Characters

Sailor Guardians

Character Voice Actor(s)
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
Sailor Pluto Veronica Taylor
Chibiusa Tsukino/Sailor Chibi Moon Sandy Fox

Allies

Character Voice Actor(s)
Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask Robbie Daymond
Luna Michelle Ruff
Artemis Johnny Young Bosch

Friends and Family

Character Voice Actor(s)
Naru Osaka Danielle Judovits
Shingo Tsukino Nicolas Roye
Ikuko Tsukino Tara Platt
Kenji Tsukino Keith Silverstein
Gurio Umino Benjamin Diskin
Motoki Furuhata Lucien Dodge

Dark Kingdom

Character Voice Actor(s)
Queen Metalia Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Queen Beryl Cindy Robinson
Jadeite Todd Haberkorn
Nephrite Liam O'Brien
Zoisite Lucien Dodge
Kunzite Patrick Seitz

Black Moon Clan

Character Voice Actor(s)
Wiseman/Death Phantom Steve Kramer
Prince Demande Matt Mercer
Saphir Greg Feldman
Rubeus Steve Staley
Esmeraude Rena S. Mandel
Black Lady Sandy Fox
Koan Eden Riegel
Berthier Cindy Robinson
Calaveras Cassandra Lee Morris
Petz Jessica Gee

Production History

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 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 theme music.[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, it was confirmed that the new anime will be streamed in the winter.[5] On January 9, 2014, it was announced that the new anime will premiere in July.[7]

2014

On March 13, 2014, the official website for the new anime was updated to reveal a countdown (beginning on March 14), regarding a special announcement that will be revealed on March 21, 2014.[8] That same day, an image displaying the key visual art, synopsis and staff for the new anime were announced on Toei's website, revealing 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 cast and premiere date were announced; the anime will premiere on July 5, 2014, with episodes premiering on the first and third Saturdays of each month.[10]

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

On April 30, it was announced the series 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 the new anime 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]

English Distribution

Main article: Sailor Moon (series)

July 2014, Viz Media gained the license for Sailor Moon Crystal anime for simulcast streaming.[12][13] 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.[14]

July 2015, Viz Media officially announced that the official English Dub for Sailor Moon Crystal would debut at the 2015 Anime Expo.[15] The dub for Crystal would use the same cast used to redub the the original Sailor Moon series.[16]

On November 2015, the dubbed versions of the first two episodes and were made available to watch on Hulu.

Merchandise

A starter book for the new anime is set to be released in Summer 2014. The book will include interviews with the cast and information for the fans.[17]

Videos

Gallery

Promotional

Screenshots

Concept Art

Scans

Notes

  • The premiere episode, "Usagi - Sailor Moon" was viewed one million times in two days, with a total of 250,000 comments globally.[18]

Trivia

To Be Added

References

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