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Sailor Moon Crystal

Sailor Moon Crystal

Original title: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal
Characters: Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon, Ami Mizuno / Sailor Mercury, Rei Hino / Sailor Mars, Makoto Kino / Sailor Jupiter, Minako Aino / Sailor Venus, Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask, Chibiusa / Sailor ChibiMoon, Haruka Ten'ou / Sailor Uranus, Michiru Kaiou / Sailor Neptune, Setsuna Meiou / Sailor Pluto, Hotaru Tomoe / Sailor Saturn, Luna, Artemis, Diana
Author: Naoko Takeuchi
Production: Toei Animation
Regia: Chiaki Kon
Country: Japan
: 4 April 2016
Broadcast in Italy: December 2016
Gender: Fantasy / Maghette / Sentiment / Shojo
Episodes: 13 mm
Duration: 24 minutes
Recommended age: Girls aged 6 to 12

Twenty years have passed since Sailor warriors appeared in the world of animation and manga and to celebrate this particular event, in 2014 the series entitled Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal was born, known in Italy with the simple name of Sailor Moon Crystal, which is broadcast on the RAI Gulp channel from December 2016.
The animated television series passes directly into the hands of Toei Animation Studio, which created the series using the most modern animation techniques recently.
As for the plot, it is the same as the first series of Sailor Moon, with one substantial difference: many filler episodes, designed specifically for the animated series and absent in the manga, have been completely removed.
The same goes for the themes and adventures of the protagonists, who follow with greater fidelity the events that are told in the paper work of the manga comic.
Basically, Sailor Moon Crystal is a reinterpretation of the first animated series, adapted and made more faithful, the same thing that happened several years ago with Dragon Ball and the Kai series.

The protagonists

Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon
Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon

The protagonists of the television series are five and they are all girls.
In the first place there is Sailor MoonUsagi's alter ego called Bunny in the classic TV series.
It is a messy girl who seems to be awake and very naive who obviously tries to avoid taking any action that could lead to physical or mental fatigue.
Sometimes foul-mouthed and very shy, she is the first Sailor and the true protagonist of the series.

You love Mizuno / Sailor Mercury
You love Mizuno / Sailor Mercury

It is flanked by the first of the Sailors discovered by the protagonist, or Amy: it is Sailor mercury which, unlike the protagonist, uses more the brain and the analysis to be able to defeat the opponents and at the same time to prevent her companions from getting into trouble during a mission against the forces of evil.

Rei Hino / Sailor Mars
Rei Hino / Sailor Mars

Follows Rea, original name Rei, that is Sailor mars, who from a certain point of view is Usagi's friend-enemy-rival.
The relationship between the two is often very conflicting since both are similar in their way of acting and reasoning and both love the same boy who, unaware of this, tries to maintain the perfect relationship with both.

Makoto Kino / Sailor Jupiter
Makoto Kino / Sailor Jupiter

The fourth Sailor is Sailor jupiter, or Makot which in Italy was known, and still is today, with the names of Morea and Morena depending on the television series.
A judo fighter and very enterprising, this is one of the secondary protagonists as the first three manage to carve out a role of greater importance during the television series.

Minako Aino / Sailor Venus
Minako Aino / Sailor Venus

Finally, how Sailor, there is that V, or Venus, who turns out to be Mamoru, known in Italy as Marta: she becomes Sailor in parallel with Usagi but will only discover in the course of the series that she is not the only warrior.
Starting from the second season of Chibiusa adds, or Sailor ChibiMoon, daughter in the future of Usagi as well as her friend and in some places also a rival and very spiteful towards the protagonist.
The only male protagonist is Marzio, or Milord, the boy for whom the warriors and in particular Usagi and Rei become attached, developing an affection that goes far beyond friendship.

The cat Luna
The cat Luna

Cats Luna e Artemis instead they act as a side dish and advisers to the various warriors of the series, to which other characters of absolutely secondary caliber will be added.

A fundamental episode

The fundamental episode, to understand and see if the plot is actually faithful to the manga, is the opening one of the first season, entitled Sailor Moon Usagi.
In this first episode you will meet the lazy and clumsy protagonist who completely ignores the strange joke that fate has decided to reserve for her.
The future warrior is completely unaware that, in a very short time, she will meet with her adviser, or with the cat Luna.
The student will initially believe she is in a dream since the cat will tell her all her story but, of course, she is not believed: on the contrary, Usagi will try to escape from what should be her main task, that is to protect the Earth from many threats that will be revealed one after the other during the series.
After a very stormy start between the two, the girl will find herself having to make the most of all her powers and face an enemy who, even though he is also unprepared and weak, puts the protagonist in serious difficulty who only by believing in his forces and above all trying to follow the advice of his cat, as well as thanks to the arrival of the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, he will be able to defeat the powerful enemy.
Sailor Moon then makes her appearance and obviously she will learn to defend herself and to rely more on her abilities, trying to avoid having to rely on other characters, and in particular on her ally and on the cat Luna who, after the first advice, it will have a less important role in the battles except for some rare cases.

Sailor Moon Crystal

Final comment

After twenty years the first series of Sailor Moon is re-proposed with important changes that manage to make it almost like a series parallel to the very first one broadcast almost twenty-five years ago both in Japan and in Italy.
Partly different dubbing and adaptation that still allow us to appreciate the series and above all allow the new generations to get to know one of the protagonists of the old era who, with her simple adventures, entertained the girls up to the adolescent age.
The new version of Sailor Moon, albeit shorter and with that tone already seen, manages to be incredibly involving and emotionally pleasant to follow.
If you then add the improvements made in terms of plot and graphically, it is impossible not to begin to appreciate this new television series which, at least for now, has stopped at the second season even if this does not mean that the series does not have a sequel. given the good report expressed by the Japanese public, which will have greater value than the European and global ones.

All characters and images of Sailor Moon are copyright Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha, Toei Animation and right holders. they are used here for cognitive and informative purposes.

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