Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 contains the first 14 episodes of the show. All episodes feature a newly commissioned English dub, and come with an option to watch with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles. The show is available as both a standard DVD edition and a limited edition DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack (which is the one I’m reviewing and pictured above!).
Now let me start by saying that if you’ve already seen the episodes and enjoyed the show, then this box set is a MUST-HAVE! It’s so flipping gorgeous. The cards and art book are beautiful and the box and discs are just so perfect!
I was definitely a huge fan of the original series. Cosplaying as Sailor Venus is one of my fav things to do! However I’d never gotten around to checking out Sailor Moon Crystal.
So when I heard that Viz Media were bringing out a new dub of Crystal and that the series as a whole was much closer to the manga storyline and artwork, I decided it was time to give it a go!
Sailor Moon Crystal tells the story of Usagi Tsukino, an awkward teenage girl whose life is turned upside-down when she becomes Sailor Moon, guardian of justice and the Legendary Silver Crystal. With Tokyo under constant threat from the dark forces of Queen Metalia, Usagi’s arrival couldn’t have come at a better time. And luckily, she won’t have to do it alone! Other Sailor Guardians are awakening to join in the fight and help Usagi answer the biggest question of all: What power does the Legendary Silver Crystal hold?
The animation for the most part was pretty awesome. The characters were all a lot more beautiful and older looking than in the original series and pretty much spot on with the style of the manga, but it did get a little choppy from time to time.
Initially I found the series pretty hard to get into as the storyline felt very rushed and the character development was limited. Aside from shallow differences like ‘Sailor Mercury is super smart and Sailor Jupiter is tall’ their personalities and attitudes were all pretty much the same. This was very different from my memories of the original series where there was a lot more conflict between the sailor soldiers due to their very different and strong characteristics. In Crystal they’re almost sickeningly harmonious and get a long all the time. Don’t even get me started on the romance between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask. I almost literally couldn’t stomach the immediate obsession with each other and how pathetic Sailor Moon became anytime something was going bad for Tuxedo Mask. I would slap that girl. More than once.
And BTW! It’s not okay to kiss unconscious ladies OKAY TUXEDO MASK!? DO WE NEED TO HAVE A TALK!?
Even with these short-comings, the series gets better and better as you go and in the end is definitely worth the watch. I imagine the character development and differences between the sailor soldiers will only get stronger throughout the future episodes as well if the progression of these 14 episodes is anything to go by. There are some surprisingly ruthless moments, which the original series was also good at dishing out, like the conclusion of the conflict with the four Kings (which is pretty different to the Manga – so don’t assume you know).
Even though it was off to a rough start and I took awhile to warm to this version of Sailor moon, by the end of it I was very much looking forward to seeing the future episodes!
I also can’t help but stroke this beautiful box set from time to time, and that alone makes it all worthwhile 😛