Sailor Moon Crystal: Your Guide to the New Anime
We have everything you need to know about Sailor Moon Crystal including a viewing guide, and information on upcoming episodes.
Two years ago, Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi announced the development of a new Sailor Moon anime. Every snippit of news was scrutinized for whatever clues that could be found regarding the new series’ content, and desite a few delays, the hardcore Moonies never lost faith. Sailor Moon Crystal finally premiered on July 5th, 2014 as an online exclusive via streaming services such as Hulu, CrunchyRoll, and Niconico Douga, a Japanese streaming service offering subtitles for the series in ten languages.
Viz Media acquired the North American distribution rights to the new series as well as the original anime from the '90s and all ancillary properties including the movies and TV specials, and thus the content is also available through their streaming service, Neon Alley. New episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal go live online on the first and third Saturday of each month at 7:00 pm in Japan, (6:00 am EST).
Unlike the first anime, which was a rather loose adaptation of Takeuchi’s manga in both style and substance, Sailor Moon Crystal cleaves much closer to its source material. Not only is the look of the series much closer to Takeuchi’s art style, the story has been adapted with painstaking fidelity. Every episode of the series is based upon a chapter of the manga, certain shots even echoing iconic panels. While some liberties are taken, usually small touches to help grease the wheels, Crystal is more or less the original Sailor Moon manga brought to life on the screen, though it was more than happy to borrow the basic design of the Sailor Guardians’ transformation sequences from the first anime. Japanese Idol group Momoiro Clover Z performs both the blood-pumping prog metal opening theme “Moon Pride” as well as the soft rock closing theme “Moonbow.”
Crystal features an all-new voice cast with one very notable exception. Kotono Mitsuishi, who portrayed Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon herself has returned to reprise her iconic role. The rest of the casting info can be found here, and technical details here, because here at Den of Geek US, we cover all things Sailor Moon Crystal. And hey, if you prefer your Sailor Moon in original flavor, we’ve got plenty of coverage on that too, ranging from episodic reviews of the original anime to essential viewing guides to news on Viz Media’s home releases.
On the next page, you'll find a viewing guide to episodes that have already aired, followed by a page of rumors, speculation, and spoilers on the page after that. This is where the spoilers begin!