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Sailor Moon (Season One) Part Two – Review

Sailor-Moon-Season-One-Part-Two-Cover-Image-01Usagi Tsukino has only just been reminded of her true identity, that she is Princess Serenity; heiress to the Moon Kingdom, and she’s discovered that, while there’s no rabbit pounding rice cakes on the Earth’s moon…there once was a prosperous kingdom lead by the kind-hearted Queen Serenity, who sacrificed her own life for the safety of her people.

In the second part of Sailor Moon season one, it looks as though things are beginning to shift in huge ways: Usagi and the Sailor Scout gang are no longer just super-powered teenagers, they’re something much more than that…they’re galactic royalty!

Madman Entertainment’s Australian release of Sailor Moon (Season One) Part Two sets the series on a straight and narrow path towards it’s end, and despite it’s continued “monster of the week” style episode layout, the ending of season one truly does go off with a bang: One the likes of which has stayed in the hearts of fans for many years, and will continue to remain there for many years to come.

Thank you, once again, to Madman Entertainment for allowing us to experience the classic Anime series that captured the hearts and minds of people from across the globe. It truly is an honour, despite the outcome of the review.

Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury and Sailor Mars continue their quest for the Legendary Silver Crystal as two new powerful allies join the fight. Sailor Jupiter is the tall and tough Guardian of Thunder, and Sailor Venus is the Guardian of Love and the most experienced member. Sailor Moon herself gets an impressive new power and learns more about the mysterious Tuxedo Mask. Could their distant past be intertwined, and does that have anything to do with the Moon Princess they seek? The final ordeal with Queen Beryl looms on the horizon, and it will take everything the Sailor Guardians have to be victorious! – Madman Entertainment

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Coming as quite a shock; this release began with a huge reveal, followed up by a level of character development I truly never expected from series heroine Sailor Moon (Usagi). Unfortunately for myself and the series as a whole, it seems as though Tuxedo Mask (Mamoru) is the only one permanently effected by the devestating nature of this revelation.

By the end of this small episode arc, the girls are all back to being themselves, almost forgetting about the events that, for all intents and purposes, should have rocked them to the absolute core…for more than a day and a half. It is at this point in time that the series returns to it’s “monster of the week” way of storytelling, and this continues up until the final disc of the release which features the final, incredibly cinematic, episodes of the season.

Now, it is those episodes that truly made this series one worth watching, and despite the fact that it ends in such a cliche manner, it still remains as quite the fitting end. Not only do you get to see the true natures of the individual Sailor Scouts and their willingness to sacrifice themselves for the greater good, but you get to see Usagi’s hidden potential to be a true hero shine brighter than it ever has before. In my humble opinion; this is, perhaps, the best way the series could have ended…considering it’s continuation into season two, past the overarching story of Queen Beryl’s would-be takeover

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I’m glad to have been able to experience this iteration of Sailor Moon, considering it’s slightly updated visuals and entirely new voice cast, all of which bring their very best to the individual roles of the Sailor Scouts and all those who support them. I felt true emotion from these characters during the final episodes. Emotion so strong that it genuinely made me quite sad. Sadder than I thought I’d ever get over Sailor Moon. The voice cast combined with the overtly 80s soundtrack made for quite the enjoyable auditory experience as a whole.

Visually, though obviously dated, Sailor Moon features a classic charm that newer Anime simply do not have. Now, of course, the animation quality of the series is quite low, but the background images are all wonderfully painted, and the development staff clearly understand how to properly use colour, so despite it’s choppy quality, it still remains as quite a visually appealing Anime. Of course, the recycling of visuals does get quite tedious, but it is easy to overlook, considering it’s age.

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At times, Sailor Moon was a hard Anime to sit through for long periods of time. Despite it’s new cast, it is still a product of it’s time. Eventually the “monster of the week” layout becomes monotonous, and quite boring, but the Anime keeps you watching with it’s light-hearted nature, that evolves into something much heavier as the series goes on.

Not driven by feelings of nostalgia, it was hard for me to blindlylove this series as many do…but I can totally understand why. I don’t believe it holds up in 2016, but then again, it really doesn’t have to. This truly is a series for those of you who grew up with it, but even in saying that, I could find things to love quite easily, and certain story features will remain with me for quite some time.

Madman Entertainment have done something great by bringing this series into the new age. No, it doesn’t hold up to modern series’, but it is a trail-blazing Anime that deserve it’s credit. Those of you who loved it years ago will continue to do so, and those of you who didn’t (like myself) will find something to enjoy. It’s not perfect, but hell…it doesnt have to be. Enjoy it for exactly what it is: Sailor Moon.

Experience it for yourself thanks to Madman Entertainment. To grab a copy of Sailor Moon (Season One) Part Two Click Here.

Grade: C+

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