Anime / Sailor Moon Crystal

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal is the 2014 Animated Adaptation of Naoko Takeuchi's seminal Magical Girl Warrior manga Sailor Moon, which follows the plot of the manga more closely than the 1990s anime.

The first two seasons were simulcast worldwide on a twice-monthly basis (the first and third Saturdays of each month) via streaming services Nico Nico Douga, Crunchyroll, and Hulu's Neon Alley channel. Viz Media, who owns the North American license to the series, produced an English dub using the same voice actors and actresses from their re-dub of the 90s anime.

The first twenty-six episodes follows the events of the first two storylines, "Dark Kingdom" and "Wiseman", pretty much faithfully. The third season, based on the "Death Busters" arc, began on April 4, 2016. The trailer for Season 3 can be seen here.

Note: Only tropes unique to Sailor Moon Crystal should be placed here.


Tropes:

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  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • While Usagi's father Kenji was always considered to be reasonably good-looking (though more in an adorkable way) by fans of both the manga and the first anime, when he showed up in Episode 4 of Crystal the fans went all "WHOA THERE, SINCE WHEN IS HE HOT?!"
    • Same applies to practically any of the male characters. While Mamoru, Saphir and Demande were already considered pretty good-looking, even in the '90s anime, they became even better looking than before.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Downplayed. Generally, secondary and tertiary characters have had their hair and eye colors mildly to moderately desaturated as compared to the '90s anime, (and sometimes colorized manga art) in keeping with the series tendency towards a pastel, watercolor-influenced palette.
    • Princess Serenity has Mystical White Hair in color art for the manga, but in Crystal she remains blonde. This is most likely carried over from the '90s anime, which made the same change. Neo-Queen Serenity had pure white hair in the manga but here it's a very pale blond that could be mistaken for white. (A shot of Queen Serenity in the opening sequence showed her as blonde as well, but this turned out to be an error rather than an example of the trope; her hair color was corrected to her classic white as of Act 6, and all of her actual scenes in the series show her with white hair.)
    • Makoto's hair, which is typically pink in the original manga's color artwork, was changed to brown in the '90s animenote . In Crystal her hair is a lighter reddish brown shade that is a middle ground between the two previous versions.
    • Not even the clothes are spared from this problem, showing how rushed the episodes seem to be made. During the preview for Episode 17, Chibi-Usa is shown in her short-sleeved summer uniform, but retaining the winter uniform's coloring with the top being dark blue with white stripes. In Episode 17 itself, it regains its proper colors of being a short-sleeved white blouse with red for the collar and cuffs... at times, there are instances where it reverts to the blue color for one frame. This has been fixed on the Blu-ray release.
    • Neo-Queen Serenity either had pale blonde or Mystical White Hair up until Act 33, when it changed to blonde in a Flashback with Chibi-Usa. Whether this is a mistake or a definite change is unknown.
  • Adaptational Heroism: To some extent, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. While they're still aloof and distant, and still fit in the Anti-Hero role (they, along with Sailor Pluto are trying to kill Hotaru Tomoe to prevent she awakes as Sailor Saturn and bring the end of the world), they lack the Smug Super attitude of their 90s counterparts and they're respectful and polite to Usagi as the Princess of the Silver Millennium and the future Queen of the Neo Silver Millennium .
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • In Act 6 of the manga, Zoisite devises a plan to steal everyone's energy using TV broadcasts. Usagi watches one of the TV broadcasts and falls under a Mind Control spell. After a while, Usagi feels weak and faints on the street. Crystal has changed it so it'd be Usagi's mother who fell under the spell, but due to Crystal's status as a Shot-for-Shot Remake, the scene of Usagi fainting on the street shows up later with no explanation.
    • Still in Act 6, Sailor Moon faints after using her powers too much, and Tuxedo Mask carries her to his home. In the manga, she is still transformed when she wakes up, and detransforms at will, which is consistent with other scenes in that arc, where the senshi remain in uniform even when unconscious. In Crystal, she wakes up in her normal school clothes, despite still wearing the brooch, with no explanation why her transformation was undone.
    • Act 13 reveals that, as in the manga, the stones that the dead Shitennou were transformed into saved Mamoru from Sailor Moon's sword by acting as a Pocket Protector, and their spirits advise him on how Metalia can be defeated. However, in this version all four Shitennou are alive up until Act 12 and are killed elsewhere just before Sailor Moon strikes down evil-Mamoru, with nothing shown to explain how the stones containing the four's spirits ended up in Mamoru's possession.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The retention of Game Center Crown in Crystal may seem to run counter to its Setting Update to non-Japanese viewers, given that the Video Arcade isn't as popular in the west as it once was, and the 2003 tokusatsu's change to a Karaoke Bar, but though contracting, arcade gaming remains the largest sector of Japan's gaming market.
  • Art Shift:
    • Notably averted in the first two story arcs. While otherwise Truer to the Text, Crystal lacks the manga and first anime's shifts to broader comedy tropes like Chibi, Blank Face of Shame and Wingding Eyes, and dispenses with some associated Graphical Tropes, (Visible Sighs, large Sweat Drops and the like). While not lacking in slapstick, the result is a less Zany Cartoon tone. Played with in Act 19, where comedic elements were finally accompanied by the animated comedy tropes, such as Sailor Moon being shocked to hear that Chibi-Usa's a princess, or when Mamoru blushes wide-eyed when Usagi tells him that Chibi-Usa loves him, among some examples.
    • Played straight with the third season, which has a different art style due to Akira Takahashi replacing Yukie Sato as character designer, and employs more of the comedic exaggeration art tropes that the previous seasons did not.
  • Art Shifted Sequel:
    • In general, improvements in animation technology allow for better animation than in 1992. Toei also put deliberate effort into making the show resemble the manga more than the original anime, at least in the first two seasons; as a result, all the characters look taller and thinner than their '90s anime versions.
    • Crystal itself had this happen in Season 3 which had a new production team and addressed a lot of the issues with the first two seasons. While the new designs are based on the ones from the previous episodes, they are noticeably rounder and simpler, resulting in much fewer Off Model shots than the old ones.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Like in the manga, Sailor Pluto had a more prominent and decisive role in the Black Moon arc, unlike her 90s anime counterpart in Sailor Moon R.
    • Compared with her 90s anime counterpart, Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn has a more prominent role and more amount of screen-time in the third season.
  • Bi the Way: Usagi is infatuated not only with Tuxedo Mask and Mamoru, but with every single Senshi's looks as well. It's less intense with the Senshi (likely due to it being Mamoru that she ends up with), but definitely still there; she even follows Rei home specifically because of how pretty she is!
    • After getting kissed by Haruka in Sailor Guardian form, Usagi blushes like a madman every time Usagi thought about it or happened to bump into them.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • Episode 8 features Usagi finally kissing Mamoru after he saves her from an untimely death. This kiss is featured in the manga, but it's taken Up to Eleven in the anime. There's even sparkles.
    • Not a romantic one, but season three gives us won between Haruka and Usagi.
  • Bishōnen: Despite already being attractive, the majority of male characters that play a somewhat important role, ranging from Asanuma to Mamoru, have been given an increase in the looks department.
  • Bland-Name Product: In episode 7, Ami is looking up info on Sailor V on her 'Fine' Pad tablet.
  • Bloodless Carnage: A major difference from the manga, which wasn't shy of using High-Pressure Blood and messy death scenes all the way to Body Horror. This becomes really noticeable at the end of Act 12 when Sailor Moon kills both the possessed Mamoru and herself with a sword.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Mamoru, twice. First, at hands of Queen Beryl and the Dark Kingdom. Later, he is hypnotized by Black Lady in the Black Moon arc.
    • Chibiusa, who is corrupted by Wiseman and turned into Black Lady.
    • In Act 32 of the Infinity saga, both the Inner and the Outer Guardians, who are forced to fight one another due to Cyprine's mind control.
  • Breaking Speech: Nephrite almost gets Makoto with one in Act 5, mocking her for being fooled by appearances and for believing in love. Unfortunately for Nephrite, Sailor Moon saves the day with a well-timed counter-argument that inspires Makoto to fight back.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Minako - and Makoto and Usagi to a lesser extent - act this way in the third season. She tends to act immature and boy-crazy in her civilian form, but as Senshi she proves being very competent and effective as leader of the Sailor Senshi.
  • Call Back:
    • During the music video for "Moon Pride" as the Senshi are doing their Power Walk, Mars is the first Senshi to be featured walking alongside Sailor Moon before the others appear, as if in accordance to the bond the two had in the first anime. Mercury is added next, and it is these three walking together before both Jupiter and Venus are included. The shot of the three Senshi together also appears to refer to the first anime, when it was just Moon, Mars, and Mercury for the first half of the Dark Kingdom arc up to episode 25. Said walk is also similar to the one made by the aforementioned first three senshi in the first opening. This may also be a reference to the 90s anime, in the eyecatches of which the order of the Inner Senshi to appear is Mars - Mercury - Venus - Jupiter.
    • The beginning of Act 5 has a small nod to a subplot from the 90s anime where Nephrite seduces Naru. Nephrite explains to Beryl that his plan for this episode involves taking advantage of "humanity's greatest weakness" — love. The plan doesn't involve Naru at all, but the scene does cut over to a picture of Naru in a wedding dress that Usagi and her friends are fawning over immediately after he's done talking.
  • Conspicuous CG: The Cel Shaded 3D animation used during the opening and the Transformation Sequences in the first two seasons stands out from the rest of the animation.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • A few, given the way the senshi all meet, but there is a conspicuous aversion in Act 5 when Nephrite attacks Motoki and Makoto. None of the others are aware of this except for Tuxedo Mask, who then has to run to get Moon and bring her to the scene of the fight.
    • Episode 8, Minako runs into the other Sailors just as she's resolved to keep them out of what she knows to be a trap by Kunzite. The girls do explain that they were coming to find Minako in order to invite her to join them for dinner at Makoto's, but it's still highly convenient that they managed to run into her out on the sidewalk at that particular moment.
  • Creative Closing Credits:
  • Custom Uniform:
    • Ami wears a grey sweater over her school uniform, which serves to make her look slightly more modest and reserved as compared to her classmates.
    • Sailor Mercury's uniform is sleeveless, while all of the other girls have short padded sleeves.
    • Each of the Shitennou has a different color lining his uniform. Kunzite in particular stands out among the four, as he is the only one with an open collar, cape, drop earrings instead of plain studs, and shoes as opposed to tall boots.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: In Act 7, Zoisite attacks Sailor Moon before she can finish her "In The Name of The Moon..." speech. He would've killed her if Tuxedo Mask hadn't shown up.
    • In season 3, Tellun casually creates a barrier of energy-absoping flower petals before Sailor Moon finishes saying "Moon Spiral Heart Attack".
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: While the girls don't technically wear tight skirts, the shortness of the skirts in general makes one wonder how they never manage to show anything underneath (they wear leotards, so technically there still wouldn't be any Panty Shots).
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The third season's ending theme is called "Eternal Eternity".
  • Does Not Like Men: Unlike the 90s anime adaption, Rei's open distrust of men carries over from the manga into Crystal.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Four Generals are brought out of their brainwashing by the senshis only to be killed in the next frame by an energy wave sent by Queen Metalia.

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  • Early-Bird Cameo: The end of episode one shows Ami's fleeing the rain away from the camera and the end of episode two finds us with Rei and her candles.note  Episode 4 ends with an appearance of Makoto, and Episode 6 includes a brief shot of Sailor V (who was never seen in person previously) towards the end.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Shown off by Luna in episode 6. It's located under the arcade and the entrance is under one of the Sailor V game machines.
  • Ending Theme:
    • The ED of the first two seasons is "Gekkou" (Moonbow) by Akiko Kosaka, (a composer from both the 1992 anime and musicals) and performed by J Pop group Momoiro Clover Z. It's a sedate, wistful romantic ballad that serves to counter the OPs J Pop/Prog Metal anthem.
    • Season 3 changes the ED to "eternal eternity," which focuses on Sailors Uranus and Neptune and is performed by their respective voice actresses, Junko Minagawa and Sayaka Ohara. An announcement on the official Sailor Moon site reports that there will be two other end themes as well: "Otome no Susume" (Maiden's Advice) performed by Chibi-Usa's voice actress Misato Fukuen, and "Eien Dake ga Futari o Kakeru" (Only Eternity Brings the Two Together) performed by Mamoru's voice actor Kenji Nojima.
  • Enhanced on DVD: The Blu-Ray release fixed a lot of Off Model shots and animation errors.
  • Episode Title Card: Crystal's card has a reverse painted silhouette of Usagi accented by pastel roses, (two of which are in her hair) and pink ben-day dot ribbons. Her long pigtails frame the episode number and title at right.
  • Ethereal Choir: A mixed-gender choir wordlessly sets the mood during dramatic or heroic scenes, ominous during villainous activity, grandiose and sweeping during Sailor Moon's transformation and attack sequences.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: The Dark Kingdom's castle is located in the Arctic, and snow is periodically shown flurrying in through the colonnades. None of its denizens seem remotely bothered by the wind or cold, despite being generally underdressed.
  • Evolving Credits: Starting from Episode 15, the opening sequence includes the Black Moon Clan, Chibi-Usa, and Sailor Pluto in place of the Dark Kingdom and Queen Serenity.
  • Eyecatch:
    • The pre-break eyecatch has the series logo against a baby blue starry sky, with the earth below it. At right, in pastels, a reverse painted silhouette of Sailor Moon is tangled in draped ribbons, along with the moon and inner planets.
    • The post-break eyecatch has silhouettes of Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon beneath a large roman column, accented by red rose petals, as the Earth hangs in a white sky with the series logo at right.
    • Season 3 replaces them with silhouettes of Uranus, Neptune, and both together, holding their respective Talismans.
  • Feminist Fantasy: The quintessential Magical Girl series returns, and even the theme song references the celebration of feminine strength. This is emphasized in the first episode with the fact that this time Tuxedo Mask doesn't rush to Sailor Moon's aid like in the Nineties anime, and only tells her to stop crying and fight.
  • Forced into Evil: It turns out the Four Generals were once knights in service to Endymion in their previous life, and were tricked into serving Queen Beryl before they remembered their past. She proceeds to brainwash them completely to prevent them from defecting from her.
  • Foreshadowing: For a very brief second Luna's human form could be seen praying.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus /Funny Background Event: In Act 9, while the other senshi are being blinded by the appearance of the Legendary Silver Crystal, Ami promptly pops up her visor to shield her eyes.
  • Gratuitous French: Despite being more prone to English borrowings, Crystal's To Be Continued card in the first two seasons contains the French phrase, A Suivre to go along with Alphonse Mucha-esque Art Nouveau imagery
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: In Act 12, the Shitennou regain their memories and break free of their brainwashing thanks to the Sailor Guardians' efforts, only for Metalia to promptly annihilate them now that they're no longer useful to her.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Makoto's heart was broken by her sempai, and when she feels it's happened again with Motoki she emotionally collapses and stops fighting.
    • Usagi has a brief one after seeing Tuxedo Mask collapse in her arms, and regaining the memories of her past life.
  • Holding Hands: The first set of Closing Credits, which detail a romantic rendezvous, open with a close-up on Serenity and Endymion's clasped hands as they walk to the ocean shoreline, while the Ending Theme's first lyric is "Let's hold hands"
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Following the practice of the manga and tokusatsu versions, individual episodes are termed "acts."
  • Image Song: Each of the Senshi, Mamoru, and even the Shitennou quartet got one for the series' character song collection CD.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Usagi, once again. In Act 32 of the Infinity saga, she is the only Sailor Guardian -along with Chibiusa and Mamoru- able to resist Cyprine's mind control, partially thanks to the Silver Crystal.
  • Interface Spoiler: The To Be Continued card depicts Neo Queen Serenity holding a staff-length version of the Cutie Moon Rod as a sceptre, well before the story arc that introduces both her and the weapon.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: The very end of the original Closing Credits shows Serenity and Endymion clearly reflected in shallow water as they lean in for a kiss, only for luminescent water ripples to disrupt the image.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • Queen Metalia, once she appears on screen, everything starts getting more serious, with the comic relief gradually fading away. The Reveal about the Shitennou being brainwashed, which unlike in the manga, does have a huge effect on the Senshi, and Mamoru's capture and brainwashing.
    • The Black Moon Clan quickly show their malice. Koan kills an innocent man along with a nun in the first episode of the new arc.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Contrary to the manga and first anime, Crystal isn't shy about blatantly foreshadowing the identity of the princess and her prince for the sake of Dramatic Irony, whether in Act 1's Cold Open Dream Sequence, the Closing Credits, or the parallelistic artwork on its various Title Cards.
    • Momoiro Clover Z's music video promo for series Opening Theme "Moon Pride" openly spoils their identities as a matter of course during new animated footage, despite premiering the same day as Act 2.
    • The promo materials related to the Black Moon arc feature Chibiusa in her Sailor Chibi Moon costume. In the manga, Chibiusa doesn't become a senshi until near the end of the arc (with her lack of powers being a plot point), and the first anime only introduces her senshi form partway through the third season. Sailor Pluto, whose existence is supposed to be a mystery in-story, even gets prominently shown in the trailer, albeit remaining nameless.
      • Likewise, as of Act 17 they're not exactly hiding the fact that Chibiusa's parents are a future version of Usagi and Mamoru.
    • The first visual for the Death Busters arc shows the entire Solar system guardian team together, spoiling the introduction of Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune and Sailor Saturn, as well as Sailor Pluto being Back from the Dead.
    • In Season 3, the on-screen action maintains the impression that Haruka is male not just to the characters but to the audience, going as far as drawing her eyes differently when she's not transformed (her transformed design has long eyelashes, where when not transformed her eyes are drawn similarly to those of Mamoru and Motoki). The prominence of Uranus and Neptune in the promotional art, eyecatches, and end theme sequence make this pretense entirely pointless even to first-time fans who've somehow avoided being spoiled for any previous media.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Usagi has Mamoru/Endymion. If she can't have him, then she'll either spend weeks in deep depression or kill herself.
  • Love at First Sight: Serenity's four Guardians with Endymion's four Knights when they followed her to Earth one time and ran into them.
  • Lucky Charms Title: The font used in the word Crystal has two ornamental typographic quirks. The "C" is a stylized, overextended crescent moon, while the "t" is oversized and pointed at both ends of the vertical, with a curving flourish on the bar, suggesting the crossguard of a sword.

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  • Magic Skirt: This is more in line with the original manga (where there were no upskirt shots) than the original anime (where it was more common).
  • Melancholy Moon: In a variation, Crystal's Creative Closing Credits have ED "Gekkou", (Moonbow) where a princess muses on the her romance with a prince, and her sudden sadness at the sight of a moonbow, making her regret that they must soon part, though she hopes to see him again. Since moonbows can only happen during a full or nearly full moon, an oversized, bright moon is reflected in the shallow waters where they walk, set to lyrics that speak of how dreams are delicate and fleeting.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The more dramatic episodes sometimes begin with last episode's cliffhanger and with abundant angst... which is soon followed with Moon Pride's upbeat tune.
    • Season 3 has its second ending theme, "Maiden's Advice" which is upbeat and cheery despite how dark a note the episode ends on. Special mention goes to Episode 34, where said ending's singer, Chibiusa, has her Silver Crystal stolen and is dying.
  • More Than Mindcontrol: Cyprine uses her powers to amplify the Inner and Outer Guardian's distrust and suspicion between them to force to fight one another.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: Crystal targets the adult women who grew up with the prior incarnations of the Sailor Moon franchise along with new viewers, with director Munehisa Sakai pointedly saying they want the older fans attention, not just their nostalgia.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Transformation Sequences contain iconic elements and choreography from the those of the 1992 anime, and are essentially elaborate, CGI recreations. The poses during the In the Name of the Moon speeches are also taken from the 1992 anime, but this time with more elaborate backdrops.
      • The third season takes it even further by more or less reanimating the stock footage for any attacks that appeared in the '90s anime, including lesser known ones like Mercury Aqua Mirage, and the scene where the Daimon Egg implants itself in the first episode is very similar to the animation used in Sailor Moon S.
    • Within the fandom and various dubs, the transformation devices were called 'rods', 'wands' and 'pens' by various people, creating inconsistent terminology. In the second episode, Ami gets hers... and promptly reveals, outright, in this adaptation, they're most definitely Transformation Pens, with the gold topper being the pen's cap.
  • Noodle People: This is especially pronounced in the first two seasons, where Yukie Sato's character designs hew closer to manga-ka Naoko Takeuchi's original willowy, leggy bishoujo look, but also lack the source material's periodic lapses into cartoonier, Super-Deformed states.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Inverted. When Usagi starts spending time with Makoto she is extraordinarily complimentary of all the things Makoto is usually uncertain about—including both her strength and her femininity. So it’s more like Oblivious Confidence Building.
  • Off Model: In general, the series suffers from many bouts of off-model moments where characters are drawn in strange fashion. These are often easy to spot due to the level of detail in the characters' faces (which makes differences between frames that much more jarring) and the already elongated limbs and bodies of the characters themselves. The mistakes were most prominent in the earlier episodes, and episode 5 & onward have a much smaller percentage of these issues (but there is a wonky frame every once in a while). These Tumblrs document these moments hilariously. Eventually, the Japanese fans got sick of seeing this, redrew their own Blu-Ray covers and tweeted them to the artists. Interestingly, these fans (and anyone else who tweeted the creators of Crystal to talk about their dissatisfaction) were blocked by the CEO of Toei.
  • Opening Theme: For the first two seasons, the OP is "Moon Pride" by Prog Metal composer Revo and performed by J Pop group Momoiro Clover Z, is a message of hope and female empowerment featuring electric guitar riffs courtesy of Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. Season 3 debuts a new OP, "New Moon ni Koi wo Shite" (In Love With the New Moon) sung by Etsuko Yakushimaru.
  • Open-Minded Parent: When Usagi told her father she had a boyfriend, he gets shocked for a minute, then just happily accepted that she was growing up rather than freaking out.
  • Orbital Shot: Crystal has a fairly elaborate and protracted one in its Transformation Sequence, where the spinning is paired with dizzying zooms and zoom-outs that give a three-dimensional view of the sparkly, prismatic CGI void the heroine transforms in.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Averted in episode 6. When Zoicite starts having some trouble in his fight against three of the senshi, Queen Beryl shows up in person to stomp them flat.
  • Out of Focus:
    • Sailors Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus have very little of consequence to do during the Infinity arc. While they are shown investigating Mugen Academy, they stop being able to have any effect even on enemy Mooks after the second episode of the arc; the main focus of the plot is Usagi's interactions with Haruka and Chibi-Usa's with Hotaru, most of which the Inners simply aren't present for and have very little input on. By the time matters come to a head in Act 33 - Infinity 7, they're barely even shown reacting to the unfolding events when they're present at all, that role being mostly taken over by Chibi-Usa and the Outers. This is true to the manga, but becomes much more obvious in animation as compared to the generally sparser storytelling of the manga's panel format.
    • Compared with Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus, Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune has a less prominent role and less amount of screen-time in the Infinity arc.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: A villainous version occurs in Act 6 when Beryl carries Zoisite away pieta-style after he's hit by Moon Healing Escalation.
  • Plot Hole:
    • Sailor Mercury, Mars and Jupiter instantly recognize Neo Queen Serenity, despite having spent the explanatory episodes uncounscious in a dungeon.
    • Rei was wearing civillian clothes before transforming into Sailor Mars in Act 15, when she detransforms, she is seen wearing her school uniform. It happens again with Usagi on Acts 23 and 24, respectively.
  • Power Walk: Momoiro Clover Z's "Moon Pride" music video features the CGI Senshi joining each other one-by-one in a synchronized walk towards the camera, stopping to form a V-Formation Team Shot.
  • Rays from Heaven: Appear as a visual accent shortly before Sailor Moon's tiara manifests during her Transformation Sequence, in an aesthetic nod to her royal nature.
  • Role Reprisal: Kotono Mitsuishi returns to her role as Usagi/Sailor Moon, but her voice is noticeably different. She sounds exactly like Hummy, and her wails and whines channel Ebichu. None of the other original senshi VAs returned, however.
  • Scenery Porn: The Creative Closing Credits feature a particularly scenic nightime vista, panning over painterly cliffs with multiple waterfalls, a moonbow and a shooting star. A detailed skyscape is likewise featured as a reflection in water, with a gigantic full moon, sparkling stars, and even a few nebulae.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: The Closing Credits end on a kiss between Serenity and Endymion as they're reflected in water, with the precise moment their lips touch obscured by ripples.
  • Setting Update: Crystal is set in present-day 2014, compared to the manga and original anime's 1992, and features updated tech, including cell phones, flat-panel monitors and Usagi's pink bunny-decal laptop in Act 2, and Ami's "FinePad" tablet in Act 5. Act 7, featuring a video rental store, has the store renting DVDs instead of video cassettes.
    • Crystal does retain the original Game Center Crown, (2003's tokusatsu version updated it to a karaoke bar) but though the industry is contracting, arcades remain relatively popular in Japan, unlike the west. However, the actual Sailor V video game is something of an aversion, looking like an early '90s platformer, which is somewhat odd considering the reason the game was created. Notably, the design of the arcade cabinets is much more in-line with modern basic cabinets for Japan.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: Despite some details, Crystal is pretty much exactly exactly a replication of the manga.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Sailor Moon gives a particularly good one to Nephrite when he tries to demoralize Makoto. It works.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The Shitennou. In the manga, Jadeite was burnt to death by Sailor Mars's Akuryou Taisan attack in Act 3, Nephrite suffered a similar fate in Act 5 thanks to Sailor Jupiter's extremely powerful combo of Flower Hurricane and Jupiter Thunderbolt, and Zoisite died to Sailor V's Crescent Boomerang at the end of Act 7. Crystal recreates these scenes, but has Jadeite and Nephrite teleport away before the Senshi attacks cause enough damage; Zoisite is only slightly scratched and escapes at the beginning of Act 8. Subverted in Crystal's version of Act 12, when all four of the Shitennou are Killed Off for Real by Queen Metalia.
  • Special Effects Evolution: In Crystal, Cel Shaded CGI Sailor Guardian models are used in the Team Shots that open and close the Title Sequence and in the Transformation Sequences, which are elaborate CGI remakes of those from the 90's anime.
  • Spoiler Opening:
    • Not as coy as its anime predecessor's Evolving Credits, Crystal's first Title Sequence shows all of Usagi/Sailor Moon's superheroic supporting cast both in-costume and out, as well as Queen Beryl, her generals and Big Bad Metalia. Queen Serenity is also briefly shown at her Moon Castle.
    • Once they move to the Black Moon arc, Queen Beryl and co. are replaced by the Black Moon and Wiseman. Likewise, Serenity is replaced by both Chibiusa and Sailor Pluto.
    • Season 3's opening shows Usagi with her Super Sailor Moon transformation.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Heavily downplayed and Played for Laughs; the first time that Usagi meets Rei, she follows her home on the bus because of how infatuated she is with her looks.
  • Standard Female Grab Area: In Act 7, Zoisite grabs Sailor Moon in this way after getting clocked by Tuxedo Mask, although he quickly switches to a more effective arm around her throat.

     T–Y 
  • Taking the Bullet:
    • In Act 6, Zoisite leaps into the path of Sailor Moon's Moon Healing Escalation to keep it from hitting Beryl.
    • Act 8 ends with Tuxedo Mask shielding Sailor Moon from an enemy attack, getting mortally wounded in the process, like it happened in the manga.
  • Talking Is a Free Action:
    • Averted in Act 7. Zoisite interrupts Sailor Moon right in the middle of her standard "I will punish you" speech to attack her.
    • Played straight in Act 12. After Sailor Moon tries to break Queen Beryl's necklace with the sword and fails, they remain in the same position for nearly 30 seconds. Instead of doing something useful, like pushing her away, Queen Beryl just talks about how futile it is to do it.
  • Team Shot: CGI group poses of the five senshi in a field of blue flowers with a humongous full moon overhead begin and end the Title Sequence.
  • The Teaser: The '90s anime either ran exposition/recaps before the opening or started with the opening. Crystal follows the more modern practice of a cold open with a story hook.
  • Technicolor Fire: Blue-green flames with strangely dark nimbuses light the sconces and torchieres of the Dark Kingdom, and are at least partly responsible for its Unnaturally Blue Lighting.
  • Thematic Theme Tune:
    We all have unshakeable wills
    We will fight on our own
    Without leaving our destiny to the prince
    • The OP for Season 3 "Fall In Love With The New Moon", is all about a new beginning, fitting as Season 3 represents a new lease on life on a series who's first 2 seasons were were generally panned for its art issues, bi-weekly ONA format, etc. almost all of which the new season addresses. The title can be interpreted as literally asking people to fall in love with the new season of the show.
    • ED "Gekkou", while a typical romantic ballad, fits Princess Serenity thinking on her romance with Endymion, scenes from which play as the credits roll.
    • Season 3's first ED "Eternal Eternity" is a duet between Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, singing about how their love for each other transcends the boundaries of time and space.
  • To Be Continued: The intertitle that closes out each act has Gratuitous French phrase A Suivre at left, and a painted silhouette of an Alphonse Mucha-inspired princess at right, haloed with an outer ring of planetary signs and inner painting of the Moon Castle, accented by white lilies and stenciled doilies.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The promo for Act 3: Rei - Sailor Mars spoils her whole Transformation Sequence. The promo for Act 5: Makoto - Sailor Jupiter does the same.
    • Though Crystal treats it almost as a Foregone Conclusion, Momoiro Clover Z's promotional Animated Music Video for "Moon Pride" makes explicit the identities of Usagi's dream prince and princess, and it spoils all of the Senshi's Transformation Sequences.
    • The preview for Act 25 reveals Black Lady has reverted back to Chibi-Usa.
  • Transformation Sequence: A Cel Shaded Conspicuous CGI variation on its predecessor, with ten more seconds worth of mid-air twirling, flying hair and additional sweeping Orbital Shots, accompanied by an Ethereal Choir and capped off with a spray of red roses climbing the standard stylized crescent moon background.
  • Truer to the Text: Crystal is a more direct adaptation of the original manga than the 90's anime or live-action show, albeit with a Setting Update from 1992 to 2014. To this end, character designs have been Art Shifted closer to Naoko Takeuchi's Noodle People aesthetic, and the plotting and pacing follow the manga's structure closely, recreating some panels scene for scene. As with the manga's chapters, episodes are called "acts", and each episode takes its title from the chapter it adapts. There are some deviations from the manga, particularly involving the increased presence of the Shitennou, but the sequence of events remains mostly the same. In fact, it's so faithful it pretty much a Shot-for-Shot Remake.
  • Unusual Chapter Numbers: The show's episode numbering gets complicated in the third season. Up until that point the adaptation ran one episode per manga chapter, but Act 27, the first chapter of the Infinity arc, is instead adapted into two episodes - both titled "Act 27". The arc also separately numbers each episode of the arc, again according to the corresponding chapter of the manga, so the 28th episode of the series is officially "Act 27 Infinity 1 Premonition –Part 2–".
  • V-Formation Team Shot: Momoiro Clover Z's "Moon Pride" video has the CGI Sailor Senshi pose in a V-formation with Sailor Moon at center at the end of their Power Walk.
  • We Are Team Cannon Fodder: Outside of their introductory episodes, the Inner Senshi spend more of their combat time in the first two seasons incapacitated than actively fighting, leaving most of the decisive action to be taken by Sailor Moon. Some of this comes from the manga, but the adaptation also exacerbates the problem both by spending more screen time on the Inners' helplessness and by at least once depicting Sailor Moon delivering a killing blow which in the manga was performed by another senshi.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Usagi constantly gives herself one of these for being jealous of Chibi-Usa.
  • Weird Moon: While it tends to follow the lead of its predecessors, in particular the series logo features a yellow, stylized crescent as a background element, and a white one as the "C" in "Crystal". Photorealistic but massively oversized moons also feature prominently in the Title Sequence and Closing Credits.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: In Act 8, Kunzite is thrown off when Minako starts to say something about his "true self". However, Queen Beryl's voice comes in to interrupt any possible revelations, saying, "What are you doing, Kunzite? Just finish her!"
  • You Have Failed Me: Just after the Shittenou get their memories back, Metaria kills them for failure.

Alternative Title(s): Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

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