I’m actually concerned for boys who complain about how different girls look without makeup. Like did you think eyeshadow permanently alters a girls eyelid? Are you frightened when people change clothes
In one of the interviews before SMC aired, one of the people working on it said the first difference fans will notice is they drop a decently sized plot point that didnt come up until much later in the anime, but for the life of me I can't figure out which. Any ideas?
My guess is that it’s all the Princess Serenity/Silver Millennium stuff. In the first episode of the original anime, Luna mentions that there’s a Princess, but we don’t see her.
In Crystal, the very first person we see is Princess Serenity.
Though conveniently framed to not see her hairstyle.
Of course they then BLOW IT IN THE ENDING
Not to mention full-on showing us who I assume is Queen Serenity in the opening, but ANYWAY.
What’s undeniable is that Serenity and the Silver Millennium is put out there and given quite a bit of attention immediately. In the original anime, we don’t start getting hints about Princess Serenity until Episode 25 and the start of the Rainbow Crystal arc. Ahh, the joys of writing a story when you know where it’s going!
In addition, there’s the ginzuishou. It’s mentioned three times in this first episode of Crystal, first by Jadeite (who is now looking for it directly, rather than just gathering energy):
And then twice by Mamoru.
In the original, the first time we hear anything about the ginzuishou is (I THINK) Episode 17 when Nephrite’s talking to Zoicite:
If it’s not Episode 17, then I know it’s not until after Jadeite’s already gone.
Edit: I stand corrected, Beryl does mention the ginzuishou in Episode 1. Still, it’s many many episodes later before it becomes a major plot point, while Crystal is making it central from the start. (Of course different productions contribute to this, both in story foreknowledge and season length.)
So that’s what I figure they had to mean. We kind of take for granted all about Princess Serenity, the Silver Millennium, and the ginzuishou, but they’re pretty huge plot elements in Sailor Moon that had to be discovered by the characters in the first season. It’s really what the first season is all ABOUT. Crystal seems very willing to let that be a story that will unfold over its entire length (I mean it’s NAME is “Crystal”), which is definitely something I’m looking forward to seeing.
Hello fellow moonie! I indeed have a question to ask. Why do you think smc is having their episodes being released so far apart? Is it some kind of marketing strategy? I just wanted to know your thoughts bc I just think it's such a huge gap of time AND IM ALREADY GOING NUTS BECAUSE I NEED MORE NOWWWWW
I’ve speculated about this a lot and these are a few different variations of my thoughts:
1) (I’ve stated this previously, so I’m literally just going to copy and paste from a previous post of mine and then add to it.) Toei Animation is actually still animating Sailor Moon Crystal and only the first episode is fully complete. This was stated by Munehisa Sakai (SMC director) on his twitter several days ago. This is actually a very normal schedule for anime and animation in general. (Even Disney has made extremely close deadlines with their animated films/shows.) Like most anime, the staff is working on a number of episodes at the same time. (So it’s not like they’re starting from scratch to complete the second episode in a two week timeframe. That’s not physically possible. haha) I know what you’re all thinking, “BUT THEY ANNOUNCED THE NEW SAILOR MOON TWO YEARS AGO!” - This is true, but they haven’t spent two years animating it. If you read one of the translated Japanese article/interviews recently released, you’ll see they only selected the character designer for SMC a year ago. A lot is involved in animation, and it’s exceedingly normal for delays to occur (such as the constant delay with SMC). A great example is Pixar’s upcoming film the Good Dinosaur which was delayed a year because of a change in director.
——Since I made that post about a week ago, there’s a chance Episode 2 is complete (might not be though - the staff could still be tackling finishing touches). Anyway, if Toei animation feels they are too far behind for a regular weekly release schedule, they might have made the first and third Saturday decision for that reason. If it means better, more finished looking Sailor Moon Crystal, I’m totally on board with only 2 episodes a month. No complaints here!
2) Marketing strategy is possible. If they were to air all 26 episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal on a weekly basis (the norm for basically all anime excluding some exceptions like holidays, etc.) it would cover only 2 anime seasons (Summer/Fall). That’s actually really normal for longer running anime. By only airing two episodes a month, Toei is able to keep sharing new Sailor Moon over the course of 4 anime seasons (Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring - and partially into Summer again). So that’s an entire year to keep Sailor Moon fresh in our minds and to empty our wallets (I mean, we were burning holes in our wallets when we didn’t have any new Sailor Moon! haha).
3) Sailor Moon Crystal is an ONA (Original Net Animation). This means SMC is airing exclusively online and not on television in Japan like the vast majority of newly airing anime. (ONAs are actually pretty rare and most have really short episodes.) If they were airing SMC on television, Toei Animation would be forced to follow a weekly airing format. By airing online and not having to follow a regular television programming schedule, Toei Animation could choose when they wanted to air SMC. Thus the every first and third Saturday of the month deal.
4) While Toei Animation should have had some idea of how SMC would do with a simultaneous worldwide release, I definitely don’t think they expected the worldwide viewer response to be what we all now know it to be. When the trailer premiered a month ago, the staff on SMC were freaking out on twitter/FB because they did not expect such a response from viewers outside of Japan. I mean, the first SMC trailer alone has reached over 6 million views on Youtube, and that’s not including the second official trailer (with BG music), Viz media’s English trailer, random uploads from other people on Youtube, uploads on other websites, or Niconico’s trailer views. That’s pretty insane, you guys. I’m sure Toei Animation never expected such a response for a show not even airing on television. So basically, maybe they thought a two episode a month schedule wouldn’t be as big a deal if they weren’t expecting such an enormous international response. If that’s the case, they were very, very wrong.
5) This is entirely based on my own hopes and dreams alone so please no one get excited - I would love for the reason to be that they plan on beginning to work on a second season of SMC beyond the 26 episodes (Dark Kingdom arc). Instead of having a long break between seasons (customary for most anime receiving another season), they would be able to start the next season immediately after the first season airs. Again, this is entirely my own hopes and is extremely unlikely - especially since they’re no where near completing these current 26 episodes of SMC. Everything I said in the above bullets are definitely leaning toward more rational thinking. haha You’re all welcome to ignore this one. (I honestly think my first bullet is the most likely of all of them.)
Again, this is all my own speculation based on my own thoughts combined with news from the SMC staff.