Smitten: Sailor Moon Crystal

What’s this? – a Wednesday feature!? You betcha!

I geek out pretty regularly over any number of things; whether it’s a Doctor Who episode, or a tumblr website that has me rolling on the floor in side-splitting laughter for hours, when I find something I love, I obsess over it pretty hard. So join me every other week to find out what I’m absolutely smitten with! Up first is…

Sailor Moon Crystal
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Sailor Moon Crystal!

To regular readers of My Life as a Teacup, it will come as no surprise that I’ve been eagerly counting down the days until the reboot/new adaptation of the Sailor Moon anime airs. There’s been an event reminder for July 5th on my Google Calendar ever since I caught wind that Sailor Moon Crystal was indeed happening, and going to be livestreamed in the U.S. via Crunchyroll and Nico Nico Douga. Teasers and trailers were barely enough to hold me over, and now that I’ve seen the first episode, I couldn’t be more excited for Act 2! What do you mean I have to wait until the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month to watch it? I may not make it until next week…

Let me first say this: it’s sometimes hard for me – especially in a situation like this – to separate my nostalgia and love for something from a critical approach. Luckily, Smitten isn’t so much about being critical as it is about gushing over wonderful things. While yes, I am a bit confused as to how the show is going to explain Mamoru just standing on the sidewalk in A TUXEDO (the show is 20 years old; this is no spoiler), I’m willing to let that slide for now.

Usagi is a regular ol’ teenage girl who loves sleeping in, eating food, and playing video games with her friends. While she dreams of the beautiful and glamorous lives ladies like Sailor V have, she’s perfectly fine crushing on the guy who works at the arcade (when did my lingo turn 90’s? Is this a side effect of Sailor Moon!?). Until she finds a talking cat who bestows upon her a magical brooch, that is. The brooch allows her to transform into a Sailor Scout, tasked with fighting the evil energy-stealers in town and finding the Moon Princess, and that’s where the story begins…

I’m a sucker for magical girls getting super-cool transformation sequences, superhero outfits, and special powers to kick evil scum butt. I remember growing up and watching the show on television, ecstatic that there was finally an all-girl team of “superheroes” who did perfectly normal things like go to school and play video games when they weren’t out saving the world. It was exciting to see different personalities and interests in all of the characters that made identifying with certain scouts easy and mean more than just watching a cartoon (maybe they were all largely too boy crazy, but I was more focused on the fact that Jupiter could beat you up, bake you a cake, and miss her boyfriend all at the same time).

The new animation style is quite pretty (except for the horrible Gumby arms of Usagi’s transformation! Where are the bones in her arms!?), but otherwise, not much in the way of the story has changed since the original anime. I’m curious to see how the series develops over the course of the season and what changes are made. But for now I’m content sitting down on Saturday mornings, giddy for my dose of magical girl world-saving!

Are you running around shouting ‘Moon Prism Power, Make Up!’ too? 

Smitten is a biweekly feature where Kristin shares her latest obsessions, be they television shows, a new webseries, intriguing persons, internet memes, or artisanal cheeses. Nothing is off limits. Get your geek on.