Some Sailor Moon Crystal scenes will be reanimated up for the DVD and Blu-Ray release

Streamed version to Blu-Ray comparison - Sailor Moon Crystal Act 2 - Ami and Luna

Top: Original streaming version.
Bottom: New Blu-Ray version.

The upcoming Blu-Ray and DVD release of Sailor Moon Crystal, coming October 15th in Japan, will include some touched up scenes. A lot of fans had issues with the quality of some of the animation in Sailor Moon Crystal when it was first streamed and now some of these scenes have been reanimated. A video has been released on the official Sailor Moon YouTube Channel showing new scenes.

This video on it’s own doesn’t show anything obvious but when we compare these clips to the original version we see the difference. Screenshots included in this post show that some scenes seem to have been completely redrawn though many others have not been modified at all. The footage only contains scenes from the first two episodes as there are only two episodes included in each volume of the DVD and Blu-Ray release. There has not been any announcement about a North American video release. Pre-order the volume 1 deluxe limited edition Blu-Ray (Amazon Japan, CD Japan), regular edition Blu-ray (Amazon Japan, CD Japan) or DVD (Amazon Japan, CD Japan).

Streamed version to Blu-Ray comparison - Sailor Moon Crystal Act 2 - Usagi and Mamoru

Top: Original streaming version.
Bottom: New Blu-Ray version

How do you feel about these changes? Many fans are happy with them though this brings up an age old debate amongst fans of all things about the state of a work of art as either a fixed event in time or a constantly growing and evolving work. Certainly many movies will have a “director’s cut” or include a few new scenes in a video release, often including the original version. The extreme example of this would be something like the Star Wars Special Editions including drastic often unwelcome changes and who’s director is openly hostile towards fans of the original unaltered versions. Somewhere in between are things like the Final Fantasy Advent Children Complete Edition. I consider myself a bit of purist, as can be inferred from my less than kind reviews of these Star Wars DVDs or the Ghost in the Shell 2.0 Blu-Ray. That said, I understand these changes to be minor and generally positive without any major change to the original work. All redrawn scenes have the same poses as the originals, just with slightly more polish. No guns replaced with walkie-talkies here!

Streamed version to Blu-Ray comparison - Sailor Moon Crystal Act 2 - Ami and Usagi

Top: Original streaming version.
Bottom: New Blu-Ray version

One has to wonder what motivates this change? Why not just do it right the first time? It’s no secret that the show’s production was quite rushed, including a number of delays. With a twice monthly release schedule there are obvious time constraints with making this show. Perhaps there was just a shortage of time with the first few episodes. It’s also possible that the show’s success was underestimated and with a higher budget it’s now possible to go back and put more polish on some of the more sloppily done scenes. It remains to be seen if such changes will continue for many of the later episodes or if the higher quality of animation will simply become commonplace in the future. Act 3 had some pretty questionable scenes but the latest episode looked quite good.

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10 thoughts on “Some Sailor Moon Crystal scenes will be reanimated up for the DVD and Blu-Ray release

      • Yes, they are that bad. If you compare them to the reused-a-million-times transformation scenes from the original show, they are extremely terrible and lazy. I mean, come on – you can’t tell me that thick hair that looks like MUD moving in the air is seriously good animation?

        No. It’s lazy. Lazier than reusing the same gorgeously animated scene for each transformation.

        It’s so gross that it’s turned me off from watching the show completely. I was a rabid Sailor Moon fan – I even bought the makeup – but now? Screw that. Not wasting my money on this release and canceling my Crunchyroll account (it was seriously the only reason I got it).

    • It does look like the transformation scenes were touched up. I thought it was just me seeing things at first, but someone else elsewhere noticed it, as well. They’re unfortunately still CG but I think it looks much better.

  1. can you please post a comparison video of the scenes? also to the top commenter, i agree in part because of how much her arm bends and the ribbons being perfect around her legs (sailor moon) but i love them all so far besides that

  2. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW. AS SOON AS I FOUND OUT, I WAS LIKE “YES, I MUST TELL EVERYONE. EVERYONE. EEEEVEEERYYYYOOOONNNNEEEE” AND I DID BECAUSE THIS IS AWESOME.

    IT LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER. I DON’T EVEN CARE, I AM USING CAPS BECAUSE ALL I DO HERE IS WHINE ABOUT HOW UGLY CRYSTAL IS. PRAISE SERENITY. THIS IS GLORIOUS.

  3. Actually true, the transformation scenes have been changed a bit. If you watch carefully u can see that there is another layer has been added to their hair. Especially you can see in Ami’s scene. It’s good btw the hair was a critical point where the CGI was painfully obvious and lame

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