Sailor Moon Crystal Act 2, Ami – Sailor Mercury, Review

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Sailor Moon Crystal Act 2, Ami – Sailor Mercury, premiered July 19th in Japan and worldwide. It’s available to view on Crunchyroll, Hulu and Niconico. This episode marked the introduction of Ami Mizuno who we soon discover is actually Sailor Mercury. As with the first episode, this story follows the manga very closely. The episode where Sailor Mercury appeared in the original Sailor Moon anime was also fairly faithful to the manga, so fans of the old show may see some similarities there.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.2 Ami - Sailor Mercury - Sailor Mercury and Sailor Moon

It would be easier to list the differences to the manga than the similarities. The main ones that come to mind are Ami seeing an image of Silver Millennium when she touches Usagi and Sailor Moon attempting to reuse her Supersonic Waves attack. Once again we see that this adaptation follows the newer version of the Sailor Moon Manga as the Crystal Disk is actually a CD Rom and not a 3.5″ floppy disk as it had been in the original publication of the manga and 1992 Sailor Moon anime. We can conclude by this that the series does not take place in the early 90s, but either some time later or in the present time.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.2 Ami - Sailor Mercury - The Crystal Disk

The episode starts out with our introduction to the genius girl Ami, who’s scoring perfect in her tests, getting the best grades in her class. Her genius is in part attributed to the Crystal Seminar, a new cram school she and other students are attending. Luna is looking into Ami which leads her to have suspicions about the Crystal Seminar, which is actually a plot by the enemy to brainwash smart students into helping them find the Silver Crystal. Usagi befriends Ami who turns out to be a whiz at video games. Once her true identity as Sailor Mercury is revealed their new friendship moves to a whole new level.

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This episode also includes the introduction of the Disguise Pen which Usagi gets by tilting the Sailor V arcade game. She uses it to transform into a doctor in order to sneak into the Crystal Seminar. In one scene where Luna is investigating Ami with her computer we can see that she’s also looking into Tuxedo Mask. There’s also a silhouette of Rei with little info about her but her name is visible in the reflection of the screen seen in Luna’s eyes.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.2 Ami - Sailor Mercury - Luna at her computer

The final scene shows us our first look at the Hikawa Shrine and Rei Hino, who will soon become Sailor Mars. The Niconico feed gives us a next episode preview for Act. 3, Rei – Sailor Mars which will be playing in two weeks, on August 2nd at 7pm JST, 6am EST and 3am PST. Once again we are following the manga with a story of the cursed 6 o’clock bus which introduces us to Sailor Mars. The preview shows us our first look at Zoisite who didn’t show up until much later in the original Sailor Moon anime. Will Sailor Mars kill Jadeite in the next episode like she does in the manga?

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.2 Ami - Sailor Mercury - Rei Hino

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Watch Act 2 of Sailor Moon Crystal starting at 6am EST July 19th

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The second episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, Act.2 Ami – Sailor Mercury, will be available tomorrow at 7pm Japan Standard Time which is equivalent to 6am Eastern Standard Time and 3am Pacific Standard Time. Check out our instructions for watching Sailor Moon Crystal to see how to check it out on Crunchyroll, Hulu or Niconico. As the title suggests this episode will mark the introduction of Ami Mizuno, Sailor Mercury. Watch the next episode preview as a teaser for what’s to come.

Sailor Moon Crystal to be released on Japanese DVD and Blu-Ray starting October 15th

Sailor Moon Crystal DVD and Blu-Ray Charm Bracelet

Although Sailor Moon Crystal just started airing this past weekend plans for a DVD and Blu-Ray release are already in the works! The first two episodes will be released on October 15th by Evil Line records, who can’t spell Crystal. There will be three versions released. A more expensive limited deluxe edition Blu-Ray, a regular edition Blu-Ray and a DVD. These are Japanese releases, likely only including Japanese language audio and no subtitles. The Blu-Ray discs are region A and will play in North America but the DVDs are region 2 and will not play in a North American region 1 DVD player. Check out this ad for the release.

The first DVD and Blu-Ray will include a whopping two whole episodes collected on one disk! A total of 13 disks will be released to contain the 26 episodes of the series. Owning all of these won’t be cheap! The limited edition Blu-Ray of the first disk is 7500 yen (about $75 US), will include a full colour booklet. The limited edition will also include a different charm with each disk, starting with a Moon Stick charm and bracelet with volume 1. By sending in a voucher included with volumes 1 and 13 Japanese residents you will be able to get a special box to store all 13 disks in. This will be a music box which will play Moon Pride, the theme song by Momoiro Clover Z.

Sailor Moon Crystal DVD and Blu-Ray box

There are plans for an audio commentary as well as textless opening and closing special features. Future limited edition Blu-Ray volumes will cost 6500 yen (about $65). Not wanting to spend that much? The regular edition Blu-Ray releases will be 4500 yen (about $45) a disk and the DVDs will cost only 3500 yen (about $35) per disk. So much to say you should decide whether having a nice Moon Stick charm, bracelet and a voucher for a box which might be hard to get outside of Japane is worth and extra $30 or $20 for just the charm in later volumes. You’d be looking at an extra $270 for a fully equipped charm bracelet with 13 charms and a box to store it and the disks in. You could buy a high priced Sailor Moon Pullip doll and Proplica Moon Stick for that much!

Sailor Moon Crystal DVD and Blu-Ray Charm Bracelet

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Watch the next episode preview for Act.2 Ami – Sailor Mercury

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The preview for the next episode of Sailor Moon Crystal was not included in the Crunchyroll and Hulu feeds of the show however it was included in the Niconico version. I had not seen it when I posted about the first episode, only speculating about what was coming next. You can watch that clip by viewing it on Niconico or watching the YouTube clip embedded below.

Act.2 Ami – Sailor Mercury, follows the naming convention for chapters of the manga as we’re introduced to Sailor Moon’s first companion, the Sailor Guardian Sailor Mercury as voiced by Hisako Kanemoto. From the looks of it this episode will once again be following the manga fairly closely. Episode 2 will air on Saturday July 19th at 7pm Japan Standard Time which is 6am Eastern Standard Time or 3am Pacific Standard Time. Check out this link for details on how to watch the show.

Sailor Moon Crystal 02 - Act.2 Ami - Sailor Mercury

Want to keep watching the next episode previews? You’ll have to keep watching on Niconico which is only free for the first two weeks. Niconico’s premium service is fairly painless to sign up for through the web site with Pay Pal for 540 yen (about $5 US) per month. This is also the easiest way to view the show in Japanese without subtitles.

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Sailor Moon Crystal Act 1 first impressions

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.1 Usagi - Sailor Moon - Usagi and Luna

This morning the first episode of the new Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Moon Crystal, premiered worldwide on Crunchyroll, Niconico and Hulu. The show is free to watch on a number of these services. For more details, check out these instructions on how to watch the show. I personally found the quality of Crunchyroll’s stream to be higher than Hulu or Niconico’s and so I would recommend checking them out to watch the show if you haven’t already.

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The episode, titled Act.1 Usagi – Sailor Moon, resembled the first episode of the original Sailor Moon anime quite closely. This is fairly expected given this series is meant to resemble the Manga closely and the first episode of each series was quite faithful to that. In fact the first Act of the manga is also titled Usagi – Sailor Moon. With only 26 episodes for this series we certainly can’t expect an episode per episode repeat of the original show.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.1 Usagi - Sailor Moon - Morga

In this episode we get a pretty good look at Silver Millennium, the ancient kingdom on the Moon, as well as Princess Serenity and Endymion through a couple of Usagi’s dream sequences. Once again we have Morga, a monster impersonating Naru’s mother as ordered by Jadeite, as the main villain of the episode. We are also introduced to Luna, Naru, Umino, Shingo, Sailor Moon’s mother Ikuko and her teacher Haruna. We also see mention of Sailor V, who will later be appearing as Sailor Venus, who shows up in a newspaper, is mentioned by Umino and is the star of her own video game.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.1 Usagi - Sailor Moon - Serenity and Endymion

One aspect which bothered me a bit was the reaction Usagi had to her first meeting of Mamoru. Instead of being annoyed but a little intrigued she is instead completely infatuated with him from the beginning. We shall see how this relationship develops throughout the series. If this show truly does mirror the manga, things should escalate fairly quickly.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.1 Usagi - Sailor Moon - Super Sonic Wave Attack

Sailor Moon makes two attack in this episode. The first is the same Supersonic Waves attack which she made in the first episode of the original anime, which she almost never uses again. The second was Moon Tiara Boomerang. This attack was first used in the live action Sailor Moon series. In the original Manga the attack was Moon Frisbee and in the original anime it was Moon Tiara Action. In the rereleased Manga books the move was updated to be called Moon Tiara Boomerang, as is seen here.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act.1 Usagi - Sailor Moon - Ami Mizuno

Act.2, as I guess we are now referring to the episodes as acts, will be premiering in two weeks time, July 19th at 7pm JST, 6am EST and 3am PST in the same places. Since Ami is shown very briefly at the end of this episode I would imagine she will be joining as Sailor Mercury as of the next act. This would be consistent with Sailor Mercury’s appearance in the second act of the Sailor Moon manga “Act 2: Ami – Sailor Mercury”.

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Watch more leaked Sailor Moon Crystal footage including the ending theme

Sailor Moon Crystal episode 1 - Ami Mizuno

This will likely be the last leaked clip we’ll be posting about since the premiere of Sailor Moon Crystal is just around the corner. In this new leaked footage we see a flashback of Serenity and Endymion in Silver Millennium, Usagi being late for school and talking with Ikuko Mama, Sailor Moon talking with Luna, a brief look at Ami and the ending theme, Gekkou, by Momoiro Clover Z. Watch the clip, which may be removed shortly, below.

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How to watch Sailor Moon Crystal

Sailor Moon Crystal episode 01 - Usagi and Mamoru

We’re less than 24 hours to the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal, the new Sailor Moon anime! The series will be released simultaneous worldwide! The show premieres July 5th in Japan at 7pm Japan Standard Time. Due to the magic of time zones that is actually 6am Eastern Standard Time and 3am Pacific Standard Time, the time when Crunchyroll announced the show would be available. Japanese fans can watch the series on Niconico. This article has links to streams in all languages including the English stream. English speaking fans who want to watch the series with subtitles should also check out Hulu or Crunchyroll.

crunchyroll

The main advantage of watching the series on Crunchyroll is the potential for an ad free experience. The default Crunchyroll service is free to view through a web browser, on iOS and on Android for standard definition video with ad interuptions. The premium service, which costs $6.95 a month, will give access to all of their Anime series, removes video ads, allows access to HD 720p and 1080p versions of series which support it and allows for streaming on all available devices. This ads support for Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Vita, OUYA and some Smart TVs. This service is available to Canadian users. Follow the link to Crunchyroll’s Sailor Moon Crystal page to watch the series as it becomes available.

Hulu

Sailor Moon Crystal will also be available to view on Hulu and Neon Alley. The service is free through a web browser with ads. Hulu’s pay service Hulu Plus will unfortunately not do anything to remove those ads. This service, which costs $7.99 a month, exists to allow customers to view a more extensive back catalog of older shows. It’s unclear at this time if and when older episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal will be restricted to users without Hulu Plus accounts. The other advantage to Hulu Plus is the ability to watch shows on additional devices. With the pay service you’ll be able to watch shows on iOS, Android, Windows phones, Amazon Kindle Fire, Nook, Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii, Wii U, 3DS and many other supported TVs and media players. Watch the new series on Hulu’s Sailor Moon Crystal page as it becomes available. You can also watch the original Sailor Moon anime on Hulu.

Hulu is not available in Canada. Looking to use it anyway? You can with the help of a VPN service. I personally use a pay service called Unblock US to connect to Hulu and US Netflix. It’s DNS based so any device can be configured to use it. If you’re looking for a free option you can use Hola which installs as a browser extention allowing you to easily switch between countries while browsing. It works well with the free browser based version of Hulu.

Both Crunchyroll and Hulu have a 2 week free trial period for their premium service.

New episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal will air at this same time on these same sites the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Watch Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence from Sailor Moon Crystal

Sailor Moon's transformation sequence from Sailor Moon Crystal

We’ve got a good look at Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence from Sailor Moon Crystal. Monday we posted a bootlegged clip from the first episode, including the transformation sequence, which was made private. Now we’ve got a better quality version of her transformation sequence. Watch the clip!

(The last clip was pulled and this one might to but I’m sharing it while it’s online)

As we can see this transformation sequence bears some similarities to the original one, though a lot of CG is used now! What do you think? Keep reading for a series of screenshots from the clip.

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Video clips and screenshots of the intro and first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal

Sailor Moon Crystal episode 01 - Usagi and Mamoru

This coming Saturday, July 5th 2014, the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal will finally be released! Earlier today, June 30th 2014, in Japan there was a premiere event where the first episode of the new Sailor Moon anime was played in celebration of Usagi’s birthday. A number of screenshots of the intro and first episode have been released. Some sketchy bootlegged video of some of the episode has been leaked as well. Check out the video below for the complete intro, with the theme song Moon Pride by Momoiro Clover Z, followed by Sailor Moon’s first transformation.

[The video has been set to private since this post was originally made. Check out many screenshots of the video at the bottom of this post to see images from the intro and scene from the episode]

The scene where Luna gives Usagi her broach seems to follow the same scene from the first episode of the original Sailor Moon anime very closely. It remains to be seen if the rest of the premiere episode is as similar.

Sailor Moon Crystal episode 01 - Sailor Moon and Luna

Keep reading for a ton more new images and screenshots from the leaked footage.

Source: natalie.mu

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The Official Extended Trailer for Sailor Moon Crystal is a lot like the old one, but with background music

Sailor Moon Crystal Trailer - Sailor Moon - Tiara

The series premier of Sailor Moon Crystal is just 10 days away! We now have a new “Extended” trailer. There isn’t much new in here. The visuals seems nearly identical to the first trailer, with slightly more drawn out shots, but the big difference with this one is the inclusion of background music. The first trailer had the opening theme “Moon Pride” by Momoiro Clover Z but this one has some background music from the series. Check it out!