I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t realize Sailor Moon Crystal was starting up again. Thankfully, Twitter came through for me yesterday morning, and starting season 3 was the first thing I did when I got home from work.
There was very little division between seasons 1 and 2, and the break has absolutely helped this show. I sort of disparaged Sailor Moon Crystal in comparison to my beloved Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. Season 3 seems to fix everything I hated about the previous seasons. The what I refer to as “noodle-y” look to the characters, especially evident in the transformation sequences, has been mitigated. The characters feel more like themselves– I love Usagi waking up late and panicking; this is a given for Sailor Moon. This is my favorite arc now, so I think I’m going to like a lot of things!
What maybe didn’t work for me is that I don’t love the way my favorite character looks. I’m a biiiig fan of Michiru, but her eyelashes were weird so I felt like she just wasn’t herself. I’m going to have to ease into the Michiru and Haruka of this universe– the helicopters threw me off! Also, I’m confused about the pronoun used for Haruka. I watched on Hulu and Haruka was consistently referred to as “he.” Is this a preference thing, a poor translation, or does everyone just assume she’s a guy?
I guess we haven’t quite met Hotaru yet. I’m so excited for this season– this anime is already so much better AND we’re dealing with my favorite arc.
What did you guys think?!