Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3
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"The end the world has been foretold and only the Sailor Guardians can stop it! Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi’s Guardian of Love and Justice, must stand against the greatest evil the world has ever seen. Rei has had a dark vision predicting the end… of everything! The arrival of the mysterious Mugen Academy appears to coincide with the appearance of deadly monsters called Daimons and questions are mounting. Where are they coming from, who are the Death Busters and are the two new Sailor Guardians friend or foe? The path to the dark prophecy requires life energy and even the Sailor Guardians are in danger. Chibi-Usa may have to accelerate her training, because the other Guardians will need all the help they can get. "]]>
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Seasons 1-2 were a confusing mess. As a huge fan of Sailor Moon I found them mediocre and a bad way to introduce the series to new fans. If Crystal 1-2 had been my first experience with anime, I'd have never been hooked.
That said, I do enjoy the first two seasons, simply as a fan and I can do so while acknowledging their flaws.
It was a nice experiment trying to match the manga style, but it failed with the low budget that Toei was willing to put into possibly one of their top three biggest international hits ever. It came across as a mishmash of bizarre choices.
They sought to fix this with season 3 and for the most part succeeded. This season has it's flaws, but it overall has a better flow and design.
The animation has been simplified in a way that makes it move better while still retaining a beautiful aesthetic! It's slightly too "Precurish" in design, but it works for me.
Story is tightened up and back in line with the manga, whereas season 1 trailed off with disastrous results. (seriously, why give us hope of a new arc for the Four Kings and then shatter it in such a rushed way?)
One of the biggest fixes is they did away with the embarrassing CG transformation scenes and went to a more traditional 2D style with new flourishes. The new transformations are not perfect, but they are fluid and beautiful to watch. (even if you do have to watch them a bit too often).
The exception is the transformation scenes for Haruka and Michiru which have basically just been tarced from the 90's versions and look lower quality.
One day I'd like to see a new Sailor Moon adaptation with some meat on its bones. All filler isn't bad and this series could use some character development and story expansion. But until then, this is not half bad.