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Sailor Moon Crystal: Nostalgia at its Finest

When I look back on my childhood, I remember sunny summer days, field trips to the Houston Zoo, and watching television with my dad. I also remember twirling around the living room hoping that one day I would magically transform into one of the beautiful Sailor Guardians. (Although, just between you and me, watching Sailor Moon Crystal has gotten me back into this habit—it’s made me want to be a magical girl all over again.)

As you can see, I was a pretty big fan of Sailor Moon growing up. I loved the characters, the animation, and the outfits. Everything about it was wonderfully perfect to me. When I heard that they would be releasing a remake, I was hesitant. I worried that one of my favorite childhood shows would be warped into something much different from what I had stored in my memory.

I thought the remake would ruin an amazing show, an amazing part of my childhood. As I sat down one lazy summer afternoon to watch Sailor Moon Crystal, I expected a disaster. Well, guys, I was wrong. It was the furthest thing from a disaster. It was beautiful.

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Produced by Toei Animation and directed by Munehisa Sakai, Crystal is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the manga series, “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” (originally titled “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon”). Crystal will remain true to the manga, rather than being a revamped version of the anime series from 1992. The remake debuted worldwide on July 5, 2014 and two episodes are released every month. (Which means you have a little more time to cry while waiting for the episode.)

As of Aug. 28, I have watched all four episodes of Crystal that have been released. The plot is the same as the original, which makes it even better for people who watched the original anime series and are skeptical of this new version. It follows the adventures of Usagi Tsukino, middle schooler turned Sailor Moon, and her fellow Sailor Guardians: Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Jupiter. They come together, with a little help from the talking feline Luna, to help find an unnamed princess who holds the Legendary Silver Crystal.

To me, watching this series is like going back to my childhood. To a point in a time where things were simple. To a time when a bad day could be easily turned around with a show about magical girls. I love it.

Some people are quite skeptical of the remake. My friend and fellow watcher of anime Alexus felt that it would be a “cheap remake.”

“I just feel that it’s going to be something that will [turn] a magical childhood moment into something sour. It’s going to be a risk sitting down to watch the first episode.”

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However, some fans of the original Sailor Moon are over the moon about Crystal and plan to stick around until the show closes.

A close personal friend of mine, Ruby, has this to say about Sailor Moon Crystal: “It’s very nostalgic, which is why it means so much to me. [Also] you can tell they’re emphasizing ‘girl power’ more already than the original.”

That’s what Sailor Moon Crystal is. It’s nostalgia. It takes fans to a time and place where they had big hearts and stars in their eyes hoping that one day they would be able to call themselves a Sailor Guardian, or Tuxedo Mask, and help defeat the evils in the world.

If you’re still on the fence about whether you should watch this remake or not, all I can say is: do it. Put on some kawaii pajamas (or Totoro onesie if you’re like me), curl up on the couch, cuddle with your pillow, and take a trip back into your childhood. You won’t regret it. Promise.

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