Usagi Tsukino (CV: Kotono Mitsuishi) is the reincarnation of the Moon Princess. She now is the magical girl Sailor Moon with her friends and her boyfriend. Her future daughter, Chibiusa (CV: Kae Araki) has been sent from the future to train with her mother’s past self. Earth is now threatened by the queen of the dark side of the moon and a priest, Helios (CV: Taiki Matsuno), who has been captured, is hiding in Chibiusa’s dreams.
I haven’t covered the three past seasons, but some day I will. Although, I might not want to re-watch the third season at all, because although I started to find this season grating, the previous one was more so. However, in a sense, this is much worse, because Chibiusa completely steals the spotlight from Mamoru Chiba (CV: Tooru Furuya), who barely even showed up in this fourth season of Sailor Moon and is forever a shallow support character. I love Mamoru to death (because I read the comic years ago before watching anything of the show not aired in Sweden) and I don’t really mind Chibiusa, but this season was supposed to be about Mamoru. I could complain about it however much I’d, but it won’t help anyone 19 years after it has aired.
In short, it was pretty good, but the quality of the animation went from sometimes good to sometimes bad (I would assume the worse parts are re-used from earlier seasons, but can’t say for sure) and no one really had any kind of character growth. My biggest disappointment was that all Mamoru basically did was throw roses. Once he started saying “It’d your turn” or something, but stopped and shouted it instead because the Sailor Team was too far away. And of course… during the last episodes he actually did have his real debut in the season. And what happens? HE’S STUCK IN A BED SUFFERING AND ALL WE LEARN IS THAT HE’S CONNECTED TO EARTH. He also appears at Elysium – the place where Helios lives – and talks to Helios about the power of dreams, but that is all. I mean, if one of the things i remember worth mentioning about Mamoru is that he shouted instead of said something, he certainly didn’t have a big role now, did he?
Let me take a moment to collect myself while I facepalm because I feel sorry for Mamoru and need to say why it’s not as bad as it could be.
The Dead Moon arc, or SuperS, has a romantic relationship going on between Chibiusa and Helios. Or more like, a romance between Chibiusa and a winged horse, because for most part we don’t even know Helios has a human form, but not only looks like a pegasus, he’s actually called Pegasus. Well, to be honest, the people of the Moon has always been a little weird and I guess since the Moon Princess and Earth prince get married and have a kid they later send into the past to a time before the get married and have a kid, that kid might as well fall in love with a horse. It’s literally beyond species here… We’re talk reincarnations and people from different planets and worlds. So a horse or two in the family shouldn’t be a problem.
It’s also a very typical magical girl show. This could be a good or a bad thing, depending on who you ask, but to me it’s a good thing. It’s that good old-school kind of magical girl. The same recipe is used noawdays too, but some do it bad, some good. (This season of Sailor Moon is mediocre though.) I like magical girl shows, so for me it’s a good thing.
The music is good, even though it barely offers anything new compared to other seasons.
And I’m grasping at straws here. Overall it’s a mediocre series where NOT A SINGLE MAIN CHARACTER GROWS (I guess I could say Fish-Eye did grow as a character, but it barely counts) and Chibiusa stole Mamoru’s spotlight. Beside, the love Chibiusa gets for Helios kind of gets boring after a while. I thought I’d die during the final battle because it took too long and all I wanted was more Mamoru. I literally shouted at the screen “It’s Mamoru’s crystal, so I want to see more of him”, for reasons I won’t explain.
I would still recommend people watching this and (more so) the earlier seasons of Sailor Moon for the sole reason it’s a classic. It’s one if the first internationally recognized shows outside Asia as far as I know and it’s been aired in various countries. Some complete, some only got two seasons (like Sweden) and the American version was edited and had cut out parts. But it’s essentially the same series, and it’s been aired all over the world, so for that single reason I think anyone should try watching Sailor Moon. If not anything else but the first season.
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Featured season (fourth):
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Vol.1
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Vol.2
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Vol.3
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Vol.4
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Vol.5
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Vol.6
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS Vol.7
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON VOL.1
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON VOL.2
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON VOL.3
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON VOL.4
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON VOL.5
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON VOL.6
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON Vol.7
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON Vol.8
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R Vol.1
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R Vol.2
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R Vol.3
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R Vol.4
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R Vol.5
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R Vol.6
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R Vol.7
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R Vol.8
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON S Vol.1
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON S Vol.2
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON S Vol.3
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON S Vol.4
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON S Vol.5
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON S Vol.6
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON S Vol.7
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON : SAILOR STARS Vol.1
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON : SAILOR STARS Vol.2
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON : SAILOR STARS Vol.3
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON : SAILOR STARS Vol.4
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON : SAILOR STARS Vol.5
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON : SAILOR STARS Vol.6
Bishojo Senshi SAILOR MOON R [Theatrical Feature]
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon S [Theatrical Feature]
Theatrical Feature Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS – Sailor 9senshi Shuketsu! Black Dream Hall no Kiseki