28, Female, Scottish, Psychology graduate and full time geek. Likes: Xena, Bad Girls, Wentworth, Bomb Girls, Ashes to Ashes and Star Trek Voyager. Also, Audrey Hepburn and classic films.
I got all excited when I read that Sailor Moon was receiving the reboot treatment. Despite growing up with the cut and censored version of the original Sailor Moon anime, the dub was unintentionally funny and still has a special place in my heart (or on my prized DVD shelf).
Fast forward to 2014 and the reboot is at last here after much delays and speculation. The first episode remains true to the source material derived from the manga so it stayed very safe and unsurprising. This is not necessarily a bad thing but will seem very familiar to the veteran Sailor Moon viewer.
What stood out the most was that computer graphics used in the transformation. It’s well done in conception but why CG? It is a little jarring! Another thing which stood out for me is the eyecatch (the screens shown before and after ad breaks) - it seems to be channeling Utena with the designs.
As for the opening - I’m not fussed but in part seems well animated. Furthermore, the opening music is borderline otaku fare but at least the designs do not follow the trend of recent anime. Sailor Moon is thankfully not a moe blob! (which is partially why I’ve not seen any anime past 2005).
All in all, it is a promising start but will it live up to the original anime? That remains to be seen. Onward to episode 2 (in two weeks time!)