Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Live Action

CBC (ended 2004)


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  • A great adaptation of a great anime.

    WARNING: Review may contain spoilers.

    Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is something that I have always wanted to see: a live-action version of Sailor Moon.

    The show was kind of a return to the franchise in 2003, as the Sailor Moon anime ended back in 1997. When this series was released, the manga was re-released as well.

    Like the original series, it stars Usagi Tsukino, a fourteen-year-old girl who becomes Sailor Moon (she also has her manga personality, so she's not as ditzy, but still very bubbly), as well as her friends Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury), Rei Hino (Sailor Mars), Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter), and Minako Aino (Sailor Venus), who's a idol singer in this version, and she's much more serious in this series than the anime and manga. Artemis, Minako's cat, and Luna, Usagi's cat are there too, but instead, they are stuffed animals that can walk and talk (probably because real cats are too much of a pain in the neck to train). Also (spoiler!), Luna becomes a Sailor Senshi!

    The villians from the first story arc return (the Dark Kingdom), and more is revealed about their past than the anime.

    The show usually ranges from being a lighthearted comedy to a serious drama. The last few episodes aren't as cheery as they were at first, just like how the Sailor Moon anime worked. The jokes are very funny when there's a humorus scene.

    Of course, it does have it's flaws. The CGI for the transformation sequences isn't that great, and it's pretty obvious that it's CGI. Same goes for the cats. They're usually played by puppets, but they're in CGI for more difficult scenes, and the CGI is obvious. The monsters are also obviously played by guys in rubber foam suits (like Barney), but it's supposed to be similar to Power Rangers. I really wish that the show could've gone on longer, such as episodes based on the other story arcs, since I would've loved to see Sailors Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Pluto, and Chibi Moon in there as well. But the show was put on a crappy time slot (7:30 AM on Sundays), so vieweship was down. And they would have to find new actresses for the Senshi, as the original ones are too old for the roles now. And of course, I wish that they would release the series on a subtitled DVD in America!

    All in all, if you love Sailor Moon, then this is a good series for you.