Whoa, that wasn’t bad at all. As someone who grew up watching the series in the early 90s in Asia (whoop I just gave away my age, I’m fucking old and nearing 30), I actually really adored the remake.
The gradual ‘subtlety’ of Usagi’s attitude in the new animation is superb—also really glad the original voice actress is still on board. I read some folks complaining about how the new animation robs Usagi’s character of her clumsiness, but I disagree. I mean, Crystal is supposed to mimic the manga more… and if you’ve read the manga, despite the fact that yes she is portrayed as a klutzy heroine, manga!Usagi had always been shown to have a bit of elegance about her (which was downplayed a lot in the old animated series due to the style of animation)—yes, even in the early chapters of the manga. So, I’m glad that the remake is taking Crystal into the direction of manga’s canon. It’s a bit more serious, a bit more adult.
Apart from the new soundtrack, which takes some getting used to because I am a huge fan of the old series’ music (nostalgia, hello 1993!), I prefer Crystal’s animation overall.
I think there needs a reminder that the old series was a separate project from the manga while it was being published in the early 90s—I should know, I lived it (remember, the Makaiju Arc was a filler that was not part of canon!) So, tbh, people need to stop comparing Crystal to the 90s series, because the old animation had its own canon. Crystal, from what I’ve seen so far, is strictly based on the manga—and that’s a totally good thing, in my opinion.
Another thing, I saw a few people complain about how Crystal is “boring” because they follow the manga “exactly as it is.” And uh, that IS the point of the animated remake, right? I’m really looking forward to the part where we meet the Starlights, tbh. I remember when I first saw the old Sailor Star series in 1998 (throwback to downloading the episodes thru dial-up modem) and going, “WHOOOOAAAAAAAA WHAT. THE. FUCK.” But it ended up as my favorite season out of all of them.
But now, Crystal is going by manga!canon, and I’m even more excited.
Yeah, so, the new soundtrack is a bit mehh to me. But I genuinely like the new animation. And I hope new and younger generation enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the old one while growing up.