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REVIEW | Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie

Sailer Moon Eternal Review

Sailor Moon Eternal was basically the fourth season of the original anime, called Sailor Moon SuperS. This means that there was zero context. If you didn’t watch or read Sailor Moon, you would have no idea as to what was going on. I’ve been watching and reading Sailor Moon since the 1990s, so that wasn’t so much an issue for me.

Sailor Moon Eternal Review

The story picks up right before an eclipse, on the day that Chibi-Usa chooses to return to the 30th Century. Usagi (Super Sailor Moon) and Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask), Chibi-Usa’s future parents, are accompanying her to say goodbye. The return is foiled by the eclipse when the Dead Moon Circus appears and sets up in the Juban District. What follows is general chaos, dreams, and nightmares for the people of the Juban District, where Super Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians battle against the Circus, the Amazon Quartet, and ultimately Queen Nehelenia. Also coinciding with the eclipse, Mamoru becomes ill, and in his typical style, tries to push Usagi away because he doesn’t want to hurt her.  Helios, a Pegasus, appears to Chibi-Usa, asking for the golden crystal.

Sailor Moon Eternal Review

Netflix split Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie into two parts, each around 1 hour and 20 minutes, and called it a show. It did work for this story because there were two distinct portions, much like how SuperS was divided into two parts. It’s important to know that this is not new material, it’s a new, very good adaptation of old material. This is definitely a must-see for hardcore Sailor Moon fans.

Sailor Moon Eternal (2021) Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 160min | June 3, 2021 (United Kingdom) 7.5
Director: Chiaki KonWriter: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, Naoko TakeuchiStars: Kotono Mitsuishi, Stephanie Sheh, Kate HigginsSummary: The Sailor Guardians' latest set of adventures unfold in April, when the cherry blossoms of Tokyo are in bloom, and the Japanese capital is in a festive mood, as it celebrates the largest Total Solar Eclipse of the century. As the new moon obscures the sun and gradually dims its light, Usagi and Chibi-Usa encounter Pegasus, who is in search of the chosen Maiden who can break the seal of the Golden Crystal. At the same time, a mysterious troupe called the Dead Moon Circus appears in town, their nefarious plan being to scatter nightmare incarnations known as Lemures, to seize the 'Legendary Silver Crystal,' and to rule over the moon and earth, eventually coming to dominate the entire universe. —Netflix

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Erika Johnson
I'm a Data Analyst, from the land of Matthew McConaughey. I'm an avid movie-goer and love seeing films in theaters. My most recent favorite films are Good Time, Only Lovers Left Alive, TENET, and England is Mine. When I'm not at the movies, I'm either reading or watching obscene amount of true crime and historical documentaries.