ByCraig Patrick Arnott, writer at Creators.co
I'm currently studying a degree for Film Production and Cinematography.
Craig Patrick Arnott

When Sailor Moon Crystal Season 2 ended, fans were left with a final image that made hearts beat faster and speculation to run wild!

See you soon.
See you soon.

The final shot was of the sky and a message, which translates to "See you soon." This meant the continuation of the story was going to happen as Sailor Moon is split into three separate story arcs, and the next chapter in the story would be introducing fan favorite characters, the Outer Senshi. The finale of season 3 aired a week ago and it is now time to give the season a complete review and see if it lived up to expectations.

The Animation.

Season 3 vs Season 1 & 2 animation.
Season 3 vs Season 1 & 2 animation.

During the first and second season of the show, many fans found the animation lazy. This is something that the creators clearly listened to. The animation for Sailor Moon Season 3 clearly had more attention paid to it. The lines and shading were far more crisp and what you would expect to see from a highly popular anime. They even decided to abandon the CGI transformation sequences used in Season 1 & 2 in response to another major criticism from the fans.

Transformations.

With the transformations returning to a traditional anime format, fans couldn't help but feel true nostalgia over the new sequences. Being able to identify easily recognizable moments from their original 1990s sequences resulted in the new ones pleasing more fans. Fans also witness the Senshi's true transformation cry. The 1990s created their own, which replaced the true one. The cry they used was "[planet's name] Star Power, Make Up!" which was never used in the source manga. The true cry was indeed "[planet's name] Planet Power, Make Up!"

Attacks

The attacks used in the 1990s would be used for an extremely long time, given how many filler episodes the show featured. During Sailor Moon Crystal Seasons I & II, fan witnessed attacks that were never featured in the original show. Well that tradition continued with Season 3. We also saw more focus on Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune using their Talisman attacks "Space Sword Blaster" and "Submarine Reflection". In the 1990s the pair only used these attacks once and that was in the final series, Sailor Stars. This made Season 3 amplify the sheer importance of their Talismans and reflected their true power to a much greater extent.

Music.

Season 3 used music in the most unexpected way. Lyrically, the opening song was the same for the entire season, but every four episodes it would be sang by a different artist/group. This also marked a new song and animated sequence for the end credits. The end songs focused on various characters. First of all they focused on Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, followed by Chibi-Usa and ending with Tuxedo Mask.

The background music used within the show was mostly orchestral and classic. This was obviously to reflect the arrival of Sailor Neptune who is a famous violinist in her civilian form. Whenever the mood required it, the music did a splendid job of shifting appropriately to allow viewers to get more engrossed in the story.

Michiru with her violin.
Michiru with her violin.

The Story.

The Outer Senshi.
The Outer Senshi.

The story for Season 3 was much more fast-paced than the 1990s series. Also massive elements were completely different, due to them following the manga so closely. The Outer Senshi were at the center of these changes. The first being their Talismans. In the 1990s they had to find their Talismans, but in Season III they simply have them prior to their introduction. The purpose was also altered. The 1990s saw the three Talismans call forth the Holy Grail, but in fact they are used to call forth Sailor Saturn.

Sailor Saturn.
Sailor Saturn.

This resulted in viewers discovering the Outer Senshi's roles in the Silver Millennium and what their roles were when it fell centuries ago. Sailor Saturn herself had far more screen time during this Season than she did in Sailor Moon Super. In the original series she only had a couple of moments on screen, while Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 dedicated nearly one whole episode to her character. She even demonstrated abilities that were never seen in the 1990s. Another bonus to the season was fan getting to see the Inner Senshi vs the Outer Senshi.

Which Senshi Team is the strongest?
Which Senshi Team is the strongest?

Even if this was under evil influence, it was a spectacular moment as fans witnessed how both Senshi factions use teamwork in different manners. It also allowed us to see a few hidden abilities that some of the Senshi had not displayed before, such as Sailor Neptune creating a barrier. The Season also revealed the true origin behind the Holy Grail and how Super Sailor Moon awoke. The Holy Grail was really released by Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Chibi Moon linking their hearts together. This allowed Sailor Moon to break the control evil had on her allies.

By the end of the season we also witnessed the true awakening of Super Sailor Chibi Moon. During Sailor Moon SuperS, Sailor Chibi Moon is given her Super Form by Pegasus, where her desire to be like Sailor Moon called forth her own Holy Grail. This stunned fans, as two Holy Grails stood side by side ready to power up Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon.

Super Sailor Moon & Super Sailor Chibi Moon.
Super Sailor Moon & Super Sailor Chibi Moon.

The series ended with the Outer Senshi leaving and the Inner Senshi entering High school. Chibi-Usa prepares to head home to the future, being seen off by her future parents Mamoru and Usagi. But before she does leave, they encounter something rare. A total eclipse of the sun.

Fans should get excited about this, as the bell that Chibi-Usa can hear and the total eclipse are all signs to say Sailor Moon Crystal Season IV is happening! The total eclipse signifies the entrance of their next foes, the Dark Moon Circus, and the bells are the sound of Pegasus ready to fly in.

1990s Sailor Moon, Chibi Moon & Pegasus.
1990s Sailor Moon, Chibi Moon & Pegasus.

Final Thoughts.

All in all, Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 lived up to the expectations of the fans. All aspects of the show where improved upon from Seasons 1 & 2. The characters were portrayed to be powerful and multi-layered, and truly represent their manga counterparts. The highlights are definitely the Outer Senshi's new portrayal, the new depths given to Chibi-Usa/Sailor Chibi Moon and how Sailor Saturn arrived. If you have not seen it yet, I would highly recommend you add it to you "must watch list" as soon as possible.

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