When Sailor Moon S first aired in the 1990s, fans met the Outer Senshi, and they quickly became fan-favorite characters. Consisting of Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Pluto and completed with Sailor Saturn, they are charged with protecting their princess from threats outside of our solar system. When Sailor Moon Crystal Season Two ended last year, fans across the world were left with excitement over the promise of the third season. This meant the Outer Senshi would debut in the anniversary series, that follows the plot of the manga extremely closely. Now the third season has finished, fans have met the newest incarnations of their favorite characters.
Following the manga so closely has meant the journey of Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Saturn in the story has been radically different to the original 1990s anime. The first major difference is the dynamics of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The trio even revealed their past role in the old Silver Millennium and what happened to them in their past lives, which was never covered in Sailor Moon Super. In the original 1990s series, Uranus is given center stage of the Outer Senshi, but in Crystal she shares this spot with Neptune. Uranus keeps her close bond to Sailor Moon, but it is Neptune who has insight and understanding of the past and present events. Their Talismans also play a much more prominent role throughout the season.
In the original series Sailor Moon Super, the Talismans were sealed within three pure hearts; when gathered, they would release the Holy Grail, that allowed Sailor Moon to transform into Super Sailor Moon. In Sailor Moon Crystal they are already in possession of their Talismans, with no real explanation of how they got them. However their true purpose in Crystal is far more sinister. Their true purpose is to call forth the warrior of ruin and destruction, Sailor Saturn.
Given the importance of Sailor Saturn to the plot of the third season, this made Uranus, Neptune and Pluto far more central to the entire plot compared to the original 1990s series. After they had found their Talismans, their role was to try and destroy Sailor Saturn before she awoke. This just made them look like brutal warriors. While on the subject of Sailor Saturn, this series saw greater depths to her character's backstory. In both the original anime and Crystal, both portray Hortaru as a mysterious girl, but with a weak and frail body. Crystal finally answered why her body is so weak and frail, causing her to have seizures and collapse.
When she was six she went into a coma after an accident that killed her mother. Her father being a completely crazy genius, he decided to save his daughter by turning her into a cyborg. This is why Hortaru's body is weak, and with Mistress 9 ready to take control of her from the inside out, she is set to only get weaker until the demon within awakens. Due to this element and them making the alien invasion plot far more clearer than in Sailor Moon Super, the series is a clever combination of magic and science. Additionally with the new art style given to the third season it has made the Outer Senshi a truly beautiful sight to watch over the last few weeks. Below is a reminder of some of the spectacular moments of the third season showcasing the newest incarnation of the Outer Senshi.
What have your thoughts been on the new Outer Senshi? Did they surpass your expectations? Or do you prefer the original 1990s Sailor Moon Super counterparts?