Sailor Moon S: The Movie Review

3rd January 2019 at 6:57 pm

Dear Chibi,

Sailor Moon S: The Movie finally made it’s way down under to Aussie land last month on Bluray & DVD. Considering Tuxedo Santa makes his debut, it’s kind of fitting for the festive season XD (Though it’s actually summer here! *melts in the heat*)

Sailor Moon S: The Movie Bluray released by Madman

The film is adapted from a side story of the original manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi, The Lover of Princess Kaguya. As a result, it has a very different vibe to the 90’s anime we’re all so used to, as that has deviated quite a bit from the original source. The story focuses on Luna and her relationship with a young astronomer named Kakeru Ozora.

The original title ‘The Lover of Princess Kaguya’ has always been a bit of a confusing one for me. Who is Princess Kaguya? Why is the main villain named ‘Princess Snow Kaguya’? Kind of hard to delve into this without spoilers so I guess that’s a discussion for another day XD.

The plot is otherwise pretty straight forward, and an easy introduction to the series:

“A snow storm has hit Tokyo, marking the arrival of the deadly alien Princess Snow Kaguya! She has a chilling plan to freeze the earth, but it requires a single piece of her ice comet returned to her. After falling ill due to the cold, Luna is rescued by a handsome astronomer, Kakeru, who happens to have the remaining shard of the comet! Called into action to protect Luna and her new found crush, Sailor Moon and the 8 Guardians are now the only hope the world has of avoiding an eternal winter!”

I love that this movie features all 8 Sailor Guardians (The poster artwork looks epic), but I was also disappointed how minor their roles were, especially the Outer Guardians Sailor Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The Guardians have taken a back seat to leave room for Luna, Kakeru and his girlfriend Himeko to take center stage. I just want to see the Guardians more. The action scenes while good, felt more like an afterthought. The Snow Queen is just another typical villain who wants to take over the planet for the sake of being evil.

This is the biggest reason why I prefer Sailor Moon R The Movie: The Promise of the Rose. It has the perfect blend of romance, drama and action. The villain Fiore also had some kind of connection to the main characters (namely Mamoru) so there was at least a care factor there. The writing is more of my type I suppose but each to their own. 

The Australian release does not come with any bonus or extra materials (apart from some Madman trailers)

I hope you found my review helpful! Let me know in the comments what you thought of the movie!

If you’re interested in grabbing a copy, you can find it here (Region B). For more links to other merchandise, check out this Sailor Moon Shopping Guide.

P.S Can’t wait for Sailor Moon SuperS Part 2 to come out in February!

One Response to “Sailor Moon S: The Movie Review”

  1. Megan says:

    Love this movie, still have it on VHS :-D it’s a cute movie that builds on a classic Japanese folk story. It was nice to have something a little different from the usual.

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