Plot: What’s it about?
She used to be a normal teen, a young woman who didn’t stand out, but now she has become Sailor Moon. Of course, Sailor Moon wasn’t always a superhero out to save the world, she used to have trouble with even simple tasks. But then she ran into a talking cat and after that encounter, nothing was ever the same again. At first, she has some problems adjusting to her new role and the powers she has acquired. But she has time to grow into her position of power and with time, she should be able to live up to her potential. And in any event, she won’t be alone in her missions to save the world, as other Sailors will join her. These other girls are chosen to be at Sailor Moon’s side and of course, each one is gifted with a special power. The other girls, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Venus, and Sailor Jupiter each have terrific powers, but like Sailor Moon, have to deal with their own personal issues. These young ladies might have amazing powers, but they are still young and as such, have maturity problems from time to time. This includes squabbles within the group itself, which can be a distraction to the larger, more important issues. Sailor Moon also finds herself in a game of sorts with Tuxedo Mask, a young man who marks a potential love interest, but also shies away when it serves him. With all kinds of evil out in the world, can this band of female fighters prove it has what it takes to keep things safe?
Sailor Moon is one of the few anime releases to break through into mainstream success, as the show’s popularity is immense. Even within groups that don’t have a real interest in anime, the series found a home and turned into a goldmine. The series has spanned hundreds of episodes and numerous feature films, not to mention countless merchandise tie-ins, which were commonplace in even mainstream entertainment stores. Sailor Moon offers what few American animated shows have, powerful female characters that handle matters themselves. This potent punch of girl power mixes colorful visuals, fun characters, and exciting action, all of which combines to form a wild, fun series. If you missed out on early episodes, you’ll feel lost in more recent Sailor Moon adventures, but thanks to ADV Films, you can join Sailor Moon and friends from the start. This second season release includes all the episodes, presented in uncut, uncensored editions in the original Japanese language, so this is how Sailor Moon was meant to be seen. I love this series, so I am biased, but Sailor Moon is just a blast to watch. And if you go back to these first couple seasons, you can pick up on more and follow the later adventures with ease. These Sailor Moon sets from ADV Films are a fantastic addition to any anime fan’s collection, so be sure to nab this second season, as well as the first season, which is also available.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. This is a series that never looked that good, so I didn’t have high hopes here. But in fact, the episodes look much better than any previous versions I’ve seen. The end result is not that impressive, with a soft, grainy visual texture, but like I said, this is the best the show has looked. The softness never proves to be an issue, thanks to the simple animation used, which means fine detail isn’t often needed. I loved the vivid colors found here, with hues that have more vibrance and depth than expected, as most previous editions had a washed out appearance. The visuals can’t compete with more recent anime, but given the material, we couldn’t ask for better presentations.
Audio: How does it sound?
The original Japanese soundtracks have been preserved, though the result is less than impressive. Not that we should be surprised, as Sailor Moon has never been dynamic in terms of audio presence. The overall scope is basic and limited, but I doubt new surround mixes would add much to the experience. I think the original source materials are to blame for any problems, since even older releases have been lackluster in terms of audio. There is a muffled presence in some episodes, which is never a major distraction, but of course, we could do without it. Some episodes have no signs of this problem however, which is good news. The audio is not bad on these episodes, but if you’re used to more recent, well mixed anime releases, you might be let down. But for fans of Sailor Moon, the audio here is about what should be expected. You can also turn on English subtitles, should you need those.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes no bonus materials.