Sailor Moon Crystal

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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'90s anime reboot boasts girl power, but iffy body images.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

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Positive Messages

Empowering messages include embracing destiny and fighting the good fight, plus choosing good over evil even when it's difficult to do so. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Guardians and Luna fight for justice and peace, putting themselves in harm's way in the process. They're independent and committed to the cause, and they do their own rescuing. Villains are the opposite; they use trickery to get what they want, no matter the cost.  

Violence

People transform into monsters with sharp teeth and scary features. A shrouded villain plots against the heroines and humankind. There are kidnappings, falls, and many confrontations in which all parties use powers such as the ability to turn an enemy to stone and smash it. Some characters die. 

Sex

Some kissing. Teen girls wear short skirts and clingy tops that accentuate their breasts. 

Language

"Hell," "butt," and "stupid."   

Consumerism

The series is a reimagining of a previous show called Sailor Moon that has lots of corresponding merchandise. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sailor Moon Crystal is a Japanese anime series (available in a subtitled version online) that centers on an ongoing battle over a powerful mythical crystal. The story's heroes are teen girls who've discovered that they have powers to use against an evil presence, so overt themes of girl power and embracing one's destiny stand out. The Sailor Guardians are decent role models, given their willingness to put themselves in danger's path to keep mankind safe from evil, but their physical appearance and attire (very short skirts, rail-thin bodies, and clingy tops) raise issues about what some TV characters teach girls about body image. Expect many confrontations that feature traditional fighting as well as the use of magical powers; and expect the occasional kiss.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byUlisaBarbic May 8, 2015

Varies by episode

Sailor Moon Crystal does carry some great role models especially considering we get to see the main character mature and grow stronger over the seasons. This ve... Continue reading
Adult Written byTheChristianReviewer June 12, 2017

No better..full of witchcraft

*Christian Review* Just the same as my review of the original series. In fact it is worse in ways..since they take directly from the manga this time which is m... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySailormoonfan August 1, 2015

Good anime

Sailor moon crystal is a reboot of the 90's SM and is slightly different. The story is very similar to the anime and manga which are amazing! There are wor... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byYanderekittehx March 20, 2016

Eh, Not as good as the 90s

They Over sexualized it....

What's the story?

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL is a Japanese series whose central figure is 14-year-old Usagi Tsukino (voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi). One day Usagi encounters a talking cat who introduces herself as Luna (Jill Frappier) and reveals that Usagi is a Sailor Guardian, the leader of a group of guardians tasked with protecting the powerful Legendary Silver Crystal from the evil Queen Beryl (Misa Watanabe). Luna presents her with a jewel that transforms her into her powerful alter ego and tasks her with finding allies who will help her in the fight. 

Is it any good?

A reboot of the original Sailor Moon series from the '90s, this is an engaging show with strong themes about girl power and fighting for what's right. The core group of heroines not only prove they're capable of waging their own battles, they even sing about it in the theme song: "We are not helpless girls who need men's protection ... We will fight on our own." Men (or teen boys, rather) do have roles in the story, including one who seems allegiant to the girls' cause, but it's the ladies who steal the show and, in the process, realize strengths they never had.

That's why it's a pity they couldn't do their thing in something other than cheerleading-length skirts and form-fitting tops that draw attention to their impossibly slim, leggy physiques. Sure, guardians of the universe can be pretty, too, but is it really necessary that they fight evil in what amounts to a swimsuit with sleeves and high heels? Body-image concerns aside, though, Sailor Moon Crystal is a decent action series that will appeal to both girls and boys. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what drives the Guardians' efforts in Sailor Moon Crystal. Do they gain anything personally by shouldering the fight against Queen Beryl? Is it always necessary to get credit for doing the right thing? Why is it important to do the right thing even when no one notices? 

  • Tweens: What does this show intend to say about girls' capabilities? Do they face any challenges they can't manage without the help of a boy? Is this a positive message?

  • Why do you think the Guardians are drawn the way they are, with minimal clothing and very thin bodies? Are they realistic body types? Does seeing pictures like this make you feel differently about how you look? Why, or why not? 

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