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Sailor Moon S: The Movie Blu-ray Review

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“Sailor Moon S: The Movie” will appeal to fans of the franchise.

An alien being known as Princess Snow Kaguya plots to rule Earth by freezing it and everyone on it, but she suffers a setback when a much needed crystal goes missing. An astronomer named Kakeru winds up finding this crystal and becomes ill because of it. Meanwhile the Princess sends her minions the Snow Dancers (who make the most irritating noises) to search for the crystal. Of course, the Princess and the Snow Dancers have to make their way through the 9 Sailor Guardians (Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, Sailor Chibi Moon, Sailor Pluto, Sailor Uranus, and Sailor Neptune) and their ally Tuxedo Mask first.

The film (AKA “Hearts In Ice”) also has some crucial subplots involving Luna the cat and Kakeru’s love interest Himeko (an astronaut who is about to go on a Lunar mission).

“Sailor Moon S: The Movie” (the second in the S movie series) is a pretty strange film adventure. A bulk of the soap operay story revolves around Luna the cat’s infatuation with the human Kakeru. Yes, it’s as weird as it sounds. It’s even stranger that this is the majority of the characterization. All of the Sailor Guardian characters essentially take a backseat to this plot.

Weirdness aside, this is a pretty straight forward magical girl anime movie in which the heroes have to combat a villain. Expect to see lots of powers being used to fight evil with some humor mixed in here and there. Really, the most important thing about this film is just seeing positive female heroes that for “fight for love and justice.” In this cynical day and age, it’s nice to see that young girls have strong hero role models like the Sailor Moon characters who have continued to endure for decades now.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9 1080p. How does it look? Despite being 25 years old now, this is an impressive hi-def transfer that looks quite colorful.

Audio Track: Japanese and English Stereo. How do they sound? The English dub is decent, but the original language Japanese track is the one to go with.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* English theatrical credits
* Sailor Moon trailers
* Trailers for other Viz Media titles
* Separate interviews with English voice actors Michelle Ruff and Chris Hackney.

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January 5, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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