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Sailor Moon has had a lot of adaptations, while they all cover the same general arcs they each have done something slightly different from the source material.

Taking all of these (OG anime, live action show, musicals, Crystal, manga)...what aspects of each would you take that would make the best version of a Sailor Moon anime (covering Dark Kingdom, etc...) for you?
 

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From the original Sailor Moon I would take the comedy moments. This is where I feel the original anime shines. I would also take the slice of life feel. Also character developments for the villains. I’d also take the soundtrack. Perhaps remix it so it sounds more up to date.

I would take the overall storyline and mythos from the manga. There are some fascinating aspects in Stars like the Galaxy Cauldron and Sailor Cosmos which I would definitely expand upon.

From PGSM I would take the character development. All the inners had their moments in the spotlight and felt fully realized.

From Crystal I would take the real time action sequences and the title cards. I’d probably mix the real time action with a little something more action oriented like Precure.

Never seen the musicals so I can’t really comment. However there seem to be some interesting plot points and ideas that I would use.

I think I would have each season be about 20 episodes long which gives it enough time for there to be episodes that give more time for characters, motivations and ideas to be fleshed out. Not every episode needs to be action packed either. I’d have some quieter episodes, anime originals mixed with some of the side stories. I would also definitely give more backstories to the Outer Senshi as they lack them in all versions. Also make all the Senshi look powerful and important. No more leaving it to Sailor Moon or having them tossed around like rag dolls after one attack.
 
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As far as TDK arc:
1. Animation of S3 Crystal
2. Dark Mercury arc of PGSM
3. 25 episodes
4. live attacks of Crystal S1
5. Music of DiC
6. Darkness of the manga
7. "redemption" of Nephrite in the OG show
8. Malachite/Zoisite relationship of OG show
9. Mars/Jadeite "romance" of manga
 

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EPISODE ONE: SHE IS THE ONE NAMED SAILOR MOON

In a nod to the DiC dub, the show opens in the Moon Kingdom. "A thousand years ago," an unseen narrator intones, "our moon was home to a great civilization ruled by a beautiful princess." We see the princess. She's...Minako?! "MOON POWER! TRANSFORM!" she cries out, transforming into the one, the only: Sailor V! The camera pulls back and we realize we're in a movie theater. Usagi, Umino, and a purple-haired Naru are snacking down on popcorn and watching the new Sailor V movie. "Wow," Usagi whispers, awestruck. "Sailor V's a princess? How cool..."

Cut to: outside the theater, the walls of which are lined with posters for the movie, clearly announcing "Minako Aino" as the star. Usagi and her friends leave with the rest of the crowd. Their discussion of the film turns to talk of school; it's April, and they'll be starting 8th grade the next day. It's night, and as Usagi sees the full moon above them, she suddenly gets wistful, like she's starting to remember a long-forgotten dream. Naru and Umino head off in opposite directions, leaving Usagi alone. She stares up at the moon again, reflecting on how she's always felt connected to it. Unbeknownst to her, she's being watched by a black cat wearing a yellow ribbon (Luna).

The opening notes of the theme song play as the title of the show ("SAILOR MOON PRISM") appears across the face of the moon. The title fades out, as does the music. Suddenly, a shadow shoots across the sky and high-energy chase music begins to play. The shadow was Tuxedo Mask, notorious jewel thief. As Sailor V and Artemis chase him across the high rise rooftops of Tokyo, the police (led by Special Officer Toshio Wakagi) follow in their squad cars. Tuxedo Mask, a master of disguise, manages to slip away, though he leaves behind the jewels he had just stolen. Toshio is visibly frustrated by this. Just then, Kenji Tsukino, on-the-spot reporter with the local TV news station, arrives with his film crew and begins reporting. Usagi arrives home and finds her mother watching the story on TV. They watch together for a bit: Ikuko worries her friend, Naru's mother, might be robbed next; Usagi catches a glimpse of Sailor V and thinks to herself how exciting it must be to be a superhero. Outside the Tsukino home a short time later, as the lights turn off and the family bids each other good night, we once again see that black cat lurking about, watching.

[The rest of the episode unfolds in more or less the standard way: Usagi is late to school, notices Luna (but doesn't trip over her), gets scolded by Miss Haruna, talks with her friends about Tuxedo Mask, Sailor V, and the recent jewelry heists, they visit Osa-P and find a sale is going on, Usagi leaves and has her encounter with Mamoru (only here she bumps into him and he yells at her for being clumsy, not for being stupid), then heads over to the arcade (where she runs into Shingo and his friends, who tease her), then goes home, takes a nap, gets awakened by Luna, etc.]

For her first transformation, I'd do a specially animated sequence where we see Usagi reacting to what's happening, first with shock and maybe a little fear, and then with excitement. (I'll note here that in my vision of the series, Usagi has strawberry blonde hair, worn in two squat buns and pigtails that come down to her waist; as Sailor Moon, she has bright yellow hair, worn in rounder buns a little bit higher up on her head, and pigtails that are curlier and come down a little past her knees. She also wears her mask.)

Anyway, Sailor Moon races down to Osa-P and again the fight proceeds in the standard way (though I'll borrow some inspiration from the picture books and have Naru's real mother be one of Morga's possessed/hypntoized slaves). After defeating Morga and saving the day, Naru crawls out of hiding and thanks Sailor Moon for rescuing her. "Naru," Sailor Moon says with amusement, "don't you recognize me?" And before Luna can stop her, Sailor Moon takes off her mask and de-transforms back into Usagi, much to Naru's astonishment.

Cut to: the creepy cavernous lair of the Dark Kingdom. Jadeite swears he'll defeat Sailor Moon.

Cut to: the next day. Usagi and Naru are heading to school (with Luna in tow), talking, obviously, about how Usagi is a superhero now. They pass by the arcade, with its posters for the Sailor V game hanging in the window, and stop for a moment to look at them and wonder if Usagi will ever get to meet Sailor V, etc. They hear the chiming of the school bell and rush off. Inside of the arcade, we see Motoki sweeping the floor, getting ready for the day. The automatic doors slide open and in steps a girl with long blonde hair. We don't see her face, but we know who it is. "Hi, Motoki," she calls out. "I'm back." Motoki stops sweeping and looks up at her. "M-Minako..."

End credits. Next time on Sailor Moon Prism: The Secret Origins of Sailor V.
 
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This isn't totally on topic but honestly the perfect one for me would be a Dragon Ball Super like series, like maybe a series taking place in the time after Stars/before Usagi and Mamarou's wedding that covers some new storylines ^^

On the actual question though, some of the plot elements and focus from the manga but combined with the anime's character and slice of life focus. Like an arc could consist of a mix of plot and slice of life episodes, with the plot sometimes being split into "mini arcs", stuff like the Nehelenia arc in Stars that combine to make a greater narrative and keeps the plot flowing more than the 90's anime but also gives the characters and show as a whole time to breathe which I think is a problem in the manga, probably not explaining this great but basically a combination of how the manga and anime approach things, kinda like PGSM really lol

As for other stuff, I liked the focus on the Outer Family shown in the manga, and School Nurse Setsuna so I'd want to see those, Rei and Usagi's 90's anime dynamic, keeping the quirky tone of the 90's anime, making it so not every episode needs to have a monster battle if it isn't needed, and also more episodes where Michiru, Setsuna, and Hotaru get to interact/have plots with the inners since I feel like that's something the 90's anime and manga really never took advantage of
 
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I really would love a remake of Sailor Moon R replayed from the perspective of the Ayakashi Sisters. I really liked how the Bmc were genuinely morally grey in the anime, and I felt that this made Wiseman all the more monstrous in his corruption of the Bmc, who are wrongfully exiled for the crimes of their ancestors. I really would like an adaption that explored the back story of the clan members, their life on Nemesis, and what led them all on the paths they ended up taking. Where are the parents of the sisters and the two brothers. What happened to them? What went on between Saphir and Petz? It would be interesting to see the Senshi from the eyes of the antagonists, and have the sisters and the senshi interact as civilians more. I think it would be something really new and interesting in the franchise to have a series to be told from the most sympathetic members of its most sympathetic villain team.
 
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Classic: Not much to change
R: Switch battle to the future after Reubus arc. Give Demande more screen time to explain his obsession. Let the sisters come back, along with the redeemed Demande brothers' spirit to help in the final fight
S: Let the Inners and Outers work together in the end to fight the boss.
SuperS: A big overhaul to focus on the senshi rather than the victims of the week, the main plotline needs to be pushed quicker, put the last fight in the beginning of Stars to the end of SuperS. Add more to Nehellenia's character
Stars: Make a more intensive main plot, let the 10 senshi work together.
Make Another Story anime.

Overall I want to add more to some of the characters like Michiru
 
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From PGSM I would take the character development. All the inners had their moments in the spotlight and felt fully realized.
I love the character development of the Inner Soldiers in PGSM, their character growth as well. They are all well rounded and dynamic by the series' end. Rei and Ami were my favorites.
 
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So I actually gave a lot of thought about this topic, since the chances of there being another remake/reboot is potentially higher than a sequel. And while at first I automatically rejected the idea, but after reading @MementoNepenthe's translations of various scenarios that were proposed and discarded by the original anime, it actually got me interested in the idea of another go around:

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Embrace is a hypothetical new anime reboot of Sailor Moon produced by Toei Animation and Yumeta Company in partnership with Netflix and a celebration of several decades of the Sailor Moon franchise. The anime is broken into five phases: Royaume (Kingdom), L’avenir (Future), Infini (Infinity), Rêverie (Dream) and Etoile (Star) with each phase consisting of 25-26 episodes and adapting one arc of the manga.

I chose “Embrace” as the subtitle because instead of naming the series after an item (“Crystal”) or a powerup (“Super” and “Eternal”), I wanted something that could thematically tie all five arcs together. I loved the epithet Galaxia gives Sailor Moon at the end of the manga (“the guardian who embraces all”) because it ties into the Sailor Moon metaseries’ theme of acceptance which has resonated with so many people around the world (as well as why the series has a huge LGBT fandom). The word also sets the tone for the new series which strives to focus more on the characters, good or evil, with renewed empathy as the story is more character driven than the manga.

Along with the emphasis on themes, the second aim of the anime would be consistency. In other words: ONE character designer, ONE screenwriter, ONE director and ONE title. And instead of planning the anime as it goes along, everything from the first designs to Sailor Cosmos’ design, every transformation, storyboard, the storylines, subplots, character arc, and etc. will be planned and created from the very start in order to ensure a cohesive product. So, for example, when Usagi’s tear becomes the Legendary Silver Crystal, the writer will keep in mind that it’s supposed to be her star seed and connected to her life (and not something she could just give to her father to make into a necklace). Or that there's no reason why the Inners in the future don't appear in their Eternal forms. Moreover, it will mean future developments can be foreshadowed: like a scene where a human Beryl is shown talking to Helios in Elysium before sneaking off into the surface to spy on Endymion. Or seeing posters of Michiru Kaioh’s performance or the Three Lights in previous arcs. And the Galaxy Cauldron will even appear in the very first scene of the anime.

Even the key visual would be kept very visually consistent. I imagine it loosely based on this scene from the manga with Sailor Moon hugging Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus. As each arc is released, the key visual evolves reflecting the girls’ powerups and adding the senshi introduced in each arc to the group. This culminates with the final key visual where it’s the Eternal Sailor Guardians, the Kinmoku Guardians, the Sailor Quartet, Sailor Cosmos and even the Shadow Galactica soldiers all together in one visual.

The third and final point is that this hypothetical anime could incorporate some of the scrapped ideas from the manga and original ‘90s anime in order to keep the story fresh. What if instead of Neo Queen Serenity losing the ability to transform into Sailor Moon, she can transform into Sailor Moon Le Cygne in the second arc and wield the White Moon Excalibur? Or give the Inners the items they were initially supposed to have? Why not explore where the Amazon Quartet came from? Reintroduce a certain Moon Fairy as Sailor Moon’s Power Guardian? Let the Amazon Trio explore their real dreams or even meet Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon’s daughter?

I actually have specific ideas for each arc, but I just wanted to share this overview, since everyone else shared their ideas.
 
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@Seira Hazuki Love "Sailor Moon Embrace" as a title for a potential reboot; it perfectly encapsulates the the series' themes of friendship and support/empowerment:


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YES! That panel is a perfect encapsulation of what I was thinking of in my imaginary reboot and exactly what the next eventual anime project should focus on. I just really want a new Sailor Moon anime that gives me all of the feels of seeing these characters and their friendships portrayed, even if they're fighting the Dark Kingdom for the 1000th time. Let their relationships be as complex as we've seen that they can be. Give them the space to breathe and allow for new interesting angles... For me a title like Sailor Moon Embrace immediately spells out that kind of promise.
 
#17
So I actually gave a lot of thought about this topic, since the chances of there being another remake/reboot is potentially higher than a sequel. And while at first I automatically rejected the idea, but after reading @MementoNepenthe's translations of various scenarios that were proposed and discarded by the original anime, it actually got me interested in the idea of another go around:

Spoiler: show


Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Embrace is a hypothetical new anime reboot of Sailor Moon produced by Toei Animation and Yumeta Company in partnership with Netflix and a celebration of several decades of the Sailor Moon franchise. The anime is broken into five phases: Royaume (Kingdom), L’avenir (Future), S’unir (Unite), Rêverie (Dream) and Etoile (Star) with each phase consisting of 25-26 episodes and adapting one arc of the manga.

I chose “Embrace” as the subtitle because instead of naming the series after an item (“Crystal”) or a powerup (“Super” and “Eternal”), I wanted something that could thematically tie all five arcs together. I loved the epithet Galaxia gives Sailor Moon at the end of the manga (“the guardian who embraces all”) because it ties into the Sailor Moon metaseries’ theme of acceptance which has resonated with so many people around the world (as well as why the series has a huge LGBT fandom). The word also sets the tone for the new series which strives to focus more on the characters, good or evil, with renewed empathy as the story is more character driven than the manga.

Along with the emphasis on themes, the second aim of the anime would be consistency. In other words: ONE character designer, ONE screenwriter, ONE director and ONE title. And instead of planning the anime as it goes along, everything from the first designs to Sailor Cosmos’ design, every transformation, storyboard, the storylines, subplots, character arc, and etc. will be planned and created from the very start in order to ensure a cohesive product. So, for example, when Usagi’s tear becomes the Legendary Silver Crystal, the writer will keep in mind that it’s supposed to be her star seed and connected to her life (and not something she could just give to her father to make into a necklace). Or that there's no reason why the Inners in the future don't appear in their Eternal forms. Moreover, it will mean future developments can be foreshadowed: like a scene where a human Beryl is shown talking to Helios in Elysium before sneaking off into the surface to spy on Endymion. Or seeing posters of Michiru Kaioh’s performance or the Three Lights in previous arcs. And the Galaxy Cauldron will even appear in the very first scene of the anime.

Even the key visual would be kept very visually consistent. I imagine it loosely based on this scene from the manga with Sailor Moon hugging Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus. As each arc is released, the key visual evolves reflecting the girls’ powerups and adding the senshi introduced in each arc to the group. This culminates with the final key visual where it’s the Eternal Sailor Guardians, the Kinmoku Guardians, the Sailor Quartet, Sailor Cosmos and even the Shadow Galactica soldiers all together in one visual.

The third and final point is that this hypothetical anime could incorporate some of the scrapped ideas from the manga and original ‘90s anime in order to keep the story fresh. What if instead of Neo Queen Serenity losing the ability to transform into Sailor Moon, she can transform into Sailor Moon Le Cygne in the second arc and wield the White Moon Excalibur? Or give the Inners the items they were initially supposed to have? Why not explore where the Amazon Quartet came from? Reintroduce a certain Moon Fairy as Sailor Moon’s Power Guardian? Let the Amazon Trio explore their real dreams or even meet Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon’s daughter?

I actually have specific ideas for each arc, but I just wanted to share this overview, since everyone else shared their ideas.
This is a fantastic concept! I rather like the title "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Embrace". Will the hypothetical series include elements from the musicals and live action series as well?
 
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#18
So I actually gave a lot of thought about this topic, since the chances of there being another remake/reboot is potentially higher than a sequel. And while at first I automatically rejected the idea, but after reading @MementoNepenthe's translations of various scenarios that were proposed and discarded by the original anime, it actually got me interested in the idea of another go around:

Spoiler: show


Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Embrace is a hypothetical new anime reboot of Sailor Moon produced by Toei Animation and Yumeta Company in partnership with Netflix and a celebration of several decades of the Sailor Moon franchise. The anime is broken into five phases: Royaume (Kingdom), L’avenir (Future), S’unir (Unite), Rêverie (Dream) and Etoile (Star) with each phase consisting of 25-26 episodes and adapting one arc of the manga.

I chose “Embrace” as the subtitle because instead of naming the series after an item (“Crystal”) or a powerup (“Super” and “Eternal”), I wanted something that could thematically tie all five arcs together. I loved the epithet Galaxia gives Sailor Moon at the end of the manga (“the guardian who embraces all”) because it ties into the Sailor Moon metaseries’ theme of acceptance which has resonated with so many people around the world (as well as why the series has a huge LGBT fandom). The word also sets the tone for the new series which strives to focus more on the characters, good or evil, with renewed empathy as the story is more character driven than the manga.

Along with the emphasis on themes, the second aim of the anime would be consistency. In other words: ONE character designer, ONE screenwriter, ONE director and ONE title. And instead of planning the anime as it goes along, everything from the first designs to Sailor Cosmos’ design, every transformation, storyboard, the storylines, subplots, character arc, and etc. will be planned and created from the very start in order to ensure a cohesive product. So, for example, when Usagi’s tear becomes the Legendary Silver Crystal, the writer will keep in mind that it’s supposed to be her star seed and connected to her life (and not something she could just give to her father to make into a necklace). Or that there's no reason why the Inners in the future don't appear in their Eternal forms. Moreover, it will mean future developments can be foreshadowed: like a scene where a human Beryl is shown talking to Helios in Elysium before sneaking off into the surface to spy on Endymion. Or seeing posters of Michiru Kaioh’s performance or the Three Lights in previous arcs. And the Galaxy Cauldron will even appear in the very first scene of the anime.

Even the key visual would be kept very visually consistent. I imagine it loosely based on this scene from the manga with Sailor Moon hugging Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus. As each arc is released, the key visual evolves reflecting the girls’ powerups and adding the senshi introduced in each arc to the group. This culminates with the final key visual where it’s the Eternal Sailor Guardians, the Kinmoku Guardians, the Sailor Quartet, Sailor Cosmos and even the Shadow Galactica soldiers all together in one visual.

The third and final point is that this hypothetical anime could incorporate some of the scrapped ideas from the manga and original ‘90s anime in order to keep the story fresh. What if instead of Neo Queen Serenity losing the ability to transform into Sailor Moon, she can transform into Sailor Moon Le Cygne in the second arc and wield the White Moon Excalibur? Or give the Inners the items they were initially supposed to have? Why not explore where the Amazon Quartet came from? Reintroduce a certain Moon Fairy as Sailor Moon’s Power Guardian? Let the Amazon Trio explore their real dreams or even meet Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon’s daughter?

I actually have specific ideas for each arc, but I just wanted to share this overview, since everyone else shared their ideas.
The title is really pretty. You should consider making your own magical girl show.
 

Seira Hazuki

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This is a fantastic concept! I rather like the title "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Embrace". Will the hypothetical series include elements from the musicals and live action series as well?
I definitely think so, especially with the live action series. I really loved how it explored the interdynamics of the inners, allowed them to even argue and have disagreements with each other. I think I'd also like take a page from the musicals in how they blended different elements of the '90s anime and the manga.

I also think the first arc would take a lot of elements from Codename: Sailor V. For example, one of my ideas is that Kunzite would end up recovering his memories, and Danburite would take over as the leader of the Shitennou.

The title is really pretty. You should consider making your own magical girl show.
If ony I had any kind of talent in drawing! I would 100% be making my own magical girl series.
 
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This Sailor Moon Embrace sounds fantasic. Please share your ideas for eaxh arc. This sounds amazing as an overview and something I wanted from the manga adaptation when crystal was revealed as such. Something like the Fruits Basket reboot that is a compete work from the start and ties in all the plots, fixing the plotholes and establish the continium.