Favored Version and Why?

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Deniz87

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You're missing out, PGSM is easily the best iteration of the Dark Kingdom arc. it has the best Shittenou & Beryl, best character development, best Miracle Romance, pretty much best everything! It's only downside is that it's just the Dark Kingdom arc.
No, the downside is that it's just...a live-action. So what I'm missing here is watching a show with some cosplayers. It's literally trash to me. And even with a good story, it will never feel the same.
Animation is animation. Its expression is something you can't find in this reality....and I love it for that.
 
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No, the downside is that it's just...a live-action. So what I'm missing here is watching a show with some cosplayers. It's literally trash to me. And even with a good story, it will never feel the same.
Animation is animation. Its expression is something you can't find in this reality....and I love it for that.
I had the same mindset for both PGSM and the musicals, but once I started watching it got me like 3 episodes to adjust to that. It cheesy and it had a lot of balance issues, but it was surprisingly good. They developed the characters really well, the story gets more and more different and surprising.
 

Nadia

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Even though I eventually grew to watch it, I can understand the barrier to PGSM. It took me about six episodes of so of watching PGSM before I could appreciate it (I watched the first three episodes and didn't like them, then gave up on the series for years). Part of it because a lot of what works in animation doesn't work in real life as Usagi came off as downright grating at times, and there were cheesy elements like that fake gameshow quiz that made me groam. I did get over it and was able to enjoy it for what it was, but it's not for everyone.

I haven't seen that many musicals, but for me they were a lot easier to accept the musicals because they are on stage, and there's a much larger suspension of disbelief required for any theatrical production than it is for a televised product.
 
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foenyanko

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Too bad PGSM was more or less a commercial failure for Toei. We're unlikely to see them take advantage of nostalgia of the generation that grew up with it like they did with the manga/90s anime and actually remake it. Still think it would be an excellent direction for a new anime.

We're counting Another Story? That's high on the list for me, too. Great blend of the manga and anime and the way they handled what would have been filler in the 90s anime (the individual senshi crystals arc) was handled really well in the game.
 
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For me it's the 90s anime subbed. I also like the Dic/Cloverway dub and the Viz dub. The 90s anime gives me the feels, it makes me laugh and cry. It also has an amazing soundtrack of BGM and vocal songs.
The same. I prefer the 90 series, Sailor Moon Crystal I see it in a way where it avoids me reading manga which I don't necessarily like (read) and also having a corrected / modified version of the manga with additional elements.
 
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I have more of a soft spot for the DiC dub/MiXX translation that I thought I would ever have now that I am older. I guess it's that magic nostalgia at work.

Although I've been a fan of these stories since adolescence, it was only over the past few years that I really had a chance to sit down and catch up with the musicals (thanks lockdown!), and absolutely these stories—especially the Dracul arc—are pretty much my favourities now. I just... I love everything about them, you guys! I genuinely can't heap enough praise on these productions. ::love::
 
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I had the same mindset for both PGSM and the musicals, but once I started watching it got me like 3 episodes to adjust to that. It cheesy and it had a lot of balance issues, but it was surprisingly good. They developed the characters really well, the story gets more and more different and surprising.
Definitely got hooked after a while myself, especially with their own liberties and twists on the standard storyline keeping me interested. Not sure why, but I kinda liked PGSM's take on Motoki, making him this kind of dorky hyper-optimistic goofball, rather than the kind of stock "hunk/ladies'-man"-type character that seems to be plastered all over the place in other adaptations. Definitely my favorite side-character. Also,
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I found the whole bromance with him and Nephrite towards the end of the series to be kind of a fun ride.
 
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yaya_ikuto

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mh i like better manga/ crystal, well for me is most going to the point telling me the story and it have character development too, well maybe some didnt notice
than the 90s anime well i watched first, some moments i like them, and was the first version i saw
the musicals xD i only saw some, im sorry i laughed alot because of how some actor acted uwu
i didint saw much about the live action
 
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I love all versions of Sailor Moon equally except the first 15 episodes of Crystal. (Though even there there are some parts I liked)


You're missing out, PGSM is easily the best iteration of the Dark Kingdom arc. it has the best Shittenou & Beryl, best character development, best Miracle Romance, pretty much best everything! It's only downside is that it's just the Dark Kingdom arc.




Mamoru was said to be created in the image of Naoko's ideal man and is her personal favorite, but I think if you look at the Miracle Romance within the context of the lore & mechanics the manga sets up it works quite well and helps add to the tragic deconstructive elements it has going on[
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I don’t hate their relationship or anything, I just found it one of the more cliche elements of the story. Like Mamoru is just constantly Mr. Nice Guy and there doesn’t seem to be much more to him than that. While it’s great that he was always supportive of Usagi he just felt a little dull. I think he was just outshined by all the other strong female personalities in the cast.

I personally enjoy the friendship and bond between the girls a lot more than the Miracle Romance aspect which is probably why I place the anime above the manga in that aspect. The moments it did have like MinakoxRei in Stars were so iconic and badass but there were just not enough of them.
 

Tsundereshipper

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I don’t hate their relationship or anything, I just found it one of the more cliche elements of the story. Like Mamoru is just constantly Mr. Nice Guy and there doesn’t seem to be much more to him than that. While it’s great that he was always supportive of Usagi he just felt a little dull. I think he was just outshined by all the other strong female personalities in the cast.

I personally enjoy the friendship and bond between the girls a lot more than the Miracle Romance aspect which is probably why I place the anime above the manga in that aspect. The moments it did have like MinakoxRei in Stars were so iconic and badass but there were just not enough of them.
One could argue Mamoru is actually one of the more interesting characters though since his character deals with identity issues much in the same way as Minako and Hotaru do.
 
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The DIC dub. It's just a shame there's no way to buy it. :( It's not even on YouTube anymore. I taped a lot of shows when I was a child, and I remember I had started taping Sailor Moon when it disappeared from Toonami. So I have a lot of episodes from R and S, but that's all. I liked the voice actors for most of the characters and the music.

I do like the manga for what it is, but the plots are always brief and to the point, the characters pretty nondescript.
 
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morri

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The manga was always my favourite . I like pgsm too. sure its goofy but i love it.
 
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My favorite versions are PGSM and the manga!

I love PGSM the most because all the Sailors have character development and growth. All the girls are rounded and dynamic characters. This incarnation has the best Rei/Mars! I admit it is silly at times. Yet, I adore it because it's the version of SM that manages to be BOTH character and plot driven. It's a good attempt at a live action "Sailor Moon" adaptation.

Next is the manga. It's a good read, however, due to the plot-driven nature of the source material most characters felt underdeveloped, such as the supporting cast.

Third is Crystal. I appreciate that's it much easier to binge.

Last is the '90s anime. It's my least favorite version. Now, I'm going to be honest here. I like it to an extent.
 
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My favorite version is PGSM, it ran for a full year but never felt too long or repetitive, the storytelling and character development in that series was great. I liked that the silver crystal was potrayed as essentially a weapon of mass destruction and that shattering it allowed the characters to move on and live regular lives. That's a better message than Usagi becoming queen of the earth because she happens to have inherited a powerful artifact which is really elitist.
 
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I'd say my favourite version is the Nelke musicals. I've just watched them all and the first five musicals, from La reconquista to Le mouvement final, are brilliant. They combine the manga's plot with the characters and some plot points of the 90's anime what makes the story enjoyable and powerful. I think this is the path Crystal/Eternal should've taken.
 
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Neo King Rose

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90s anime Japanese sub to me is the definitive version
however it's not perfect I think it has the worst version of Chiba out of any incarnation I actually like him in the Manga, the Break up arc is the worst idea they ever did I don't like the R movie at all SuperS had too much Chibiusa for my liking and I cannot stand the Starlight's in Stars.

what I do like is the way many of the characters are portrayed many characters [who weren't omitted who existed in the manga] got more spotlight than their manga counterparts cause some villains were treated like MOTD's in the manga on top of that many were redeemed and I like that aspect as well, fillers don't bug me cause it gives us viewers more chances to get to know more about the characters and what they are willing to do to help others or to see what personal struggles they have and to overcome.

Another nice touch I like is Naru and Nephrites brief romance it made me think of Neph as more than just an enemy but someone who's struggling with his own personal feelings and even loyalties and learning what love is
I like Zoisite x Kunzite I found their dynamic to be interesting and I wish we got to see them more together before Zoi gets axed
Jadeite is probably the least interesting of the shittenou the closest thing what he could have had as a romance was Thetis but he wasn't very interested in her he was more loyal to Beryl which makes me think there was a missed opportunity for a romance or an unrequited love by either lol

many ideas I like came from Toei and some I like that Naoko made herself but I equally dislike many things both have done

I feel that there's some things the manga had that the 90s could benefit from and vice versa, 90s can get repetitive and formulaic especially if you binge it but at the end of the day I enjoy it warts and all.

when it comes to the manga depends on the arc but I generally have a higher opinion than I used to about it, it too is far from perfect

Crystal follows the manga's footsteps close enough that if I'm judging the manga I'm also judging the same things that crystal did from the manga but what I dislike the most in Crystal is what they did in season 1 ignoring any animation errors cause I don't care about those I do not and will never agree with is Senshi x Shittenou pairing it was a bad idea and was executed poorly and was forgotten about which makes it feel like a waste of time to me just like 90s break up arc, then there's minor changes like what they did to defeat Beryl they just should have kept it the same as the manga

I will say this right now I am not a crystal fan there's some things I like here and there but to me even the manga itself is better I warmed up to crystal because of season 3 but even then it's not perfect either
I haven't seen Eternal but one day I will

PGSM is different being live action but I like it just with the exception of sailor Luna and Princess Sailor Moon [I love the design though]