Sailor Moon attraction at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) 2018

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Luna Crescens
Oct 31, 2015
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I have to say I was very impressed by the animation for the 4D ride. Even though it was all in CGI, they did a good job of keeping true to the spirit of Sailor Moon while also having a unique spin on the transformations. I also loved how cool the real time attacks look. I also liked they made Morga so powerful and threatening which only reinforces my opinion that Morga is still the best MOTD of Sailor Moon. I was also impressed by how Kotono Mitsuishi always gives it her all when voicing Usagi even for just a theme park ride and it was heartwarming when the audience joined in to help her defeat Morga.
 

Yamoon

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Can we get more information about the storyline ? How long is it?
Do we see just Sailor Moon transformation ?
Please details :)
 

Yukendoit

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Can we get more information about the storyline ? How long is it?
Do we see just Sailor Moon transformation ?
Please details :)
It was close to twenty minutes long. It was interesting how Sailor Moon was incorporated with the audience. Morga was trying to suck the energy out of people with giant strips of celluloid, which was something I'd never seen before. The audience I saw it with was really into it.
 

Seira Hazuki

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I was looking for more footage from the 4D ride and stumbled onto this:


It looks like they reanimated the stock footage from R to include details from the manga/Crystal (Sailor Moon's hair pins, Venus' belt, Mercury's lack of sleeves). It looks like it's the intro?

(It honestly looks like something out of a parallel universe.)
 
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Oh wow, I see a difference in Venus' shading which has me thinking it was redrawn.

This reminds me of the Saint Seiya pachinko game from 7 years ago which had most of the anime's openings reanimated with new versions of their theme songs.

There was also DBZ Kai which had a few redrawn scenes mixed in with Z's old footage which in that case, stuck out like a sore thumb but I have seen worse (looking at YOU Legend of the Galactic Heroes).
 
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Yeah, they quickly traced over the 90s stock footage sequences. You can even see the same wonky in-between frames for Sparkling Wide Pressure.
Not that I'm complaining or anything. It is just for the introduction to a ride, after all. :P

I kinda wish they would throw a bone to the 90s anime fans and do a shot-for-shot remake of the R movie or something with Ikuko Itoh's art style. Crystal can get all the merch it wants in exchange for a while.
 
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MementoNepenthe

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I'd love it if they'd re-trace/re-animate the "essential" episodes of the 90s anime like this, but including Mars's pendant and Jupiter's belt as well. It'll never happen, but I can dream.
 
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Seira Hazuki

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Yeah retraced is the better term. Comparing it to the older footage it looks like the colors are more vivid with better shading and they removed the cheek markings (I have no idea what they’re called). Sailor Moon looks the most different with all of the new details.

From my limited understanding of the plot, it looks like the animated footage is for an in universe Sailor Moon movie (titled “Eiga Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: the Miracle”) which Luna and Artemis seem to suspect is some kind of Youma plot and basically Usagi and the others go to Universal Studios to investigate it.

I really like how meta the storyline is.
 
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Thanks for posting that additional footage Seira. It's great to be able to see more of it since most of us won't ever be able to go to the ride ourselves. Seeing the footage for this ride, I wonder if Crystal would have turned out better if the entire series was done in CGI animation if it was done in a style like this ride.
 

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Unfortunately this channel wasn't able to record the video but it looks like they were at least able to record the entire audio from the 4D ride. Now we just need someone to translate the dialog so even if we can't see the whole footage we'll at least know what's being said.
 

Yamoon

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Excepted the original actress from sailor moon who dubs the others Senshi? The actresses from Crystal ?
 
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