Which style should Sailor Moon Crystal be from the very beginning?

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Which style should Sailor Moon Crystal be from the very beginning.

  • Season 1 and 2: Dark Kingdom and Black Moon Arc

    Votes: 9 22.0%
  • Season 3: Infinity Arc

    Votes: 3 7.3%
  • Season 4: Dead Moon Circus (Eternal Movie)

    Votes: 23 56.1%
  • Mix and Match between Seasons.

    Votes: 6 14.6%

  • Total voters


Aurorae Lunares
Nov 8, 2018
Takahashi's looked just as young if not more than Tadano. Plus they looked like boys. And you forgot to mention the deformed legs and the lovely 5 meter mouths and his noses were way worse as well...

They simply should have asked Tadano from the start giving her the direction they gave to Sakou. Sakou's rough parts were due to the fact this was her first design job. Tadano could have done a nice etheral style they initially wanted a lot better. With nice proportions and eyes. Once Yukie was out they could have tried Tadano, but no we had to suffer through Takahashi. If she was brought back for s 3 she might have tried to modify the s1-2 designs.
I agree. With Tadano's eyes we would have recognized the senshi / the franchise.
It should have been the 90s anime design or a well executed design similar to sakou and the manga. a more etheral style.

I unfortunately can‘t say about any of the reboot designs that I love them. They all have their strengths and weaknesses.

Sakou: + hair, fabric, rich in details - eyes, body proportions, lack of expression

Takahashi: + they look strong/they pop - eyes, head shapes, profiles, hair bubbles, rough

Tadano + eyes, balanced proportions - too young, noses, stiffness/lack of dynamic, simple
I like how you listed the good and bad of each character designer.
Takahashi's style is too childish, his style is better on a Romcom or a Shojo anime aimed at children.
Mr. Takahashi's style is childish because it was chosen by the director.
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Luna Crescens
Jul 6, 2012
His style was already childish on his other projects.
Well he is working on quite childish projects so it’s not unexpected.

I wouldn’t believe what Tadano or Takahashi said in interviews regarding design orientations. It’s just politically correct answers in my opinion, they were absolutely not free. Indeed they would not reply they were given instructions like « please make your designs a little more like the manga to make Takeuchi happy but please please make it look like 90´s design so we can gain old anime fans and erase S1-2 history with wonky design ». The idea was to appeal to people buying 90’s merchandises.

Seira Hazuki

Solaris Luna
Jan 17, 2007
I dunno, these don't even look on model to me ---not that it's a bad thing, but it seems like the animator for this video's take on Sakou
It’s definitely the chief animation director’s take on S1/S2’s designs. It’s a bit more simplified and fluid, which is why it works better animation wise in the music video, imo.