Silver Moon Crystal Power Kiss!
Before I ask my question, I do want to say that I appreciate them rebooting the series and I absolutely love how closely they are following the manga. But I just wanted to know, it is confirmed that they will be cleaning up the animation for the Blu Ray release?

It’s not officially confirmed, but, as myself and many others have said, it’s a very common procedure in the animation industry.

See, what they’re trying to do (just like every other piece of entertainment, be it games or books or movies) is to break even and then earn more money on top of that, netting a profit. However, look at it this way. Which is going to make more money: A bi-monthly web release or a dvd/Blu-ray release? A web release is only going to gain money through ads and the like, but, with DVDs and BDs, people will actually purchase them. Not only that, they also don’t have to worry about splitting profits with hosting websites.

So the animators are clearly going to be putting the most effort into the DVD/BD releases because those are what will earn the most money. It makes very little sense to bleed money for a web release that will net a pretty small profit when they can just cut corners now and make up for it later.

In fact, this procedure is so common that DVD/BDs, even if they only have two or three episodes, tend to sell very well in Japan; not only do the fans get to watch an episode whenever they want, they get to see new animation and bonuses. Also, the releases are usually spread far enough apart that fans aren’t spending an upwards of $35 (or 3500 yen, whatever currency they use) every other week, further encouraging them to buy the discs (after all, spending $35 on something every other month isn’t too bad).  

I hope I explained everything you wanted to know!


Okay before I begin this, please, please just know that I come in peace and right now I’m just sharing my own views and opinions about this topic as best I can. I’m not here to say that anyone is wrong for feeling a certain way about the animation in Sailor Moon Crystal. I am just sharing why I think what I think.

I’ll admit the animation in the last two episodes of SMC hasn’t been as good as the first episode’s animation was. It’s a flaw and I understand that it is one.

But seriously though, unless I’ve been hearing it wrong and please do correct me if I am, SMC isn’t being funded the same way most animes are because it’s web-based (rather than being broadcasted on TV) and has a pretty tight animation schedule and budget for the time being. So yes, the initial release may look a bit odd at times. I admit some of the animation in episodes two and three bothered me but I think more of the initial animation budget and time may be going on to later moments in the series, like codenamesailorb says in this post.

Keep in mind I say INITIAL animation on INITIAL release.

There are quite a few animes that have different looking animation stills/moments for the initial release.

Example One:



(left is TV/initial release, right is DVD/Bluray release)

The first frame is clearly quite a drastic change, with the background, shading, and even the initial look of the character. The second is a bit more subtle, but one can definitely tell the difference. (image source)

Example Two:

A more popular example of wonky animation stills on initial release is also coincidentally from a magical girl show: Madoka Magica.

This post, made pretty recently, pokes fun at the fact that yes, Madoka Magica had some bad stills too

This page shows a few different comparison photosets in regards to initial release vs Bluray/DVD release, but here’s one example for the sake of the post.


Also, Meduka Meguca. Nuff said.

Example Three:




Even Attack on Titan which for the most part had amazing animation had it’s wonky moments pre-Bluray/DVD release.

I’m sure most if not all of the wonky parts will be touched up when the SMC Blurays are released and more details can be put into the work. But for now, we may have to see some wonky animation. 

Do I wish we had to see the wonky animation? No. But I’m still thrilled that we actually got a reboot AND the content in itself is awesome. I am not saying we should all be grateful for a reboot despite the wonky animation. I am just saying that up until two years ago, I never dreamed that Sailor Moon would ever get any kind of thing like this. So with that said, I myself am okay with waiting for Bluray quality animation. If you’re not, that’s cool. If you are, that’s cool. If you don’t give a single speck of moondust about it, that’s cool.

Do I wish the initial animation was better? Absolutely. I honestly think it should be and that it will get better. Again, I agree with codenamesailorb on this. Also, according to another friend’s theory, perhaps Toei was wary to set the animation budget “too high” on the first few episodes, so that should the reboot be a bust, the studio doesn’t lose as much money. Do I agree with Toei’s idea if that theory is true? Not really, but I do see where they are coming from with not wanting to lose money. Sailor Moon is pretty huge though and it disappoints me that they wouldn’t put more into it at this point in time. But the animators are working with the time and budget they are being given. So in this respect I understand why there are wonky parts in the animation.

Feel however you want to feel about it, this is just what I think is up and how I justify all of this.

Fantastic post, thank you for taking the time to break it down!



Animation Process 75%

I’ve been working on this on and off
since 2012.

Hopefully it’ll be finished before
Sailor Moon Crystal comes out!


Hi everyone!

Have you seen this video showing how they actually animated Sailor Moon? This is a special feature from one of the laser discs from season one since this is showing how they went from storyboarding to final animation for Sailor Moon’s first transformation scene!

Anime fans will probably recognize Kunihiko Ikuhara, one of Sailor Moon’s directors and the showrunner of Revolutionary Girl Utena, storyboarding how Sailor Moon’s transformation will look.

Unfortunately there’s no preview of the rough animation process, but you get to see one of the animators doing clean-up for one frame. If anyone recognizes her or any of the other artists, let me know!

Most of us who studied animation worked with a lunchbox like the one used for the pencil test of Sailor Moon’s animation, but is there anyone here who had to xerox their work onto cels with carbon paper and color with cel paint? Don’t be shy! :) I would have loved to learn that, but I’m from generation Photoshop.

One of my favorite parts of chopping up footage of this episode for reference was getting to really look at each shot. If you take a look at the backgrounds, most of them were drawn with pencil, marker, watercolor or airbrush. Most of the backgrounds’ color palette are based in warm blues, greens, purples and pinks which give a nice contrast to the primary palette for Sailor Moon and her team. (I strongly recommend following smscenery on Tumblr to get a better look at the background art for Sailor Moon.)

If any of our Moon Animate contributors want to share their process, tag your work on here or shoot us an e-mail so we can share it! It’s great to see everyone’s process.

Also if you’ve submitted your reel or wanted to pick up another shot and I haven’t gotten back to you, rest assured I’ve read the e-mail and will probably get an answer to you today or tonight. I got slammed with submissions yesterday (and it was awesome!) so I’ve finally got a handle on that and can get more shots out today. Thank you guys for your contributions! Keep posting your work and I’ll keep sharing it!

Space Bound finds a young astronaut and his dog stranded and running out of oxygen, but this space-themed fantasy film shows that, even in our final moments, we can delight in the wonders of the universe and the companionship of someone we love.


Random unfinished animation key frames from last year that loop forever.

okay wow these are awesome


When The Wind Blows (1986)

Animated film based on the 1982 graphic novel of the same name by Raymond Briggs.

I just watched this yesterday. It’s fucking depressing. It’s about an elderly couple in the English countryside who survive a nuclear bomb (this was made during the Cold War) and continually keep an optimistic outlook that the government will take care of everything and things will quickly go back to normal, only to slowly succumb to radiation poisoning. It’s like watching your grandparents die.

It’s a very strong anti-nuclear war film, but only watch if bleak endings don’t get you down too badly. 

This short film (it’s called Rejected) is actually pretty disturbing, if you watch the whole thing. It starts out pretty funny (with this same scene) and quickly escalades into some pretty memorable nightmare fuel (it depends on how easily affected you are). I recommend it, though!



Click on images to see the name of the animation director.

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[ANIMATION] Miho Shimogasa.

Animation director Miho Shimogasa supervised two episodes in SuperS and then five episodes in Sailor Stars. She also helped with Ami-chan’s First Love.

Notable aspects of Miho’s style in the last season include elongated bodies and legs, thin torsos and detailed eye work.

Sailor Stars and Cutey Honey F shared most of the same staff. Miho directed six episodes in the latter series. Other anime that Shimogasa has worked on include: Inuyasha, Re: Cutie Honey and Ultra Maniac.

Episodes directed: 146, 155, 172, 176, 181, 187 & 193.

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(Well, along with Ikuko Itoh :P)


[ANIMATION] Hisashi Kagawa.

Starting in episode 14, a very different animation style was introduced to the anime. Kagawa’s designs made the senshi seem petite yet athletic. This could be seen in their thighs, calves and arms. The eyes and foreheads were also bigger than usual. Many animators gave Sailors Moon and Mercury flat heels on their boots, but Kagawa’s episodes seemed to give them longer heels. Moon’s Henshin Brooch was rounded like a sphere whereas other episodes presented it as flat.

There were similarities between Hisashi direction and Katsumi Tamegai’s early style. However, the second animator worked on all five seasons. Kagawa would not be part of the animation staff in Sailor Stars.

Episodes directed: 14, 20, 25, 32 38, 44, 51, 70, 85, 92, 130, 135, 141 & 147.

OH, I LOVE him!


[ANIMATION] Hiromi Matsushita.

The very first anime episode featured animation directed by Hiromi Matsushita. He only worked on one more episode, “Protect the Children’s Dreams! Friendship Linked by Anime”, and he partnered with Kazuko Tadano.

The pilot heavily mirrored the first act of the manga in terms of story and scenes. Usagi’s short stature was made apparent in the animation, and her head was a bit larger than depicted later. A goof that was never corrected until later was the location of the back bow during Sailor Moon’s stock pose. It’s supposed to be attached to her hip roll, but it’s drawn on her back below the bust line. Another goof was part of her bow being left uncolored in the fight scene.

Kazuko worked with Hiromi on episode 21, and her influence was very strong. The animation in this episode went into great detail with the youma duo’s creation, the Sailor V sketches, and the parodies of Sailors Mercury and Mars’ attacks. The girls’ pre-henshin scenes were elaborate as well. Nephrite’s victim Hiromi was based on Matsushita, and her friend Kazuko was based on Tadano. The director Asatou was based on director Junichi Satou. The place the characters work at, Studio Dive, was based on Hiromi and Kazuko’s own Studio Live. 

Episodes directed: 1, 21.



I can’t see anything wrong with this.



I can’t see anything wrong with this.

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