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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Absolutely Beautiful Series

Author: junebug058 from U.S.A.
3 October 2000

This is the best series in Sailor Moon, with Sailor Stars in a close second, Classic third, and SuperS and Return last. Surprisingly, this one is much more mature than Return, Classic, and even SuperS. Rei has a dream of the oncoming silence, and witnesses death all around her. Unfortunately, she keeps this to herself, until the end of the season, when all of her sadness comes pouring out. This series marks the debut of Sailor Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn. Chibi-usa also plays a much bigger part here, too, as she befriends Hotaru and awakens the truth within. The relationship between Uranus and Neptune is beautiful, and is probably one of the reasons this series has fared so well. For those of you out there who have only seen the dub, and not the Japanese version, you are missing quite a bit. The biggest and most noticeable change is that in the dub Uranus and Neptune are cousins, however, in the original, they are lesbians. There is also more death and violence in the original. Themes that are covered in this season are friendship & kindness, death & sorrow, rebirth & reincarnation, and the fact that love can triumth over all. Those of you dubbies out there should try to find yourselves a fansub of this're missing out! My rating: 10 out of 10...perfect!

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

The greatest Season ever

Author: (setsuna_meiou_16) from California
21 April 2001

S is by far the best season in the whole Sailor Moon Saga. Nothing can compare to the drama that is displayed every time any episode is watched. The Dubs weren't that bad but no where near the Japanese versions. The whole story is great aside from the fact that they put chibi-usa in it, however, she is somewhat tolerable towards the end (then we get into SuperS which revolves around her and no outers whatsoever so SuperS is the worst). We are also introduced to Uranus and Neptune who are so cool words can't describe them. Their devotion to their misson and each other is something that makes the series so watchable. And the best part is that plutos in it again! We have to wait a little while for these 3, and Saturn, to return in sailor stars but they remain the coolest of all the scouts because they have so much depth that the inners never got, and they were in all 5 seasons. I suggest getting the Heart Collections On DVD because you get both the english dubs and the japanese originals so you can check them both out and see which you prefer, its very very worth it

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Seeing the original is mandatory!

Author: naia_zifu from USA
24 November 2004

This is where the dubbers turn truly evil. If you've been living in a cave and don't know this yet, Haruka and Michiru are a lesbian couple. Their relationship is a bit subtle in this series, but still you would have to be blind not to notice they're in love. Apparently, it's "wrong" in America to show the beautiful relationship of a loving and committed lesbian couple on a "kids' show", but rather than just not dubbing this series, the company had the "brilliant" idea to make their dub counterparts cousins. However, as most of the relationship footage was left in, with just the words changed, every viewer with a brain saw right through it, and their dub counterparts appeared to be cousins in love. They also changed the gender of a young boy Chibi-USA crushes on, because he cross-dressed, thus unintentionally hinting she's a lesbian. . . Prime examples of why anime should never be dubbed! The original version of this series is truly great, however. Not only is Haruka in contention for best anime character ever, but her romance with Michiru is enviable and near-perfect! They get a lot of screen time and character development this series, as the focus of the first half of the series is on finding the talismans to awaken the Messiah and stop the world from being destroyed. Yes, there are religious themes in this series, even down to Haruka and Michiru's guilt and feelings of impurity relating to their quest, and their most poignant scene taking place in a cathedral, but it's never preachy. The second half of this series focuses on Hotaru and Mistress Nine, and though definitely creepier than the first, it is the part I like less (never really got into Mistress Nine and her killer hair). The whole series is darker and more serious than the two that came before it, but that may just be part of what makes it superior. Well, that and Haruka, of course! *cuddles and keeps her*

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Don't bother with the dub

Author: curli_wurli from United Kingdom
17 May 2005

The English dub of this has been a matter of debate on many Sailor Moon websites. The fact of the matter is - it's terrible. The new voice actresses don't sound like they've ever seen the script before recording, 'Amara' and 'Michelle's' voice actresses are terrible compared to the standard set by Haruka and Michiru's Ogata Megumi and Katsuki Masako. Frankly, 'Amara' sounds like she's about to yawn the whole time. The plot has been changed to suit the American children's audience, when the show was not originally intended for young children. If you want to see this, and it is the best series, I strongly suggest you buy the 3-disc 'perfect collection' box-set in Japanese and put the English subtitles on.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

An excellent series

Author: supersaturn9 ( from Boston, MA
26 February 2002

An excellent series of Sailor Moon, with the introduction of new Sailor Senshi: Neptune and Uranus. The storyline is rather a good vs evil kinda thing, but doesn't involve the whole Moon Princess epic in this season. Uranus and Neptune are looking for the mysterious talismans which will form the Holy Grail to seal away the Silence that will destroy the planet. They also are in search for the Messiah who is also believed to stop this oncoming Silence.

However, what makes this season especially memorable is the difference in fighting style and ideas the new senshi have compared to Sailor Moon's. The reappearance of Chibiusa as a Sailor Senshi, as well as Sailor Pluto also help keep the season worth watching. The climactic episodes with the Holy Grail and the transformation of SuperSailorMoon are definitely high-points displaying Sailor Moon's maturity.

The second half of this season focuses on the relationship between Chibiusa and a mysterious girl, Hotaru. The relationship may get a bit overly dramatic it times, but necessary in the storyline.

The filler episodes are also especially fun to watch since they revolve around the in-depth characterizations of the Inner Senshi including their interactions of the Outer Senshi; therefore, the filler episodes aren't as useless as you may think. The music is always a treat to listen to, esp the Uranus and Neptune's transformation music. The improvement in animation is also evident to many viewers and necessary to make this season one of the favorites of the five Sailor Moon seasons.

Highly recommended 10/10

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Very,very Great!

Author: Ian Burnett ( from Memphis, TN
20 March 2003

This is my all time favorite season. The plot is excellent and so is everything else. the escalating level of maturity is Sailor Moon is noticeable... and a surprise. This may be because she turned 15 in this series. (notice the when she turns 15, she can become Super Sailor Moon. Notice also that when she turns 16{Sailor Stars}that she can become Eternal Sailor Moon). By the way, the Love Boat reminiscent music in the dub isn't a dub invention... it's the real Japanese music. Actually, you can get to like it after a while, especially the normal and long (when all the Sailor Senshi transform at the same time)Moon Cosmic Power music.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Although the entire series was wonderful, Sailor Moon S stands out as the best

Author: Devane from Singapore
23 November 2002

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon is perhaps one of the most successful anime ever, and now that Sailor Moon has turned 10 (it started in 1992), it is often refered to as a classic, but it hasn't been decided if there will be a new Sailor Moon series.

Anyways, Sailor Moon S (note: I'm only referring to the anime, not the manga) has the most dramatic plot, screenplay, and action, making it highly addictive. This series is also somewhat comical.

Pharoh 90 an evil force from beyond the solar system aims to destroy this solar system (out of envy?). There are three talismans that are found in the souls of thress special people. These talismans combine to form the Holy Grail which Pharoh 90 can use to destroy the galaxy or which the Sailor soldiers can use to protect the galaxy.

Part One*: In this season, we are introduced to three new sailor senshi: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto(actually, Pluto was introduced in the previous but it is in this season that she appears often). They realise the villian's plan and are determined to prevent them from finding the talismans. In fact, they would probably kill anyone that came in their way. On the contrary, the inner soldiers (who were the only main characters in the first two seasons) do not know much about the villian and only fight the henchmen(the henchmen are sent every other episode to find the talismans). They fight with a heart and cannot understand why Uranus, Neptune and Pluto( the 'Outers') keep away from them.

Part Two* The Sailor soldiers(all of them) realise that a high school misfit they know of, Hotaru, is actualy Sailor Saturn (but she hasn't awokened yet). Sailor Saturn is the second most powerful Sailor Soldier( after Pluto) and has amazing powers of destruction. The Outer Soldiers want to kill her, as Pharoh 90 is capable of possessing her(since she hasn't awokened as a Sailor soldier) and use her powers to destroy the galaxy. The inners, controlled by their emotions, would not allow the outers to do so. In the end there is a(wonderful) two-episode showdown. What happens? Watch it!

(* there is no actual part one and two. I only use these terms to explain the series easily) and note: my summary has missed out quite a number of important points, so the series is actually more interesting than how I desribed it.

The first part is not very intense (but very enjoyable especially since it is highly comical).The second part of this series is very intense and we see very strong outer and inner conflicts between the characters.

The verdict: WATCH IT! A must-see!

I'd give it 9/10

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Best of all Sailor Moon seasons

Author: Dot-chan ( from Gainesville
18 January 2000

This is surprisingly mature and deep considering this is a shoujou anime geared towards junior high girls. Themes include friendship, sacrifice, and, of course, the triumph of love over all. New characters introduced include Sailors Neptune and Uranus, who unlike the "Inner" Senshi do not hesitate to do what it takes to prevent the "Great Silence" of prophecy. Caught in the middle is a frail, young girl named Tomoe Hotaru who does not understand (nor wishes to understand) her pivotal role. Chibi-Usa also plays a much bigger role, especially in befriending Hotaru and awakening the truth within her. If you can, take the chance to read the manga, too. Naoko Takeuchi puts a slightly different twist into this series, and her artwork is much softer and flowing than in the anime.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A wonderfully intricate and complex plot

Author: Chris Saia from Framingham, MA
17 November 1999

This is the first of the five series I've seen in its entirety. (I've seen a fair amount of SM-R and SM, and I'm looking forward to picking up SM-SS and SM-Stars soon.) The story starts out seemingly simple -- the Death Busters unleash Daimon to capture pure hearts to find the three talisman. The senshi, who are in their last year of junior high school, studying for their high school entrance exams, now have the additional burden of fighting yet another enemy. The first two episodes (which use the Otome No Policy ending from SM-R, perhaps because Tuxedo Mirage wasn't ready) dragged me right into the story.

A number of subplots, including Chibi-Usa's return to the 20th century to train, the in-fighting amongst the Witches 5 and Kaolinite, the search for the Messiah, and the Inner Senshi's efforts to sell the Outer Senshi on their thinking that the world can be saved without sacrificing anyone, come into play, and with a few exceptions, keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the 38-episode run.

We see Usagi climb the ladder of maturity yet again in this series. Her undying devotion to stopping the Silence without any sacrifices, standing up to the Outer Senshi determined to end the Silence no matter what's sacrificed along the way, exemplifies her character. We also see Chibi-Usa grow up (figuratively) a bit as well, remaining steadfast and loyal to her friend no matter what hardship she endures. Usagi and Chibi-Usa also gradually put their differences aside and become better friends, rather than "sibling" rivals.

Seeing SM-R and SM isn't necessary to understanding SM-S -- it seems to be a mostly self-contained package.

Overall, a big, big, thumbs up! I hope SM-SS and SM-Stars live up to its example when I finally get to see them.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Best of the Five

Author: Sailor Uranus ( from MT, USA
30 October 1999

The S series (a.k.a. third season) is the best of the five, followed closely by Stars (5th season). Then further back is R(2nd), then First Season, and finally SS (4th) a distant fifth.

Most TV series we see are linear in progression. Linear series' episodes often end in the same circumstances as it had begun. A sitcom are an example of a linear TV series and their episodes can be viewed in any order. The Sailor Moon S series are far from being linear. There is almost always a definite progession from one episode to another.

The high points:

* The antagonism between Usagi and Chibiusa.

* Anytime Haruka and/or Michiru is in the scene.

* Dynamic plotline.

* Sailor Moon using Sailor Chibimoon as a stepping stone.

The low points:

* The season ends.

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