a.k.a. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R: The Movie
An old friend of Mamoru visits from the past, who poses a threat not only to Usagi’s and Mamoru’s relationship, but to the planet earth as well. Sailor Moon and the Senshi must defeat Fiore and the Kisenian flower before they can snuff out all life on the planet.
summary by Madoka
Highs: Great comedic moments; classic ending song
Lows: Wraps up too neatly; basically an hour-long episode
If you ever wanted to see what Sailor Moon is like without investing the time of watching all two hundred episodes, I would seriously advise you to begin by watching Sailor Moon R. The movie itself follows the exact same formula as a typical season of the television series; the girls discover a new enemy is in town and defeat some lackeys, something terrible happens, then a serious fight occurs and the Big Bad Guy is defeated. Conversely, if you are a fan of the show, the movie is a perfect way to get the full effects of a season without the filler episodes.
One interesting feature of the Sailor Moon R movie is that it is well known for the shounen ai undertones that follow Mamoru and Fiore, which even to longtime viewers of the show comes out of nowhere. This innuendo tends to distract from the actual story and more often than not will leave you scratching your head.
The length and the pacing of the film are enough to keep one’s interest. The movie also provides a few great moments of comedy; Chibi Usa trying to revive Usagi always produces a smile. The requisite transformation sequences and fights play like a typical Sailor Moon episode, although a few glimpses of the Sailor Senshi’s thoughts and backgrounds add some development to characters otherwise put on the back-burner.
The end of the movie, however, wraps up very nicely and rather conveniently. The moral of the story is given (and beats you over the head), and they all live happily ever after. The best part about the ending, however, is a great song vocalized by the Sailor Senshi that will be stuck in your head for days.