a.k.a. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie
In the middle of the night, children rise from their beds, listening to the haunting melody played by a mysterious flute player. One by one, they sleepwalk to a ship, waiting to take them away to a faraway place where the energy of their dreams feeds an evil queen’s power. Sailor Moon and the Sailor Senshi must rescue the children and stop Badiyanu and her plot to destroy the Earth with her Black Dream Hole.
summary by Madoka
Sailor Moon Super S is your basicSailor Moon story. In fact, it’s so predictable that you could play Sailor Moon Mad Libs and come up with the plot: Sailor Moon must stop the evil ____ from stealing the ____ people, forcing them to create the fiendish ____ and destroy ____.
In this case, it’s the evil Badiyanu trying to steal the energy from the dreams of children to feed her Black Dream Hole and… you get the idea. Since the focus of the story is children, there are some memorable glimpses into the childhood of the Sailor Senshi, with flashbacks in the opening sequence so adorable that they are really the highlight of the entire movie.
Because of this childhood theme, Chibi Usa also plays a larger part in this film than in the others. Here she fills the same role as she did in the Super S season of the television series: she meets a strange boy who she helps and later seems to have a bit of a crush on. Like the rest of the movie this seems recycled from Sailor Moon and leaves no real impression on the characters or the overall story.
As a stand-alone movie, Super S manages to barely entertain as it rehashes all of the worst elements of Sailor Moon. As part of the whole saga, its only worth is a few cute moments of the Senshi out of uniform. If you’re looking for a worthwhile Sailor Moon story without a large time commitment, I would recommend Sailor Moon S instead of wasting your time on this one.