After Sailor Moon Crystal is finished, does that mean no more Sailor Moon anime?

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MementoNepenthe

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Look at a series like GeGeGe no Kitaro, which has had an anime adaptation in every decade since its debut, each with the same basic premise, cast of characters, and character designs, and many specific plots recycled from adaptation to adaptation as well. The more episodic nature of the series allows each iteration to tell new stories, but it's not like the manga's still running, it's not like the franchise is churning out radically new or unique storylines.

I feel like Sailor Moon will also be a series that has a new adaptation each decade: we got the original anime in the '90s, the live action series in the '00s, and Crystal should have been limited to the '10s but clearly its production has been bungled at every turn, causing it to be dragged out into the '20s. As a result, I don't think we'll get a new TV adaptation until the '30s (to coincide with the franchise's 40th anniversary - again, I expect it will be CG animation because that's just the trend animation in general is moving towards), but I do think that perhaps shortly after Crystal wraps up (hopefully by mid-decade) we'll get the obligatory live action film adaptation. I also think that's probably when we'll finally get a fully colorized release of the manga (since there really aren't any other ways to milk that cash cow left, and the manga's previous major re-releases were to promote the latest TV adaptations).

I think there is a possibility (however slim) that Naoko will turn out a new side story in 2023 for the next Year of the Rabbit (as she did with Parallel Sailor Moon in 1999; 2011 saw the unfreezing of the franchise with the revised manga's getting translated in various languages, a new video game's being released in Italy, and I suspect the talks that resulted in Crystal started around this time as well). But even if Naoko never writes another SM story, that doesn't mean the franchise is stagnant: La Reconquista introduced a new character in Lemures Leader Barbar (and Petite Etrangere and Amor Eternal had fairly unique takes on the Black Moon and Dream arcs), Sailor Moon Drops had at least one original story for the Super Sailor Moon event, and both Universal 4-D shows have had original stories (with the second being a bit more original). If they continue to do those Universal shows, I'm sure we'll keep getting new stories for them. If the musicals continue, I'm sure we'll get new stories there as well. I know the franchise may seem stuck in a rut at the moment because of how protracted Crystal has been and because there's been a series of back-to-back Dark Kingdom arc musicals with NogiMyu 2018, NogiMyu 2019, The Super Live, and Shining Moon Tokyo (and probably this year's upcoming ice skating show, too), but after this year's Princess Kaguya's Lover musical, they'll have pretty much exhausted the manga (unless they do a Sailor V musical, which would be awesome), and I think there's a really good chance next year's musical will be an original concept rather than yet another Dark Kingdom arc adaptation. Once Crystal ends, I know another anime or live action adaptation will be around the corner that will also feature plenty of original stories (episode-wise, film-wise, perhaps even arc-wise a la the Doom Tree.)

tl;dr Sailor Moon isn't dead just yet.
 

SailorSpySedna

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Does there necessarily need to be new material though? Plenty of franchises get revived constantly without the basic premise changing. Look at Cutie Honey which... while I'll admit the plot varies wildly between incarnations... generally still has the same story beats from the original manga.

I know that people see Naoko as an obstacle, but there's no reason to think that she's against having multiple adaptations of her work. It's probably in her best interest to keep the franchise alive ten, twenty, thirty years down the line.
If you're replying to me, I'm actually not saying there should be entirely new material, but add something else that's new to the source material that makes it stand out differently (PGSM had Dark Mercury, Princess Sailor Moon, Sailor Luna, to name a few), and added newer character traits to the characters, like Minako already being an idol.

I don't think the Sailor Moon franchise will die; as long as it has fans loving it, sharing/talking about it, it'll be fine.
 
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I couldn't see a CG anime series working unless it was maybe Studio Orange (who's doing BEASTARS currently), whatever studio's doing that CG Lupin III movie, or whoever did the 4D rides.

A local TV network here is doing a collaboration with TOEI for a localized live adaptation of Voltes V and I have to say the CG is looking good so far. They can definitely do better than Berserk. XD

 
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Rika-Chicchi

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^ Pretty interesting. The non-character aspects look good, but can't really tell about the characters from the teaser since it only shows the back of the Prince.
 
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^ Pretty interesting. The non-character aspects look good, but can't really tell about the characters from the teaser since it only shows the back of the Prince.
There's actually talk about it from viewers of that TV network that it will only look good on the trailer. ^_^'

The network has proven it can provide quality CGI. My only problem is that its gonna take a month worth of drama fest to fight the big bad baddie or mecha of the month since it is a drama/sci fi series like it did with its previous collaboration of a localized adaptation of a sentai series a decade ago. XD The characters are usually shallow and its never philosophically deep even by J or K drama standards. Let's wait and see.
 

Rika-Chicchi

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The network has proven it can provide quality CGI. My only problem is that its gonna take a month worth of drama fest to fight the big bad baddie or mecha of the month since it is a drama/sci fi series like it did with its previous collaboration of a localized adaptation of a sentai series a decade ago. XD The characters are usually shallow and its never philosophically deep even by J or K drama standards. Let's wait and see.
Ah, I was only talking about the characters' CGI rendition, which isn't really shown in the trailer (just the back of the Prince lol ), as opposed to the mecha's, which looks good in it.
 

JunoDX

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Does there necessarily need to be new material though? Plenty of franchises get revived constantly without the basic premise changing. Look at Cutie Honey which... while I'll admit the plot varies wildly between incarnations... generally still has the same story beats from the original manga.

I know that people see Naoko as an obstacle, but there's no reason to think that she's against having multiple adaptations of her work. It's probably in her best interest to keep the franchise alive ten, twenty, thirty years down the line.
Yeah, don‘t forget the side stories. There is enough material for other projects. Good screenwriters could make even a mini-series of the silver millennium, just based on the original source material