Season 4 movies update: Sailor Moon Eternal - Delayed to 2021 (Part 1 on January 8th & Part 2 on February 11th)

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Folks, let's keep a cool head. It was a necessitiy to postpone the movie(s) and we can do nothing about it. Yes it's frustrating to wait 4 more months, yes it can be frustrating being a Sailor Moon fan because of all the delays, yes it can be frustrating to see how Toei handles the franchise (especially Crystal), BUT let's be nice to eachother and try to think positive.There are many different opinions about the current global crisis/pandemic and many people are worried or have no clue what's going on. Taking care of eachother and ourselves is the most important thing now. And then right after comes Sailor Moon :bow:
 

GuerreroLuna

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I guess they don't care about international audiences but it would be so cool if they could sell the movie in platforms such as Crunchyroll for....say 20 dollars.I think they would do way more money.
 
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I guess they don't care about international audiences but it would be so cool if they could sell the movie in platforms such as Crunchyroll for....say 20 dollars.I think they would do way more money.
I agree, I shouldn’t cost too much to find a platform to premire it for a cost. Mabye something like prime video or itv
 
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To be fair, I don’t think saying Toei has payed Crystal dust is a stretch by any means. have we all watched the same series? It... hasn’t been done very much justice. And pandemic or not, 5 years is a long gap between seasons, quarantine has only been in affect for <6 months, and we’re talking about a studio that churns out a new precure series with new story boards, animation, casts, etc. every single year. I think frustration with Toei is nothing new regarding Crystal and definitely nothing unwarranted. It’s not like *above user* is complaining about a year gap.

I mean, 5 years is a long time. The series could have been completed in 5 years but that’s how long we’re waiting BETWEEN SEASONS. And please, spare any “well if the series was made in 5 years it wouldn’t be a quality product!!” because NOTHING out of this series has been superb quality or worth the wait.

I understand that obviously it’s a pandemic and i do not think they should rush everyone back to the studio to rush this movie out, and nobody should be risking their lives for sake of this product. With that said, however, I’m still at a loss to see how saying the series has been treated poorly by Toei up until this crisis is incorrect.
 

Seira Hazuki

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And pandemic or not, 5 years is a long gap between seasons, quarantine has only been in affect for <6 months, and we’re talking about a studio that churns out a new precure series with new story boards, animation, casts, etc. every single year.
The difference is that Precure is an original property and is designed to be an ongoing series with no stops. It just offers way more flexibility for Toei than something like Sailor Moon where every decision needs to be vetted by Naoko (who has a reputation of taking her sweet time to approve anything) and Kodansha.

There was also a four year gap between Attack On Titan's seasons, so no, a long gap isn't rare in the industry.

It's not that saying that is incorrect, but I prefer to be empathetic and think that there might be something going on that we don't know about that's causing the problem.
Right. There might have been multiple causes for Eternal's delay. We knew they had trouble with the script that eventually led to the replacement of Crystal's previous screenwriter with a new one. Ami's voice actress went on a brief hiatus. Naoko Takeuchi is also now supervising the films.

I do wish Toei, PNP and Kodansha were just a little more transparent about what happens behind the scenes because I think it would alleviate some of the anger that fans feel. But I think we don't know the full story to be just scapegoating Toei when there's a lot of people behind the decision making for Crystal.
 

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There was also a four year gap between Attack On Titan's seasons, so no, a long gap isn't rare in the industry.
Ah Attack on Titan, season 1 came in with so much hype in 2013 and did deliver despite production issues early on when it first aired, then the four year wait for season 2 happened killing some of said hype but it was a decent season, then came the split-cour season 3 a year later (2018 ) which IIRC, came in after certain events in the manga ruined the series for most readers. As for season 3 itself, the first half wasn't much but the second half did deliver (for better or worse depending on who you ask) and now with the final season, they changed main staff & studios from WIT to MAPPA (which was already known since season 3's second half was airing) and originally was planning to premiere in the Fall but it's not looking likely with the virus still happening so it'll probably be a two year gap for this one (and maybe split-cour again depending on if the manga actually ends or not).

Other examples of long gaps include:

Initial D - Another series which changed studios and like Crystal/Eternal, changed formats throughout it's run (from TV to movie to bi-monthly pay-per-view to monthly pay-per-view) with the long gaps there starting from Third to Fourth Stage (three years) and then again from Fourth to Fifth Stage (six years).

One Punch Man - Took four years and the changing of main staff and studios from Madhouse to JC Staff for season 2 killed all of it's hype (along with the later video game because Spike Chunsoft is terrible with most anime-based games).

Seven Deadly Sins - If we don't count the 4-episode special from 2016, the gap between seasons 1 & 2 was three years and then came the main staff & studio switch from A-1 to DEEN for season 3 which killed hype because of how sloppy it ended up being.

Log Horizon - A fun split-cour series that switched studios (from Satelight to DEEN) during it's run but kept most of it's main staff the same so it didn't suffer too much in production. Although there was a reason why this one took so long (the creator getting charged with tax evasion in 2015), the gap between seasons 2 & 3 would have been five years but because of the virus delaying 3's Fall premiere, it's going to be a little longer.

Berserk - The terrible CG series was a sequel to the Golden Age reboot movies so the gap there was three years with changed staff, studios & production companies along the way.
 
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At least we have some transperency, some evidence Part 1 is indeed mostly or entierly finished. While not direct evidence and more of circumstantial one. Kotono wrote a tweet for the fans, in which she says she will do her best and think of all of the fans, while recording her lines for the second part, which implies she already finished her work for part 1 and we know how recording works in anime business - recording is done last, when animation is almost complete. We do not know when she finished working on part 1, so we cannot be certain whether the film is indeed finished, but it is a good sign. In case they are done recording the film, a complete cast reveal is not out of the question for June 30th and who knows even the upcoming article (which may still give us a couple of new screen shots if we get lucky). Let's hope for some character art fot the new characters.
 
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At least we have some transperency, some evidence Part 1 is indeed mostly or entierly finished. While not direct evidence and more of circumstantial one. Naoko wrote a tweet for the fans, in which she says she will do her best and think of all of the fans, while recording her lines for the second part, which implies she already finished her work for part 1 and we know how recording works in anime business - recording is done last, when animation is almost complete. We do not know when she finished working on part 1, so we cannot be certain whether the film is indeed finished, but it is a good sign. In case they are done recording the film, a complete cast reveal is not out of the question for June 30th and who knows even the upcoming article (which may still give us a couple of new screen shots if we get lucky). Let's hope for some character art fot the new characters.
Naoko?
 

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Kotono, gosh I am so slept deprived. Sorry. Will update the post. But yeah, Kotono has apperantly finished work on part 1 and is about to start working on part 2. I wonder if both Toei and Deen work on both films. It is a mere speculation, but Deen only recently added Eternal to their site. Could it be that they are more involved in part 2 rather than 1?
 
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