How to refresh/update the franchise

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After reading the manga and currently watching the 90's anime, I've realised that SM is outdated. I know Crystal's unsuccessful attempt and the way Eternal has come to nought, failing to make good numbers at the box office which means the franchise is a bit stale in Japan, and probably it'll happen in the West in the near future.

Do you think Sailor Moon could be a success again, being different from Precure? What could SM offer to today's audiences? Does Precure have any weakness? Is there a niche market for a new Sailor Moon?

It's a shame as the potential that the franchise's got is huge.
 
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It is difficult for them to try to update the franchise in anime form, since the fans are really used to the 90's anime and dislike everything that's not from that era lol
I think that's why the musicals and other medias have more free creative control over the adaptations and Toei keeps the 90's aesthetics (as being more popular worldwide) and control over the merch with bandai
 
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After reading the manga and currently watching the 90's anime, I've realised that SM is outdated. I know Crystal's unsuccessful attempt and the way Eternal has come to nought, failing to make good numbers at the box office which means the franchise is a bit stale in Japan, and probably it'll happen in the West in the near future.

Do you think Sailor Moon could be a success again, being different from Precure? What could SM offer to today's audiences? Does Precure have any weakness? Is there a niche market for a new Sailor Moon?

It's a shame as the potential that the franchise's got is huge.
It failed so so bad it is still on cinemas...
 
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Nothing suggest it bombed in theaters.

It seemed to do as well as expected.

Japan took the pandemic a lot more seriously than the US did, its a fellow up movie to an OVA series (or whatever the online equivalent of an OVA is called) and based on a “girly” series. It was never going to do gangbusters
 
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I think the aspect that worked was having the series be on a "floating timeline" or modern times as shown on PGSM and Crystal. I think what the musicals did well was bringing "musical-exclusive" arcs to their format so they can bring a bit of extreme unpredictability with their shows. However, if the show did go with a "generation to generation" kind of route (ie: Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, PreCure), I doubt it will fare well unless the motifs are completely different from each other eg: Sailor Senshi based on Pirates, Video Game Sailor Senshi, Sailor Senshi Knights, Sailor Senshi Spec-Ops...etc but I doubt if Naoko wanted to write about the Sailor Senshi again that she would distance herself away from astronomy and rocks.
 
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Given how deadset on pursuing the josei demo with Crystal Toei seems to be, I don't know why they didn't just do a sequel series with the girls as adult women. I think seeing them married, working, and living out their dreams while facing new enemies would have been more appealing.
 
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All the franchise needs in my opinion is the opposite of what most book to movie/tv show projects do. Instead of cutting stuff, the director and writer should know the source to the moon and back and expand on it.
 
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A Western, live-action TV series or movie would be a quick and easy way to make Sailor Moon relevant and successful again. Live-action adaptations of animated properties are all the rage. There is clearly a huge demand for it. The live-action adaptation of Winx Club, which never came close to Sailor Moon's popularity in America or overseas, scored the third highest-rated spot in the U.S., the second among Netflix originals after Bridgerton, and became the #1 Netflix original in more than 50 countries. Imagine how popular a live-action show based on Sailor Moon could become.
 
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Refreshing/updating it seems easy but the problem is a certain someone wants it to be stuck in the 90s, doomed to relive the same stories over and over and over again.

One of the biggest things is making it into an ensemble show. Moon can still be the lead but she doesnt need half the airtime, only love interest, and main source of saving the day.
 

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Instead of cutting stuff, the director and writer should know the source to the moon and back and expand on it.
We are talking about franchise where writers first learn about existence of "Sailor Moon" on the same day when they are assigned a task of writing official adaptations of it. So... :redghost:
 
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The live action series was very much an ensemble series. They need to release it internationally already.
Shout Factory has released Jetman-Hurricanger from Super Sentai and the original Kamen Rider and Kamen Rider Kuuga and I think an Ultraman series or two?

Perfect candidates to release Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon even if it’s a streaming only release on their website and/or TubiTv