At the start of the movie, when the Sailor Senshi announce, “Leave everything to us, even world peace!”, a single rose overlaps them after they’ve raised their arms. The overlapped rose is intended to represent their inner beauty. The rose then withers away into the darkness, portentously foreshadowing the coming events and the serious nature of the story that’s about to unfold. … It was the length of that enveloping darkness - I mean - in a pitch-black theatre; it makes you feel somewhat uneasy. … So after the period of darkness, we have the opening, where [the audience] is confronted by a sudden burst of vibrant roses, to relieve the dramatic tension. We wanted this part [the juxtaposition of the roses] to reflect the overarching mood and set the tone for the rest of the movie.

— Kunihiko Ikuhara (director) on the flower symbolism in the R Movie prologue

Sailor Moon R Movie Opening

I’m Usagi Tsukino. I may not look like it, but I am a defender of justice. As you may know, for love and justice, I am the pretty sailor-suited soldier, Sailor Moon!

Even better quality gifs?!

Hey guys!

As some of you may know, all the animated gifs I have produced thus far have been created from Sailor Moon R: the movie. I wanted to start off this blog with the R movie because it carries particular significance and sentimental value to me. My original intention was to transition from the R movie to episode 1 (Sailor Moon classic) and from there on, proceed chronologically with my gifs. However, SMC recently released a newly encoded “final” version of all the Sailor Moon movies. The quality of the new releases is significantly better than the quality of the DVDs I have in my possession and from which I produce my gifs.

Here’s a comparison:

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For this reason, I have decided to postpone my gif-making until SMC releases their “final” version of the Sailor Moon TV series. In the meantime, I will be producing a few more gifs from SMC’s copy of the R movie, but as a forewarning, I will not be updating this blog with the same level of regularity as before.

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