I don't think that there's ever been a better time to be a fain of Sailor Moon. Not only is Viz releasing the classic 1992 animated series on Hulu -- uncut, with new subtitles and a new dub on the way -- but there's a new animated series set to debut next month, simulcast around the world as it airs in Japan. The show's called Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, and now, there's a trailer for it.

Unfortunately, the trailer lacks what I would consider to be the single most iconic image of not just Sailor Moon, but the entirety of anime. While Usagi does in fact run out of her house late for school there is no toast in her mouth. Other than that, though, it's pretty fantastic.

If nothing else, the trailer would seem to deliver on Crystal's promise of more closely adhering to the aesthetics of Naoko Takeuchi's original manga, specifically the willowy figures and flowing hair -- so much hair -- that became the book's signature look. Speaking of hair, you actually get to see Usagi putting bobby pins in to hold up herodango hairstyle, which I think is the first time those have ever actually been explained. For the past 22 years, I have just assumed she tied her hair into big knots, but apparently that is not the case.

One thing that's worth noting about the trailer is that, while it does feature a look at the first five sailor senshi, it's missing a lot of the humor of the '92 series. Whether that's just because it's 90 seconds designed to show fans the visuals of the series remains to be seen, although it'd be interesting to see whether they were doing a slightly more serious treatment of the series, something that would also be more in line with the original manga, which lacked a lot of the comedy that was put in for animation.

Well. Relatively speaking, at least.


Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon v.1


Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal debuts on July 5.