So far, Sailor Moon Crystal seems to be following the manga very closely. The first 26 acts of the manga cover both the Dark Kingdom AND Black Moon Clan arcs (aka seasons 1 & 2 of the original anime). Does that mean we’ll get both of those arcs in the 26 episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal? Well…
In Act 3 of the manga, Rei appears and becomes Sailor Mars. Jadeite also perishes (yes, he dies very early in the manga). If both of these things happen in episode 3 of
Even if episode three happens like the manga arc, that doesn’t indicate in any way that it will continue to keep that pace.
I know people are excited about this series, but every single official source states that this series is Dark Kingdom arc only. This is a weird rumor based on nothing but unsourced speculation, but I’m seeing it all over the place.
There’s a summary on the official web site for the series that states it’s the story of the Dark Kingdom, all the cast that has been announced is Dark Kingdom, all the interviews talk about the first arc, even an article in the Japan times cites Naoko’s intent to use the extra time and space to “include scenes that the author wasn’t able to use the first time around because of page limits and editing decisions.”
Sailor Moon Crystal is just the first arc - there’s no official or sourced reason at all to think otherwise.
That being said: support the free and official simulcasts so that they know we love it and then we can hope to see more!! :D
This series is airing for over an year. That means they have around 6 months to make an announcement that it will or won’t include the Black Moon clan arc. There has been NO official confirmation that the 26 episodes will only cover the Dark Kingdom arc (I’ve looked). Just because the website only mentions the Dark Kingdom arc for now doesn’t mean that can’t change within the next 6 months.
Official sources that summarize Sailor Moon Crystal as the fight against the Dark Kingdom:
- translation of the image that is on the official web site
- the summary page on the official web site
- Crunchroll article announcing the stream and the series summary
- Viz’s page with the summary of the story, Hulu page with summary
There’s no reason to state what the series isn’t about; summaries list what the series IS about.
Yes, everything you’re showing me is a summary of Sailor Moon Crystal (for now). If Sailor Moon Crystal is split up into two arcs, it makes sense that they only list the synopsis for the first arc right now. They could then announce a synopsis for the second arc later on. Again, I’m not saying they will or won’t. I’m just saying it’s a possibility. I find it very odd that no source has specifically said “Sailor Moon Crystal will ONLY cover the Dark Kingdom arc.” I also find it odd that they just HAPPENED to choose to make 26 episodes (the exact number of Manga acts that cover the Dark Kingdom AND Black Moon Clan arcs).
What I’m proposing is a theory, sure. But it’s far from impossible.