When it comes to the most popular Anime of all time, few have reached the heights of Sailor Moon. Based on an iconic manga by Naoko Takeuchi, the story of Usagi, the Sailor Scouts, and their battles against the forces of evil have captivated readers and viewers of all ages for the past several decades. Released just a few years ago, Sailor Moon Crystal aspired to be a bold new approach to one of the most beloved titles to ever come out of Japan. For fans of all things Sailor Moon, the series has been a celebration of everything they have come to love about these characters and this universe.
Unfortunately, despite the success of the series with critics and fans, we are still waiting for a fourth season of Sailor Moon Crystal. What can we tell you about the possibility of Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4? Here is everything we know at this moment in time.
Catching Up With Sailor Moon Crystal
Given the prestige and enduring popularity of the source material, it seems odd that we are still waiting for a fourth season of Crystal to come to fruition. To be sure, the third season certainly left things up in the air. There is also a good deal more from the manga that can still be brought to life in a series that celebrated the legendary aesthetic and style of the original Anime run, while also taking things in a new direction.
Produced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon, the famous Toei studio wanted to do a more faithful adaptation of the original manga. The series was constructed as less of a remake of the original Anime, which ran from 1992 to 1997, and more of a hard reboot. While this aspect of the show drew some controversy, in addition to the tweaked animation style, it did not take long for Sailor Moon Crystal to find its fans. Not only did the series, which debuted as an original net animation in July 2014, bring in most of the original’s fanbase, but newcomers also discovered Crystal’s story of friendship, destiny, and the power of good.
Eventually, the series shifted to a traditional Anime television series. The final-to-date season aired in April of 2016. While fans have not had to wait too terribly long, they are still certainly curious to know what comes next. After all, as Usagi, Mamoru, and Chibiusa looked out at an eclipse, they heard what was very distinctly a bell. If you know your Sailor Moon, then you already know there is much implied with such an ending.
This brings us to the present. While we cannot give you any updates on a fourth season of Sailor Moon Crystal, we can nonetheless come to you with some very exciting news. That would be the recent announcement that a two-part film is currently in production. More to the point, it is likely that the movies will be released at some point in 2020! Given that the films have been announced as a direct sequel to the series, this is very exciting indeed!
When To Expect Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4
Season 4 of Sailor Moon Crystal is indeed coming. However, it will not be released as another full season, in the vein of seasons 1 through 3. Instead, Sailor Moon Crystal will pick up where season three left off in the form of a two-part film. We do have some information on when you can expect the film, as well as what you can likely anticipate on the plot side of things.
At this moment in time, there is no specific release date for the Sailor Moon Crystal movies. However, Toei has indicated that the movies will indeed be released next year in 2020. This comes straight for Toei, so we can assume it to be true, barring any unforeseen obstacles.
What To Expect From Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4
What we know for certain is that this chapter in the series will draw from the Dream/Dead Moon arc. Chiaki Kon, who was responsible for season 3 of Sailor Moon Crystal, will be taking care of the directorial responsibilities for these films, as well. For those who are more familiar with the original 90’s Sailor Moon, this story arc was originally known as Sailor Moon Super S.
The Future Of Sailor Moon Crystal
It is expected that the entire voice cast from season 3 will be returning for this venture. It is also unknown at this point as to how fans will be able to watch the movies. There is some possibility of a theatrical release in Japan, but that is mere speculation. The movies will almost assuredly find their way to a streaming service at some point.
Beyond these films, it is unknown if any future seasons/films will be produced. If these movies are successful enough, it seems probable.