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Thanks to the showstopping ending of Sailor Moon Crystal season 3, which left the three main characters staring at an eclipse, fans of the series have been left in suspense over when there will be a fourth season.
For some reason, Japanese anime studios seem to love to torture their fans.
The first series of Sailor Moon Crystal was aired back in 2014.
A 2nd and 3rd series followed soon after, culminating in the last episode of Sailor Moon Crystal being aired in June 2016.
Since then, however, there has been a vacuum of information regarding a 4th series.
Before we get into the latest information regarding Sailor Moon Crystal season 4, let’s recap what has happened so far.
Shōjo Manga Sailor Moon
The original manga series was written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi.
The story revolves around a 14-year-old student called Usagi Tsukino, who one day meets a black cat called Luna.
Luna tells Usagi that she is Sailor Moon, a Sailor Guardian, who will one day have to fight the Dark Kingdom.
The Dark Kingdom is a group of villains that destroyed the Moon Kingdom from where Luna originates.
Lena asks Usagi to help her find her fellow guardians so that they may once again fight the Dark Kingdom to restore peace.
Along the way, the pair manage to find five guardians. They also discover that Luna is Princess Serenity, aprincess of the Moon Kingdom.
She discovers that she has a special power that allows her to make a magical silver crystal appear. The silver crystal has immense powers that will help the guardians to finally overcome the Dark Kingdom.
The Shōjo manga of Sailor Moon proved such a critical and commercial success that it was immediately picked up by a popular anime studio.
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal Anime Show
The most recent anime adaptation was not the first made of this popular manga.
Several seasons of the manga were adapted in the 1990s before the show was once again picked up in the early 2010s by a major Japanese anime studio.
The most recent animation adaptation of Sailor Moon Crystal aired from July 5, 2014, until July 18, 2015. There were a total of 26 episodes, each lasting for 24 minutes.
Season 1 of Sailor Moon proved even more popular than its 1990s original.
The studio claimed that the reboot was designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original. The show proved to be an instant hit with both critics and audiences in Asia and North America.
The success of the first series resulted in a second andthird series being released over the following few years.
Season 4 of Sailor Moon Crystal
Speculation has been rife regarding Sailor Moon Crystal season 4 thanks to the studio behind the hit series being especially tight-lipped.
Very little information has leaked from the studio – none of it official.
This has led to fans pouncing on any information that appeared in the rumor mill in hope that it might be true.
So what do we know about the fourth season of Sailor Moon Crystal?
The great news is that there is still a lot of plot development in the original manga series that hasn’t been covered.
It was expected that the fourth part of the Sailor Moon Crystal manga saga, which is entitled ‘Dream’, would provide much of the material for the 4th series.
However, it was recently announced that there will be a two-part movie that will cover this material instead.
This does not mean that all hope is lost for a 4th season of Sailor Moon Crystal. Even with the movie, there is still a sizable amount of material left for a fourth series.
Sailor Moon Crystal: The Movie
The two-part feature film series is expected to be released sometime during late 2020 or early 2021.
The studio recently announced that the first movie will be released on September 11, 2020.
However, there has been no official statement from the studio on when the second installment will be released.
Given the wealth of the material in the manga series, this two-part movie is expected to be filled with plenty of exciting new plot and character developments.
The Dead Moon Circus is expected to feature prominently, while all the major characters are expected to get some pretty big power-ups too.
The movie will also introduce a new character called Outer Senshi, who will be the driver of much of the new plot developments.
Season 4 Sailor Moon Crystal: Release Date
Japanese anime studios are mysterious things.
It seems that in recent years, most of the major Japanese anime studios have decided to follow the trend of turning their most successful anime series’ into movies rather than making new series’.
The reason for this is most likely the financial gain they get from movies verses TV shows.
Despite this new trend causing immense frustration to fans on account of the large time lag between the final episode and the film versions, most anime studios seem to be set upon this new course.
At the moment, it doesn’t seem clear whether the studios will indeed go back to making new series’ of their most popular anime showsat all.
The good news is that if this two-part movie series is a success, there will be more pressure than ever on the studio to make a 4th series.
However, given that the second part of the movie is not expected until 2021, fans of Sailor Moon Crystal are definitely in for a long wait for season 4.
Hopefully, the two-part movie will be as good as the series and so will take the edge off the wait.
As soon as we have more information, we will let you know.
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