A viral anime clip edits out Sailor Moon’s accidentally iconic pink color and shows what the classic anime series originally looked like.
The pink aesthetic that has been so beloved and associated with the original Sailor Moon for so long was not the original color tone of the anime when it aired in 1992.
On social media platform from a Japanese text by @/kane_hisa. User is no longer read emotionally by young audiences. @/nappasan, a professional translator, responded to the Sailor Moon example by color correcting Episode 1, removing the warm tones caused by poor film preservation and restoring the white tones of the anime.
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“It’s understandable that people appreciate muted colors as a nostalgic feeling, like a sepia-toned photo, but it’s hard to accept that bright pink tone as if it were a photo,” says Nappasan. is the style the creator intended at the time.” “Simply put, this is historical revisionism and cannot be tolerated. In terms of white balance and color of the cel image, the colors will look like this. The current owner is too red.”
The online discussion about nostalgia and honoring an artist’s intended vision was fun to see. Some social media users who responded to the colorized Sailor Moon clip admitted that they liked the pink aesthetic associated with the series – whether intentionally or not – for so long. However, others believe that it is important to respect the work of Toei Animation’s 90s staff and that more needs to be done to maintain the original video quality of shows like Sailor Moon. Amid the discussion were users shocked by the Sailor Moon discovery, along with hearing about shows like Dragon Ball Z also falling victim to poor color degradation.
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The first Sailor Moon anime is currently available to stream on various platforms, including Hulu and Prime Video. Sailor Moon Crystal, Toei Animation’s 2015 anime reboot, is also available on streaming services like Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Netflix. However, anime films based on Sailor Moon Crystal are currently only streaming on Netflix.
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