I was surprised and excited when Sailor Moon Crystal was announced. I especially liked the idea that the anime will be exactly based on manga.
I thought that nothing could go wrong and a qualitative show will be delivered. When the first pics appeared on the net, I didn't like the new looks of the characters that much, but it wasn't disaster and the main reason why I didn't like it that much was the original anime style that I got used to.
The worst thing in this remake was CGI animation, that was dropped later. Other bad things were the repeating of certain scenes like transformations and the animation of attacks.
However, I noticed that in season 1 characters used their powers in different ways and so the typical repeating of special attacks was skipped. If you don't know what I am talking about then let me explain. Every character has special powers/attacks and for every attack a long animation was made. But in season 1 we can see that some characters use their powers without those long animations, that became annoying after too many repeating. You can see that Sailor Mars uses fire or Sailor Jupiter uses thunder without saying the magic word. That was a good thing and made the battle more exciting. Oddly, the people behind the remake forgot about that in season 2 and season 3, as far as I remember.
One of the problems was that the battles were based on manga battles and were too literal. In a few seconds an enemy appears and is defeated. In rare cases the battles are exciting and epic. I understand that they wanted manga concept, but making more exciting and complex battles wouldn't ruin the original story and creator's concepts.
Adapting manga into anime shouldn't be just moving work from one artistic form to another. Many things can't be showed in manga like in anime, but the producers forgot abut that.
They had opportunity to make great battles, show the motifs and stories of every character... Also, it was a bad idea that enemies (main antagonists, not monsters) are usually killed in the same episode where they were introduced or were on their first mission. I know that would be against manga story, but still... It could have been more complex and exciting. I wanted to know their stories too, the relations among them and other stuff.
Funny how they want everything to be according to manga, but certain things were skipped I think.
The producers/creators had a chance to deliver different animations of transformations and attacks, but sadly they are pretty much the same like in the original anime. The worst transformations are the ones of Uranus and Neptune.
The quality of show changes from episode to episode. Also, the dialogues and monologues can be very lame. The most annoying thing is when Sailor Moon names every fucking senshi during battles. Why can't she just say "hey guys" or something?
Also, why Sailor Moon has to be the one to finish the monsters and enemies? What about Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus?
They only look like some sidekicks and useless TBH. Especially in every next chapter of manga and this new anime. However, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto can destroy enemies without problems and without Sailor Moon's help. In the third season , the producers/creators had chance to explore the feelings of inner senshis, when superior outer senshis appear, but that didn't happen.
Chibiusa was important to story in some cases, but as a worrier she is completely useless. Just send her back to future.
It isn't that show is bad overall, but it wasn't so exciting. Maybe I expected too much and set the bar too high.
However it is unforgivable to use CGI animation, not just in this show, but in general. CGI and anime don't go together. Everything what a qualitative anime needs is clean and polished style with a lot of color shades.
It is surprising that producers/creators weren't more creative while making this show. Following manga too literally made the anime too monotone when it comes to fighting scenes.
However, I am still grateful that we got an anime that is based on original manga story.