When making a remake of a classic, there are two ways it can go. It can either completely miss, or, it can be a good opportunity to enhance the best parts of said classic and really polish the rough ends. Crystal really falls into the later category for me. Rather than taking Sailor Moon in a "different direction," it feels more to me like they're taking the same direction with better methods. Crystal hasn't made it it's job to replace but rather enhance, using the more advanced resources at hand to really pick up things the original Sailor Moon tried hard to depict and represent, but had limitations to do so because of the technology level of it's time. Less stock footage, more dynamics, better depictions of all the "shiny stuff." This is fantastic, and something that the franchise has long since been deserving.
I've heard a lot of people complain about how they don't like that there's less wild facial expressions, and that it's overall just less silly, because I think these people need to understand that Crystal is an adaption of the manga not just in artistic style, but also mood and story telling. The campiness of the original Sailor Moon anime was not nearly as present in the manga which, while it had silly moments, was a lot more serious and more focused on the overreaching plot. This can be both a good and bad thing, depending on how you view it. While we're getting less goofiness now, we're trading that in for a better focus on the actual story and world building of Sailor Moon, which sometimes had a tendency to get lost in all the episodic, slice-of-life stuff of the original anime. It really all depends on what you value in an anime.
I've also heard that the staff hasn't made a final decision on whether or not to conclude Crystal at the end of the "Classic" arc, or whether to continue with the other seasons. Word is they're going to see how well Crystal is received before deciding. Personally, I would LOVE to see the rest of Sailor Moon adapted to Crystal's format since again, as much as I adore the original anime, so much of Takeuchi's story was lost in adaption. I'd especially love to see Stars done in a way that ISN'T completely muddled with tedious Seiya/Usagi tease (no offense to anyone who likes that ship, it's not a bad pairing, it just personally overstayed its welcome for me with what I felt was excessive screen time), and actually focuses on Chaos, the Galaxy Cauldron, etc. I mean, Seiya's crush was cute and all, but when you spend the last four seasons beating it into our heads that Usagi and Mamoru are basically going to conquer the world and everything else with their love, I feel like it really takes away from the show by trying to lead us away with something we know is never going to happen.
The CGI effects in the transformations aren't the best, but easy to look past. When "Moon Pride" was first released, I thought it was irritating as all hell and a terrible successor to "Moonlight Densetsu," but now that I've actually heard the whole thing (seriously? Why couldn't they have also released the quiet, non-hyper parts that balance out the song?), read the lyrics, and seen the brilliant animation to go with it, I consider it a worthy addition to Densetsu and Stars.
Overall, Crystal plays out like a brilliant and gorgeous tribute to it's predecessor, and I'm glad it exists.
I just love how they're bringing the manga to life! The men in this show are just too hot! The only thing that bothers me is the continued anatomy mistakes. The 3D/2D isn't so bad anymore. I think it fits Mars transformation more
I'm just so in love with Sailor Moon all over again. I love seeing everything in modern anime standards, and my gawd Mamoru and the four kings, I could drool all over them all day! I'm still veeeerrryy iffy about the 3D transformations, I tend to look away or work on w/e is on my other screen during them!