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Sailor Moon Characters have captivated hearts for nearly three decades, transcending age and cultural divides to maintain a global following. The enduring popularity of Sailor Moon is largely due to its relatable and diverse cast, each character undergoing unique development and showcasing personal growth that resonates deeply with the audience. The series’ rich blend of fantasy, romance, and action, coupled with its empowering message of friendship and courage, has established Sailor Moon as a cultural touchstone.

Enhanced by its striking visual style and memorable narrative arcs, the Sailor Moon universe continues to charm fans with its exploration of love, identity, and justice. Delving into the unwavering appeal of Sailor Moon, it’s evident that the series has made an indelible mark on pop culture and has been instrumental in defining the magical girl genre. As Sailor Moon’s legacy endures, it inspires new generations, affirming the timeless nature of stories that celebrate heroism and the power of the heart.

The Sailor Moon series

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Prior to being known as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon or Sailor Moon, the first anime series adaptation was originally entitled Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon. The first episode of the series aired on March 7, 1992 – which, if we think about it, is almost about 30 years ago. 

So, Sailor Moon’s been around for some time already, do you feel old yet? The first season of the anime ended on February 27, 1993, having aired a total of forty-six episodes. With the anime adaptation being well-received by the Japanese community, Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon continued to air 4 more seasons afterward with 3 full-length movies released in between. 

For reference, the series adaptation seasons and films were released in the following order:

  1. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (1992-1993)
  2. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R (1993-1994)
  3. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R the Movie: The Promise of the Rose (1993)
  4. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S (1994-1995)
  5. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S the Movie: Hearts in Ice (1994)
  6. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon SuperS (1995-1996)
  7. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon SuperS the Movie: Black Dream Hole (1995)
  8. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars (1996-1997)

Sailor Moon Reboot

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After twenty years since its first release, a reboot of the anime series was released entitled Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal. The team released the first episode of the reboot on Usagi Tsukino’s birthday, July 5, 2014. In contrast to the first anime adaptation, Sailor Moon Crystal is more faithful to the plot of the manga. The reboot currently consists of three (3) seasons with its fourth season released as a two-part film. The series reboot was released in the following order: 

  1. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season One (2014-2015)
  2. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season Two (2015)
  3. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season Three (2016)
  4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season Four: Eternal the Movie (Part 1 and 2 – 2021)

Additionally, the creators adapted Sailor Moon into several short films, live theatre productions, live-action reinterpretations, and video games.

Diving into the Magical World of the Sailor Moon Manga

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The Sailor Moon manga, fully titled “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon,” is a captivating journey written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi and published by Kodansha. At its heart lies the story of Usagi Tsukino, a young middle-school student who discovers her latent power alongside her friends. Together, they become the Sailor Guardians, destined to save the world from impending destruction.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, the manga, spans 18 volumes, or tankōbon, and actively divides its spellbinding narrative into five major plot arcs. Each segment introduces new challenges, villains, and revelations from the Dark Kingdom arc to the Black Moon arc, the Infinity arc, the Dream arc, and finally the Stars arc. These arcs follow Usagi’s transformation into Sailor Moon, her quest for the elusive Legendary Silver Crystal, and her leadership of the Sailor Guardians in their battle against evil forces threatening the Solar System.

The manga’s enchanting blend of magical elements, intricate character development, and epic battles has resonated with readers worldwide. As the Sailor Guardians face cosmic adversaries, their bonds of friendship and courage shine brightly. With translations in numerous languages and adaptations into anime and other media, the Sailor Moon manga continues to cast its timeless spell on fans, inviting them into a celestial realm where heroism and destiny collide.

What is Sailor Moon even about?

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With the extensive background of Sailor Moon characters, one might wonder, “What is Sailor Moon even about?”. Well, to put it simply, it takes us through the protagonist’s journey as she discovers her destiny as a guardian with magical powers along with other teenage girls of her age.

While it may sound like your typical anime trope plot, Sailor Moon characters differs greatly in the aspect that it aims to relate to young girls and doesn’t glorify the protagonist. Ironically, the protagonist is depicted as a typical teenage girl who doesn’t care about academics. Instead, she prefers hanging out with friends – a character as normal as a real-life teenage girl.

Naoko Tekeuchi
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Exploring the Enchanting World of Sailor Moon Characters

The Sailor Moon characters have become iconic figures in the anime world, each bringing their unique flair and powers to the series. From the fiery Sailor Mars to the thunderous Sailor Jupiter, the elegant Sailor Venus, the serene Sailor Neptune, and the wise Sailor Mercury, these characters form a team as diverse as powerful.

Sailor Mercury

Sailor Mercury

Sailor Mars: Known for her fierce spirit and psychic insights, Sailor Mars is a character who embodies the element of fire. Her determination and protective instincts make her an invaluable member of the Sailor Guardians.

Sailor Venus

Sailor Venus

Sailor Venus: As the guardian of love and beauty, Sailor Venus shines bright, inspiring her fellow characters with her charisma and unwavering support. Her leadership skills are as prominent as her combat abilities.

Sailor Jupiter

Sailor Jupiter

Sailor Jupiter: With her superhuman strength and affinity for lightning, Sailor Jupiter is the guardian who brings brawn and heart to the group. Her courage is as unwavering as the storms she commands.

Sailor Neptune

Sailor Neptune

Sailor Neptune: The embodiment of the ocean’s depth, Sailor Neptune wields powers related to the sea and precognition. Her grace and artistic talent are as profound as the waters she represents.

Together, these Sailor Moon characters represent a spectrum of virtues and strengths, making the series a classic timeless that continues to resonate with fans around the globe.

Naoko Tekeuchi’s own experiences

Interestingly, Sailor Moon characters’ origin story is actually based on Takeuchi’s personal experiences when she was in middle school. The anime was set in the context of 1990s middle school because Takeuchi believes that this was the most difficult time for young Japanese girls. 

While it may seem quite stereotypical, the belief that Asians tend to put more importance on their academics speaks nothing but the truth. In Japan, the pressure placed on students at a young age is heavier in comparison to Western standards, wherein every stage is crucial for students in order for them to attain a good future. With regards to Takeuchi’s experiences, not only was there pressure for her to do well academically. But she was also bullied during her middle school year. But she was also bullied during her middle school year. Because of this, she had no friends and created Sailor Moon characters to fill up this gap; hence, the anime series focusing on friendship rather than romance and superpowers while also tackling bullying throughout the series.

What makes Sailor Moon so unique?

Animation Style

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While the series’ origin story is very wholesome and touching, this isn’t the only reason as to why it’s well-loved by many. Since the anime series is set in 1990s Japan, its animation style and setting captured and paid homage to retro Japan. 

Naoko Takeuchi also mainly used pastel colours to bring the art to life and give off a dreamy and comforting vibe to its viewers. Of course, we cannot forget the amazing and quite iconic transformation scenes of the beloved Sailor Guardians.

The Plot

The Plot of Sailor Moon
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Aside from its unique animation style, the plot itself was amazing in so many aspects. As mentioned earlier, Usagi Tsukino is just like your typical teenager. She has a unique set of characteristics for a protagonist. Oftentimes, we witness protagonists with a background of being a normal person who received powers one day and controlled them well. In contrast to this common trope, Usagi struggled a lot and would react in the most normal teenager-like manner when she faced obstacles like these – she would cry.

Throughout the manga and anime adaptation, we get to witness how Usagi grows as a person and as a Guardian. Also, the series presents a very detailed backstory that it will tackle later on, including the incorporation of villains from Princess Serenity’s previous life into her reincarnated life. With such an elaborate story, it would be a lie to say that Takeuchi isn’t a genius. 

And even if the Sailor Guardians had responsibilities to fulfil to save the world, they still lead seemingly normal lives as middle school students with the exception of talking cats to accompany them. However, despite how many villains they encounter and have to beat, the main priority of the series was to showcase the importance of building relationships and personal growth.

Sailor Moon’s Core Values

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But, that’s not all what the series has to offer. The anime also has valuable lessons that young girls can learn and bring with them as they grow older. Having a wholesome series that not only provides entertainment but also valuable lessons that empower young women is not common, which is why it grew to become an icon over the years. It taught people that we can be strong and human at the same time. 

Whether you have super powers or not, it’s okay to cry sometimes and feel emotions. Usagi made sure to show how humanity is present in us and that feeling vulnerable at times does not equate to being weak. It also taught us the importance of self-love, confidence, and education. Even if you’re busy saving people, you can’t set aside yourself or your education. And also, it taught us the importance of friendships and promoted having healthy platonic and romantic relationships. 

The Legacy of Sailor Moon

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Because of these, Sailor Moon remains as an icon up to this point in time despite being originally released back in 1992. Looking back, Sailor Moon has left quite the impact on Japanese culture and the current generations (specifically millennials and gen Z). In relation to Japanese culture, the anime series set the standards for future mangas and animes. It created the trend of having multiple adaptations varying from animes, musicals, to even video games. Furthermore, it also created its own genre, “magical girl”, and served as an avenue to empower young girls. 

In the context of its impacts on different generations, Sailor Moon served as a feminist icon and served as a relatable character and role model to young girls. Despite being made in the early 90s, it still remains relevant by serving as an inspiration to different generations with the lessons it carries and imparts to its audience, no matter what age they may be. 

A Classic Anime of the 90s

Overall, while as cheesy and cringe-worthy as it may be for some, has a lot of unique and inspiring aspects to it that draws people to it. You don’t need to be a young Japanese girl to be able to relate to Usagi or to appreciate the series. Considering that the series has been around for almost 30 years and remains to be relevant until now despite the several changes in trends throughout the world says a lot about the appeal and impact Sailor Moon has on its audience.

While she may seem like a crybaby that gets frustrating at times, Usagi along with the rest of the characters have served as our friends too as we grew up. They weren’t just fictional characters, but inspirations and sources of strength when we were having our difficult times – which is why it remains and will always remain as an icon across generations.

Where to Watch Sailor Moon ?

Sailor Moon
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For fans of the iconic Sailor Moon characters, finding a place to watch the adventures of Usagi Tsukino and her fellow Sailor Guardians is a top priority. Here are some options for watching Sailor Moon in the UK:

While the anime Eternal is available on Netflix UK, fans looking for the original series might need to consider using a VPN to access platforms like Hulu or Crunchyroll, where the series is readily available. The series is available on platforms like iTunes and Amazon.com, often at discounted rates. Fans can buy individual seasons or the complete series.

In the United States, Hulu offers a free trial for all seasons of of the anime. Viewers can dive into love and justice with this streaming service. For those who prefer physical copies, fans can explore Australian releases by Madman. These Blu-ray releases are compatible with UK players because they have the same region code.

Keep an eye on Tubi TV, as it has been known to offer the series for free with ads. Streaming availability can vary, so checking multiple sources is critical to finding the best option to watch this beloved series. Remember, the availability of its content may change over time, so staying informed and exploring different platforms is essential for UK viewers! 

The Legacy of Sailor Moon Manga

A panel from the Sailor Moon Manga Series

Originally a manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi, has transcended generations with its captivating storyline and relatable characters. Moreover the Sailor Moon manga introduced us to the brave and fierce Sailor Mars. Whose fiery personality and unwavering dedication to her friends have made her a beloved character.

The Cosmic Realm of Sailor Moon Cosmos

The various characters of Sailor Moon Cosmos in the show's opening scene

One of the key elements that set Sailor Moon apart is its exploration of the Sailor Moon Cosmos, a mystical universe filled with celestial beings and cosmic adventures. Characters like Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Mercury bring unique strengths and personalities to the team, making them fan favorites.

Evolution of Sailor Moon Across Generations

The various evolution of sailor moon over the time

Sailor Moon has evolved over the years, resonating with each new generation of fans. Moreover characters like Sailor Venus and Sailor Neptune have contributed to the series’ enduring popularity. Therefore captivating audiences with their courage and complexity.

In conclusion, Sailor Moon’s timeless appeal lies in its ability to transcend time and connect with audiences of all ages. From its captivating storyline to its relatable characters. Sailor Moon continues to be a pop culture icon that inspires and entertains fans across generations.


About Rachel Christopher

Rachel Finn is a London based writer who enjoys exploring the many ways that Sushi can be made whilst at the same time sneaking in a little miso soup here and there.