I have recently become a Sailor Moon fan- as in, the past few months. I’m not sure what took me so long to get on board with the series. There are a lot of people in my circle who love- LOVE- Sailor Moon, but I have always had reservations. I guess, I saw the school girl mini-skirts, sparkling tiaras, and love-struck heart eyes- and the feminist in me said, “no”. I just assumed it was superficial and fluffy. But, of course, that’s the problem with jumping to conclusions.
Not too long ago, I was hanging out with a friend, talking about anime. She mentioned that Sailor Moon R was playing at a local theater and asked me to go with her. I shrugged, not that interested, and responded with a noncommittal “maybe”. The next day was a dreary one. I had just returned from a trip, rain poured down outside, and all I wanted was to watch TV on my laptop in bed. Thus, I pulled up Kiss Anime and typed in “Sailor Moon”.
The next thing I know, I’m watching episode after episode. Usagi is just such a funny, relatable character that I couldn’t help but be charmed. I mean she likes comic books and video games, like me! Her character represents the average teenager. And then there’s Luna. My boyfriend’s cat is named Luna, so, of course, I love the cat. And it’s fun watching the Sailor Scouts come into the show one by one as the overarching story unfolds.
So after falling in love with the show over a period of about two hours, I hit up my friend and said, “Let’s see the movie.” Before Sailor Moon R, there’s a short called “Make Up! Sailor Guardians”. This short does a good job of explaining why Sailor Moon is great and why the title character is so well loved. In summary, it’s basically because she is so relatable, always herself without holding back- even if being herself means saying she’s afraid. It’s nice to find a character who wears their flaws unabashedly on her sleeve.
Sailor Moon has a sense of humor, she’s often lazy, and not someone for whom things come easily. Instead she has to work to fight the bad guys and get over her hang-ups. A lot of Sailor Moon is about building character, working as a team, trusting your instincts, and being brave.
The premise of Sailor Moon is simple, but layered. Tsukino Usagi learns from Luna that she is Sailor Moon, Champion of Justice and she must fight the forces of the Dark Kingdom as she tries to find the Moon Princess and the other Sailor Scouts. Queen Beryl sends new villains each episode to harvest energy from Earth and find the Silver Crystal. Sailor Moon must be brave and live up to her role as the champion of justice, which she often struggles with. Each sailor scout has a unique personality and history. They are aided in their battles by the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, who Usagi has a thing for, his character and background revealing itself through the series.
I’m now a committed fan of Sailor Moon. It is such a fun story with great characters and a charming purity as the Sailor Scouts must be true to themselves and realize their potential in order to fight evil.