Sailor Moon (Toei Animation)
Seasons: 5 (3 movies) Original Run: March 7th 92- feb 8th 97
Sailor Moon, this Moogle cannot remember a Saturday morning he didn’t hear the theme song to this show; a classic that many trace their anime fandom back to as much as they do Dragon Ball Z. a daily dose of justice at the hands of a couple colorful girls in short skirts. Today we’re going to go back and look at a classic, both as a review and as a fond trip down memory lane.
Sailor Moon started as a simple girl’s alternative to Power Rangers. Familiar formulas of a handful of unsuspecting teenagers suddenly are granted magic abilities to fight a weekly monster and dispense some much needed Morality to every episode. What Sailor Moon introduced was a soap opera-esk romance and an interconnected narrative of growing up as a teenage girl. While this might not sound like a good show for boys it was the only anime that broke the mold of karate and fireballs of DBZ and to this Moogle, Variety is the spice of life.
The tale begins when Serena (Usagi) when she discovers a talking cat Luna, who quickly informs her that she is Sailor Moon and that it’s her duty to defeat the monsters that threaten the earth and find the other Sailor Scouts. Long story short there is some time travel, some masked men, and lots of tentacles. Once again the story was interesting but the focus was the weekly monster fights, and of course the problems solving that lead to the inevitable sharing/caring/friendship message of every episode.
Now on to the fun part, Sailor Moon as most of us were exposed to it was not as it was intended. A lot of the show was heavily edited for American audiences to exclude, blood, Tentacle groping, panties fan service, and lesbian relationships. While these things seem to turn this innocent kid show into a perverse old man’s fantasy Sailor Moon remained at its core a Magical Girl anime about growing up and fighting monsters from space. It’s never quite as clean as we want it to be but I think the raw flavor of the uncut release make this, a show that has to be experienced by many if only to see how well it explored the themes presented.
While not the best looking show Sailor Moon still inspired a generation of anime fans to believe in the truer, more innocent side of justice soaked in teen angst and tentacles. It’s a classic with some flaws (the English dub is woefully unintelligible by today’s standards) and it’s pretty hard to come by as the licensing has probably been long since buried. If you know someone or have ever had a chance to enjoy this classic, give it another try and see how it was taught to the kids back in the early 90s.
A pretty decent show that was a shining beacon of hope for young girls all over at the time and spawned many anime fans adventures into the unknown world of Japanese Culture, bad dubbing and shoty animation make it a hard one to return to…
I rate Sailor Moon 3/5 Kupo!