sHES TOO LITTLE TO EVEN DENT THE FREAKING EMPTY FRUIT LOOPS BOX BY SLEEPING ON TOP OF IT SHE IS 1 POUND OF PURE FLUFF JESUS CHRIST MY HEART CAN’T TAKE IT
My Sailor Moon experience began about five and half years ago, in late 2008. I was a 13-year-old eighth grader, one with a lot of emotional baggage. I don’t want to go into the details, because they’re both extensive and extremely personal, but I was battling major depression and anxiety attacks as well as being very lonely and out of touch with the world. My self-esteem was nonexistent, I was barely suppressing self-destructive tendencies, and I missed school more than I went to it. Looking back on it, Sailor Moon came into my life at a very vital time.
I remember SM sparking my interest immediately, and I can vividly remember exactly how my discovery went down. Back in 8th grade, I didn’t have my own laptop, but I had basically claimed ownership of my mom’s old MacBook and was on it constantly, especially at nighttime. Back then, I used to stay up insanely late (now that I’m older, my instinct to stay up persists, but I can’t indulge in it as much anymore because I feel like death in the morning, haha). One weekend night, I was browsing a Pokemon forum that I frequented and noticed that someone had a signature (and icon) consisting of a beautiful raven-haired girl in a red sailor uniform. She was so pretty and interesting that I immediately wanted to know where she was from (Funnily enough, I’ve discovered tons of my other favorite animes this way, too. The kawaii fascination is strong in this one.)
Of course, you probably know by now that this girl was Sailor Mars, aka Rei Hino. After some minor sleuthing (and this was before all of this fancy-schmancy reverse Google searching stuff), I discovered that she was from an anime called Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. Looking at the Wikipedia article, I was surprised to find out that Rei was a miko. Now, this is important, because at the time I was obsessed with Inuyasha (the only anime I watched at that time) and I loved Kikyo in particular, so finding a fellow miko was a sign for me to give Sailor Moon a shot.
And give it a shot I did.
I stayed up until about 4 AM that night/morning (which was extreme even for me), watching the first ten or so episodes of Sailor Moon. They were the original Japanese episodes (the enjoyment I got from watching the original version of an anime colored my anime experiences to come; I usually won’t even touch a dub, haha) “Getting hooked” is an understatement for what happened to me. I watched it constantly. I read the manga (back in 2008, it was much harder to track down scans, and my library only had a few volumes). I talked about it enthusiastically to anyone who would listen. My mental health began to improve, but not before I was institutionalized. That experience, along with the hope and happiness Sailor Moon gave me and a rebirth of my Catholic faith, is what ultimately started me on an upwards path that I’m still walking today.
Over the years, my love of Sailor Moon kept growing as I grew into a healthier person. But I was still lonely, and, now in high school, I still hadn’t made any real friends. I didn’t mind that much, but I would have loved to been able to talk about Sailor Moon to someone. I’ve always loved analyzing, and I had a lot of theories and comments on the Sailor Moon universe. I didn’t really feel compelled to join a forum (because those could get ugly, I had noticed), but I kept looking for an opportunity to share my love of Sailor Moon and hopefully get to know some people in the process.
Tumblr gave me that opportunity.
I joined Tumblr in May of 2011, which was like eight months after I discovered the site itself. I was on it frequently, but I never made an attempt to actually join, because I was convinced that my thoughts and everything else would go unnoticed or ignored by everyone and that would be worse than not sharing them at all. But at the end of my sophomore year, I finally decided to take the plunge and opened an account.
I thought I would be lucky to get ten followers. Now I have over 7,500.
I thought I wouldn’t make any friends. Now I have people who are closer to me than anyone else excluding my family.
Sailor Moon made all of that possible.
I won’t go much into my Tumblr experience, because it’s something that’s on my blog already, but despite the fact that it’s caused a lot of hurt and upset, it’s caused even more joy and positivity. I’m a college student now, and I’m happy to say that I’m now happier and more well-adjusted than I’ve ever been before. In large part, I have Sailor Moon to thank for that (for all of the hope and happiness it gave me) as well as the Sailor Moon community itself (for giving me the friendships I’d always longed for and the confidence to assert myself and share my feelings).
So thank you, Naoko Takeuchi, and thank you, Sailor Moon. I know I haven’t been around as long as a lot of other people, but damn, it’s been one hell of a ride.
I made some more stupid memes, enjoy~
Feel free to use them as reactions but please don’t repost and claim as your own!
OMG yes so much to this. I -LOVE- this kind of documentary! If you happen to find some good ones, you should totally post their names/maybe links? on here! C8
I have been waiting for this question since I started this blog nearly three years ago
*spends a moment to wipe away the tears of joy and then rubs hands together* Alrighty then! I’ll do my best to provide links, but there are some that are just not anywhere on the internet; if you’re desperate to see them (like I was, for a few of them), you can buy used DVDs of them on Amazon for only a few bucks (and there shouldn’t be any worry about the discs not working, because Amazon doesn’t accept items that don’t work).
The Walking With…. Series:
As the phenomenon that jumpstarted interest in dinosaur documentaries as well as serving as the template of those to come, of course WWD deserves a special mention. There are also two companion series that are equally great and deserve to be listed here. In order of natural history:
- Walking With Monsters: Monsters covers the millions of years of life that flourished before the dinosaurs, covering everything from the first vertebrate to the last mammal-like reptile. While it’s quite a bit more speculative than the other two entries (which is understandable, given how the further you go back in time, the less you know), it’s still fascinating. Pre-dinosaur animals are given the least amount of attention of any prehistoric life, but they’re just as impressive as everything that came after them. Also, unlike the other two Walking With entries, Monsters is only three episodes long as opposed to six.
- Walking With Dinosaurs: Of course, WWD doesn’t need much of an introduction, but I’ll give it one anyway. WWD consists of six episodes, ranging from the dawn of the dinosaurs (covered in first episode, “New Blood”) over 220 million years ago to the cataclysmic event that caused their extinction 65 million years ago (which is portrayed in the aptly named sixth episode, “Death of a Dynasty”). Not only dinosaurs are featured; WWD also makes a point of examining other prehistoric reptiles, like pterosaurs and marine reptiles (which, although commonly thought of as dinosaurs, are of a different class altogether). Everything about this documentary is just mind-blowing and I can’t recommend it enough.
- The Ballad of Big Al: This special gets a mention because it’s sort of a spinoff of WWD. The special focuses on Big Al, the most intact Allosaurus skeleton ever discovered (with over 95% of his bones still in place), and how he may have lived his life. It’s basically just an extra WWD episode, so be sure to give it a look!
- Walking With Beasts: Beasts covers all of the prehistoric life in the post-dinosaur world, but mostly focuses on mammals. After the dinosaurs died out, mammals were given the opportunity to become the dominant lifeforms on Earth, and they did just that. Like Dinosaurs, it has six episodes, and the last episode is placed just 30,000 years ago, when we humans had already established ourselves as a species. Beasts is every bit as spectacular as Dinosaurs is, and features iconic prehistoric mammals like the Smilodon (or the saber-toothed cat) and the Woolly Mammoth.
- Planet Dinosaur: My favorite documentary series behind the Walking With installments! It came out in 2011 and, as a result, features much more advanced CGI and paleontological knowledge than WWD did. Planet Dinosaur is sort of a spiritual successor to WWD; it was also produced by the BBC and was the first major dinosaur-related series for BBC One since WWD ended in 1999. It also consists of six episodes but, unlike WWD, focuses on multiple dinosaur species and prehistoric timelines in an episode instead of just one. Each episode usually follows a certain theme as well (for example, “Feathered Dragons” is about feathered theropods, the ancestors of birds). Definitely make a point of watching this one!
- Dinosaur Planet: Don’t be confused by the name; Dinosaur Planet is completely different than Planet Dinosaur (although their similar names make it really annoying to make a Google search, haha). Dinosaur Planet came out in 2003 on the Discovery Channel and consists of four episodes: White Tip’s Journey (centered around a female Velociraptor), Pod’s Travels (about a male Pyroraptor), Little Das’ Hunt (about a young male Daspletosaurus), and finally Alpha’s Egg (which focuses on a female Saltasaurus and actually walks you through her entire life). This was actually one of the very first dinosaur documentaries I ever saw and is what sparked my interest in them; when I was around nine or ten or so I had a VideoNow player and the Dinosaur Planet series was one of the first discs I got. Unfortunately, I have not been able to track down this series online for the life of me (except for some episodes on VeeHD, but that’s honestly the shittiest website because you have to download their viewing software and ain’t nobody got time for that sort of malware) but I encourage you to try because I gave up pretty quickly. I ended up caving and buying a used DVD set on Amazon.
- Jurassic Fight Club: Now, I’m going to say right off the bat that this series isn’t in the same caliber as WWD, Planet Dinosaur, or even Dinosaur Planet. It’s not something you’d watch for educational purposes but rather because dinosaurs are badass and you want to see them fight (and who doesn’t?). As the name implies, Jurassic Fight Club features prehistoric fights between animals (usually dinosaurs, but there are also some mammal fights and even an episode that focuses on the monster shark Megalodon) and spends a lot of time going into the background of the discovery of each featured species and the evidence that points to how they may have died. It’s a very speculative series, but I really do love it. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of episodes online; Ages ago (seriously, I was in eighth grade when this happened), I bought the full season on iTunes and now whenever I feel like watching it I just do so on my iPod. However, you can browse some videos here; the majority of them only consist of the actual fights themselves, but that’s what most of us are here for, anyway. There are a few full episodes available, though.
- Animal Armageddon: An Animal Planet series that aired in 2009, Animal Armageddon is unique in that it doesn’t focus that much on prehistoric life, but rather the mass extinction events that have shaped Earth’s history. It features the iconic K-T extinction (which was responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs) as well as the Permian extinction event (which, while not nearly as well-known as the K-T extinction, is the single most devastating event in Earth’s history; over 90% of all life on Earth died out and it took the world millions of years to recover its biodiversity). I’ll be honest here, the CGI isn’t as pretty as the others on this list, but it’s a very good series and something worth looking into if you’re interested in mass extinctions.
- Last Day of the Dinosaurs (backup link): A documentary movie that, as the name implies, covers the K-T extinction event and offers a look at how these majestic animals went extinct.
Even more documentaries:
These are all series that I have not seen and therefore can’t vouch for, but I figured that they still deserve a special mention.
- Dinosaurs Alive!
- Chased by Dinosaurs
- Dinosaurs Unearthed
- Clash of the Dinosaurs (I’ve actually heard that this is a pretty bad series, so watch at your own risk)
- March of the Dinosaurs
- When Dinosaurs Roamed America
- Prehistoric Predators
- Monsters Resurrected
- The Truth About Killer Dinosaurs
- Life After Dinosaurs
Whew! This took me over an hour to write and I’m sure that a lot of people aren’t going to be too happy with such a huge post on their dashes, but there you go! If I missed any good ones, please let me know!
So have I ever mentioned that I’ve watched Walking With Dinosaurs approximately 45 times
I just realized that all I really want in life is to curl up and watch dinosaur documentaries.
Like, why would I want to find a boyfriend or decide on a career when I can watch Walking With Dinosaurs for the 47th time? Thank you, sudden epiphany that came after half an hour of searching for yet another dino documentary to satisfy my paleontology boner!
After repeated requests for a Sailor V compact (and after falling in love with these swarovski star crystals), I finally made one! I’m really happy with how this turned out! The swarovski pointed-back star crystals are simply gorgeous. The crystals reflect cool blue tones and have an iridescent shine. Staring into the stars is like gazing into a star filled galaxy! Anyways, they are up for grabs now and will ship in approximately 1 week after purchase!
Oh and there are also Star Lockets, Cosmic Hearts, Crisis compacts and other stuff back in the shop as well!
*waits for puberty to turn me hot until i’m 43*
[[SCREAMING INTENSIFIES BECAUSE I OWN A MOTHERFUCKING GINZUISHOU NOW]]
I love it so much. These pictures don’t even capture a tenth of its beauty ;__;
Have I mentioned that I have a MOTHERFUCKING GINZUISHOU
Holy shit I love it more than I could love a human baby
That’s a really good question! I’m actually very picky about fanfics. I normally just read oneshots and I read fanfics of some series more than others; I barely read any SM fics. However, I do have some great fics that I can recommend!
This is one of my favorite pieces of fanfiction! It tells the story of the very first Queen of the Silver Millennium, Queen Diana. Diana was born as a commoner during the time when there was no kingdom on the Moon; the people of the Moon lived in small, isolated cities. Diana was given a task by the Moon itself (manifesting itself a handsome young man who calls himself Lun) to unite the cities into one kingdom and bring an end to the many wars that ravaged the Moon. Lun also creates the Ginzuishou and gives it to Diana so that she could govern and protect her people.
I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but I promise it will keep you riveted! There are only six chapters and it goes by very quickly. I love how this fanfic provides a background to the Silver Millennium, something we know next to nothing about in canon. The writing is wonderful, too! I really recommend giving this a shot!
As a bonus, here’s a picture of the beautiful Queen Diana, as drawn by her creator, silver-eyes-blue, a very talented artist and writer!
This is quite honestly one of the best Sailor Moon fanfictions I have ever read!
It has a wonderful fairytale quality; you feel like you’re reading Sailor Moon as a fairytale! It’s rich with imagery and adjectives, but it doesn’t feel too flowery.
It tells the tale of how Queen Serenity, the Ginzuishou, the Princess, and the Sailor Senshi came to be in the Silver Millennium. It’s simply wonderful, and deserves to be read!
This fic tells the story of who Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon was before she joined up with Shadow Galactica. What I really love about Butterflies is that it goes into detail about her child; in the Materials Collection, Papillon is stated to have a child, making her the only Senshi besides Sailor Moon who is a parent.
The fic really goes into my own headcanon, which is that Papillon was coerced into joining Shadow Galactica because of something involving her child. Once again, highly recommended!
I haven’t read this in a while so I can’t go into very much detail, but it’s a Silver Millennium fic that focuses pretty much exclusively on the Senshi and how they came to be Serenity’s protectors. It’s wonderfully written and very good!
Hotaru explains what she loves about her Michiru-mama, Haruka-papa, and Setsuna-mama. She cannot remember her other parents (Prof. Tomoe and Keiko, her birth parents), but she adores her mamas and papas.
UTTERLY ADORABLE AND MUST BE READ
The story of the daughter of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion who ISN’T Chibiusa. In fact, it seems she was born instead of Chibiusa. She lives her entire life in the shadow of the sister she never knew.
WARNING: This story sorta fucks with your brain and heart and is hella depressing. I loved it, though!
Well, that’s all I have for now! Feel free to recommend any if you have them!