Something that I absolutely love about Usagi’s final battle with Galaxia is that, in the end, she doesn’t actually harm or fight her. The power of Usagi’s love and forgiveness leads to Galaxia’s redemption, either through her death (manga) or life (anime). Through her selfless actions, she reminds us that the only thing stronger than hate is love and that, in the end, hurting others will only lead to more suffering.
Hideaki Anno, the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion, described Misato Katsuragi as “the adult version of Usagi Tsukino.” They even share the same voice actress (Kotono Mitsuishi) as well as a similar hair design. (source)
NORMALLY I DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT PEOPLE NOT LIKING SAILOR MOON BUT THIS IS HANDS-DOWN THE STUPIDEST “CRITICISM” I’VE EVER HEARD AND NOW I HAVE TO DEBUNK IT BEFORE I DROWN IN MY OWN ANGER
1. ”This show mainly is about how Sailor Moon changes her outfit all the time.”
Really? Last I checked, the show was about the Senshi fighting against evil. Let’s see…
- Sailor Moon: After she saves a strange black cat, an ordinary 14-year-old girl, Usagi Tsukino, discovers that she can transform into the beautiful sailor-suited warrior, Sailor Moon. Along the way, she meets new friends and teammates (Sailors Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus) and tries to locate both the Moon Princess and the legendary Ginzuishou, all while fighting against the Dark Kingdom and cultivating a crush on the mysterious Tuxedo Mask. Along the way, the relationship between Usagi and Mamoru Chiba is developed and it’s ultimately revealed that they are the reincarnations of Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion, two star-crossed lovers who lived during the Silver Millennium thousands of years ago.
- Sailor Moon R: After the Dark Kingdom is defeated, the Senshi’s ordinary lives are thrust back into the battlefield when a young girl named Chibiusa quite literally drops down from the sky. While trying to uncover the secret of Chibiusa’s identity, Usagi and the Senshi face new foes and go on a journey that ultimately takes them a thousand years into the future.
- Sailor Moon S: Much to the girls’ surprise, two new Senshi, Sailors Uranus and Neptune appear (and later team up with Sailor Pluto, who made her first appearance in R). However, they have no interest in teaming up with the other Senshi and their methods can be quite brutal. They’re on a mission to stop the Silence, and, according to them, a young girl named Hotaru Tomoe (a close friend of Chibiusa’s) is the one who will cause it through her alter ego, Sailor Saturn. Usagi is determined to save both the world and the innocent Hotaru, no matter what it takes.
- Sailor Moon SuperS: Although this arc varies greatly between the anime and manga, it’s ultimately about Chibiusa maturing and becoming a Senshi in her own right and how the other girls must face what it truly means to be a Senshi, even if it requires them giving up their dreams.
- Sailor Stars: For the first time, the series is on a galactic stage. It’s revealed that countless Sailor Senshi populate the galaxy and fight for love and justice; that is, they did, until one of them, Sailor Galaxia, went rouge and began to destroy the galaxy in the name of Chaos. Everything Usagi believes in and stands for is put to the test after Galaxia steals and destroys everything and everyone Usagi holds dear. Ultimately, Stars culminates in a battle between good and evil, order and chaos, and lightness and darkness taking place in the center of the galaxy, where new stars are born.
BUT LOL, NO, THE SERIES IS TOTALLY JUST ABOUT SAILOR MOON AND HER FRILLY OUTFITS
2. I mean she doesn’t get any stronger (just more weird looking under all that lace)
Sailor Moon’s first attack: Throwing her tiara as a boomerang
Sailor Moon’s final attack: DEFEATING THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL AND TRIGGERING THE REBIRTH OF LIFE IN THE GALAXY
But nah, she actually doesn’t get stronger. She just gets frillier outfits! Not.
3. And she’s not exactly smart (at all)
Sooo, what’s your point? That a heroine has to be a genius to be a good heroine? Usagi is a very smart young lady. She just isn’t book smart. She definitely has the capacity to learn (as shown when she’s able to pass her entrance exams), she’s just so lazy that the vast majority of the time she doesn’t bother to study for tests. However, she’s very street smart in that she’s able to come up with strategies to beat foes when she’s fighting as Sailor Moon.
4. I mean look at the others out of all those seasons did they change that much? No they just got stronger.
I’m actually not really sure what OP was trying to say here, but I think they’re implying that the other Senshi don’t go through any character development, they just get stronger. Well, that’s bullshit, and here’s why.
- Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury: Started off as an introverted and shy bookworm who had cripplingly low self esteem; became a young woman who was secure in herself and her abilities as a result of the love and support given to her by her friends.
- Rei Hino/Sailor Mars: Started off as a harsh and standoffish girl who had trust issues as a result of being abandoned by her father; became an exceptional young lady who treasures her friends above all else and is renowned for her fierce loyalty.
- Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter: Started off as a delinquent girl insecure in her femininity and pining after her lost senpai; became a badass lady who is secure in and proud of her masculine and feminine traits and views her friends as her family, treating them accordingly.
- Minako Aino/Sailor Venus: Started off as a ditzy yet somewhat aloof veteran soldier; later develops into a leader of unparalleled quality while still retaining her carefree and fun-loving nature.
- Chibiusa/Sailor Chibi Moon: Started off as a terrified young girl who fled from her war-torn home in the far future; develops into a kind, strong, and heroic young lady and a soldier in her own right.
- Setsuna Meioh/Sailor Pluto: Originally a stoic and unyielding soldier who bound to the Gates of Time; later joins the Sailor Team, becomes a mother to Hotaru (along with continuing to be maternal to Chibiusa), and loosens up and starts to enjoy her human life.
- Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus: Originally a harsh yet unsure soldier who always ran from her problems and refused to see things from other points of view; later softens, becomes more understanding, and forms a loving family with the other Outers.
- Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune: Started off as an unbelievably elegant and beautiful young lady, but could be rather cold and was dedicated to keeping up a front of serene beauty; later mellows out, shows a more playful side, and isn’t afraid to let her guard down around her friends.
- Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn: Started off as a frail, sickly girl who was feared and rejected by everyone around her and had a very dark and traumatic past; is later reborn as a happy and healthy young girl who is given the home and family she always yearned for and is able to grow into a soldier who is a valuable ally and isn’t a threat to the world.
5. The whole point of the show is to show off her outfits.
Refer to the rebuttals of points 1-4. Also, I’m pretty sure the point of the show is how beautiful and powerful love and friendship are, how girls can do and be anything they want to, how you should stand up for what you believe in, how you should treasure your friends and family, and how hope and love are the most powerful forces in the universe and can be used to change the world for the better.
BUT I GUESS SAILOR MOON IS JUST A FASHION SHOW LOL
Not even sorry, this just pissed me off. It’s totally fine if Sailor Moon isn’t your cup of tea, but it’s not just a show about frilly outfits. Don’t try to pass it off as a mindless fashion show when it’s so much more than that.
So here are all of the sticker cards I have for sale! There are 14 varieties in all. At first, I was just going to assemble decks of one of each card, but if I did that (thanks to the uneven number of the quantity each card) I’d only be able to assemble 3 decks. So, I figured people could just pick whichever ones they want! There are also some more, non-sticker cards available, which I’ll get into later.
I was thinking that you could get a maximum of 15 cards; the prices would range from about $10-$15 per deck (depending on how many you decided to get). So without further ado, here are your choices!
- Wedding: 3
- Chibiusa on the Moon: 4
- Inner Senshi + Tuxedo Mask: 8
- Eternal Sailor Moon and Mars: 14
- Inners hanging out: 4
- Stars collage: 8
- Kakyuu and the others: 9
- Inner portraits: 14
- Inners at the beach: 10
- Spring day: 4
- Rei, Ami, Mako, and Setsuna: 5
- Chibiusa, Usagi, and Minako: 4
- Super Sailor Senshi: 4
- Chibi Moon and Pegasus: 14
I also have a lot of DiC cards; however, there’s only one of each. They all have random tidbits of (DiC-ified) information about the series on their backs. Also, the five cards on the bottom are semi-transparent (as you can see).
Sticker cards: 105
DiC cards: 18
Total card number: 123
So please send me a message if you’re interested in buying any cards! Be sure to specify which cards you want. It’s first come, first serve!
The Many Tiaras of Sailor Moon, and a few other ones as well
Sailor Moon has had a TON of different tiaras, especially during the development process of the comic, so I thought I’d make a quick collection of the different types of tiaras!
Prototype Tiaras: There’s a few tiaras which have the hair ornaments attached to the tiara itself, which is interesting since in the final comic they weren’t attached to the tiara. There’s a Prototype Sailor Moons that entirely lack said ornaments so that’s naturally interesting. You can also notice that some of the original versions had a more round gem on the tiara, while in the final project the gem is oval shaped. There’s one tiara that had details on it (far right), one that was half gold half silver, and the crazy tiara on the far left.
Tiaras in the Comic: There’s the regular tiara, the upgraded tiara, two different versions of the tiara that has a crecent moon on it instead of a gem, and as a bonus I put Moon Tiara Frisbee there. And as we all know, Eternal Sailor Moon lacks a tiara, she now has only her Moon Symbol (this also applies to Sailor Cosmos. Sailor Galaxia lacked a tiara entirely, but she seemed to have a crown of sorts).
Tiaras in the Cartoon: There’s the regular tiara as well as the more detailed tiara that you could only see in Moon Tiara Action’s stock footage. I also added the tiara when it’s not on Sailor Moon’s head. Then there’s the upgraded tiara. I also found purely by accident an unknown tiara in some concept art in Tadano Kazuko’s Artbook ‘Final Sailor’. Some say it’s for a doujinshi, but I haven’t seen any proof of this. I don’t know what’s up with this trippy tiara but at the very least it’s a fun bonus to show to people.
Tiaras in the Musicals: From the little I know, the first four actresses of Sailor Moon in the musicals all had the same tiara (or at least one that looked similar, finding references wasn’t easy), while the fifth actress had a different looking tiara that’s more accurate to the source material. (Some Eternal Moons had Crecent Moons on their foreheads but they weren’t tiaras really.)
Tiaras in PGSM: While Sailor Moon’s tiara looks fairly similar to the source material (the gem only lacks a piece of metal around it, and it has fairly very obvious moons on it), Princess Sailor Moon has a very unique tiara; the gem has gone from a bright pink to red and the tiara itself is made of golden pearls/balls.
Other Tiaras: This gallery was intended to focus on Sailor Moon’s tiaras so I’ll briefly go over other tiaras: in the comic Jupiter’s tiara always has an antenna (while in the cartoon the antenna would only appear when she performed Supreme Thunder). Other than that the Inners and Outers all had the exact same tiara. Super Chibi Moon did have a moon instead of a gem on her tiara, but all Eternal Soldiers except Moon had a star-shaped gem. Chibi Chibi is the only exception; she had a pink, heart-shaped gem on her tiara. The Starlights as well as Sailor Kakyuu all had a different looking tiara entirely. In the comic the tiara itself looks very, very thin and has a star in the middle, while in the cartoon the tiara was a lot thicker. In PGSM, Dark Mercury has a very unique looking Tiara with lots of details.
You might be able to see the details better by clicking on the images! And, if I did any mistakes, well, my bad! ^^;
I bought another Serenity figurine the other day! She was surprisingly inexpensive, considering how rare this figurine is. There’s a whole set of these unfinished gashapons that are very pretty and hard to find! My only complaint is that she’s missing part of her bow, but the seller is (probably) going to fix that.
Anyway, I’m very glad to expand my Serenity collection a little bit (especially considering how I already have almost every single piece of Serenity merch that there is, haha)! I love Serenity so much~
Princess Serenity count: 13
Neo-Queen Serenity count: 8
Queen Serenity count: 1
I ordered this beautiful doujinshi, called “Water Garden 2,” off of Yahoo Japan and it just came in the mail today! It’s absolutely gorgeous! It takes place in the Silver Millennium and focuses primarily on Queen Serenity and Sailors Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus (who are portrayed as her guardians). It also covers the births of Princess Serenity and Sailor Saturn. It’s (obviously) in Japanese so I can’t understand much of the plot, which is a damn shame. :( Hopefully someone can translate it… *hint hint*
The whole thing has actually been scanned and posted online; I loved it so much that I ended up buying my own copy!
A character I’ve come to appreciate a lot in the past few months is Naru Osaka. Not only is she Usagi’s only non-Senshi friend, she’s just a great person and friend in general. I especially love how she continues to support Usagi despite Usagi’s growing distance and continues to treasure their friendship. This is especially evident in the R arc.
(Jet Wolf elaborates on this scene more, so I suggest you give her post a read!)
Here is this scene’s manga counterpart (I’ve only included the important panels, however). It’s the Kodansha translation and is read from right to left.
I think that Usagi and Naru’s friendship is just as beautiful as Usagi’s friendships with the Senshi, and it’s really a shame that Naru was phased out more and more with each passing arc. Naru knows that Usagi is destined for something much greater than she can imagine. She may even know that Usagi is Sailor Moon (in PGSM, Naru outright knows this; it’s only implied in the anime and manga).
But Naru also knows that, for whatever reason, Usagi can’t tell her what’s going on, and that’s okay. If Usagi is sad, Naru will comfort her. If Usagi needs to do something fun to distract her from her troubles, Naru will take her to see a movie or go shopping. And if Usagi ever decides to include Naru in her secret world, Naru will be ready.