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Jun 19 2014 11:00am

Meatball Head and Other Terms of Endearment: Mooning Over Sailor Moon

The Sailor Scouts are here to vanquish evil, and that means you!When Cartoon Network still had a little thing called Toonami, they showed Japanese anime around the clock. One of the shows was about a ditzy girl who gets the power to transform into a defender of justice. That was Sailor Moon.

It’s been 20 years since  Sailor Moon premiered in Japan, and now a reboot based on the original manga by Naoko Takeuchi called Sailor Moon Crystal is in the works. The reboot will cover the first arc of the manga featuring Sailor Moon and the four inner Sailor Scouts: Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter, all fighting against an evil queen.

Sailor Moon was a graceful warrior by moonlight, but during the day she was klutzy Serena who ate too much, played video games, and was terrible in school. Serena was the first flawed heroine I saw appear on television. In addition, she never quite gained the level of perfection needed to match her love interest Darien, who at night was the dashing Tuxedo Mask (he wore a tuxedo and a mask, not the most original combination). What’s important about the Serena/Darien relationship is that although Darien saves Serena in the beginning, he is often the one in distress, needing saving from the various villains that brainwashed him or encased him ins some crazy weird crystal prison. At the end of each episode, Serena (usually) learned something. Presented as “Sailor Moon Says,” I barely remember the lessons, but I definitely paid more attention to them than what my mom was saying at the time.

Serena and DarienIn addition to the Darien-Serena combo, viewers had a bevy of characters to choose from and identify with. For example, if you were a bookworm you could relate to the smart Amy (Sailor Mercury) or if you liked to play sports, but also had a feminine side you’d find a bit or yourself in Lita (Sailor Jupiter). Besides the different personalities, the show also introduced viewers to different walks of life, albeit not so subtly whitewashed walks of life. For example, Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus appear in the later episodes of the show and were portrayed as “kissing cousins.” My young mind immediately thought, “What’s that?” and a Google search later showed the two were actually a lesbian couple.

The reboot features new art similar to the manga and sticks to the manga’s first story arc. As a result, Sailor Pluto, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Saturn, and the annoying brat known as Rini will not appear in the new anime. But a new generation of Sailor Moon fans are being created thanks to the magic of video streaming—the original series with subtitles can now be found on Hulu. Adapted by Viz Media, the whitewashing of the first American adaptation is gone. So for fans everywhere this is a win-win; fans of the old series get to enjoy the nostalgia, while the reboot will most likely feature Sailor Scouts will cell phones.

Either way, it’s a great time to be a Moonie so mark your calendars, grab your cosplay costumes, and get ready to experience the magic of the moonlight all over again.

 

Editor's Note: The first official trailer of the reboot can be found here!


Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.

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Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
Darien/Serena 4Ever! My first ship...
I'll just leave this here:
Shark with Lasers
2. Shark with Lasers
It's airing on both Hulu and Neon Alley. The artwork looks closer to the manga versions of the characters, and Zoisite is back to being a dude. I'm in.
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