Sailor Moon is an iconic manga and anime franchise that has had a profound effect on generations of fans worldwide. Naoko Takeuchi created this timeless tale about a young girl who transforms into a powerful warrior.
The series follows Usagi Tsukino, a shy girl who struggles to make friends, as she gains the power to transform into Sailor Moon – a legendary warrior who protects Earth from evil. Together with other girls, she battles against darkness and saves humanity.
In its original form, the story started in Japan as a shojo manga published by Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine from 1991 to 1997. The initial edition sold over 1 million copies and quickly rose to become one of the most successful manga franchises ever.
Throughout its run, the series revolved around the mysterious Silver Crystal, an artifact which grants Usagi her powers and transforms her into Sailor Moon. She and her allies – known as Sailor Guardians – use this artifact to defeat villains and defend Earth against destruction.
Since its debut, the Sailor Moon series has become an iconic part of Japanese pop culture. It spawned multiple sequels, video games, and merchandise alike.
It’s an iconic example of how a franchise can transcend its own popularity and become a cultural touchstone. Additionally, the series helps break gender stereotypes.
Since 1992, Toei Animation’s Sailor Moon series has inspired numerous anime reboots. Most recently, Sailor Moon Crystal premiered in 2014 and strived to remain faithful to Naoko Takeuchi’s original manga.
The series has become a timeless classic and is now available on Netflix in two-part movie specials. Not only is it essential viewing for fans of shojo anime, but also offers something to those who appreciate more complex narratives.
Throughout its run, the series has featured characters from diverse backgrounds and cultures. It even featured a gay character – something not many anime series had done at that time.
Thus, it has become an incredibly popular show for LGBTQ fans around the world. The show’s queer representation wasn’t just a marketing strategy or subtle coded message; rather, it resonated deeply in many viewers’ hearts.
Netflix’s Sailor Moon Eternal series is set to launch in June, making now an ideal time to revisit this classic anime. Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s beloved manga series, the Netflix special will showcase one of its most beloved arcs.
The first season of the original anime focused on the ‘Dark Kingdom’ arc, in which Sailor Moon and her allies battle Queen Beryl in the 30th century. However, in season two there are more focus placed on character relationships as well as Usagi and Chibusa’s growth as individuals.
There’s also a third season based on the manga series, ‘The Death Busters’ arc. This arc delves deeper into Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon’s relationship, as well as exploring her sexuality more fully. Furthermore, it features an even more complex villain in Queen Nehelenia.