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English: Sailor Moon
Synonyms: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 7, 1992 to Feb 27, 1993
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.651 (scored by 51146 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy magic magical girl romance shoujo
Mar 9, 2009
The first thing that is going to come to many people’s attention is going to be the artwork and sound quality. When compared to today’s standards it looks primitive and plain. The music is particularly uninspired and I doubt it was all that interesting when this show was new. The background music and sound effects feel like they are drawn out of a 80s B action movie. This show could really use a complete remastering of the audio. The voice acting though is strong and I felt the actors did a good job in portraying their characters though some of the performances, particularly from the villains are pretty campy.
Animation wise, the colors and styles are typical of what you expect from this era. The colors feel plain and washed out a little and we don’t have a lot of the detail that many modern shows have. This is not to say it’s bad, because it’s really not fair to compare it to newer shows because the technology has changed so much, but I still think it is relevant. I gained an appreciation for it as the series unfolded and I think most people will as well.
The overall story is something Sailor Moon does exceptionally well. From the start we get a sampling of a bigger danger to come and it moves along fairly slowly in the beginning. We get introduced to Usagi right away who quickly becomes Sailor Moon and starts fighting the enemy. Over the course of the first half of the series the other Sailor Warriors start to appear as we learn more about them and their pasts and building the friendships amongst each other. The plot does a great job of telling the origins of the Sailor Warriors and the reasons for the villain’s attacks. The last half in particular was very interesting and exciting. As a romance there is a lot to like about Sailor Moon. It treats the viewer to a serious and realistic feeling relationship that really puts its modern counterparts to shame. I found it to be the most compelling and rewarding part of the show.
The action is something that just isn’t that interesting however. It feels to simplistic and formulaic. The enemies change but after a while they all seem like they are the same. They get defeated in the same ways and the action itself never gets to be that exciting. Most of the shows battles are very short as well and the Sailor Warriors various special abilities take up most of them. They got a little long and boring as well after the 20th time seeing them. Anyone who is expecting or desiring intense magical action and special effects will be disappointed.
It wouldn't be a magical girl show without the famous transformation cut scene. Sailor Moon has plenty of these, and they get to be a bit unwieldy at times as the cast grows. Sailor Moons is the longest but the other Sailor Warriors are pretty short, which is good. Plus while we have to watch Usagi transform every time we often don’t have to watch all of the others or we get a shortened version. This is good because it takes away from the story.
The real shining light of Sailor Moon is the characters. Usagi as the lead is one of my favorite characters in anime. She starts off as a bit annoying with her crying and silliness but she really shines as a comedic character. She manages to grow during the course of the series and become stronger and more courageous. She has several love interests, or crushes would be more accurate. Eventually this grows into a serious relationship which I found very satisfying. Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask is the main love interest and both are completely oblivious of each other’s alter egos. I always found it amusing that he couldn’t tell Usagi was Sailor Moon when they look and act exactly alike.
Of the Sailor Warriors, Ami and Rei get the most screen time since they are brought in pretty early in the series. The conflict between Usagi-Rei was pretty amusing most of the time though it did seem to wear on me over time. My personal favorite of the girls was Makoto/Sailor Jupiter. I liked her the most from my childhood and that continued to today. She is one of the funnier characters, especially when she finds someone new who reminds her of her sempai who broke her heart. Minako is the last of the girls to be brought in and was probably the least interesting. Since she was bought in near the end there wasn’t enough time to really bring out her personality or give us much information on her past. The cast has a number of supporting characters which are pretty fun. Usagi's school friends are constantly getting into danger and a nice little side romance develops there. Luna serves as the advisor to the group and serves as the resident cute animal that must accompany magic girls on their adventures.
Overall I can’t recommend this series enough. Every fan of anime should see this show at least once. I would love to give it a 10 rating but the lackluster action and sound bring it down from being perfect.
Nov 21, 2007
When anime fans start talking about shows that began their interest in japanese animation, many people point to the fact that their first experience with anime (whether they knew it or not at the time) is Sailor Moon. It's one of those anime shows that people fondly remember as the basis of "how to do anime right" for future shows of its kind. Even when comparing it with today's new trends, plots, characters and animation, it is easy to notice why Sailor Moon is fondly accepted into the hearts of anime fans around the world.
In my eyes, you could not have picked a better anime to become immersed into the anime world than with Sailor Moon. And a big reason for that is the intricate and well-developed plot, arguably the strongest feature Sailor Moon presents. At the surface, you can say that it's your typical "children rising up to save the world" theme. However, this magic girl anime show presented unbelievable twists to the plot that included five different main story arcs with amazing depth to each of them and somehow, it always able to weave itself flawlessly back to the central theme that encompassed Sailor Moon. To top it all of, when you watched Sailor Moon, it was able to emotionally draw you into the show with ease, where you undoubtedly had your favorite sailor scouts and actually cared about each and every character and what happened to them. Very few anime shows back in the day (early 90's) were able to do that, and though we see it more often nowadays, its still a special skill that is needed.
Again, because of its 1992 creation, the art obviiously seems old-fashioned and not as crisp as what you watch nowadays. But if you really think about, each character was drawn well, each given different physical characteristics that separated each one from another and the backdrops used were well detailed to an extent. Sure, there were a ton of repeated frames (namely during transformation), but what anime nowadays doesn't have them? In all, it still holds up very well, even in today's times.
Depending on what version (English or Japanese) you are most familiar with and most vividly remember, the sound preference of the show could go either way. While I personally did not have a problem with the English cast, the Japanese cast also voiced each character pretty well. The voices of each character gave of enough feeling and emotion, which helped draw the viewer into the show even further. The music was so good that there have been hundreds of performances, many musicals and an ample amount of released soundtracks that have been much appreciated by the public.
Again, one can also argue that the strongest point in Sailor Moon was the plethora of characters they introduced, each one of them having a significant part in the grand scheme of things. As I stated before, everyone picks their favorite sailor scout, and to me, each scout's character personality seemed to fit their represented planet quite well. They took their time with introductions of characters and the development was amazing, with new powers, techniques and relationships acquired throughout the entire series. The one downside people may bring up is that they may have been *too* many characters and with that, the focus is turned away from the main ones. On rare occasions did that occur in Sailor Moon.
Weaving all of this together, Sailor Moon is easily one of the more enjoyable "old-school" anime shows out there. Almost every episode had some kind of meaning towards the overall plot and a lot of the battles can't be called anything short of epic. However, a big question mark on whether or not people enjoyed Sailor Moon was their views towards romance. Love was one of the bigger themes of this show, seen strongly epitomized between the characters of Usagi (Serena) and Mamoru (Damien). If that was something you loved, chances are you favored this series more so than people who didn't find that factor appealing.
All in all, Sailor Moon is one of the shows that started the anime trend outside of Japan and they could not have picked a better show to showcase than the Sailor Moon franchise. With a great cast of characters, a lengthy, emotional series involving epic clashes between good vs. evil and a highly well-developed plot, Sailor Moon is a show that if any younger anime fans out there haven't seen, or if the older ones thought was too "mushy," you should give it another try. Who knows, it just may be right up your alley. read more
Apr 26, 2011
Sailor Moon introduces us to Usagi at her most comedic: she is not only the heroine but the comic relief of her own show. Over the course of the season we are introduced to Luna, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter and finally Sailor Venus and Artemis.
As others have mentioned, it is the characters, their relationships with one another which really holds the show together. Other shoujo such as Card Captor Sakura, handled the monster of the week nature in a more fun and varied way, but few anime have handled girls in all their complexities and silliness as well as Sailor Moon has, before or since.
Sailor Moon is about girl power and while the anime emphasis may not be as strong as the manga, it's definitely still there. The girls have complex characters; it's not about defining them by one characteristic, the dumb blond or the tough tomboy (as American cartoons often do) but by letting the girls be multi-faceted, even paradoxical; the tomboy who is boy crazy and romantic, the dumb blond who is athletic and dedicated to her mission. Sailor Moon saves Tuxedo Kamen's butt for every time he saves her, more so as the season goes on. And all of the girls change and grow through the challenges they face.
With such a large amount of characters and cool-looking villains, Sailor Moon is also one of the most lastingly popular series for fanart and fanfiction. Someone or some relationship is bound to catch your interest and play you right along. Which is all part of the fun. Planets, stones, mythology, past lives, romances. This series has so much to play with and it all adds to the appeal.
The monster of the week aspect forms the larger part of the series, which is hit and miss. Some episodes delve into character development, exploring the girls' past and seeing why they are who they are. Others are primarily comedic in nature, such as the episode with the cat who falls in love with Luna, mocking Tuxedo Mask's and Sailor Moon's relationship (everyone has made fun of Tuxedo Mask, but Sailor Moon did it first). Others are boring, silly and a bother to sit through.
The best episodes are the first handful and the second half of the anime, I think. Once the Nephrite arc ends, the series picks up. Kunzite and Zoicite are threatening, the monster of the week format is shaken up and things get serious. At this point, even the filler episodes can be grim. And, of course, as with any season of Sailor Moon, the finale delivers in big ways.
There's no doubt the budget for this anime was less than to be desired; being a shoujo, that was its inevitable fate. Thus the animation and sound effects are sub-par. However, the voice acting it strong and a lot of heart went into this show. And following seasons pick up, the animation improves and the soundtrack simply gets better and better.
I think the main question is whether Sailor Moon is riding entirely on nostalgia, or if it still holds up today. Not having watched Sailor Moon as a child and watching the first season for the first time in my life at 23, my opinion is that, while flawed, it is still a worthy watch. There's history in the making in this show. Skip the filler if you want and watch the core plot episodes. They're worth it. read more
Feb 2, 2014
When you look at it in parts, it might not look like anything special. Nitpicking the minor details is not exactly a hard feat. The episodes are formulaic, the plot holes are ridiculous, the girls are over-sexualized for their age, the magical items are just an excuse to sell toys, and the English dub is horrific. But when you look at it as a whole, Sailor Moon is completely mesmerizing.
Sailor Moon's story starts out fairly light. The evil Dark Kingdom is attacking Earth, and it's up to Usagi Tsukino to transform into Sailor Moon and defeat them. The early episodes are primarily filler. As the show progresses though, the plot begins to thicken. As a whole, the story is very well written. The Dark Kingdom slowly becomes more menacing, and the show does a good job of keeping things mysterious. What is the Silver Crystal? Who is Tuxedo Mask? What is he after? What’s the Dark Kingdom after? It reveals them in a satisfying way. Late enough to keep the suspense, but early enough to process it by the time the show is over.
The best thing about Sailor Moon is without a doubt the characters. Sailor Moon can hardly defeat the Dark Kingdom by herself. She is joined by other Sailor Scouts that help her. All of them are as bright and colorful as Sailor Moon is. They help bring a lot of life into the show. The rivalry between Usagi and Rei is particularly an amusing addiction to the show. The only real criticism I can give them is that Sailor Venus should have been introduced earlier, so her relationship with Sailor Moon doesn’t feel as strong as Sailor Mercury’s or Sailor Mars’s. That issue is pretty much exclusive to this season though. Once the second season rolls around, the five of them develop into not only an effective group of warriors, but also a close group of friends.
What I especially like is how the show prevents them from being flat and one dimensional. They have their own set of flaws and they each change over the course of the series. Sailor Moon herself doesn’t start out as some angelic do-gooder; she’s lazy, she’s a crybaby, she does miserable in school, and she’ll even take advantage of her friends (she initially befriends Ami for the sole purpose of getting better grades.) When she starts off as Sailor Moon, she needs Tuxedo Mask to save her all the time. As the show progresses though, she slowly matures, and by the end of the series, she’s become a strong courageous woman.
Compared to the heroes, the villains aren’t as impressive. That’s not to say they’re bad. Perhaps this is because they only appear in one season, while the heroes appear in all five, but they’re not as memorable as the heroes are. Zoicite and Nephrite were the most memorable of the villains of this season, probably because of Zoicite’s feminine personality and Nephrite’s relationship with Naru. Jedite was a huge disappointment. He has no personality, and is killed off before he gets the chance to develop one. I also would have liked to see more of Queen Beryl. It’s never clear why she’s after the Moon Kingdom and reviving Queen Metalia by gathering energy, and she doesn’t confront Sailor Moon until the very end. The manga examines this more, but I wish the anime did too.
Unfortunately, if you’re the kind of person who considers the action scenes to be a major factor in your enjoyment of a series, then you’re going to be disappointed. In fact, the characters pretty much rely on their special attacks, which usually end up missing, until Tuxedo Mask appears.
The series also heavily relies of filler. For the most part, they’re not as painful to watch as they might seem. In fact, they help contribute to the development of the main cast. The issue with them though is that they usually follow a very formulaic plot, and they tend to get kind of ridiculous. There's some new kind of company that creates an unrealistic amount of hype, Usagi and her friends check it out, people start to have their energy stolen, Usagi and her friends transform into the Sailor Scouts, the villains summon a monster of the week that kicks their butts, Tuxedo Mask appears, throws a rose, shouts some kind of monologue, and runs off, and somehow that gives Sailor Moon the courage she needs to defeat the enemy. It would have been nice if they mixed it up a little.
By today’s standards, the art is not very special. However, when you compare it to most other anime airing in the 90’s the animation is really fantastic. Nowhere is this most notable than in the transformation sequences, which are beautifully animated. Lots of detail is also put into the character’s design. What I particularly love is the hair, the way it flows during the transformations and attacks play a huge role in making them stand out.
If you love transformations though, be prepared for a whole lot of them. Every episode takes up at least 2 minutes for them to transform and attack. In a particularly weak filler episode, they’ll elongate them; having each Sailor Scout transform after one another, or sometimes even having them transform more than once, though this is rare. Outside of the transformations, the animation is still above average, but there is a noticeable dip in quality, it’s still from the 90’s after all. The backgrounds, while colorful, aren’t as detailed as they could be. It’s also common for the animators to use still frames when the action picks up, though they’ll have the camera zoom in and out in an attempt to make it look less stiff. This technique is hardly exclusive to this anime, but I’ve never been a fan of it.
The soundtrack is reminiscent of the music of old superhero cartoons of the 60s. It’s not bad, but it can be quite cheesy at times. That’s not to say there aren’t good songs in the show. I like the transformation themes, but the lyrical themes are definitely my favorite. By now, “Moonlight Densetsu” has become iconic, and it can get stuck in your head pretty quickly. “Heart Moving” is probably my favorite ending theme of the show. The voice acting is the highlight of the sound area. All the voice actors have very distinct voices that fit their characters well. Kotono Mitsuishi does a fantastic job as Usagi. Her acting is consistently spot-on, whether the mood is comedic or dramatic. Aya Hisakawa is another seiyuu I’m a fan of. Out of all the characters I’ve seen her voice, Sailor Mercury is definitely her best performance.
Overall, Sailor Moon is a great series that I’ve enjoyed immensely. What it lacks in its technical aspects it more than makes up for it with its thoughtful story and fantastic characters. Not everyone will enjoy it, and that’s okay. But if anything about magical girls, superheroes, or even just well-developed characters interest you, then this is definitely a great pick.
Jul 23, 2009
Sailor Moon is the longest magical girl anime series. 200 episodes. If you want to watch this, be prepare. With a repetitive story line, gender confusion, too many catch phrases and puns, you just might be in for a show.
In the English dub, their voices are alright in the first 2 seasons, but in the third and fourth, Serena (Usagi) and Amy's (Ami) voices are horrible. Not to mention that the English dubbing doesn't even stick to its original dialogue.The importance of it being uncut and subtitled is lost, and you wind up having to appreciate the show simply for what it is, on its own merits, minus the ocean of hype.
There's good character development in Sailor moon. Like Usagi for example. Who knew that such a selfish crybaby would end up wanting to help other people. Or Rei, who had such a problem with Usagi and couldn't stand her, end up being her closests friend. Anyway,the character changes a lot in the five seasons.Though, some of the characters, are like gender confuse. I say this because while watching this in english, one character (*who is a "girl"*) loves this guy and we accept it, whatever, but when we see it in jap we're like "0.0!? that girl's not a girl. its a guy. In love with a guy?!" Or maybe that's just me.
The opening theme song in Jap, is great, it gets you dancing. English, can be the same thing. But, after hearing it for about the 15th time, you just want to skip through it and the design of this anime is alright. Can't say much about it.
So, even though I made a few negative comments on this anime, its still pretty good. It can be a tear jerker from time to time, and it will make you laugh. Especially in English. So, if you're looking for an anime that has a lot girl power, then you found it.
Dec 15, 2013
The story of Sailor Moon seems quite unoriginal at first; a couple of people find out that they’re special and have to defend others against evil. Most people have most likely seen this concept repeated over and over again in western animation but there’s something about Sailor Moon that takes this concept and sews it in to the viewer and as the viewer continues to watch this anime, they get more indulged and realize how relatable this anime is to themselves. And I think that’s how Sailor Moon established this legacy and has been such a big success all around world.
The characters in this anime are why I think so many people were into this anime. I really like how the animators started with one character and progressively built friendships between the other sailor soldiers as the anime went on instead of from the beginning, here are five girls with magic powers that are going to save the world. Not only that but I feel like the chemistry between all the characters is so fluid and so relatable to others. You know, in our lives everybody has their own circle of friends and within that circle of friends we have someone who shares a love-hate relationship one another, a best friend who’s just as ditzy as you are, and friends who maintains everyone’s sanity together; this is quite eminent in Sailor Moon. I particularly love the love-hate chemistry between Raye and Serena, I like how Mina and Serena share that sisterhood relationship, and I love how Amy and Lita just act as the glue in their circle of friends.
If we were in the 90s and someone was watching this anime on TV they would probably consider the sound and art quite amazing. However if we compare the art and sound of any anime series in this day and age to Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon cannot compare. For the voice acting, the voice acting in the original Japanese version was very good. But what surprised me was the English dubbed version was actually not even that bad, which I liked since it let me enjoy the anime more because I did not have to pay attention to any subtitles. The sound was not particularly good in my opinion, some of the sound effects sounded like sound effects you would hear in those old Hollywood films, which isn’t that great. The art at that time was probably considered amazing, but looking at it compared to other anime that’s out there now, the art looks very dim, not every vibrant, and some of the characters could definitely use some chiseling, refining, a hair cut or a trip to the spa, haha.
As for the enjoyment, I would describe my experience with the anime bittersweet, more sweet that bitter though. I really enjoyed the silly moments within the anime; there were a few laughs here and there. The plot was not even that bad even though it felt like this idea for an anime has been recycled over and over again, ordinary girl finds out that she’s a hero and she has to fight against the forces of evil. I also liked how most of the episodes were episodic, so it would feel like there was a new plot in every episode and most likely younger viewers would think, “Oh, what’s Sailor Moon going to do today?” you know, to keep it fresh. Even thought the anime was quite repetitive, the sailor scouts transform and assist in fighting the enemy and Sailor Moon finishes them off; I can’t really put a finger on why I really enjoyed this series and kept watching one episode after another maybe it was because it’s quite relatable as I said earlier. The only thing I did not enjoy were the first couple of episodes only with the freaky-creepy looking enemies, like that red one where they first found who Sailor Mercury was. I just remembered looking at some of these enemies and thinking, holy crap, if I were in a room alone with any of these things, I would pee my pants or think, “oh my god, I can’t believe I’m going to die a virgin.” But as the anime went on, the enemies started to look less scary, which is a plus for me!
Overall I surprisingly enjoyed this anime, I thought it was very relatable, even for a guy. However I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone though, maybe a kid in elementary school, or if you don’t mind taking your time watching this anime and watch an episode here and there, but other than that not really. I would recommend this if they had spiced it up like the Sailor Stars season. However, a new series of Sailor Moon is coming up right around the corner in 2014, definitely have high hopes that they will pull off something great off this legend of an anime!
Thanks for reading my review, if you don't mind I would love to hear some feedback or leave a comment in my profile ! read more
Feb 23, 2008
Story - Naoko Takeuchi couldn't have done any more of a better job. This gets a ten out of ten. Why? If you notice that many other Mahou Shoujo series are EXACTLY alike Sailor Moon, then you find yourself always comparing the story to being "unoriginal." Why? Because Sailor Moon stole most of the good points first. :D
SPOILERS AHEAD. STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON'T WANNA SPOIL IT.
Also, we all feel for Usagi when the story draws to a close and she loses every one of her friends; and we feel drawn in to her whenever she's in pain, we also believe in her when she's fighting Beryl on her own. <3
SPOILERS OVER, YOU MAY CONTINUE.
Art - I only gave this an eight because it wasn't the best animation of the series, considering it was only 1992, not much about any animation was amazing compared to now.
Sound - Could have been just my DVD's, but the sound was pretty low and not so good... but once you got used to it you could ignore the quality.
Character - Who couldn't love the characters of this saga? If you watched this, or plan on watching this, you find yourself relating to someone... all the time.
Enjoyment - If you love Mahou Shoujo, just plain old Shoujo, or hate Shoujo and like Shounen; either way, you'll love this series. I did, and since 1998 this series has remained close to my heart as one of the best series of all time.
Overall - Pretty much perfect. I recommend this to anyone who loves the Sailor Moon series... especially if you're a fan of Ami-chan/Sailor Mercury; since you get to see her in more action than usual! :o read more
Oct 27, 2013
Even today Sailor Moon is still a very enjoyable anime. Though not without flaws, it’s a classic still worth viewing. Sailor moon is the story of Usagi Tsukino, a normal, clutzy, fourteen year old middle schooler with awful grades. One day she saves a cat from being harassed by some kids. The cat, named Luna, later gives her a magical artifact which gives her the power to turn into the Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon. She is later joined by other girls, Makoto, Rei, Ami, and Minako, who all band together to fight the Dark Kingdom, evil supernatural entities who seek to suck the energy from humans. At first, the premise sounds a little typical, maybe even a little silly.
The “teenagers saving the world with superpowers” premise should be a very familiar concept to any anime fan, new or old. The story itself isn’t really much to write home about, though it’s not terrible either. It walks a funny line between shounen and shojo, showcasing intense fight scenes and drama while also having light hearted moments and romance. A lot of the episodes also contain little messages and lessons in them, akin to something we’d see in your typical Saturday morning cartoons for kids.
Each episode focuses on the girls fighting a different Youma, so the anime is mostly episodic. Each episode pits the girls against a new Youma, requiring them to transform and defeat the enemy. The battle scenes follow a specific pattern: Youma appears, girls transform, dodge Youma’s attack a little, and then defeats Youma with their powers. Sometimes Tuxedo Mask will appear to give the girls a hand. Only in the last few episodes is the pattern broken, showcasing the best fight scene in the entire show. It’s understandable that they would save the best for last but one has to wonder why they couldn’t give the earlier fights even a fraction of the last fight’s pizazz. The individual episode’s villains aren’t very memorable and they usually go down pretty quickly. The recurring villains aren’t much better, being cartoonishly evil and hardly memorable as well.
However, the main characters are where this anime really shines. The main girls are all unique individuals with distinct personalities. There’s the clumsy and silly Usagi, the shy but intelligent Rei, the brawny tomboy Makoto, the bold and beautiful Rei, and the responsible and cool Minako. You’re going to end up loving at least one of the girls. Although they fight evil in tiny miniskirts at night, the anime also puts a spot light on their personal lives, including their love lives, crushes, pasts, personal struggles, and relationships. They’re all feminine and girly in their own little way, but they’re also strong, cooperative, and compassionate. These characters exemplify girl power.
There are also some fun side characters that include Usagi’s classmates, an arcade employee named Motoki, and Mamoru who is forever teasing Usagi. Seeing the character’s interact is always fun too, especially the hilarious bickering between Usagi and Rei. Other characters like Makoto do silly things as well, like falling for any guy who even remotely resembles the upperclassmen that rejected her. Or Mamoru’s constant teasing of Usagi by calling her “dumpling head.” They are all fun and likeable characters.
The character designs are excellent, with each of the sailor soldiers having a distinct look that suits their personalities. Even the lesser characters have some pretty unique designs. While the animation is great, it uses a ridiculous amount of repeating footage. The footage used for their transformations, attacks, and Sailor Moon’s catchphrase are used again and again in all 46 episodes. The transformations are very cool, with Sailor Moon’s being the longest and flashiest. But it’s the same exact thing every time. It would have been nice to have some variety, maybe changing up the look of the girl’s transformations. It also would have been nice to give the girls more attacks. The best we get is a mix and match when the girls all transform or attack together. As stated before, the setup of each fight is basically the same as well. The anime uses a little too much repetition, and would have benefited from some more variety in its action and story.
The soundtrack has a number of catchy tunes, but once again, a few tracks are used over and over again. The same song is used when the girls transform and attack. On the bright side, there are some good insert songs that don’t get overused.
Overall, Sailor Moon is a very enjoyable anime. It’s a fun, cute, and generally lighthearted watch. Not everyone is going to enjoy it; some will find it repetitive and others may be turned off by the shojo aspects of the show. But Sailor Moon is still a great show and a classic. The first season ends on a pretty high note, setting the stage for a wonderful second season with room for improvements.
Oct 3, 2008
Story 10/10: The concept of a shoujo series isn't new in the least, but for its time, Sailor Moon was unique as it got. A girl that is horrible at school, is completely lazy and cowardly, and is an utter crybaby is suddenly told she's a fighter for justice. On top of this, she later learns that she was once the princess of a kingdom that existed a millenia ago and was destroyed by her current nemesis. It didn't get much crazier than that back then. (Though I will say that over-muscled men that turn into giant monkeys kinda ranks up there, too.)
The characters were rather unique. Rather than do the typical main character thing and rise to the call of justice, Usagi/Serena is quick to want to back out. She just wants to be a normal teenager. She effectively has had her life stolen right from under her because the world is in trouble. When she's starting to get into it, she thinks of it almost as a video game. She fails to truly see the fighting for what it is. However, once the people she cares about start getting hurt and in danger, she starts to see the repercussions and seriously questions if she's even up to the task.
If this were a review on the dub, I would drop it to a 9 over one thing: the final episode. Rather, the final two episodes that were consolidated into one English episode. Yes, the fight against the five sisters and Beryl... that was spread over two episodes. There was no banishment to the negaverse, only death. The fight against Mamoru/Darien was a lot longer near the end. There was a full episode's worth of scenes cut out. In the final sequence, Usagi/Serena actually dies after using the Ginzuishou/Silver Crystal. She makes a dying wish on the crystal, wishing that none of those things had ever happened, wishing she could have just continued to live like a normal human girl. The wish is granted and the senshi are returned to earth with their memories removed, the whole event having 'never happened'. However, since Luna and Artemis didn't die, they retain their memories, thus explaining the unexplainable fact in Sailor Moon's dub as to why "no one died", yet the senshi and Mamoru lose their memories and the cats magically don't.
The only thing that could possibly drag this anime down is that it feels like a monster grind after a while. The monster-of-the-week thing drones on a bit longer than you want it to, but so many anime do that same thing, so it's hard to mark it down for that.
Art 7/10: Okay... I loved Naoko's art in the manga, so Sailor Moon disappoints me slightly, but the animation is wonderful for its time. I will say that the animation gets steadily better as the seasons progress, but Sailor Moon definitely shows itself to be the draft for the other seasons of Sailor Moon. The transformation sequences were beautiful, but save for a few pose differences and hue changes, they were basically the same thing, rise and repeat. Mamoru's one, single transformation sequence, while thankfully short, was a severe disappointment (and the ending pose of it sent me into tears of laughter for a good five minutes).
Sound 7/10: Once again, the grade in this case really is in retrospect of the entire series, encompassing all seasons. While it was rather good for its time, nowadays it sounds like you're listening to it through a phone. Even on DVD the sound quality is just... bad. The music itself is outdated and really shows you just how old this anime is, but back then it was fine.
Character 10/10: I already went over this earlier with the story aspect, but I was pleased with the diversity of the characters. You have a hero who is lazy and a crybaby, you have a high-tempered shrine priestess, a school nerd with nearly zero offense, a tomboy who could easily bench press a truck but is boy crazy, a glam girl who wants to be an idol and has the leadership skills the hero lacks, two talking cats, a dude in a tuxedo with an extending cane who throws roses, a lust-crazy witch that wants to bring back some crazy dark being, four very confused generals who follow the witch but serve the prince, a princess with amnesia as to her true identity.... yeah, it gets crazy. But you truly learn to love these characters and connect with them. They each have well-crafted backstories and are just very well developed. Well... I will say that the four generals aren't really made a big deal of in the anime. In the manga, you learn they were the generals for Prince Endymion/Prince Darien and their minds were ensnared by Queen Beryl. In the anime, they're just her thugs, basically.
Enjoyment 8/10: I enjoy the series a lot, though the first season really has too much filler for me to enjoy it too thoroughly. There are really only key episodes you have to watch to understand the plot. While I know the series inside and out and know what to watch, someone just entering the series will have to watch through everything. Overall I loved it, though. Even after all this time, this remains my favorite series. read more
Apr 25, 2010
I have to thank Sailor Moon for one thing and that was getting me to watch anime. I was about nine years old when I first watched it on "NBC" and despite the face that the show's heroes were teenage girls, I got hooked.
Fast forward nearly eleven years later and I decided to re-watch it in its native (Japanese) language and format. It was far better than the one that I watched on NBC.
Simply put, if you can get over the weird transformations, this season is alot of fun to watch. All the main characters give you reason to care about what they are doing. Usagi, Rei, Minako, Ami and Makoto (or Serena, Raye, Mina, Amy and Lita if you watch the English version) all have vibrant personalities that often are odds with one another, often making for some very funny episodes and good laughs.
Even the bad guys are interesting in their own right. The relationship of one of the main antagonists, Nephrite, and Naru (known as Molly, being heroine's best friend) is very touching yet solemn as it is a doomed love. This probably had to be the best part of this season, the relationship between these two characters. As a guy, I have to say, the end of their tragic relationship nearly moved me to tears.
I cannot tell you the story outright otherwise I will spoil it but it is good though it starts off really slow in the beginning. Basically, it is about an evil witch named "Queen Beryl" who is attempting to revive her former master, "Metallia", an ultra uber creature I suppose, by using the life force of humans by taking their energy. It is up to the Sailor Scouts to prevent this from happening. This is the main gist of the story though there are several twists and turns.
The art not great. Perhaps the greatest weakness of the show, some of the fights look real choppy. There are times where it seems as if the animators just skipped an entire fight scene by having Sailor Moon throw her tiara at the enemy and obliterate them. In that case, why have other Sailor Senshi then?
The music and voice acting in the original is great. "Moonlight Denetsu" is a very catchy opening and most of the in show music uses baroque and classical elements.
In all, the first season of Sailor Moon blasted off on the right foot and set the standard of other magical girl animes that came after it. Definitely one of the strongest seasons in the entire Sailor Moon series. read more
Jul 14, 2012
Now, I do admit that I used to watch this as a child, but the only parts of it I could remember before I re-visited it were the transformation sequences, Sailor Mars and the Swedish dub of the ending theme. All in all this was a fairly pleasant viewing experience.
Despite my recently acquired affection for the franchise, I definitely wouldn't call Sailor Moon story driven. It recycles repetitive formulas like identical battle techniques throughout all episodes and a monster-of-the-week theme that quickly loses its charm. One could argue that it plays right into the hands of a little child's yearning for familiarity by featuring at least 5 minutes of recycled material in each episode, and this damages the overall progression heavily. So, why would anyone want to watch this? The answer is simple; it's insanely charming.
It depicts a friendship between 5 Sailor Soldiers; teenaged girls’ protecting the virtues of love and justice, and it does so with remarkable precision. They all have their adolescent crushes on various boys and they always find themselves in situations that most little girls probably dream of themselves, especially when fed the Prince-Princess propaganda established in the West by Walt Disney. All in all, the narrative of Sailor Moon isn't as atrocious as many would think, but it most certainly isn't very good.
I'm not sure if I'm going delusional, but I think Sailor Moon undergoes a transition in animation quality somewhere around episode 10. I remember how the awful visuals and shapes annoyed me in the first few episodes, but then somewhere along the line I felt like the visual section improved itself heavily. In all honesty, I wouldn't say Sailor Moon's animation is dangerously outdated, but it definitely can't compete with more modern titles.
Some sequences that are re-used throughout all episodes are remarkably better animated, and probably looked stunning by contemporary standards. But then again, if you're going to show Sailor Moon and her friends transform more than 30 times, you better at least make the sequences aesthetically pleasing.
Another surprisingly strong category is the sound. The opening theme is very suitable to the themes of the story, and is designed to be used as part of the soundtrack as well, though in other versions where violins and music boxes are used to play it out. The mundane struggles of Usagi (Sailor Moon) are complimented with jolly and mood-raising little tunes that fit in very well with the context.
The voice actors were very formidable when it comes to displaying the basic set of emotions that they're required too. With such an emphasis on their different personalities, it's highly beneficial with acting of such unexpected quality.
If anyone ever told me that Sailor Moon is character driven I would have laughed hysterically. Now I realize that this is actually the case. Each Sailor Soldier is designed with different personalities and virtues so that most girls (and boys) will find at least one character to relate to.
Character development progresses slowly but is definitely present most of the time. The events in Sailor Moon take place in a world where minimal changes to your clothing makes you 100% unrecognizable, even by your friends and family. Physically, Sailor Moon is just a slightly altered, yet very identical version of Usagi, but nobody seems able to figure out that they're actually the same person.
I'll also acknowledge a relationship within the show that was censored in the U.S version when it aired on TV. The two servants of The Dark Kingdom, Zoisite and Kunzite are involved in a romantic relationship despite them both being male (could never happen in Western cartoons). The American dub pretended that Zoisite was a woman which works well with his feminine characteristics, but in all honesty I liked the way something as rare to see in a children's show was included.
Despite exploring some darker themes by the end of its run, Sailor Moon remembers its origin with an admirable determination; it depicts a world where girls long for their princes, boys for their princesses, and where love holds a tremendous power. The show is recommended primarily for a younger audience, but is definitely enjoyable for older ones as well. There are times when the lack of plot progression will anger you, but if you just stick with it you'll get a surprisingly decent show. Note how many times I use the word "surprising" or "surprisingly" in this review! read more
Feb 10, 2009
This anime was fantastic for its time period and should be rediscovered by all its fans of yester-year, even if we twenty-somethings admit to watching it with shame. There's just something about this series that makes it amazing. Even with its spliced-in cutscenes and repetitive plot and catchphrases, the characters stick with you and evolve just enough to make them interesting. The Sailor Moon series may not have been a work of artistic genius, but it's incredibly enjoyable, a pioneer of its time, and an anime cultural icon. Some day when you're sitting around the house and need some cheering up, check this old favorite out. I doubt you'll be disappointed.
As a side note, if you can stand the subbed japanese version, by all means watch that. The depth of the dialogue is much better and the english version cuts a great deal out. (Also I felt the japanese voice actors are much better on the whole, but I'll leave that up to you.) read more
Nov 29, 2007
Feb 11, 2011
I do admit the the story line although repititive it flows rather well. People need to stop judging this on todays Anime scales, this was made in 1992(and dubbed couple years after) so people need to look at this as one the GREATEST anime of the '90s. Although it is the same girl gets magic powers,girl gets teamates, and girls try to defeat the enemy together. Its your basic storyline, my favorite take on it is, that this is usagi's coming of age storyline.
Naoko takeuchi is a lovely artist! I saw the anime before i started reading manga, and i always get the feeling that Usagi in the Manga looks older...its just how beautifully her hair,eyes, and body are drawn...it just makes her seem older; more mature kinda. But the Animation seems rather old...BUT the transforming scenes are amazing as well as the way there attacks are animated.
I get the feeling i'm being lenient with the Sounds. The opening song is awsome, but it gets so repetitive...that i skip it sometimes but don't get me wrong i do love it. The instrumental BGM is played quiet well, and fits the atmosphere its corresponding to just right.
I liked all the characters there was really nothing to complain about.
Usagi: clumsy,crybaby, fights for what she believes in.
Mamoru: College student, Nice, gentleman, mean to Usagi in the beggining
Ami: Smart,Elegant really caring friend
Rei: Bit of an attitude, Gets mad easily, when it counts she's there for usagi.
Makoto: Good at cooking,sewing, and karate shes a fighter but only when sticking up for friends.
Minako: The Idol, wants to be a singer. She likes show biz stuff.
I really enjoyed sailor moon, i would always say there attacks as they would, i laugh when it was funny, and when sad things happened i'd cry >_<
Growing up on this Anime, it changed everything for me. I was so happy to Run home after school and watch this. I'd watch it over a billion times and never get tired.
Apr 7, 2010
The story is very good as the main character (Usagi/Serena) is a very, very clumsy girl who you'lll probably think will never achieve high espectations. However she ends up chosen to be Sailor moon, a sailor soldier of love and justice!!
She is joined by other sailor soilders who she meets during the anime.
There is also some romance but you can find that out for yourself!
This is definately for people who like the magic girl/ super hero type animes.
Also there are lots of suprises in store so watch carefully :)
Overall good anime and its worth watching ;) read more
Dec 9, 2010
Contain spoiler @#@#@
1.This anime really funny :))) Lots of funny moments , embarrassing moments and just silly pranks and jokes make it easy to watch and something to wait for.
2. Simple and easy to watch - If we remove all the transformation and the magic from it , you can see here a normal life of simple girls who deal with simple life problems and it makes it easy to see yourself in their shoes and develop sympathy.
3.Art- Good compare to many other animes even in this days who look way worse and its 1992 - 3 so compare it to the year , the options and other anime - art gets a ten. And improves in future seasons.
4. Anime with lots of seasons , always something to wait for and to be sure that you wont be looking for any other anime soon ^^.
5. Age - goes for any age , people in any age can watch and enjoy it.
6. Multi heroes - Its like maybe one of a few anime with more then 1-2 heroes. Every hero have his story, life, feelings and personality so people can choose the character thats fits them most and enjoy watching her grow up.
Not so good xD!
1.The really long ,annoying & boring transformation parts take like 1/3 of the episode and other 1/3 opening+ ending songs and we got left with 1/3 episode to watch =(.
2. Main based - 90% of the anime are 1 hero based but this anime was special thanks to multiple heroes in same time but as long as i kept on watching, it became 90% the main character and 10% the "other" main characters.
All spin around one girl who gets the power/guy/saves the world and etc = BORING.
3. Missing action - 1/3 of the episode sailormoon transform , then the monster get a few punches , sailor moon does the final hit and thats it O,o.
4. Love story missing - ok so we get it that she is with mamuru....
why no other girl from the whole bunch of them get a boyfriend?
are they having any interesting in guys beside bla bla about it?
Appears not =(
5. Hard to watch the anime because starting to see some missing parts like :
What about the moon kingdom....
Who the evil lords are...
Why the hell they came just at this time and not like 50 years ago....
Why they dont remember the sailor girls from the kingdom times and etc.
oww and why Usagi who been described as 1.50 height and weights like 70
drawn like a long legs model O.o
The conclusion -
light and easy anime , thanks to youtube and other online websites the long transformation parts can be skipped , funny to watch , have more then one season + movies so you have always something to watch and wait for and this anime have few unique things that other anime doesn't even this days. read more
Sep 22, 2010
Full lit of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
NOTICE: This review includes all seasons of the franchise. Reading this is like reading all the seasons.
Ah, good ol’ pretty sailor warriors! This is not only the first mahou shoujo I ever got to watch, but it is also the longest ever made in the genre… with the same continuity that is. Plus despite being the show most other mahou shoujo copied thereafter, it remains in the tops because very few managed to have its variety and vividness.
ART SECTION: 6/10 [Bishoujos in Sailor Suits.]
The first thing to notice is how every season of Sailor Moon has a different prevailing color.
-The first season’s main color was black, depicted in several night scenes were the girls in the story are looking for romance and a way to answer the question for their reincarnation. The villains also adored the darkness and were living in a dark underground base.
-The second season’s main color was white, depicted in several scenes of Crystal Tokyo’s buildings and in the prevailing sparkling jewels and crystals found in the series. Every major building, spaceship and artifact was a sparkling crystal in this season.
-The third season’s main color was red, depicted in several scenes of Tokyo’s future destruction and in the villains’ experiments. Everything evilly created in this season is blood red.
-The fourth season’s main colors were yellow and pink, depicted in several scenes of Dreamland and the Dead Circus motifs.
-The fifth season’s main colors are yellow and light blue/azure, depicted in several scenes of crystals and starlight.
The animation is old for today’s standards but still does the trick. There is nothing particularly bad with the graphics. The visual effects were bright and cheery, as they should be in a girly series.
A bad point is the repeating sequences of the transformations and the special attacks. Every episode recycles them to the point of becoming very annoying. We’re talking about 1/3rd of every episode being wasted on them. But all this posing and special attack fuss has become the trademark of the series. And it may brainwash you into actually liking them AND crave for them.
Another bad point is the lame-looking monsters-of-the-week. They are plain stupid to look at, fight really simple and get defeated really fast and always in the same way. But at least the animators learned from their mistakes and improved them in the following seasons. They look better and better with each season, plus have more interesting weaponry.
Another notice must be made about the Sailor uniforms in the final season. They are extravagant to the point of being considered a sexual fetish! All the new good and bad Sailor Warriors are dressed in so much leather and show enough cleavage to be mistaken for night queens, or something. And Sailor Moon’s new uniform is huge! How does she move in it?
SOUND SECTION: 7/10 [The characters speak with a real kick in whatever they’re saying.]
There is a lot of “chan” and “san” going around in honorifics but that is part of the normal package.
The bad guys are talking too snobbish (Hohoho! Your pathetic powers are nothing before my beautiful face!) and the good guys too manihaistic (If you are a bad person, I will punish you in the name of the moon!) but you get to like it after a while.
A major twist is the ironic remarks everyone makes. There is a lot of self-mockery in their one-liners, so all those repeating phrases and transformations never become old as you expect a comeback phrase to laugh at.
Also, a notice is to be given for the main song (Moonlight Densetsu), which is amongst the best girly music I know of. There is a new intro song in the fifth season, which is as nice as the old one. If you add the rest of the songs in the lot, then you think you are watching a cheesy Broadway musical. It’s an overall nice work.
STORY SECTION: 7/10 [Once upon a time, there was a princess on the moon...]
Every season can easily be divided into story arks of 10 to 20 episodes. On each story ark, in the beginning you get a new goal and new characters entering the stage. Stand-alone episodes with a monster-of-the-week formula fill the in-between. And towards the end, the goal is usually accomplished and the basic villain changes. All following story arks follow the same pattern. It is a great way of dragging the story as far as the producers like. There are some serious episodes, followed by a loose plot that steadily escalates to major events. How can you hate it?
In the first story ark, the villains in the story want to gather life energy, in order to resurrect their demonic leader. The main heroine acquires her powers and is sent to find the other Sailor Warriors, while protecting the people from energy draining demons. A mysterious, handsome masked man always aids her without revealing his identity. Our heroine finds two other Sailor Warriors before the general of the villains is disposed because of incompetence.
In the second story ark, the second general of the villains continues to gather energy, this time from individuals with great potential. The story evolves as we learn of a crystal the villains are looking for and by revealing to us viewers who the masked man is. There is also a romance blooming between the bad guy and a common girl that easily makes this story ark amongst the most romantic and tragic of the whole series.
In the third story ark, the third general of the villains turns humans into demons, in order to find the pieces of the magic crystal. The story evolves as we learn of the characters’ past and present stories. The main backdrop scenario is revealed and all 5 Sailor Warriors unite. Secret identities are revealed and several mysteries are solved. There is also a gay romantic relationship between the bad guys that spices things up. This story ark is the most plot-driven and character developing in the whole series.
In the fourth story ark, the fourth general of the villains turns humans into demons, in order to lure the Sailor Warriors into revealing their real identities and kill them. The masked man is brainwashed to want to kill them as well. The story doesn’t evolve much here but there is a lot of character coloring that makes things worth watching.
In the fifth story ark (only two episodes), the queen of the villains begins her final step to rule the world in darkness. The Sailor Warriors assault her base and a bloody battle ensues. And when I say bloody, I mean DEAD BLOODY! There is a huge death toll in progress. The ending is amongst the most clichéd and yet best conclusions ever.
In the first story ark, we see all the main characters living a normal life without superpowers. A pair of young aliens arrives on Earth and uses Tarot monsters in order to steal life energy from humans and feed their tree that supports their lives. The Sailor Warriors are forced to leave behind their chance to live a normal life in order to protect the planet. This ark was essentially an excuse for the heroines to regain their lost powers. But the dramatic backdrop stories of the young aliens and the decision to stop being normal people was more than enough to turn this simple excuse of a sequel into a worthy new chapter in the series.
In the second story ark, a little girl pops out of nowhere, while being chased by super villains in a crystal spaceship. The Sailor Warriors protect this mysterious girl and gain new special attacks by accepting their positions, as the permanent princess’s bodyguards. We learn that the villains intend to fill Tokyo with hatred in order to prevent something.
For those of you who care, the Sailor Moon R movie can be viewed in this point.
In the third story ark, more super villains arrive, in order to destroy Tokyo with negative energy. The story evolves as we learn of the characters’ future destinies. The main backdrop scenario is revealed and we are introduced to Sailor Pluto, the keeper of time. Secret identities are revealed and several mysteries are solved. This story ark is the second most plot-driven and character developing of the whole series.
In the fourth story ark, the prince of the villains begins his final step to change the course of history. The Sailor Warriors assault his base and a bloody battle ensues. Although not as bloody as it was in the first series. The major players reveal their true feelings and purposes and there is even a betrayal by the prince’s advisor. The ending is still clichéd. Not as great as in the first series but worthwhile.
In the first story ark, we see Sailor Mars having future visions of the Earth’s destruction. Soon afterwards, a super villain woman steals people’s pure harts, in order to find the parts of a powerful artifact. Also, a pair of new Sailor Warriors, Neptune and Uranus, arrives and looks for the parts, without accepting alliance with the rest of the team. This ark was an intro for showing the burden of cruel things to come. This ark also introduces two new heroines, who turn out to be a lesbian couple!!!
In the second story ark, Chibiusa is back! Sent back to learn how to make friends and mature, she aids the rest of the team with the small powers she has acquired. Later, Sailor Pluto also appears and helps in the gathering of the artifacts. We learn that the villains are a group of evil witches that intend to absorb the world into their own evil dimension. In this ark, we see how the things you seek are sometimes found inside your own heart, which must be kept open in order to be found. A great metaphor, indeed.
In the third story ark, the evil witches are gathering pure hearts, in order to allow their mistress’ awakening. Chibiusa becomes friend of a frail girl that turns out to be the vessel of the villains’ mistress! The Sailor Warriors of both the Inner and Outer Solar System team up as they try to find the chosen messiah that can save the world. Plus, they try to stop the mistress from awakening … by having to kill the little girl! In this ark, we see how cruel some sacrifices can be, as some have to be killed in order for some others to stay alive.
In the fourth story ark, the leader of the villains awakens and begins to destroy the world. The Sailor Warriors assault her base and a painful battle ensues. And when I say painful, I mean painful to the point of screaming like little girls! The major players reveal their true feelings and purposes and there is even a betrayal by a good friend. The ending is better than in the previous series as the evil here cannot be defeated with raw power. The conclusion was excellent, although really sad, as we see how sometimes you don’t have to simply sacrifice others but also your own self. It made me cry!
In the first story ark, we see the Pegasus of Dreams seeking help from Chibiusa, while being hunted by three super villains. The Sailor Warriors have to protect the people by bad guys who steal their Dream Mirrors, take away their hopes and hunt the Prince of Dreamland. An interesting aspect here is the fact that the bad guys’ victims suffer a kind of “mind rape” while their dreams are being probed. Kinky!
In the second story ark, five evil girls continue to spread hopelessness while Chibiusa falls in love for the first time. And with the Pegasus nonetheless! She learns of what the bad guys did to his kingdom and what they intend to do.
In the third story ark, the evil queen begins her plan to wipe out dreams and hopes. We learn of her past as the Sailor Warriors storm her base. The conclusion… was not really a conclusion. It felt incomplete.
The humor and the behaviors of the characters in the fourth season are a lot more about childish romances. They practically drop the age of the target audience by 4 years. Bummer!
The story was a lot shorter (three story arks, instead of four), simpler and un-imaginary in comparison with the previous three seasons. It resembled a silly fairy tale, as there were childish concepts present, such as Dreamland and a Pegasus. The Sailor Warriors of the Outer Solar System were absent and there were no major new characters to be introduced (the Pegasus, the kitten and the evil girls don’t appear in the next season). What a shame!
In the first story ark, we essentially have the true conclusion of the fourth season. A year after the last fight, a mysterious woman frees the main villain of season four and allows her to continue her plans. Hopelessness is again the main motif as the heroines are facing mental breakdowns, involving their hopes about the future. Also, we have the return of the Outer Solar System Sailor Warriors (more yuri!), who gain new powers from a mysterious source and (finally!) fight the evil queen as well. The ending is clichéd but still better than that pathetic conclusion of the previous season. Also, we are introduced to the new villain and a good excuse for the return of the Outer Solar System Sailor Warriors and the appearance of their new powers.
In the second story ark, Mamoru promises to marry Bunny after he returns from a business trip. But he disappears as an evil Sailor Warrior from a far away planet turns people into Sailor demons and steals their Star Seeds in order to wipe out the defenders of Earth. We are also introduced to three more Sailor Warriors from afar, who are trying to find their princess.
In the third story ark, more evil Sailor Warriors keep stealing Star Seeds and seek out the true identities of the good Sailor Warriors. Also, a mysterious girl appears that holds tremendous powers and yet doesn’t even speak. Plus, the true identities of the Sailor Stars are revealed... And they are in fact the members of a male band! (remember that all Sailor Warriors are supposed to be female)
In the fourth story ark, hell brakes loose, as everything seems to come together. The Ultimate Evil the Sailors have to face since season two is finally here. The princess the Sailor Stars were looking for is also found. Mamoru’s whereabouts are revealed. The mysterious girl’s powers are revealed. The main bad guy’s story is revealed. And the infamous death toll of the conclusion in season one is back, bigger than ever! And if you read the manga, there are far more plot twists and revelations. WOW!
The humor and the behaviors of the characters in the last season are a lot more about sex rather than romance. They practically raise the age of the target audience by 4 years. Yoohoo!
The story has a simple plot but becomes really complicated and awesome towards the end. You almost feel rewarded for watching all the previous seasons. Thumbs up!
Heck, I wish for most shounen to have had half the plot elements this mahou shojo had. Most in-between episodes damage the Story feeling, but the scenario is otherwise very good, despite the clichés.
CHARACTER SECTION: 7/10 (spoiler alert!) [Although there are no original characters, their quirks and decent coloring makes up for it.]
Usagi: The main heroine. The reincarnation of an important person from a mythical ancient kingdom on the moon. Although she is supposed to act serious and matured, she is nothing but a silly klutz. She steadily has to accept responsibilities and prevent the past from repeating again in the present. Very interesting, thanks to her innocent silliness.
Mamoru: The prince in shining armor, he is also the reincarnation of an important person from a mythical ancient kingdom of Earth. The jealousy of an evil queen caused a major tragedy that haunts him to even his present life. He is loved by most women in the story and even saves the main heroine all the time like a Deus Ex Machina. Very interesting, thanks to his continuous misfortune that fills his life with tragedies.
The Sailor Warriors: The reincarnations of the moon princess’s four bodyguards and defenders of love, justice and the like. Each one of them has a different personality and controls a different element, based on the planets of our inner solar system. Very interesting, thanks to their quirky personalities, being super heroines on one side and immature schoolgirls on the other.
The Dark Kingdom villains: Four generals and a queen. Named after minerals, they are also reincarnations of the ancient kingdom. Lured by the power of evil, they now plan to rule the world through darkness. All of them have interesting personalities, except for the first general who was just a carton box bad guy without any quirks to make him interesting. For those of you who care, the manga of this title has a lot more backdrop story for them.
The secondary characters were mostly relatives of the five main girls and their schoolmates. Some funny, some tragic, they all contributed something to the whole.
Usagi, Mamoru and The Sailor Warriors: All the main good guys faced the burden of their previous lives in the first series. In the second, they must face the burden of things to come and accept their roles as protectors of the Solar System. A very good concept for continuing to mature as characters.
Chibiusa: Daughter of a very important pair in the future, this little girl is a spoiled brat that undertakes a very hard task in order to help her parents and make amends for her grave mistake. A very interesting character, thanks to her frail demeanor and yet strong will.
The Black Planet Family villains: A group of nine super villains. Named after crystals, they are the descendants of cruel people who didn’t like a peaceful world without worries. Lured by the power of evil, they now plan to change history and rule the world through hatred. All of them have far more interesting personalities and act a lot more humane than those cynical ones in the first season. The first five in the second story ark were essentially the evil counterparts of the main heroines. The other three were megalomaniacs who were deceived to hate instead of asking for forgiveness, trapped in a false existence of selfishly yearning for things they have no right acquiring. As for the last villain, he is the mastermind behind everything, exploiting people’s lives for his own sick purposes. For those of you who care, the manga of this title has a lot more backdrop story for the last villain, as well as the future Tokyo.
Usagi, Mamoru, The Sailor Warriors and Chibiusa: All the main good guys faced the burden of their future lives in the second season. In the third, they must keep true to their promise by fighting in the present no matter how much it costs them. Indeed, all the heroines in this season experience great pain and suffering. A very good concept for continuing maturing as characters.
The Outer Sailor Warriors: Cruel on the outside, these far more experienced heroines tried to lessen the pain by stop caring or feeling bad for their actions. They are to learn that if you don’t really care about others, you can’t justify any sacrifice you do in their name. A very interesting lesson for them to learn and a very kinky relationship for us to watch (they are lesbians, lol).
The Death Busters: A group of nine super villains. They are warriors of evil from another dimension who invade our dimension. The Witches 5 were essentially the evil counterparts of the main heroines again. The other three were megalomaniacs who were raised to deceive, hate and eventually kill their victims. As for the last villain, she was all-powerful only because she possessed a special body. In whole, the bad guys are less interesting than the villains in previous seasons, as they were thinking in a one-sided way and had no questioning of their evil ways. They act even more realistically than those in the second season but don’t have backdrop stories. The human host scientist was interesting for his sacrifice, but then again, he was not really evil from the start.
Usagi, Mamoru, The Sailor Warriors and Chibiusa: All the main good guys faced the burden of their past, future and present in the previous seasons. So what do they face here? Their dreams! They have to keep their dreams true, no matter how unreachable they seem. What a bull! As if they didn’t do that in the previous seasons. The characters don’t mature here any further. An exception is Chibiusa, who experiences love for the first time.
The Outer Sailor Warriors: Not present! The world is in danger and they are not there to defend it. Boo!
The Dead Moon Circus villains: A group of nine super villains. They are warriors of evil from the world of nightmares and intend to take away the hope of the world and easily conquer it, as no one will have the will to defend it. Man, it sounds lame just by writing about them! They were the most superficially thought-of villains in the series. The first three were without any backdrop story and the next 5 were essentially the evil counterparts of the main heroines yet again. The last villain was a queen that lost her hopes for the future and wanted to maintain young by spreading misery to the world. There is thin story continuity with the events of the first season but it feels really stupid as a whole. She had potential to become an interesting character but in the end she just gave up and abandoned her goals. What a croc! So, the villains suck, but at least, they were acting even more realistically than those of the third season.
Usagi, Mamoru, The Sailor Warriors and Chibiusa: Other than wrapping things up, there wasn’t much change in the main characters. They all practiced what they learned so far as good as they could. Nothing bad in that.
The Sailor Stars and the mysterious girl: They originally seemed like a recycling of the ideas of Chibiusa from season two and the Outer Solar System Sailor Warriors from season three. But they eventually have different roles and I did like the whole cross-dressing theme.
The evil queen and the evil Sailor Warriors: The evil queen is as we left her in the previous season. She gets the cheery ending she deserved. The rest of the bad guys are a group of five evil Sailor Warriors who sold out their lives to darkness, after they lost the battle with the Chaos, the ultimate evil. The first four have no backdrop story and are as boring as those of season four. I was mostly interested in their cleavage. But the leader... she is EVIL INCARNATE! She is the epitome of cruelness and has a good reason in her backdrop story to excuse it. Man, how many trillions of people did she kill? And how many episodes were they trying to defeat her without even managing to scratch her? The last battle was as long as those found in Dragonball Z. And it wasn’t about raw power at all. It was excellent!
VALUE SECTION: 10/10 [I find no reason for not considering it amongst the best of what this genre has to offer.]
Sailor Moon is neither the first nor the best Mahou Shojo on the block. But it became famous enough, thanks to:
-its likable characters. Since all of them are stereotypes, every viewer can easily find someone he/she likes and thus root for.
-its really long duration. This is the first of five tv seasons and several movies, easily becoming the longest Mahou Shojo ever made. More than enough time to bind with the characters.
-its evolving story. Although most episodes are stand-alones, there is a story that changes every 10 or so episodes, giving an air of freshness.
-its romance. It is quite stereotypical most of the time but the visual effects and the metaphysical plot make it more interesting than that of a typical slice-of-life romantic scenario.
-its several name allusions. Every Sailor Warrior has the basic element she controls in her surname, villains are always named after a specific category (minerals in the first season, crystals in the second, animals in the fourth, metals in the fifth), and special effects are tied to their user’s personality.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 7/10 [The episodes can be divided into the stand-alones and the story-centered ones.]
The story-centered ones were great. Very predictable most of the time but the dramatic backdrop made me forget that and I was simply absorbed in them.
The stand-alones were repetitive but also good most of the time. Although I prefer on-going stories, the comedy and/or romance in them were more than enough to make them interesting to keep watching. Not many series are capable of accomplishing this.
As a build up, the interest was peaking in the first three seasons as it was slowly becoming darker, and a bit more violent serious, dropped a lot in the fourth for looking like a silly fairy tale, and rose a lot again in the fifth for becoming far kinkier.
VERDICT: 7.5 / 10
Very naïve and repetitive but its heart is pure and intact.
Princess Tutu is by far the best Mahou Shoujo series.
These Mahou Shoujo titles are also worth watching: Wedding Peach, Card Captor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, Lyrical Nanoha
The Sailor Moon manga has quite a few differences with the anime. It is a lot darker and mature as a whole.
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May 8, 2009
Feb 28, 2013
Rather than start by talking about the story, I'm going to start by talking a bit about the translation. First off, how do you miss-translate "Moon Tiara Action"? The original line is in English. How can you fail to translate a line that's been done for you? The soldiers are downgraded to scouts in the dub because... Soldier is too masculine a term? Maybe they just thought that soldier was miss-used. After all, soldiers battle enemies and all the sailor soldiers do is reconnaissance work. Scouts works much better... wait, what? Changing the setting to America makes no sense. Where in America are you going to find Shinto Buddhist shrines with traditional priestesses, schools that have all adopted uniforms, Japanese signs, and the Tokyo tower? Seriously, it's just a stupid decision. It would be like setting Tokyo Mew Mew or Cardcaptor Sakura outside of Japan. Why even bother changing it? Was the company that licensed it afraid that English audiences wouldn't be able to relate to Japanese characters? No matter what the reason, that change is really idiotic. Then there's Zoisite, one of Queen Beryl's generals. The English version gives him a sex change for some reason. It doesn't even make sense because the art's the same they just gave him a female voice and changed the pronouns. The reasoning probably being to hide the fact that the show has gay characters (Zoisite and Kunzite). Because you can't have gay characters running around. The children might get the idea that it's okay and then we wouldn't have as many hate crimes or intolerance and that would be terrible... Wait, what? Yeah, it's a really stupid change. Give me back my yaoi boys. I know that may seem like a strange thing for a straight guy to say, but I don't care. Give them back or in the name of the moon, I will punish you and you do not want to see me in the uniform. Now, I could go into a lot more detail about weird and pointless changes but there are a lot of them so I'll stop there. If there are changes that impact the story, characters, or so on, I'll talk about those when I get to the relevant point.
Let's go right to the story. Sailor Moon has a very simple story. A girl named Tsukino Usagi is given a magic broach by a talking cat that turns her into a warrior of love and justice. She's sorely needed because a group known as the Dark Kingdom is stealing energy from humans in a bid to awaken their great ruler and conquer the galaxy. It's a pretty standard super hero plot. But there are some things that are done really well. To begin with, this series has a great sense of humour. It embraces all of the goofiness inherent to the concept and just has a lot of fun with it. There are also some strong themes dealing with love and reincarnation which add some complexity and intrigue to the whole thing. The final episodes are really spectacular. The main characters go into the proverbial underworld and, not to spoil anything, but there are some genuinely tragic moments as a result but it still manages to end on a suitably optimistic note. There are some issues though. I'll start with the general issues that are present in both versions and move on to the ones that are unique to the English dub. Before you ask, there are no issues unique to the Japanese version so there's nothing to cover there. The first issue is pretty minor and it deals with the disguises. Apparently Sailor Moon takes place in Metropolis since a change of clothes and nothing else is enough to hide someone's identity. You'd think that anyone could figure out who they are just by looking at them. Then there's the tendency to have Mamoru come in and rescue the soldiers with a hastily thrown rose. It happens too often and gets pretty annoying.The other problems both deal with romance. The first is that all of the major characters, except for Usagi, are given gratuitous male "love interests" who show up for a few episodes, have virtually no personality, do nothing to advance the plot and then fade into barely being mentioned again. Their entire purpose seems to be to setup the possibility for future romance, but I've seen the other four series and, trust me, it doesn't go anywhere. It's like Takeuchi Naoko created them for future use and then realised they were pointless. Even Luna gets a gratuitous potential love interest and she's a freaking cat. The other issue is with the romances that do have a story purpose. IE: the romance between Usagi and Mamoru and the romance between Naru and Nephrite. The problem here is that the girls are middle school students and the guys are college age. I do understand why it was done like that. Sailor Moon's target audience is middle-high school aged girls and a lot of girls at that age are interested in older guys so it's giving its audience a little wish fulfillment. However, that doesn't stop it from being sleazy and screwed up. Now, let's look at the problems the English version brings to the table. The first is that it lacks the humour of the original. How? Through heavy censorship and pointless dialogue changes, of course. They also edit a lot of the more intense moments towards the end which not only really weakens the impact but makes the last few episodes almost incoherent. Oh, and the dub's opening sequence gives away major ending spoilers. Why? Because they hate you.
For the characters I'm actually going to look at the original and English versions separately. Why? Because they really are significantly different. It's actually kind of fascinating how much the characters change as a result of massive dialogue changes, and various edits. Let's start with Usagi. She's a bit clumsy and something of a crybaby, but she also bounces back quickly and has a very positive outlook. She gets horrible grades but she doesn't seem stupid. She really comes off more as someone of below average intelligence who just wants to have fun and neglects her studies as a consequence. She also has a great capacity both for love and growth. She's far from perfect, but she is an interesting and very sympathetic character. Then you have Serena, which is the name they gave her in the English version. She's a lot whinier and, where Usagi doesn't really seem stupid, Serena seems like she eats paint chips in a deliberate attempt to eliminate any extra brain cells she may have. You also get a lot less of her good qualities, particularly her ability to love and support her friends. Where Usagi proves herself capable by fighting alone in quite a few cases, growing gradually stronger and more confident in the process, most of those episodes are cut from the English version, making Serena seem far more helpless and less capable. Then we have Ami. She's kind of shy in the sense that she doesn't feel like she fits in. She's highly intelligent and she studies too much, but she can also loosen up and just have fun. She's a very sweet character who cares deeply for others. She does have faults though. She can loosen up, and does at times, but she still takes things too seriously and there are times when she tries too hard to please others. In contrast we have Amy. Amy goes from being kind of socially awkward to being painfully, annoyingly shy. She has lousy communication skills and very little personality. Then you have Rei. She's outspoken, which sometimes leads to her saying things she regrets. She's also very passionate, protective and cunning. Rei teases Usagi, but it's made clear that it's a friendly type of teasing. Then you have Raye. Raye lacks any kindness or loyalty and is just unpleasant. To give a great example, there's an episode where Sailor Moon is trying to trick her way into the Dark Kingdom. In the original Japanese Usagi entrusts Rei with the silver crystal just in case something goes wrong which serves to help highlight the closeness of their friendship. In the English dub Raye steals the silver crystal because she's horrible. Moving on to Makoto. One of the things I love about her is that she goes against type. She's the physically most imposing but she also has the most feminine personality. She has some body issues because she thinks she's too tall, which are handled pretty realistically. She always tries to be supportive of her friends, although she doesn't always know how to go about it. Then you have Lita. In the English dub they decided to play to stereotypes so they downplayed her femininity and made her as much of a tomboy as they could. They do it really badly too. The final character I'm going to talk about is Minako. She's a bit flighty but she's also the most mature character in the group and is able to keep her cool very well. She's charismatic and just a fun character. Mina, in contrast, is basically identical to Serena. They make her the quintessential dumb valley girl type of character. There are more characters I could talk about but they all follow the same basic pattern. The original has a good amount of character complexity and the dub reduces the characters to one-dimensional stereotypes. Because they hate you.
Let's talk about the art. Honestly, it's kind of out-dated. That isn't to say it's bad, it still looks pretty nice, but the animation can be choppy at times and there are some animation errors. The art can also be lazy with a good amount of stock footage and action scenes dominated by motion blurs. Still, the monsters are very creative, the character designs are great and the action sequences can get pretty intense. Now, you probably expect me to complain about fan-service, since I've done it a lot in my reviews. But give me some credit, it's always a legitimate complaint. That's why I'm going to defend Sailor Moon. Yeah, I've heard a lot of dumb people claim that their uniforms are fan-servicey, but those complaints are stupid. Their uniforms are just glamorized summer style school uniforms. And no, they aren't glamorized by being made skimpier, they're glamorized through the addition of sparkly accessories and large bows. The outfits themselves are no worse than what you get in Lucky Star, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight, Cardcaptor Sakura, Azumanga Daioh or any other series about school girls, in fact, the sailor soldier uniforms might just be more covering since they include those extra frills. To sum it up in very simple terms, they're school girls wearing school uniforms. This isn't something that's hard to follow. The only way the fan-service argument could possibly work is if you're arguing that school uniforms are inherently fan-servicey and if you really think that you aren't allowed to breathe anymore. I will say that they aren't exactly functional for fighting, but I'm not going to complain about that much. The main reason being that I've read a lot of superhero comics and most of the outfits are designed around style and not functionality and that's clearly the case here, or do you want to argue that a tuxedo is a great outfit to wear in a fight? There's also a rumour that the girls are nude during their transformation sequences in the original, but it's not true. The same sparkle effects are used in both versions. This may come as a surprise, but I'm not going to complain about the English version here. Honestly, they don't change much in terms of the art, aside from obscuring the lettering to make it look like scribbles since some moron decided to change the setting to America. There are really only minor changes here and there. The original does look cleaner, but the edits aren't really bad enough that I feel the need to discuss them at length. They're just pointless.
Now for a look at the acting. The original is really well done with some incredibly talented people. It would take too long to bring them all up but to name a few there's Mitsuishi Kotono, Hisakawa Aya and Shinohara Emi. They can over-act at times but they never really go overboard with it. The English version is hard to listen to and not just because the actors are all atrocious, although they really are awful. One of the big problems is that Katie Griffin shouts all of her lines while Karen Bernstein whispers all of hers. The result is that you can barely hear Amy unless the volume is so loud that Raye will cause you to go deaf. Then you have the opening songs. The Japanese version is really good. The English version is horrible. Not just musically, but lyrically. Let's take a moment to look at a translation of the first few lines in the original: "I'm sorry, I'm not honest. I can say it in my dreams. My thoughts are about to short circuit. I want to be with you right now." Now for the English version: "Fighting evil by moonlight. Winning love by daylight. Never running from a real fight. She is the one named Sailor Moon." Did they let a six year old write the lyrics? To make it even worse the English version just gives up halfway through and lists the names of the characters. If they had nothing remotely good to change it to why did they bother changing it at all? The answer's pretty obvious. They did it because the English version hates you
There's a fair amount of les-yay in this. For example, there's an episode where Rei gets really fired up about winning romantic cruise tickets and she does, possibly by using her psychic abilities to cheat. Who does she ask? Ami of course. No, she doesn't try asking any guys first she goes straight to Ami. On the grounds that she wants to help Ami broaden her horizons... Subtlety really isn't one of Rei's strong points. Theres another episode where Ami and Rei appear together on a wedding decoration that declares "The Happy Couple." I'm not going to lie, that is one of the best scenes I've ever seen in terms of imagery. There are even minor characters who are heavily implied to be lesbians and the soldiers occasionally make eyes at other girls. You know, the sparkly eyes you get in some anime when a character's looking at their crush. So the yuri factor is going to be a 6/10 for heavily implied subtext, in the original. The English version cuts as much of it out as they can, earning it a 3/10.
Let's move on to the final rating. How does Sailor Moon hold up? It's a goofy series. A lot of the things that happen can be incredibly silly, but it's all very enjoyable and light-hearted. Honestly, I even kind of find the stock footage endearing. I have to give it an 8/10. If you want a purely fun viewing experience you can't go wrong with it. Now, you may be wondering why I like Sailor Moon so much when it's not one of my higher rated series. Well, there are four more anime entries for it and, frankly, this is the weakest. The other four anime all have more of what makes it good and less of its problems. Maybe I'll look at R, S, Super S and Stars at a later point. There is one thing, however, that I'm never doing again and that's looking at the English dub. It's horrendous. Just about everything good about the original is decimated in the dub until only a very small sliver remains. The English dub gets a 2/10. Even if I somehow reach a million reviews I will never watch an anime dub again, ever.
In closing I'd like to thank all my lovely fans. Thanks for all your comments, requests, and support. Thanks especially to Soniczero, Count Bleck, Megamannt, Macrules, Duder, OmegaAxl, Ultrazero, Nasty001 and Kupo for consistently putting up with me and frequently having interesting comments. read more
Oct 25, 2009
Sailor Moon was the first anime I watched as a kid, and then it was what actually made me a fan of animes when I was older.That being said, if you're a seasoned anime viewer, you have to keep in mind that while Sailor Moon seems to have a lot of Shojo cliches, it was what actually created a lot of them.There's the typical "monster of the day," which makes the show tedious at times, but what makes Sailor Moon entertaining are the characters, and the heartfelt way in which the main story is told. If you can make it past the filler episodes, Sailor Moon has a good story underneath.
The story first half of the series seems rather typical and fillers definitely drag down the pacing with some being better than others, but the backstory that is eventually revealed is very interesting. For s show that was intended for younger audiences, much of the content is dark and complicated.
If you don't like colors and sparkles, then this is not the anime for you. I personally enjoy these aspects of the show. The character design is definitely dated, but still appealing to watch and it doesn't detract from the viewing experience.
The music is diverse and sometimes fits the mood, sometimes doesn't. The voices in japanese are definitely preferable to the dub. I think all the cast did a great job and no voice seemed unfitting. The theme song is also very catchy.
The characters are not really original, with the five main girls fitting into typical types that usually show up in this genre, but I still found them fun to watch. Usagi the main heroine, can be irritating if you are trying to take her seriously, but she is the typical klutzy main character that the audience either loves or hates. I did not find her too annoying, even though some of her antics grew a little old by the end.
Despite some weakness in the originality department, Sailor Moon is still an enjoyable show. It is definitely not for everyone, but I think it does well balancing lightheartedness with drama. It does not take itself too seriously, nor does it mindlessly pander to its audience.