Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

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Synonyms: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーン
English: Sailor Moon
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 18
Chapters: 61
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 28, 1991 to Feb 3, 1997
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Theme: Mahou Shoujo Mahou Shoujo
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Nakayoshi
Authors: Takeuchi, Naoko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.201 (scored by 2293822,938 users)
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Ranked: #4132
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Popularity: #291
Members: 51,276
Favorites: 4,347


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"In the name of the moon, I shall punish you!"

Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old who attends Juuban Municipal Junior High School. She prefers eating and playing video games to studying, which results in her notably poor grades. She also gets easily upset, whether by baseless insults or reasonable reprimands. It is very unlikely that she could be known as anything but a bad influence and a crybaby, but that begins to change when she meets a black cat.

Given a special brooch from the black cat named Luna, Usagi can use it to transform into a guardian of justice named Sailor Moon! She is now tasked to protect the Earth from all that is evil and to find both a missing princess and a sacred jewel known as the Mystical Silver Crystal. Whether she likes it or not, Usagi's beautiful transformation marks the start of meeting the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, fighting alongside new comrades, and learning to take responsibility in this acclaimed magical girl classic.

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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon received the 1993 Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo manga category. It has received wide critical acclaim, being credited with redefining the magical girl genre.

It was adapted to multiple anime series, two series of stage musicals, as well as a 49-episode live-action series from October 4, 2003 to September 25, 2004. A twelve-volume shinsouban (renewal edition) was published in Japan from September 22, 2003 to September 22, 2004, including two volumes containing short stories. This new edition had new cover art and title logo, as well as corrections in some panels.

The series was published in English by Mixx (later Tokyopop) as a serial in two magazines, MixxZine and Smile, beginning in 1997. The series was later published in eighteen volumes, from December 1, 1998 to September 18, 2001. Tokyopop's license expired in May 2005 and this edition went out of print. It was later republished by Kodansha Comics USA from September 13, 2011 to November 26, 2013, based on the Japanese shinsouban reprint. Kodansha re-released the series from September 11, 2018 to October 20, 2020; this edition was based on the 20th anniversary kanzenban reprint. These editions included new color pages, updated translations, better quality paper, and special holographic covers. The series was also published in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica.

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Apr 28, 2008
This is where the whole phenomenon started, and it won't disappoint. More direct than the anime (okay 90% of the anime is filler/ bad guy of the week) and more serious, the story line is still the same, with some new characters and transformations thrown in. Some of the main characters (specifically Mars) are very different from their anime counterparts (I actually liked Usagi more than I wanted to strangle her!). A little less childish than the anime (but not that that's a bad thing), for any Moonie, it's a treat.
Jan 29, 2008
Story: The Sailor Moon series (dubbed) is what got me into anime and manga. Fans of the anime or of shoujo in general would love this series. The story spans over 17 of the 18 volumes in 5 arcs (one of the volumes is filler). The manga story often deviates from its anime counterpart, often taking a darker turn. However, the manga still has plenty of comedy, especially in the Exam Battle Chapters. Fans of romance would enjoy the story as well. I gave the story a 10 because I found it epic, classic shoujo.

Art: The artwork is great. I really love the trademark ...
Oct 24, 2009
As with many others, Sailor Moon was the first anime I watched. At first, there was the horrible, horrible dubbed version. The real version is MUCH better, but nothing compared to the manga.

Unlike the anime, the manga arcs all flow into each other amazingly well. For example, Sailor Moon and the others get their power ups at the end of each arc, through much better means than in the anime. The manga is darker, but not without humour, and tells a much deeper and better story. Most notably is SuperS. The anime turned this into a cheesy, fluffy story, where in the manga it ...

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