Jul 15, 2016
46 of 46 episodes seen
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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon is an anime many people grew up with, and I'm sad to say that I wasn't one of those people. It aired way before my time, as I am still basically a fetus compared to many others who enjoy the wondrous form of media that is anime.
It was as of two weeks ago, I made the decision to see what the fuss was over this show, and I'm very glad I did.
My expectations were actually very low when I first began watching the series, but soon enough I was proved to be quite wrong. I thought the series would just be
a handful of teenage girls going teenage girl things, while also occasionally transforming and being ridiculously over-powered, then rinse, and repeat, but I was wrong, well for the most part, but I'll get to that later.
For those of you don't know the basic premise of the show, which would be a little surprising as it's everywhere, I'll explain a little.
Usagi Tsukino us a 14 year old student, she is very clumsy and a crybaby. One day she discovers a black cat with a yellow crescent on it's head called Luna, which bestows upon her the powers to transform into Sailor Moon and gives her the task of fighting evil and searching for the Moon Princess. There are also other sailor warriors that her and Luna meet along the way, but I'll talk more a about them later aswell.
Now one thing you may notice from the plot is that it's a typical magical girl format, because it really does begin as that, as it was the franchise that popularized the genre in both the east and west.
The magical girl genre being a very popular one as of now, the series may seem formulaic, but it does change further on. Though one of the formulas in the very beginning I do have a slight problem with.
In the very beginning when it's just Usagi fighting only accompanied by Luna, who cannot directly participate in the fight, because you know, she's a cat, went something like this:
Usagi goes to school, someone tells her a new thing opened up and they have either really cheap or free shit. Usagi goes and does the thing. Oh no, the thing is run by monsters that are stealing shit of humans. Usagi has to transform and kick some ass. She transforms, get scared, and begins to sob saying that she can't fight. The monster is about to kill her. The monster is suddenly hit with a rose from a high place. Tuxedo mask makes his entrance, tells Usagi she can fight, Usagi's hormones for the masked man gets intense, Tuxedo Mask then leaves after his 25 seconds of fame, Usagi throws her tiara and wins. Everything's okay again. Then it happens again, Usagi, apparently not learning her lesson from when it happened the first, second, or even fifth time.
But hey, it's only like that for a little while, and even though in that way, it is very formulaic, it does it in an enjoyable way. So you still have fun with the series. Of course, it does get a little frustrating at points, but it doesn't last for too long in the series, so don't stress out about it like I did, because unfortunately I thought that was going to be what the whole series was, but oh my god, was I wrong.
Now where this series really shines, is it's characters.
Usagi, though rather dense, is still a very good character, she has some really great moments, and if you take the time to watch the series, which I do recommend you do, you'll see what I mean.
Though, I personally find the other Sailor Warriors a lot more interesting than Usagi.
Mako, or Sailor Jupiter, I find to be a very interesting character, that I hope they spend a lot more time developing her, aswell as Sailor Venus and even Artemis, in the next season, because I'm very intrigued.
I also like how the characters interact with eachother, especially Rei and Usagi, they have this kind of best friend, rival kind of thing going on, and it leads to some interesting and humorous antics.
One more thing I'd like to say is that show has the ability to destroy you and your emotions, which may be hard to believe, but I cried like a little bitch in the last few episodes. I mean, holy shit, what happened was LIFE DESTROYING and frankly, I was not expecting anything with that much emotional impact from this series, but once again, I was very wrong. And this is one of the few times I'm glad to say I was wrong, my ego will actually allow it and that means something.
This series is an anime I think everyone should at least try and watch once in their lives, as it is a classic for a reason. It may come off as childish, which it is at times, but that's one of it's charms. It has a certain innocence about it, but a hidden maturity and some really dark and emotionally gripping moments.
If you can, I'd recommend giving it a chance, because it will surprise you.