Sailor Moon 01-05: In the Name of the Moon…

That is a weird looking mosque.

In my continuing quest to do dumb things to slay boredom I have decided to watch Sailor Moon and will try and keep up with it up until R before skipping to Super S as I do not own a real copy of Sailor Moon S. Any one willing to sell me a used copy is free to shoot me an email at the blog email address. Still I will be looking out for a good deal since it is out of print. I am sure at some point during your time with anime we all at one point encountered Sailor Moon, but for me I have and probably always will have a special place in my cold dead heart for it. It is pretty dated and jpmeyer seems to think little of it but way back then it was pretty damn awesome. Also jpmeyer is an East Coast Commie Liberal whose posts have gotten him blocked by the US Army, no doubt his anti-Sailor Moon musings have earned him the undying hatred of the Army Brass and the Rank and File. As such I am required to dismiss his snobbery and neo-Liberal elitism as a demonstration of solidarity with by comrades here in the suck. Such a pity, if only Hinano had a separate blog.

At any rate even if Sailor Moon is a series that habitually uses recycled shots shoujo adaptations have generally never been as well funded as mecha so on that account I can forgive much. Newer fans of animu might balk at the budget cutting but crisp animation isn’t everything as any Macross Lifer can attest. Also while transformation animation is present in every episode much like Domon Kasshu’s signature attack it never gets old…for various reasons. I wonder if one day Sailor Moon will fade from the collective memory of anime fans as unlike Macross, Gundam, and to an extent VOTOMS there will be no new anime iterations to spark interest in the franchise despite it being a heavy influence on the genre and it being from a rather old vintage. Still I think many of us still remember even if some small minority wants to forget Sailro Moon who lived through the 1990s and the heydays of CN. I wonder how many fans can trace their seifuku mania to Sailor Moon, how many Zyl equivalents were strired by Usagi being an onee-san, how many Stripey equivalents found their inner sis-con when Usagi referred to Motoki as nii-san, how many yuri fans suspected that Haruka and Michiru weren’t typical cousins, how many discovered the wonders of miko when Rei was hexing people, etc. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon was something like a pole tent revival but I am unsure of how many anime fans meandered into PGSM.

Even so when I was a young lad I thought this show was pretty damn awesome, and now it tickles some of my mecha sensibilities with Sailor Moon having some similarities with G Gundam even without the nod that was Nobel Gundam. Usagi even has the standard Gundam colors of red, white, blue and yellow, and while her standard attacks lack the sheer hot bloodedness of Domon’s signature attack it’s still similar in spirit. Besides Gundam protagonists these days need to ask silly questions and pontificate even Usagi has them beat in the willingness to fight and not ask stupid questions. Also whether they intended to or not Mamoru’s shades seem to be a nod to Quattro Bajeena. Even if I remember a lot watching again almost ten years after much the charm still comes through and the changing times impart aspects that the creators probably did not intend. For instance Usagi is really 14 and not 16 as she was when I watched it dubbed as a Saturday morning cartoon, Mamoru is in college and not in high school. This leads to some soul searching as I am not sure if Usagi being 14 and Mamoru being over 18 makes this disturbing or AWESOME. After all Yang and Fredrica were seven years apart, Char seems to be mad props from Zekes across the globe for going for underage girls, and many an anime fan confesses to liking the loli, so it’s not exactly contrary to the moral values (or lack there of) of the general fandom.

As animal sidekicks go Luna is still one of the best and still delightful, and I generally dislike cats but still hold Luna in high regard. I kind of wish many a character and AU Gundam Pilots in particular had some one to rib them the way Luna admonishes Usagi. Imagine if Kou Uraki had a Haro that called him out for being an idiot and having no taste in women, if Banagher Links’ Haro told him that making a pass at Audery in front of a third party was stupid, or if a Haro told Jihad-kun to stop having flashbacks of the mother he killed, surely it would have made things better or at least a lot more humorous. While Sailor Moon has a lot in common with the super robot genre, calling your attacks, mildly hot-blooded, enemy of the week, clearly defined evil, and all that there are instances of the enemies being not so evil. Even the first villain only manages to threaten to kill Naru but some how decided to lock Naru’s mom in the basement… Clearly this show is not about making the river run red with blood, in fact there isn’t much blood letting to speak of. This is understandable given the target audience wasn’t rancorous mecha loving servicemen that advocate hot bloodedness, but young girls. Still the director being Junichi Sato whose career usually involves shoujo also meandered into mecha territory.

At the time I first saw it I thought Usagi had more in common with boys given her love of a Metal Slug/Contra type shooter game and lack of academic diligence, these days she seems much more typical now that there are girl gamers too, though how many of them actually play side scrolling shooters is subject to conjecture. Even when Usagi cries it’s much less annoying now since it is a means to an end for her, in fact her crying usually results in tangible results and isn’t crying for the sake of some lame ass wangst. Also it doesn’t last more than two minutes usually. If there is one character that does annoy it would be Shingo, that Luna hating bastard I hope he stays lonely for a long time. Good thing Usagi abused her position as hero to set things right. Number two on my list would probably be Umino though mostly my dislike is due in no small part to see Usagi give yuri hugs to other girls, besides any guy who rats out his target for alone time is asking for trouble anyway.

One thing I am certain that none of the production staff intended was my excessive joy at watching it all over again as a series that went past the limit in breaking Arabic social mores. I chuckled a bit at the architecture with the crescent moon motifs which were decidedly similar to some mosques and how Usagi was tossing her shoe and actually hitting Mamoru with them. This doesn’t include the obvious stuff like women going about without headscarves and the intermingling of the sexes in public. Moreover Usagi is actively punching and hitting people in the name of the moon it’s actually quite different from the usual magical girl fare where there is not physical violence, oddly named attacks are alright but I find a punch and kick that connect to be much more satisfying. There is nothing that burns calories faster than hand to hand combat and despite the worry over weight no one really seems to balloon much anyways. Still it was worth it for the Luna fan art. I wonder if the magic will still last but still while MOON PRISM POWER MAKE UP is not as cool as RISE GUNDAM it hasn’t gotten old yet, though I wish MOON TIARA ACTION was as fun to repeat as THIS HAND OF MINE IS BURNING RED!

I wonder though how many of us are willing to confess how Sailor Moon was our gateway anime and actually still like it. It probably hasn’t aged well, but I think that most of us of have one or two fond memories still it has historical significance to the general fandom since it did help bring anime to places outside of Japan. I still hold out hope for a reprint of the anime series and the manga since I missed out way back when. This is two up for my ten years after re-watching of series I have on hand so far it has proved quite fun and not due to Gundam Wing and Sailor Moon being awesomely bad, but mostly due to yuri subtext that I never saw before when I first watched it. Sure it is girly but hey what’s more demeaning to a terrorist fuck than getting his ass kicked with MOON TIARA ACTION.

The beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Back in the day I referred to her as Queen Barrel.

His name is Mamoru and he’s looking for a guy named Tuxedo Mask have you seen him?.

Ah yes a show within a show…

Tactical Entry…

More than a mere trinket…

Ah that iconic pose.

So evil she’ll lock you in the basement.

Not as dynamic as Schwartz’s entrance but back then Schwartz had yet to fell a tree with a rusty sword.

THIS BAND OF MINE GLOWS WITH AN AWESOME POWER! IT’S LOUD CRY TELLS ME TO DEFEAT YOU!

Seems Old Umino was the inspiration behind Hinano and Lolikit’s renai game projects.

This stall teaches you how to cast Sekiha Tenkyoken.

I always thought that Usagi being a gamer made her AWESOME.

Motoki taught her how to do the Konami code.

This is so offensive to the Arabs…

Not quite the Shining Finger I was hoping for.

Worry not for I am sure someone will take responsibility.

Goddamn rock throwing protesters.

This is THRILLER.

The original unmarried widow.

First time I saw toast like that.

Man I wish I could use that excuse to get off watch.

HERE I GO!

Ah the Inbit flowers of life…

Ah the cosplay pen.

I suppose any idiot can get on talk radio.

Looks like no one will need your political commentary any more.

Luna was such a talented artist.

ZOMG Pod people from beyond the MOON!

CHANCE.

He’s like the anti-Char in that he actually went for it…

This cat has claws.

I like how Luna resorted to threats to make Usagi do her job.

AND NOW THE END!

Her Char Kick was quite effective.

Oh grow a pair Shingo.

He likes furries…

That hand of hers is GLOWING RED! IT’S LOUD ROAR TELLS HER TO BRIGHT SLAP YOU!

Attack that weak point for massive damage.

Ah yes abusing one’s position as hero to compel compliance… Usagi you’re the best.

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46 Comments

  1. DePaula
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Sailor Moon S has awesome yuri around, wich made me watch the whole series last year. It also helps I didn’t remember much from watching it as a kid.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      My lifelong disappointment is among other things not having a copy of Sailor Moon S. Indeed it was one of the better seasons and more outright yuri-ific though the Outer Senshi were pretty ace in their own right.

  2. Posted June 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Sailor Moon was my gateway anime. Although I don’t know what I was thinking watching some of it dubbed….

    But Sailor Moon S is the best season of them all XO Don’t skip it. Super S…is the worse so if you were going to skip anything skip that hot mess (except maybe the last 3 episodes).

    When I rewatched the whole series at the beginning of the year I was a little put off by the animation. For some reason I remember it being better. But after the first series the drawing style drastically improves.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      All I can recall for the most part was how Sailor Jupiter was beating people up and thinking that was the coolest thing ever. The American dub was odd since Zoisite was turned into a girl I hardly knew better at the time though.

      Skipping S has less to do with choice than it has to do with not owning it and having slow Internet. Someday I hope to do it, someday.

  3. Lowlife
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Though I was a fan during the Toonanmi days I don’t know if I could watch it now. And I don’t know if you can make it either!

    Love the Inbid Flower of life reference, put me on the floor.

    Maybe it would be better in Japanese, are you watching sub or dub?

    • Crusader
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      I am watching it subbed and now that I am older and having discovered yuri Sailor Moon is a lot more fun and it has been a long time since I saw it last I held up pretty well I think.

      • Gao
        Posted June 23, 2010 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        The only thing wrong with watching it subbed is the japanese voice is just as bad (and maybe borderline worse) than the dubbed voice of Serena

        • Crusader
          Posted June 24, 2010 at 2:54 am | Permalink

          I don’t find the voice acting to be very bad but to each his/her own. I would prefer if she were a little more hot-blooded when it came to calling attacks but it won’t happen.

  4. inachan
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Great post! Sailor Moon was one of the anime that I watched as a young girl on Italian TV.

    I watched it all again three years ago and I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I did when I was a child because I could catch all the subtilities of the relationships and the many jokes (I find great how sometimes Sailor Moon makes a parody of itself).
    For this I think that despite its target audience is a great show to watch for adults, almost more than for childs.
    (also, Italian TV used to put a heavely censure anime shows; in Sailor Moon they often changed the gender of some characters and the relations between them to avoid “weird” relationships. So sometimes I was really surprised when I watched it again in Japanese with fansubs).

    Your post reminded me of what I loved about it and the special place that Sailor Moon holds in my heart.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      I am catching a lot of what I missed as a kid and it’s a lot funnier than I remember. It was a different time and a lot less angsty. The changes that were made were bad but it was aimed at kids still un-cut it gives so much more to the older crowd at least you didn’t have the educational insert at the end.

      • inachan
        Posted June 23, 2010 at 2:55 am | Permalink

        Ah ah, yes, I was spared the educational, now I feel I was almost luckier than you!
        Weird how I did not particularly like SM as a kid (I was into “serious fighting” like Magic Knight Rayearth and Usagi was to weak for my tastes) but find it real fun now!

  5. Onion
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t he 17 at the beginning of the series and then went to college in the states at the start of the final season?Or did they change the ages from the manga version?

    • Crusader
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

      No they changed it in the US dub so that he’d be in High School originally Mamoru was in college when he met Usagi. Still there was a wider age gap but 14 year olds dating college students probably would have irked some folks, the damn tossers.

      • Onion
        Posted June 23, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

        That was an anime change. In the manga he really does start as a junior in high school. You get to see his student ID in the 3r chapter (where they introduce Rei) and later there is a little side story with one of his underclassmen trying to imitate him.

        • Crusader
          Posted June 24, 2010 at 3:04 am | Permalink

          Good to know but still it was an odd change though depending on who you ask it was an AWESOME change.

  6. Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Sailor Moon actually was the first anime I ever saw, before I even knew it was anime. I never really watched it though. Now it’s seemingly hard to find, s othat probably won’t change any time soon.

    Also, the last sentence in the main post pretty much wins quote of the month.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      It is hard to get and still out of print which still sucks. It can be found but the cost is HUEG. It’s sad really but one can only hope Funimation will do a reprint.

  7. Posted June 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Right after seeing the title I went ballistic. I LOVE Sailor Moon.
    If I had to pick my favourite anime, there would be no question it was Sailor Moon.
    Like Rakuen, Sailor Moon was my my first anime but at that time, I didn’t know it was anime.
    I remember waking up early with my sister to watch it in the morning and I distinctly remember being very angry when Terri Hawkes was replaced as the voice of Serena/Usagi/Sailor Moon. This eventually led me to switch to the subs. A few years back I finally watched Sailor Stars in the span of about a week and really enjoyed it, though after reading the manga, I realized they made some changes which I’m still on the fence about. (What is also very annoying about the English manga is that they call her Bunny! Sure that’s what her name literally translates to but come on! Other characters’ names went unchanged and hers changed to Bunny! wtf!)

    Also, speaking of gender changes in the anime, I thought it was very interesting when I was watching the French dub that Haruka’s voice was done by a man while Sailor Uranus’ voice was done by a woman. I would have been really confused if I didn’t know what was going on.

    • Chan
      Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      English Dub was even funnier they made Sailor Uranus and Neptune cousins, but forgot to edit out their romantic scenes fun times abound.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 23, 2010 at 7:35 am | Permalink

      Bunny is a name that has a lot
      more negative connotation than that. I am not sure how to feel about the changes made outside of Japan suffice to say a lot of places didn’t like the yuri.

  8. Chan
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Oh the nostalgia.

    I remember Sailor Moon being on my very first anime I ever watched along with Samurai Pizza Cats.

    I’m also of the opinion that you shouldn’t skip Sailor MoonS as it was the best season for the series. You’ll love the blatant yuri in the season. To my knowledge all of the episodes are on YouTube, Sailor Moon DVDs are a little hard to come by considering that currently there is no company who has the license to the series anymore.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 23, 2010 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      I’ll try to catch Sailor Moon S but even YouTube is slow in these parts I want to but can’t

  9. Posted June 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    When I was young, I thought Sailor Jupiter was very attractive. Then I saw Sailor Pluto, and I thought that she was even more attractive.

    Sailor Saturn is the most powerful of them all, though. I mean, she could take on everyone else and still win.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 23, 2010 at 8:07 am | Permalink

      Well comrade I doubt you were alone and in all probability many a young boy had a crush on one or more of the sailor senshi. For better or for worse they will never age.

      Sailor Saturn could win but they all got FRIENDLY in the end. ;)

      • Posted June 26, 2010 at 2:21 am | Permalink

        IIRC, doesn’t Saturn have this really powerful Silence Staff? She’s like the older loli among them, but damn is she really powerful.

        • Crusader
          Posted June 26, 2010 at 3:56 am | Permalink

          I believe you are right regarding her weapon and Saturn was at the right loli level as opposed to Chibi-Moon.

  10. Posted June 22, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    S-Sailor moon?! This brings back good times. Now I want to rewatch it too.

  11. gamma
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    This and Ronin Warriors got me started on anime. I liked sailor moon better tho.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 24, 2010 at 2:45 am | Permalink

      Oh man Ronin Warriors god that English OP was awful. I need to watch that again someday. I remember liking it but everything os so fuzzy in my memory.

  12. Posted June 23, 2010 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    hey back in the day sailormoon was pretty damn awesome. hell I even thought the dub was awesome lol. I think my favorite season was either R, S or Sailor Stars. Sailor Stars was also the first anime I saw in Japanese – raw – and had no idea what anyone was saying ;D

    • Crusader
      Posted June 24, 2010 at 3:18 am | Permalink

      Damn right it was awesome and for me it still is. A really pity though that jp doesn’t conform to your tastes…he’ll come around after you house break him I am sure.

  13. Posted June 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    First Gundam Wing, now Sailor Moon – it’s almost like we’re back in the 90s.

    I’ll admit that Sailor Moon, along with Dragonball and Samurai Pizza Cats were some of the first instances of Japanese animation I watched, although I wouldn’t really qualify them as “gateway” shows – the Japanese origin was quite lost on me at the time. The show hasn’t aged as well as say, Evangelion, or maybe even Gundam Wing, but I’d daresay it’s still a big standard by which a lot of shows are rated nevertheless.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 24, 2010 at 3:27 am | Permalink

      The English dub was a lot less Japanese but it was the show that made me aware of the anime aesthetic along with Ronin Warriors.

      It might not have aged well but for me there is something timeless about it in the way SDF Macross is. Besides somethings shouldn’t have changed like losers harping about a tragic past. We may age but the Sailor Senshi never will.

    • Posted June 26, 2010 at 2:22 am | Permalink

      Actually Gundam Wing was the anime that made me a hardcore fan. I love it to bits.

      • Crusader
        Posted June 26, 2010 at 3:57 am | Permalink

        Do you still love Gundam Wing to bits?

  14. JW
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Naru’s/Molly’s love of Nephrite was the first anime episode to make me cry.

    Of course, I was 13 at the time.

    I wonder if I’ll cry now, or laugh.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 24, 2010 at 3:31 am | Permalink

      Not sure how it will roll over but we will get there…

  15. Posted June 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always loved Sailor Moon for the fact that it’s secretly a hot blooded Sentai show masquerading as shoujo. That and Haruka and Michiru who were my gateway drug into Yuri.

    Also, props to Usagi for not just gaming at an arcade, but to actually using what has been dubbed the “Grip of Doom” on the stick.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 25, 2010 at 3:00 am | Permalink

      It is fairly hot blooded as things go and all the more fun because of yuri real or imagined.

      At a time when few girls played video games Usagi was already hardcore. Would have been awesome if she played top down shooters too like 1942.

  16. Square
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    interesting choice comrade, I watched a few eps but never got into it since I was a young boy. Brings up an intresting question though. In this era of remakes and reboots, why haven’t we seen a “new” sailor moon?

    • Crusader
      Posted June 25, 2010 at 3:04 am | Permalink

      Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon was a remake albeit a live action one. It’s dated but if you can forgive the enemy of the week, recycled animation, and being shoujo and all it is quite fun and much yuri is implied.

  17. Merq
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I am so excited that you are blogging Sailor Moon. It was my gateway series. A couple months ago I started rewatching the series as well. It has been my favorite show for the majority of my life. Watching it subbed and as an adult I can appreciate many more things I couldn’t before. I wish you wouldn’t skip S, though. It’s so awesome.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      I just started to bid on Sailor Moon S on eBay I guess peer pressure can do that sometimes. I hope your journey through memory lane will be as fun for you as it has been for me.

  18. DJ Ian
    Posted October 16, 2010 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    I think I ever was when watched that show so its definitely great of these characters.

  19. Posted December 2, 2010 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    favorite ko ito since 6 years old pa lang ako…subaybay ko ito sa channel 5

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