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All About the Orginal Anime

Intro

Sailor Moon, known in Japan as Pretty Soldier Sailormoon[1][2][3] or Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon[4] (美少女戦士セーラームーン Bishōjo Senshi Sērāmūn?), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi.

The story of the various metaseries revolves around the reborn defenders of a kingdom that once spanned the Solar System and the evil forces that they battle. The major characters – the Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts) – are teenage girls who can transform into heroines named for the Moon and planets. The use of “Sailor” comes from a style of girls’ school uniform popular in Japan, the sērā fuku (“Sailor outfit”), on which Takeuchi modeled the Sailor Senshi’s uniforms.

 

Basic Information on the seasons

Season 1-Sailor Moon
Directed by Junichi Sato
Written by Sukehiro Tomita
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Original run March 7, 1992 – February 27, 1993
Episodes 46
Season 2- Sailor Moon R
Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara
Written by Sukehiro Tomita
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Original run March 6, 1993 – March 12, 1994
Episodes 43
 

Season 3- Sailor Moon S
Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara
Written by Yoji Enokido
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Original run March 19, 1994 – February 25, 1995
Episodes 38

 

Season 4- Sailor Moon SuperS
Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara
Written by Yoji Enokido
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Original run March 4, 1995 – March 2, 1996
Episodes 39

 

Season 5- Sailor Moon Sailor Stars
Directed by Takuya Igarashi
Written by Ryota Yamaguchi
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Network TV Asahi
Original run March 9, 1996 – February 8, 1997
Episodes 34

 

 

Plot

Sailor Moon follows Usagi Tsukino, an ordinary and ditzy 14-year-old – or so she thinks – who one day discovers Luna, a talking cat who reveals Usagi’s identity as “Sailor Moon”, a magical warrior destined to save Earth from the forces of evil. Luna tasks her with finding the Moon Princess and protecting Earth from a series of antagonists, beginning with the Dark Kingdom that appeared once before a long time ago and destroyed the Moon Kingdom. Before the start of the series, when the dark nemesis attacked the Moon Kingdom, the Queen sent the Moon Princess, her guardians, her advisors, and her true love into the future to be reborn. Together with the Moon Princess’s guardians – the intelligent Sailor Mercury, psychic Sailor Mars, tomboyish Sailor Jupiter, and cheerful Sailor Venus – she fights evil and periodically encounters the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, the Moon Princess’s true love.

As the series progresses, Usagi and her friends learn more and more about the enemies they face and the evil force that directs them. The characters’ pasts are mysterious and hidden even to them, and much of the early series is devoted to rediscovering their true identities and pasts. Luna, who guides and advises the Sailor Senshi, does not know everything about their histories either, and the Senshi eventually learn that Usagi is the real Moon Princess; the Moon Princess’s mother had her reborn as a Sailor Senshi to protect her. Gradually Usagi discovers the truth about her own past life, her destined true love, and the possibilities for the future of the Solar System.

In later seasons, the protagonists are joined by Chibiusa, Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask’s daughter from the future who travels back in time to the series’ events, and four additional Senshi – the masculine-acting Sailor Uranus, elegant Sailor Neptune, distant Sailor Pluto, and lonely Sailor Saturn. After the Dark Kingdom, the Senshi encounter more groups of villains, including the Black Moon Clan, the Death Busters, the Dead Moon Circus and Shadow Galactica.

 

English Adaption

The anime adaptation of Sailor Moon attempted to capitalize on the success of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. After a bidding-war between Toon Makers, who wanted to produce a half live-action and half American-style cartoon version, and DIC Entertainment, DiC – then owned by The Walt Disney Company — and Optimum Productions acquired the rights to the first two seasons of Sailor Moon, from which they cut a total of six episodes (five from the first season and one from the second season) and merged the final two episodes of the first season into one. Editors cut each of the remaining episodes by several minutes to make room for more commercials, to censor plot points or visuals deemed inappropriate for children, and to allow the insertion of “educational” segments called “Sailor Says” at the end of each episode. The second season, named Sailor Moon R in Japan, was dubbed solely as Sailor Moon with the “R” removed from the logo.

The English adaptations of Sailor Moon S (Season 3) and Sailor Moon Super S (Season 4), produced by Optimum Productions and Cloverway, stayed relatively close to the original Japanese versions, without skipping or merging any episodes. Some controversial changes were made, however, such as the depiction of Sailors Uranus and Neptune as cousins rather than lesbian lovers.

Toei has never licensed the fifth and final series, Sailor Stars, for adaptation into English. In 2004, the rest of the media franchise officially went off the air in all English-speaking countries due to lapsed and unrenewed licenses. Since the last season was never dubbed there was  159 episodes (including removed and combined episodes).

 

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