Welcome to yet another
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor
(Pretty Soldier Sailor
The Super Sailor Senshi
from left to right.
Sailor Neptune, Sailor Uranus, Sailor
Pluto, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus,
Eternal Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury,
Sailor Saturn, Sailor Chibimoon, Sailor
Sailor Moon started as
a manga (Japanese comic) by Takeuchi Naoko. It soon became
one of the greatest children's' anime in Japan. It was so great,
they decided to dub it in English and try it North America. The ratings
went sky high not only in North America, but all around the world. In the
US, it was canceled, not because no one liked it, but because it got a
really crappy time slot. 5 am, I think. In most places in Canada, it can
be seen before and after school and afternoons on Saturdays. Something
else that makes this cartoon a little different from the rest, 99% of viewers
are 16+, both female and male. Not the 6-10 age group it was originally
aimed for. Why? Maybe because its about teenagers and their abnormal lives.
Maybe because it's more, how can we say... dramatic then our average North
American cartoons. It's not as censored as the average kiddy cartoon (although
the original Japanese version is even more uncensored, and the manga
is even worse then that, censor wise that is).
Manga picture of Tsukino Usagi and Chiba Mamoru
Tsukino Usagi is a clumsy fourteen year
old girl (she is now 16 in Sailor stars). One day walking home from school,
she saves a stray cat from terrorizing kids. To Uasgichan's astonishment,
the cat speaks to her and tells her that she is Sailor Moon, fighter for
love and justice. Of course, Usagichan thinks this is all part of
a hallucination from too much school work. As time goes by, Usagichan
is finally convinced that she is Sailor Moon, but she tries to convince
Luna (the stray cat) that someone else should have the job, not her, a
clumsy, cry baby and who gets 30% on her tests. Later that week, she meets
Mizuno Ami, a new student at her school who reportedly has a 300
IQ. Amichan turns out to be Sailor Mercury, an ally of Sailor Moon
in fighting for justice. There is also Hino Rei, a beautiful but
bossy shrine maiden, who is Sailor Mars. Kino Makoto is a transfer
student to Usagi's school because she was expelled for fighting,
Sailor Jupiter. And Aino Minako, the daughter of the infamous
Sailor V video game designer, Sailor Venus.
Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune made their
first appearance in SailormoonS. Sailor Pluto (Meiou Setsuna)
made her debut at the end of SailormoonR as the Guardian of
Time and the Lady in the Luna Ball of Chibiusachan. At first,
the senshi did not know that Ten'ou Haruka and Kaiou Michiru
even existed. The scouts even thought that Haruka was a boy because of
the way she dressed and talked. And Tomoe Hotaru, the mysterious
little girl that Chibiusachan befriends, finally figures out that
she is Sailor Saturn.
There is also Chiba Mamoru, a mysterious guy
that Usagichan keeps bumping into. Later she finds out that he is
Tuxedo Kamensama, the masked man that keeps helping the scouts and
who Usagichan has fallen hopelessly in love with. She also finds
out that she is a princess of the ancient Moon Kingdom, Selenity.
Mamorukun finds that he was once the prince of Earth, Endymion,
and that he and Selenity had fallen in love before the evil of the
Dark Kingdom trashed the Moon Kingdom.
of Endymion and Selenity
So know you know a little more about Sailor Moon.
That isn't a bad thing. So many misinformed people think that Sailor
Moon is just another lame cartoon. That must be why my mom got
a little teary eyed when Nephlite dyed in Molly's arms. If you like the
North American version, you will definitely like the original Japanese
version. If you don't like the NA version, you would still like the Japanese
version, just because its more mature, they actually get hurt, and Makochan
does like to swear a bit. (I don't mean F* or anything, but "damn you"
does show up a lot :-)
Some tips on the names:
1) In the Japanese culture, the last name comes first
2) You might notice that chan, kun, san, and sama follow
the first names. Chan comes after a name for affection. Kun comes
after a boy's name and san is used after a girl's. Although san
is used after both sexes every now and then. Sama comes after
someone who's position requires a lot of respect.
3) All of the Japanese words are in Italics
4) Makoto is also called Makochan, Usagichan is also
called Usa by Mamorukun, Mamoru is called Mamochan
by Usagichan. Chiba Usagi is called Chibiusachan.
Isn't that nice?
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