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Sailor Moon was one of the most popular anime series to come from Japan in the early 1990's. Based on a manga series by the same name, (Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon as it was originally called) it was shown internationally in countries including the United States. The original manga series was created by artist Naoko Takeuchi, while the Japanese version of the anime was released by Toei Animation, and the American version of the anime was released by DIC.

The basic premise of the Sailor Moon series is that a group of teenage girls have been given super powers and are tasked with defending Earth from evil forces. They are led by the titular heroine Sailor Moon, who is also the reincarnated princess of the Moon Kingdom and destined to bring a new era of peace and prosperity to the world. The other Sailor Senshi (or Sailor Scouts as they are known in the American version of the show) are also reincarnated princesses from their respective planets, including Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, Venus, Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus.

While the plot of Sailor Moon may seem relatively simple - girls get powers, girls fight bad guys, girls fall in love as girls tend to do - the storyline is actually quite complex. The Sailor Senshi not only fight monsters bent on world domination or destruction, they also fight their own inner selves. The main character Usagi, or Serena in the English version, begins the series as a 14 year old cry baby who is obsessed with food and terrible in school. Throughout the course of the show she shows a capacity for love and loyalty that surpasses her faults. She also learns bravery and sacrifice.

Sailor Moon is commonly referred to as a 'meta-series,' and includes five distinctly different storylines. The initial series includes 46 episodes, while the second series - Sailor Moon R - has another 43. Sailor Moon S is slightly shorter at 38 episodes, Sailor Moon SuperS has 39, and the Sailor Stars series is the shortest with only 34 episodes. There are also three animated feature films that serve as companion pieces to the meta-series, including Sailor Moon R: The Movie, Sailor Moon S: The Movie, and Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie. These films take place at some point within their respective series, though they do not necessarily have any references to the episodes.

While the Japanese and international versions of Sailor Moon follow the same basic storylines, some changes to dialogue and content were made when the show left Japan. Character death scenes were lightened or changed altogether in the American version, with the idea of making the show more acceptable to small children. Some fans prefer to watch the series only in its original format, while others are happy to watch it in whatever format is easiest to come by.

TV Asahi
9 Seasons, 383 Episodes - Canceled
September 11, 1995
Anime, Action & Adventure
7.9/10
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  • Peace has returned, and the Sailor Guardians take a moment to look back at their past battles as they prepare for their next challenge.

  • The Dark Gate opens, and Dark Energy spreads everywhere. To stop this, the Sailor Guardians must defeat Black Lady.

  • The sudden appearance of the giant Malefic Black Crystal Tower is wreaking havoc across the world. Sailor Moon and the Guardians decide to enter the tower to put an end to this once and for all.

  • Wiseman brainwashes Chibi-Usa and turns her into the Dark Queen known as Black Lady. Realizing that something has happened to Chibi-Usa, the Sailor Guardians return to present-day Earth to find her.

  • Tuxedo Mask rescues Sailor Moon from Black Moon's castle. But before they can all celebrate, a giant dragon suddenly appears to destroy the Crystal Palace.

  • Arriving in the future, the Sailor Guardians stand in shock as they see the ruins of what used to be Crystal Tokyo. Chibi-Usa goes missing afterwards, and as they search for her, the group encounters a man who looks exactly like Tuxedo Mask.

  • Chibi-Usa finally decides to return to the future to save her mother. With support from the Sailor Guardians and Tuxedo Mask, she overcomes her fears and opens the Door of Space and Time.

  • Mamoru has a dream in which a mysterious voice warns him that being with Usagi will bring her great misfortune. Meanwhile, Sailor Moon is put into a deep coma after being attacked by a Droid.

  • Chibi-Usa leaves the house after being scolded by Usagi. Roaming the streets alone, Chibi-Usa is overcome with sadness and begins to cry, which draws the attention of Rubeus and the Four Spectre Sisters.

  • The girls enjoy some vacation time on an island. But during lunch Chibi-Usa and Rei get into a small fight, causing an angry Chibi-Usa to go out to the sea alone.

  • Chibi-Usa's class is having a parent-child curry party this weekend. After hearing that neither Kenji nor Ikuko can attend due to prior commitments, Usagi decides to go in their place.

  • Minako and Makoto clash over their opposing views on love. Wanting to break the tension, Usagi takes the girls to check out a new accessory shop, unaware that Petz and Calaveras run the place.

  • Rubeus sends down Petz and her Droid to search and capture Chibi-Usa. Meanwhile, Chibi-Usa is calling someone on her Luna P ball telling her she wants to go home.

  • Rei's grandfather is upset over the fact that Hikawa Shrine has had fewer female visitors lately. He then decides to retire as head priest to start a new business, which would allow him to be around young women, much to Rei's annoyance.

  • Ami is offered a chance to study abroad in Germany, which would bring her one step closer to her dream of becoming a doctor. Knowing how important this is to her, Usagi and the others urge Ami to accept the offer.

  • Usagi wakes up one morning to find that Chibi-Usa has gone missing. Meeting up with Mamoru, the two search the neighborhood for Chibi-Usa, eventually finding her sitting alone at the park.

  • A mysterious girl suddenly falls down from the sky, much to Usagi and Mamoru's surprise. Calling herself "Usagi," the girl demands Usagi to tell her where the Silver Crystal is.

  • While visiting Seijuro and Natsumi's apartment, Usagi and Mamoru come under attack by the Makai Tree.

  • Usagi and Natsumi both get detention after angering Ms. Haruna during class. The two start working on their assignment when a Cardian suddenly shows up.

  • Usagi and the girls get into an argument over who gets to play Snow White in the upcoming play with Mamoru. After drawing straws, Natsumi gets the part, much to Usagi's frustration.

  • Ami and Makoto are trying to figure out who exactly the Moonlight Knight is. Suspecting that Seijuro and the Moonlight Knight may be the same person, Makoto volunteers to investigate by getting closer to Seijuro.

  • A school festival is going to be held at T.A. Girls' Academy, which Rei attends. When Usagi and Ami go to check up on her, they find Rei busy overseeing the setup and events.

  • Usagi and Mamoru find themselves looking after a baby boy while his mother is recovering from having her energy stolen by a Cardian.

  • Minako befriends a little girl named Mie who is a huge fan of Sailor Moon. Meanwhile, Ail and An send a Cardian to steal energy from young children.

  • Usagi and her friends are enjoying the cherry blossoms, which are in full bloom, when the Cardian Leshy attacks them. During the fight, the Sailor Guardians are caught, and Sailor Moon loses her power to transform.

  • Usagi goes to a virtual reality arcade that has just opened up in the Juban District, where she unexpectedly runs into Mamoru, as well as Seijuro and Natsumi.

  • Usagi, Mako, and Ami see a boy being attacked by one of Ail and An's Cardian monsters. To Mako's surprise, the boy turns out to be her childhood friend Shinozaki.

  • Sailor Moon finds herself facing new enemies from outer space, who call themselves Ail and An. The two aliens disguise themselves as humans to go after other human energy.

  • Two months have passed since the Sailor Guardians defeated the Dark Kingdom. Having lost all memory of being Sailor Moon, Usagi now lives her life as an ordinary girl.

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