Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon

  • TV-PG
  • 1995
  • 202 Seasons
  • 7.7  (5,460)

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.

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Seasons
Usagi and the Girls' Resolve: Prelude to a New Battle
21. Usagi and the Girls' Resolve: Prelude to a New Battle
March 12, 1994
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 Final Battle Between Light and Dark: Pledge of Love for the Future
20. The Final Battle Between Light and Dark: Pledge of Love for the Future
March 5, 1994
The Dark Gate opens, and Dark Energy spreads everywhere. To stop this, the Sailor Guardians must defeat Black Lady.
Believing in Love and the Future: Usagi's Decision
19. Believing in Love and the Future: Usagi's Decision
February 26, 1994
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.
The Dark Queen: Birth of Black Lady
17. The Dark Queen: Birth of Black Lady
February 12, 1994
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.
Wiseman's Evil Hand: Chibi-Usa Disappears
16. Wiseman's Evil Hand: Chibi-Usa Disappears
February 5, 1994
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.
The Shocking Future: Demande's Dark Ambition
15. The Shocking Future: Demande's Dark Ambition
January 29, 1994
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.
Journey to the Future: Battle in the Space-Time Corridor
14. Journey to the Future: Battle in the Space-Time Corridor
January 22, 1994
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.
Awaken the Sleeping Beauty: Mamoru's Distress
1. Awaken the Sleeping Beauty: Mamoru's Distress
September 25, 1993
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.
Sailor Moon R (US Trailer)
Sailor Moon R (US Trailer)

Trailer - 1 min 37 sec

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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.Sailor Moon is a series that is currently running and has 202 seasons (395 episodes). The series first aired on September 11, 1995.

Sailor Moon is available for streaming on the TV Asahi website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sailor Moon on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 11, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (5,460)