It’s been 20 years since Sailor Moon was created by Naoko Takeuchi sensei. The story of beautiful middle-school warriors was made into five animated series, realised in a movie, adapted into a few live action dramas and a even brought about a musical!
The story is about Usagi Tsukino, a 14 year old middle-school student turned Sailor Moon, along with her friends who also had acquired the magical powers to transform into the beautiful warriors. They transform to fight the evil that has destroyed their peaceful queendom, ruled by Queen Serenity, 1000 years ago. The warriors were discovered and guided by Luna, the black cat, the girls are gathered to look for the missing Queen Serenity in the earlier parts of the story.
Later on in the story, more sailor senshi (sailor warriors) are added on as defeated evil beings are replaced with a greater evil being.
As of current, the senshi from the current story lines are, Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Pluto and Sailor Chibi Moon.
The focus on the story itself is of course, Usagi Tsukino as Sailor Moon, defeating the monsters who are trying to suck the live energy out of humans, while shouting the iconic phrase,
“In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you!” or for those who caught the Chinese version of the show “我代表月亮来惩罚你!” at the end of the transformation sequences. The line accompanied me through my childhood and the girls from my class pretending to be Sailor Moon… Even now, when someone exclaims that line, the first thing I will think of is Sailor Moon.
But within the show, Usagi chan, the main character, is peace loving and hates fighting, thus getting her to take-up the role as a warrior took some time and comedy gold is created. Especially when Luna offers some helpful unwanted advise. In the end she did defeat the bad guys, with the help from her friends, the other sailor senshi, and the Musked Tuxedo.
20th Anniversary of Sailor Moon,
As part of the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary, Bandai’s Tamashi Nations will be producing the S.H.Figuarts of the Sailor Moon, to be released this August. In addition, rumours of the anime revival have also been announced last year.
Pre-order for S.H.Figuarts Sailor Moon
The Pre-order of the upcoming S.H.Figuarts Sailor Moon will start one the 8th of May on the AFA Shop Online, are you ready? Stay tune to AFACHAN for more information!
Did you know? Originally Sailor Moon was conceived as Sailor Moon V, an outer-space sci-fi fantasy, with Sailor Venus as the main character. But it was revamped to add more impact, adding in the elements of sentai rangers which Takeuchi Sensei likes, creating the 5 girls team.