Sailor Moon is literally just everything to me.
I remember watching the show a lot with my brother when we were little. It only seemed to air at my grandma’s on WB4Kids or something at the time. I’m sure it aired on YTV at home, but I don’t recall ever finding it.
He grew out of it pretty quickly once Pokémon really hit the school playgrounds. I used to rent the VHS episodes with my sister in his stead and watch it at home with her. She was too young to really remember it, but she loved Sailor Venus because she was obsessed with the colour “peach” at the time and refused to believe Venus’ skirt was orange. (In all honesty though, my brother and I based our favourites on colours as well–his being Sailor Mars for red and mine being Sailor Jupiter for green).
I don’t know why I loved the show or these girls so much, but they really were something special to me back in the day. Eventually I switched to good ol’ Pokémon as well though. My brother decidedly began denying he’d ever watched Sailor Moon, my sister forgot it ever existed, and Pokémon had really cool video games, so on I went with my life.
In the fall of 2005 I met my very best friend. By this point the Pokémon mania had died down as well, and I only continued to play the video games (even to this day!). I was nearing the end of my obsession with Inuyasha–mostly just because I’d lost track of where I was and missed a bunch of episodes. My friend was in love with this anime and we briefly bonded over it before going through the emotional middle school roller coaster of friends to enemies to friends all in a weeks worth of time over and over and over again.
In the summer of ’07 I learned of her obsession with Sailor Moon, and at this point it had been almost a decade since I’d even heard of it. So I decided to watch the first season on Youtube.
So so many memories came flooding back. The music, the voice actors, the transformations and attacks. I remember recalling that Jupiter was my favourite as a kid, and anxiously awaited her arrival. By the time Mars showed up in episode 7 or so, I knew Jupiter had to show up soon! I didn’t realize Jupiter wouldn’t show up until episode 21, so I started getting this crazy vibe that Molly was Sailor Jupiter around the time Neflite started to believe she was Sailor Moon. Molly became my absolute favourite side-character as a result of my confusion!!
So watching season 1 turned into watching season 2, and that turned into trying to watch season 3, but I could never find it on Youtube. So, I bought the entire series. It arrived and I spent the entire fall-winter season of the 10th grade watching Sailor Moon.
Who am I kidding. I’ve re-watched it ever year since then as well!
In early 2011, my best friend and I discovered a fan translation of the manga, and we both read that for the first time.
I think later that year, the official English translation was announced and began slowly being released as well.
At this point, the Sailor Moon hype had returned full force and news of an anime revival started flooding in for years until it finally released earlier this month!
Sailor Moon is… eternal. I feel like these girls and the themes and morals they stand for will be with me forever to help guide me through my days.
Usagi’s fears of pressing forward through fulfilling a role she never had a say in. Ami’s struggle to discover who she is and what defines her. Rei’s conflict of emotions from hiding her vulnerabilities behind her confidence. Mako’s complex between her perceived masculinity and her feminine self. Minako’s pursuit of being anything but underwhelming. And even Haruka and Michiru’s gender themes and sexuality, Hotaru’s struggles with her health and goodness in spite of inherent evil, or Setsuna’s loyalties and lonely destiny.
Each of these girls present struggle or a conflict that any person, boy and girl alike, will go through. And despite all of it, they never fail to be beautiful, wonderful people.
I hope the whole concept of Sailor Moon is reincarnated forever for all young people to be influenced by. May we all master the art of never letting go, in the name of the moon!