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Sailor Moon (1992 TV series)

Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts
Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts
(c) Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha, Toei Animation

Sailor Moon 1992 TV series

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Sailor Moon is one of the most iconic magical girl anime series of all time. It is about a girl named Usagi Tsukino, a Japanese middle school student who (quite frankly) isn't the brightest or smartest, is a cry-baby, is clumsy, and is obsessed with bunnies, cartoons, video games, and manga. One day, she is approached by a black cat named Luna with the mark of a crescent moon on its forehead. Luna gives Usagi a magical pendant, which allows her to transform into Sailor Moon, one of the magical crime fighting Sailor Senshi (or Sailor Scouts for those who watched the original English dub back in 1995).

Even after transforming into Sailor Moon, Usagi is unfortunately still a cry-baby and still a klutz, but she has magical powers and Luna is a good coach for her. She also teams up with the brainy but quiet Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury, spiritual but short-tempered Rei Hino/Sailor Mars, tomboyish Makoto (Lita) Kino/Sailor Jupiter, the ever-perky Minako Aino/Sailor Venus, and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask (who Usagi has a big crush on.) Together, they all must battle the evil forces of Queen Beryl and her Dark Kingdom, among other villains throughout the series.

Based on the manga, Sailor Moon premiered in 1992 in Japan. It was later brought to the United States in 1995, where it received a poorly-dubbed English adaptation as well as being heavily edited. Even so, it still became very popular among its target audience (young girls in late-elementary school and middle school) and young men of all ages (probably for the sex-appeal.) Subtitled versions have appeared on DVD, on YouTube, and is now available on Hulu. Whether you are a romantic, a young girl into romance, or a young man into the sex-appeal, Sailor Moon is definitely worth a try. Don't forget to tune in for the upcoming reboot, Sailor Moon: Crystal.