Sailor Moon: Neat Things

Contents of Sailor Moon: Neat Things:

Sailor Moon is an animated series about five high school girls with super powers. Each of the characters, or Sailor Scouts, have an affinity to one of the planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and the Moon, and are able to transform into glamourous, sailor-suited superheros. When they transform, they are able to summon powers that are somehow related to the planet they represent. For example, Sailor Mercury can yell "MERCURY BUBBLES BLAST" releasing a hail of powerful blobby projectiles. Anyone who has ever studied astronomy knows that Mercury is a planet of blasting bubbles (???).

As dorky as the concept sounds, it's a really great show! It's always good for a laugh; the slapstick is hilarious, and  the animation is great (well, compared to the other crap that's on TV) and the characters are SOOO CUTE (actually, they're not cute, they're just drawn that way*). Plus it has just the right level of sappy pathos to make you feel a little better about your life.

The series is based on a Japanese comic book (or Manga) and was originally intended for young girls. However, something went wrong -- very wrong. Not only were young girls watching the show, but so were young boys... and older girls... and scariest of all, older boys (even adults). The series really caught on in Japan, and Sailormoon, as it's called in Japan  (just finished its 5'th and final season) drew a TV audience of 11% in Japan at the height of its power, but now draws only 5%, which if probably why it is being cancelled. In various translations, it is number one in Spain, France and Hong Kong.

The first 65 episodes (out of a total of 200) were dubbed in English and shown in the North American market, but cancelled due to poor ratings in the US. The show never caught on in the States, likely because it was shown at strange hours (like 4 in the morning). Late breaking news: YTV has just start showing 17 new episodes on Saturday afternoons.

The series is doing great here in Canada -- it's shown daily on YTV. But, unfortunately because the DAMN YANKEES don't know how to market a show, we're stuck with watching reruns of the first 65 episodes, ad infinitum.

Oh well. If you feel terribly concerned about Sailor Moon being cancelled, take a look at the SOS (Save Our Sailors) homepage.

*I find it funny how line drawings of strange looking people with huge, glimmering eyes can trick the visual system into thinking that it's looking at something cute.

Here's some neat things I found at other sites. Click on the picture for a large image with better resolution. I copied most of the actual files from the other sites, because one of my greatest peeves are links that point to sites that either don't exist or are too busy to get to. I prevented that problem by keeping  copies of the actual files here.

These pictures are from Hitoshi Doi's gigantic site . That guy must have A LOT of spare time.

Kigurumi is a live show where the actors wear big-headed masks, and dance and sing etc. The kids really like it, I assume. I put these pictures here because they looked neat.

Sailor mars doing her thing

Four of the Sailor Scouts. Sailor Uranus, never seen in the NA series, is the one on the left.

Service with a smile!

Sailor Mercury (If she was a real human)

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Did you know that the voice actors on Sailor Moon are Canadians? The Voicestars site has bios and filmographies of the voice actors for NA Sailor Moon. The voicestars site is really cheezy.

Terri Hawkes, the voice of Sailor Moon,  also has a  fan page at Georges Scrapbook.

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These glamour shots are from the Lysator site.

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These are excerpts from the Sailor Moon comic. I can't read Japanese, so I can only guess what they are saying. From the Lysator site.

I think Usagi fixed an escalator using her powers.

Maybe Sailor Mars is heating a kettle with her powers.

I haven't the foggiest. Whatever's happening, Usagi's real mad.

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These are hologram trading cards of Chinese pop stars in Sailor Scout uniforms (???). From George's Scrapbook. George also sells Sailor Moon T-Shirts and posters.

Theresa Lee Yee Hung as Sailor Mars

Helina Tam as Sailor Moon

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Here are some sound files from Sailor Moon Sounds, part of the Meatball Head Moon Page. If you happen to have a T1 line coming into your home, maybe you can download some of the videos on that site, too. These sounds are from Japanese Sailor Moon. I chose these samples because they're something that you don't hear very often. Also, two of the samples are of the Sailor Scouts speaking English (in Japan, English is taught in school), and they sound neat. 

NOTE: The following citation is from the Meatball Head Moon Page.
Sailor Chibi Moon using her Pink Sugar Heart Attack! (She sounds so cute!)
AU format, 97 KB, 12.5 seconds

Usagi (Serena) saying in English (while she was drunk): Nice to meet you, cream stew
AU format, 29 KB, 4 seconds

Minako (Mina) saying: nice to meet you, Rei (Raye) saying: hello, Ami (Amy) saying: I'm glad to see you, Makoto (Lita) saying: thankyou!, and Rei correcting Makoto
AU format, 79 KB, 10 seconds

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Live Action Musical
These CDs are from the Sailor Moon musical. Unlike the kigurumi, the actors are not wearing masks. I think that they really sing, and a mask would block their voices. These were found at Starfox's Real Life Sailor Moon Characters.

Can we say "cognitive dissonance"? True to the original animated series, the Sailor Scouts in the musical version are all fabulous babes. Nice legs. Suddenly, my appreciation of Sailor Moon has reached a totally new level. This picture with all those Sailor Scouts FIGHTING and PUNCHING brings my fanboy-ness to a frenzied pitch! This CD has several characters that aren't in NA SM .

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Sailor Moon AVI Vidcaps from Japan
(Note: if these videos don't work directly from the browser, right-click on them and save to your computer.)


Sailor Mars summons up the power of the occult, transforming runes into a torrent of agony for all who oppose her.


Sailor Mars summons up a bow and arrow, which also has the sole purpose of wreaking pain and destruction on her enemies.


Sailor Mercury summons up a beautiful and musical harp, which will no doubt be used to administer a harsh lesson on "the enemy."


The girls try say a few sentences of English. Sound good to me!