Sailor Moon just a few girls fighting to save the planet.
Probably the most well known sailor suits around in the western world and with good reason. I love these for nostalgic reasons even though they really aren't anything too special. They made the brown one and the black one interesting to spice things up. I'm also a total fan of the red and green ones below!
Overall: HELL YES! Any of them!!
Inspired and Effected by Anime is a series that is going to be random stories about how these particular anime series have effected my life and even inspired change to the way I do things. There are no spoilers in this post. But in all honesty does anyone really care about a Sailor Moon spoilers at this point? XD
I remember getting up early every morning just to watch some Sailor Moon with my sister before we wandered off to school. After school of course was Dragon Ball before we even knew about Sailor Moon, among plenty of others added to the watching list as the years rolled by. But Sailor Moon was special.
My sister adored the show way before I even got into it. My best friend and I would make fun of her to no end about watching it and we even came up with a hilarious spoof song for the intro. I wish I could remember it today because it would make my sister so mad when we would sing it at her. My friend and I were kinda bullies sometimes but never really bad ones. Especially since we were older than my sister. You know how older siblings are when they have friends around to show off in front of. 😛
Anyway at that point we had only sat through the intro and like most intro's seem to be when changed into English, it was terrible. So how could the show be any good? We wondered, so one day we actually sat down and watched an episode. I couldn't even tell you which episode was my first but I know it was somewhere in the later half of the first series. You know the one with Queen Beryl and when all the sailor scouts were found. Which ever episode it was, it left a very favourable taste in our mouths and we needed to see more.
These days I would never watch a series like that. Basically starting at the end and then going back to see how it all started. It bothered me a little at the time but well, when you are a kid, sometimes order doesn't really matter. Just how entertaining it is. Sailor Moon isn't all that complicated anyway being a magical girl show and all. Girl gets powers, must fight evil, and win the love of the guy she has a crush on. Oh and go to school too cause that's important to having no one find out you have super powers! That is what I assumed anyway even though they looked basically the same when transformed... lol
I remember taping (yeah you know VHS tapes!) almost every episode just so I could re-watch the series any time I wanted too. There would be tonnes of sleepovers that consisted of watching tape after tape of Sailor Moon all weekend, among some other shows for many years after it was finished airing. I started taping the newer episodes as well. This is hilarious to me because one of the sole reasons for the tapes was so I could pause on certain scenes and draw out what I saw. My best friend was WAY better at drawing than I was and could do it all from memory and even make up her own poses, where I of course needed the real thing right there in front of me. My sister too so I didn't feel all that bad. I really liked drawing Sailor Mercury since she is my favourite. If I had a scanner I'd post some of the better ones so everyone could laugh at them but I don't so you'll just have to imagine how "interesting" they turned out. I can't believe I still have those. At least I have SOMETHING from back then that didn't get tossed out.
Pictures above drawn by Tetiel. Very awesome and super cute!
I think out of all the Sailor Moon stuff there is we enjoyed watching Sailor Moon R the most. That's the one with the Black Moon Clan. A lot of my favourite characters along with some of the best scenes in the entire franchise come from this arc as well. Something always draws me to the baddies in anime I suppose. Especially when they are being super awesome in their rolls. Since we enjoyed this season so much we started to mock play with it. This was done between my sister and I. Sometimes my friend would be involved but not often. I remember spending hours making little transformation wands and learning the exact lines and movements for each transformation scenes and using their power scenes. We would spend hours upon hours in our basement playing around, making up new stories and adventures that the scouts and the Black Moon Clan would encounter. Again I wish I still had those wands but parents being parents threw them away.
It was nice when we were at the cottage to play around with this because there was so much more space and we could run around and climb trees. We were so energetic and close back then. Eventually we moved off of Sailor Moon and went at mock play with Mortal Kombat when the movie came out. LOL! After all, martial arts is a little more fun to run around and pretend you are doing than dancing up some magical girl pose. Not to mention playing with bamboo sticks pretending they are swords and staffs! Sometimes I wonder where that part of us went but then I remember, oh yeah, we grew up and moved away from each other. Looking back at times like this makes me happy that I had a sister that was so close in age to me because we could play together and not feel "uncool" about it. At least we still say stupid stuff and laugh at one another when we think back to this Sailor Moon time of our lives.
Like a lot of other anime fans out there, I have Sailor Moon to thank for helping me get more into anime. Sailor Moon was a great gateway anime to get me started with baby steps. Much like Dragon Ball was too. Sometimes I wonder why we didn't do the same kind of thing with Dragon Ball, but I suppose it could be that we are of course girls. Even if we were pretty tomboyish girls when we were young, there was still enough girlishness to us that drew us to Sailor Moon for play instead. Thank you Sailor Moon and thank you for helping me bond further with my sister too. We are magical girls at heart always. Good times!
From the anime Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury known as Ami Mizuno (Japanese version) or Amy Anderson (English version) is the first sailor scout that Sailor Moon meets on earth. Her powers are from the element water and can include snow and ice. She is also known as the smartest in the group and gets them out of trouble countless times with her quick problem solving abilities and computer skills.
Why I like her: Blue was my favourite second favourite colour as a kid and I loved to play in the water. Mostly because she was the least annoying sailor scout as well. She was very quiet and really only spoke when there was something important to say. She also wasn't gaga over some boy all the time.
Why I hate her: She always seemed to be a little stuck up. Like she knew she was better than everyone else because of how smart she was. It wasn't over done in a bad way but I hated those episodes where it was like that.
Overall: I think sailor mercury was always there for sailor moon. Simply because she was there from the beginning and always helped her with everything. Advice, studies, and in battle.
Seventh up for The 12 Days of Christmas: romance moments is Sailor Moon R Episode "Brotherly Love" These 12 Days of Christmas posts aren't in any particular order. I just choose moments that actually made me feel all warm and squishy inside. Be sure to check out animemiz’s scribbling's and Desu ex Machina's and Memories of Eternity and Unmei Kaihen's blogs for more 12 Days posts! There are probably a lot of spoilers in this post. You have been warned.
Nostalgia romance memory moment with Sailor Moon here. I'm going to use the English dub names for this post as that's how I watched it. Surprise, surprise though it is not Serena and Darien that made my youthful little heart beat faster and faster. It's none other that some awesome baddies from the Black Moon Clan.
Who? Sapphire and Prizma
Why they are adorable: After all the man hating Prizma does in the series she meets Sapphire again on Earth and she turns into mush. Old flames I suppose have a tendency to do that to people. Tending to his wounds she explains that if he came here to punish them for their betrayal that she would take 100% of the blame if he would leave her sisters alone. He replies that he's not here to hunt them down then realizes that he is at great peace sitting there with Prizma. A feeling that he isn't common to have. After a little more talking he remembers about the terrible situation Diamond is in because of Wiseman and tells Prizma that he really should be getting back to Diamond to warn him.
Prizma doesn't want Sapphire to go. She has this terrible feeling that if he does go, he'll never come back again. She doesn't want to loose him. She's come a long way from how she was before she turned to good with the help of Sailor Moon.
She eventually lets Sapphire go after he explains that if her sisters were in trouble she'd do anything possible to help. For him it's the same feeling when it comes to his brother.
He does promise her that he'll come back to her right after he talks with his brother. So he leaves his jacket with her and smiles at her one last time before he turns and goes off to his fate. All Prizma can do is hope and wait for his return. She doesn't have her powers anymore so if she goes she'd only just get in the way.
Unfortunately Sapphire never returns to her side as Wiseman disposes of him and takes the card back that he stole which powers the dark crystal. Prizma realizes this and grieves.
This simple tale of tragedy, love and romance will forever remain as one of my most treasured memories. It came out of no where in the story and hit me hard. 20 minutes of delicious intense storytelling. Sapphire will always be my favourite Sailor Moon character <3