Sailor Moon Community Thread: She Blinded Me With Science!

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I. Plot
II. Protagonists
II-A. Inner Senshi
II-B. Outer Senshi
II-C. Tuxedo Mask
II-D: Starlights
II-E: The Chibis
II-F: The Cats
III. Antagonists
III-A. Dark Kingdom
III-B: Ali & Ann
III-C. Black Moon
III-D: Mistress 9
III-E: Dead Moon Circle
III-F: The Shadow Galactica
IV. Versions
IV-A: Manga
IV-B: Anime
IV-C: Musicals
IV-D: Live-Action
V: Recommendations

I. Plot
Sailor Moon is an early 90's Shojo manga written by Naoko Takuechi. The story follows Usagi Tsukino, a hopeless 14 year girl who meets a cat called Luna and discovers that is "Sailor Moon" a superheroine. With the aid of her allies and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Moon battles the forces of evil!

II. Protagonists
Note: Personalities may vary depending on the version.

II-A. Inner Senshi
Left to Right: Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, & Sailor Venus.
Ami Mizuno is Sailor Mercury, a highly book-smart person who fights with water. Rei Hino is Sailor Mars, a Miko who fights with fire. Makoto Kino is Sailor Jupiter, a tall fighter who fights with lighting. Minako Aino is Sailor Venus, who was originally a crime fighter under the name of Sailor V.

II-B. Outer Senshi
Left to Right: Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Pluto
Haruka Tenou & Michiru Kaioh are Sailor Uranus & Neptune, a lesbian couple who are the Guardian of the Sky and the Guardian of the Seas respectively. Hotaru Tomoe is Sailor Saturn, the Soldier of Ruin and Birth and Setsuna Meioh is Sailor Pluto, the guardian of time.

II-C. Tuxedo Mask
Mamoru Chiba is Sailor Earth, who can transform into Tuxedo Mask and aid Sailor Moon in battle.

II-D: Starlights
Left to Right: Yaten Kou, Seiya Kou, and Taiki Kou.
The Starlights are females who disguise themselves as male to search for their Princess, Kakyuu.

II-E: The Chibis
Left to Right: Chibichibi, Sailor Moon, Chibiusa.
Chibiusa is the daughter of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, and her Chibi version. Chibichibi is more like the Pokemon version, who just says her name over and over again.

II-F: The Cats
Left to Right: Arthemis, Diana, & Luna.
The first one guides Sailor Venus, the last one guides Sailor Moon, and the middle one if the result of their affection for each other.

III. Antagonists
Note: Personalities may vary depending on the version.

III-A. Dark Kingdom
Queen Beryl and her Shitennou of Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoisite, & Kunzite seek energy to revive Queen Metallia

III-B: Ali & Ann
Ali & Ann, two aliens who are essentially evil counterparts of Usagi and Mamoru, come to the Earth as humans seeking energy for their Doom Tree. They only appear in the 90s anime.

III-C. Black Moon
Wiseman is an avatar of Death Phantom who wants to rule the universe. He works with the Dark Moon family, who in turn dispatch Rubeus and the Ayakashi Sisters.

III-D: Mistress 9
Professor Tomoe serves Mistress 9, who in turn serves some all-powerful deity called Pharaoh 90. His henchmen include the wonderful Witches 5.

III-E: Dead Moon Circle
Led by Zirconia, he is looking for the Golden Crystal to free Queen Nehelenia. Their underlings include the Amazon Trio and the Amazoness Quartet.

III-F: The Shadow Galactica
A group of villains that want starseeds, the essence of a human. Sailor Galaxia is the most well known villain of the bunch, even Lady Gaga impersonates her.

IV. Versions

IV-A: Manga
The original medium for the series. Sailor V, a series where Minako Aino battles crime on her own, was the original series and then later the series became Sailor Moon. While Sailor V followed a Monster of the Week format like the 90s anime did, the Sailor Moon manga is more plot-driven and serious. The manga moves at a fast pace, meaning there is not much room for character interaction, and it generally focuses on Usagi and Mamoru. Due to these differences, the manga meets with a mixed reception among fans of the anime.

IV-B: Anime
Junichi Sato adapted the Dark Kingdom storyline for Toei Animation in the early 90s, and his version of the Dark Kingdom closed all plot points. In order for Toei to adapt the Black Moon arc, the Ali & Ann arc was made as an anime-original storyline to serve as a bridge between the Dark Kingdom arc and the Black Moon arc. Once Toei got around to the Black Moon arc, Kunihiko Ikuhara took over as the lead director, although Sato still helped work on the show. Ikuhara remained the series lead director until the final season Sailor Stars, where he retired from working on the franchise and Takuya Igarashi took over. In 2014, Toei made a new Sailor Moon anime named Sailor Moon Crystal, which served to be a more faithful adaptation since the 90s TV Series was more of a loose adaptation.

IV-C: Musicals
Various productions have been made to tell the story of Sailor Moon in the context of a musical.

IV-D: Live-Action
Prolific screenwriter Yasuko Kobayashi wrote an adaptation of the Dark Kingdom storyline for Toei as a Tokusatsu in 2003. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon keeps a balance between keeping elements of the manga while staying to the pace of the original anime, but the production values leave a lot to be desired.

V: Recommendations
[For fans of the Manga]: The Cherry Project is the only other one that really went on long enough.-Zoe

[For fans of the Anime]: Well, there's Goldfish Warning if you want Satou and Ikuhara to be in the same show, but the works they did afterward separately are stronger. Utena for Ikuhara, and Ojamajo Doremi for Satou/Igarashi, both have legitimate arguments for being the best magical girl show ever made, if one considers Utena to be magical girl anyway.-Hitokage

[For fans of the Live-Action]: Ryuki and OOO are good starting points for Kobayashi's works. They both have tragedy and comedy, and explore some similar themes of desire. For Sentai, Shinkenger and Go-Busters are my recommended choices, but only because they're recent. Go-Busters may not be for everyone (and is an odd duck for Sentai in general), while Shinkenger is above average, if a bit drifty in the middle. I don't know much about Gingaman or Timeranger, and Toqger isn't finished so I can't make a final judgment on it, but it's alright. Den-O is a bit tough to recommend, but only because it has so much extra material due to its extreme popularity boost for itself and Rider in general. Ryuki is still being resubbed, and OOO is completely done by Over-Time. OT is still working on Shinkenger, but they've finished Go-Busters completely.-Midonin
 

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My favorite Senshi is Minako, favourite villain Fisheye, and favourite Season is S.
I honestly can't pick any favorites. I like them all too much.

I will say that I like the Sailor V and original Sailor Moon designs a bit more than the regular ones, though.

It's too bad that she pretty much immediately ditches the mask and stuff. Oh, well.

Usagi's got more outfits than '90s Batman toys did.
 

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Wrote a quick write-up on a few of the more popular Sailor Moon video games. May continue on later with the rest if you guys would like me to.

Sailor Moon video games:

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Super Famicom/SNES): A 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up based on the original Dark Kingdom arc. The five inner senshi are playable, and feature slightly different attacks. The gameplay is pretty basic for the genre, but each character does include a projectile attack specific to them, such as Moon having her Moon Tiara Action, Venus her Crescent Beam, etcetera. Crowd control attacks are also available, and as per the usual, they will use up some of your health. The game contains five stages, based on select areas from the anime, and each stage ends with a boss based on a youma from the series, then later on Zoicite, Kunzite, Prince Endymion, and Queen Beryl herself. Supports up to 2 players in co-op.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R (Super Famicom/SNES): Another side-scrolling beat 'em up, this time based on R season, the Black Moon arc. Gameplay is roughly the same, but a new versus mode is introduced into the fray. A special single player-only Chibiusa mode is also included.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen (Super Famicom/SNES): A 2D fighter based on the S season. Features the Inner and Outer (minus Saturn) Senshi as playable characters. Gameplay mechanics include air dashing and a fairly flexible combo system. In single-player mode, one can adjust their individual stats to help them along the game (it's very difficult otherwise). Modes include Story, Versus, and Tournament.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS: Zenin Sanka!! Shuyaku Soudatsusen (Super Famicom/SNES): Sequel to the above 2D fighter, this time based on the SuperS season. All ten Senshi are selectable in Versus modes this time, but only the inners and Chibimoon are playable in the single player Story Mode. Tournament and Training modes are also included.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (Super Famicom/SNES): The series first and only RPG game. Features a unique a story not based on any pre-existing plotlines, with a new enemy named Apsu from the future who plans to take the Silver Crystal and change the fates of everyone, including previously defeated enemies. Combat is clasical turn-based fighting, with a technique linking feature that can be used with combatible Senshi to create team up attacks and other techniques. Only available in Japan, but a fan translation exists.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (MegaDrive/Genesis): Another 2D side-scrolling beat 'em up based upon the original anime season. It contains some similarities to the Super Famicom game, but features extra techniques, unique stages, and new boss battles. This time, all of the four Shittenou are featured as bosses. New moves such as a long jump, long jump kick, and character specific command moves, are available. Gameplay is also considerably faster paced. If one completes the game on the Hard difficulty setting, they will be treated to an extra boss fight against Queen Metallia herself. Single-player only.

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Arcade-only beat 'em up game. Features the five Inner Senshi as playable characters. Once again based on the first season. Similar to Final Fight in look and feel, but with special full screen attacks, similar to those included in Golden Axe. The game features two player co-op, but was originally intended to include up to four players. Sprite-animated special attacks and Sailor V were also originally going to be included, but were unused. Their data still remains hidden within the game, however. Widely considered the best of the beat 'em ups.
 
Wrote a quick write-up on a few of the more popular Sailor Moon video games. May continue on later with the rest if you guys would like me to.

Sailor Moon video games:
There's also a GB title based on SMR which there's a fan translation patch, uh, pending for:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgA5H3lWOh0

And Super S: Various Emotion, a really bad fighting game with some neat cutscenes and great music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=236UkkKTfjY

I have the Saturn version, but it's also on PS1.
 

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Yeah, I'm aware of those, but I haven't gotten to them yet. I just started writing all of that up a few minutes ago. Hah.

I think SuperS: Various Emotion is one of the few games I haven't gotten the chance to personally try out...and from what I've seen, I'm not sure if I want to. But I might anyway. I kinda like bad games sometimes. Haha.
 
Yeah, I'm aware of those, but I haven't gotten to them yet. I just started writing all of that up a few minutes ago. Hah.

I think SuperS: Various Emotion is one of the few games I haven't gotten the chance to personally try out...and from what I've seen, I'm not sure if I want to. But I might anyway. I kinda like bad games sometimes. Haha.
The most remarkable thing about it is that they did original animated cutscenes for them. I was so excited just to watch those when I bought it. I had no knowledge of Japanese and was coming up with all kinds of theories on what it was about.

The opening

'Gameplay'

It was my first import, so it's near and dear to me.
 

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I'd hardly call it a game. It was more like an activity studio.

But yes, that opening is somehow worse. It gave me a good laugh, though! I don't remember if I watched it before, but I did read up on the "game" before.
 

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I'm still waiting for any info at all on that new anime they're doing. Last I heard there was supposed to be info in December or January, but still nothing. :(
 

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Did anyone else collect the Sailor Moon cards you could get at Toys R Us in the 90's? They were like a quarter, but it gave you a couple.

I'm pretty sure I have the entire collection xD I should take a photo of them sometime.
 

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Not sure which those are, but I have a few packs of the trading stickers:

I like that the ones in the pink packages (series 1) have stickers in Japanese:

My friends and I would buy these from the Publix supermarkets around where I used to live in Miami. They were a dollar each at the vending machines. This wasn't all that long ago (2 and half years or so), but I don't know if they still have them. The Publix's around where I live now don't have any. :/
 

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Not sure which those are, but I have a few packs of the trading stickers:



I like that the ones in the pink packages (series 1) have stickers in Japanese:

My friends and I would buy these from the Publix supermarkets around where I used to live in Miami. They were a dollar each at the vending machines. This wasn't all that long ago (2 and half years or so), but I don't know if they still have them. The Publix's around where I live now don't have any. :/
They were neither of those, although I had some of the bottom ones. I'll put up pics whenever I can find them. lol
 

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Ah, I see. The bottom stickers are the same as the top ones, though. Hah. Anyway, I hope you can find yours. Looking forward to seeing them!

Oh, here's my Sailor Moon collection:
It's small, but I haven't been collecting for long. I only really got into Sailor Moon back in 2010 (I only watched a bit of the dub shortly before it was pulled from Toonami), and finding stuff around here in Florida nowadays ain't easy.
I got the video games online earlier this year, and the Sailor Moon plush was a Festivus/Christmas present from a friend of mine back in 2010. I got the stickers during 2010 and 2011, before I moved.
I bought the first manga volumes of Codename: Sailor V and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon on release day. They were the only copies in the store. I got volume 2 of both shortly after release, but I only got 3, 4, and 5 a few weeks ago via Amazon. I still need to get the rest.
 

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Mike always post in the off-topic side first so people will know you made the thread and you can get a good amount of people off the bat
 

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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story (Super Famicom/SNES): The series first and only RPG game. Features a unique a story not based on any pre-existing plotlines, with a new enemy named Apsu from the future who plans to take the Silver Crystal and change the fates of everyone, including previously defeated enemies. Combat is clasical turn-based fighting, with a technique linking feature that can be used with combatible Senshi to create team up attacks and other techniques. Only available in Japan, but a fan translation exists.
I played and finished this. It is pretty simple and not very difficult (Mars' segment was the only one that gave me any trouble) and while Apsu was meh, I enjoyed the Oppositio Senshi and the story in general. Is it true that Naoko wrote it?
Shame PGSM didn't get to S/Super S. Imagine how awesome they would have made the Death Busters and the Outers.
On this note, is there a special reason why PGSM didn't get a second series? Did the toys sell that bad?