Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch much television. Though it has left me conversationally stunted when it comes to discussing ’90s pop culture, there was one glorious exception to the no-TV rule: Sailor Moon.
So far, the Geek Chic column has focused predominantly on science fiction and fantasy, but the world of geek definitely extends far beyond those two genres. This time, we’re boldly exploring a medium we haven’t covered before: animation (specifically, Japanese animation, commonly referred to as anime). Though there are scores of notable anime series, Sailor Moon is among the most popular.
Note: This post is about the English adaptations of the anime only, so I’ll be using the translated character names/terms, e.g. “Sailor Scout” instead of “Sailor Senshi.”
Know Your Geek: About Sailor Moon
- Created by Naoko Takeuchi, the Sailor Moon franchise began as a manga (printed animation) and has branched into various media forms including: TV anime series, live-action series, stage musicals, movies, and video games.
- The anime aired from 1995 to 1996 in the United States and was later picked up by Cartoon Network. The show is often credited with helping anime enter mainstream Western culture; indeed, Sailor Moon, with her iconic golden pigtails and red odango, is one of the most recognizable anime characters ever.
- Millions of years ago, Princess Serenity was the princess of the moon. However, she was sent into the future to be reborn as a defender of the Earth. In the present day, the princess has been reincarnated as Serena, a ditzy 14-year-old who has no memory of her celestial past.
- After Serena learns of her alternate identity as Sailor Moon, she is tasked with finding the other Sailor Scouts (who are the reincarnations of her royal guardians) and ultimately, to find the Moon Princess and restore unity to the galaxy. Of course, neither Serena nor her advisers realize that she is the princess.
Outfits Inspired by Sailor Moon
Get ready to fight some evil by moonlight and win some love by daylight in these looks inspired by the world of Sailor Moon!
The Kingdom of the Moon
Long ago, during the Silver Millenium, Queen Serenity ruled the Moon Kingdom and her daughter, Princess Serenity, was the crown princess of the moon. However forces of evil destroyed the Kingdom and Serenity was killed. The queen survived the attack but sacrificed her life in order to send the spirits of the princess and the royal court into the future to be reborn on Earth.
Capture the ethereal but regal look of the Moon Princess with a pale pink chiffon dress. The show borrows heavily from Greek and Roman mythology, which you can reference with a pair of embellished gladiator sandals. Cute studded earrings provide a celestial detail, while a golden bib necklace and stack of pearly bracelets are fit for a princess.
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