With Codename: Sailor V completed, Naoko-chan was prepared to do her next work, which eventually became the stuff of legends. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon first appeared in the manga which began in 1991 and ended its run on April of 1997. The anime came a year after from March 7th, 1992 to February 8th 1997. Sailor Moon is like Codename: Sailor V at light speed and then some. Sailor Moon is the first of many anime/manga series that aimed towards girls known as Shojo or the Magical Girl genre. But, Sailor Moon is not just aimed for girls, it's aimed for all genders, including those of the male demographic. Anyway, Sailor Moon combines astronomy, astrology, Greek myth, Roman myth, geology, Japanese elemental themes, teen fashions, and schoolgirl antics into one epic storyline. But since we're in the subject of story, let's get going and Mr. Narrator, I'll take it from here.
It all began a 1,000 years ago, the Moon Kingdom was the shining beacon of both the Silver Millenium and the Solar System itself. It was ruled by the graceful and honorable Queen Serenity, who has a daughter with her namesake. Although following her mother's footsteps, Princess Serenity is in love with Prince Endymion of Earth, who fights for both the Moon Kingdom and Earth. Unfortunately, their union was short lived because it was during troubled times the Dark Kingdom attacked and ravaged the entire Moon Kingdom. Not even the queen's Sailor Senshi couldn't stop the wrath of Metallia and her followers. In her last ditch effort, Queen Serenity used the power of the Silver Crystal to stop the Dark Kingdom's reign of destruction. However, by doing so, it has drained her of all her energy. With the last of her strength, Queen Serenity sends her daughter, Endymion, the Senshi and everyone else to their new future on Earth, with no memory of their former existence. To ensure that no harm comes to her daughter, Queen Serenity sends Luna and Artemis to watch over her until the time is right. Fast foward to the present...
1992 A.D., 1,000 years later
Princess Serenity was reborn as 14 year old Usagi Tsukino, a young, ditzy schoolgirl who cries alot, does poorly in school, eats alot, plays video games, thinks about boys and so on and so forth. But her life changed forever when she meets Luna, who gave her a transformation broach and uttering the words, "Moon Prism Power, Make-Up!," she becomes the pretty suited Sailor Soldier of Love and Justice...Sailor Moon.
Just like Sailor V, more on her later, Sailor Moon didn't take her senshi business seriously in the beginning. But in time, she eventually matured and will give her life to save the universe. Think of her as a hero in training. Intially, she fought against the minions of the Dark Kingdom alone, but she was aided by her mysterious protector, Tuxedo Mask. Later on, she was eventually joined by her fellow Sailor Senshi, Sailor Mercury - the brains of the team, Sailor Mars - who is mostly calm, but has a hot temper, Sailor Jupiter - even though she is tough and strong, but she is very tender, and of course, Sailor Venus - Sailor V makes her scene, helping her fellow senshi. Together, the Sailor Senshi fought and defeated Queen Beryl and the entire Dark Kingdom. But, the end of the Dark Kingdom doesn't end the series, it was getting underway. Sailor Moon and the senshi continue to fight against other evil forces from the Black Moon Clan to the Death Busters while trying to maintain balance in her normal life.
Even though the manga and anime were great, but they were key differences between the two. But I will tell you about it next time. Until then, Stay Gold and Godspeed.
End of Line...
*Moonlight Densetsu plays*