Happy Birthday, Sailor Moon!

March 7th, 2017 marked 25 years since Sailor Moon first aired in Japan.

I’m a “born again” Moonie, meaning I adore Sailor Moon and I have for about 20 years (that just made me feel ancient), however, I did go through a phase where I thought I was “too old” for it. It’s a shame really, that any of us ever believe that, but I fell for it just the same. But no more! I am reclaiming that piece of my childhood!

I remember where I was living when I found Sailor Moon on YTV. It would have been the fall of 1996. I came home from school and my regular shows weren’t on and I ran across this show with these magical girls who were amazing to me. They were colorful, beautiful, cheerful, strong and were those friends who were there no matter what. I envied them.

It was early in the first season, so I didn’t have much to catch up on. Every day I came home and turned on YTV and sat, glued to the screen while they searched for the Legendary Silver Crystal and the Moon Princess. I cried at the end of the first season. I watched three seasons I think before something else (not TV related) caught my eye and I moved on. I missed it so much though, for a long time.

Anime never became my “thing” and really I turned my nose up at it for a long time. I didn’t get it and didn’t want to get it. But in the back of my mind was Sailor Moon. I felt like a hypocrite. I was a hypocrite.

Then an amazing thing happened a couple years ago- I met a lady online who was an avid moonie and something in me woke up. I started watching Sailor Moon Crystal (which is amazing) and I picked up the manga (that was an adventure) and rediscovered my love of Sailor Moon.

I learned new things about it as well that I missed because I was 12(ish) and maybe a little more innocent than I like to believe sometimes.

Shushu Wafflez as Sailor Saturn based off of NoFlutter art (linked)

And now my boy is picking up on Sailor Moon, as well as other anime and is much more open about his interest in it (at least for now).

Don’t get me wrong- I’m not still hard up for anime or manga- just not really my thing. I have watched Cowboy Bebop and Wolf’s Rain, read Death Note and am really looking forward to seeing it on screen! I am much more open to picking something up or checking it out (mostly with the boy). The stories and cosplay that have been inspired by anime is astounding and any medium that inspires others is good in my book.

My continued interest in Sailor Moon is her, Sailor Moon. She’s whiny and clumsy. She’s got a heart of gold and somehow keeps the Scouts together and becomes a leader. She loves everyone for who they are. There are no rose colored glasses. She’s genuine.

Everyone needs a person like that in their life, IMO. Or maybe to be like her. In my world, she was the first female superhero, even if I didn’t recognize her that way at the time. She inspired me- to what, I have no idea- but it’s there, waiting.

Do you have that in your life- a story, a character, a cosplay that inspires you to more?

Burlesque Scouts by No Flutter (linked)
Tara Henderson
Geekgirl, roleplayer, larper, n00b cosplayer. Wearing my fangirl loves on my sleeves pretty hard these days.