Sailor Moon

Common Sense Media says

Classic magical girl anime is action-packed and fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Many of the episodes of the American dubbed series end with a clearly stated positive message for viewers, such as how school and studying are very important, or the virtues of patience, slowing down, taking your time, and doing something with care.

Positive role models

The sailor scouts are compassionate and generally friendly girls who work together to fight evil. Each sailor scout has specific positive qualities. Sailor Moon finds the courage to fight for what's right despite her own fears and anxieties. Sailor Mercury studies hard, gets good grades, and hopes to become a doctor like her mother. Sailor Mars is responsible, focused, and helps her family at their shrine. Sailor Jupiter is a great cook and a friendly sociable girl despite being set apart by her great height and strength.  

Violence

Some cartoon violence as the sailor scouts fight the various minions of the evil "negaverse." Lots of fantasy weapons, elements, and different-styled attacks. For example, Sailor Mercury attacks with bubbles and Sailor Jupiter has a lightening attack. Sailor Moon has a magic tiara that she uses as a weapon. The American/dubbed version of the series is completely bloodless, while the original has some scary monster characters and more violence.

Sex

A major plot element is the relationship between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask who are reincarnations of a married couple. There is some flirting and kissing in later episodes. The American/dubbed series is chaste compared to the original Japanese version and manga. Also, during the sailor scouts' transformations from their school girls alter egos to their super-powered forms the girls are shown in outlines that are essentially nude (no actual body parts shown, much like Barbie dolls). The Sailor Scout outfits have very short skirts and highlight the girls exaggerated figures.

Language

No cursing, but some name calling like "meatball head" and "jerk."

Consumerism

Sailor Moon merchandise is plentiful and accessible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Sailor Moon series is available in both subtitled, uncut (and more mature) versions, as well as dubbed, edited versions more appropriate for tweens. Parents might want to determine which version they have access to before giving the OK to younger kids. Some villains in the series look like dried emaciated corpses or monsters that may be scary for some younger viewers, though the more intense imagery has been edited out of the dubbed versions. Also, there is some mild romance in the series and one of the main characters is a bit boy crazy. In later episodes there are a few characters in same-sex relationships, though the dubbed version cuts this out. Also, as is typical with many anime series, the female bodies are exaggerated with long thin legs and tiny waists.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Serena Tsukino (Terri Hawkes in the English dub) is a regular 14-year-old ditsy crybaby when she rescues a talking cat named Luna (Jill Frappier). Luna is a survivor from a long-lost kingdom of the moon whose queen sent her daughter as well as her daughter's guardians and advisors to the future to be reborn. Serena is revealed to be a reincarnation of Sailor Moon, a champion of justice. With Luna's help, Serena eventually uncovers ally "sailor scouts" who help her protect the earth and the princess of the moon from the forces of evil.

Is it any good?

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SAILOR MOON is one of the most popular and influential anime franchises in the world and it is easy to see why. The series is full of the stuff that makes girls go crazy for Disney princesses, but with a twist. Sailor Moon has its own princesses (and a handsome prince), but these girls kick butt almost every episode. The girls start out each episode as regular school kids, but they each have a secret identity and a special purpose. What girl wouldn't find that appealing? 

The dubbed American version is heavily edited from the original Japanese anime in order to make the series more appropriate for tweens and some of the original storyline and nuances are lost. In addition, some of the voice acting in the American version is downright cringe worthy. Thankfully, Sailor Moon's charm as well as the personalities of the other sailor scouts shine through. The love story between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask (Vince Corazza) as reincarnated lovers is the stuff of soap opera fun and not only provides some romantic fluff to the series, but helps drive part of the storyline later on. Since this is a series aimed at girls, it's refreshing that Sailor Moon isn't often a victim, and instead sometimes rescues her male paramour. Even though the English dub leaves something to be desired, this classic anime series offers appealing characters and lots of girl power.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lack of action-oriented animated series aimed at girls. What are your favorite female super heroes? What makes super heroes good role models for girls?

  • Families can talk about the different beliefs and views that different cultures have regarding life after death. If you could be reincarnated into anything, what would you be? If reincarnation were real, what do you think your last life might have been like?

  • Families can also talk about body image in the media. The sailor scout uniforms are very short and the scouts themselves are all thin with exaggerated figures. What types of images are girls shown in the media and does that affect what they view as attractive? Do the images that girls see affect how they view themselves?

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Teen, 17 years old Written byCornholita July 21, 2012
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7
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OH EM GEEZ! I LOVE SAILOR MOON!!

Sailor Moon was my favorite show when I was a kid. I used to watch it when I was 5. To give you an idea, Sailor Moon is like Cutie Honey, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Power Rangers, Barbie and Disney Princess all rolled into one. The edited English dub I would say possably 5 or 6, the uncencored dub and sub I would probably say 10 and up, but I averaged it in the revue to maybe 7 in all. Although I do watch the dub for nostalgic reasons, if you want the whole story, watch the uncensored dub and sub and read the newly reprinted manga. I showed my little 11 year old sis the manga and the anime and she loves it. There is some violence and scary monsters. Some flirting and dating, and in the uncensored media Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are indeed lesbian lovers, but the censored dub disguised the relationship as cousins. The transformation sequences does imply that they are naked, but nothing is showing, more somewhat silloetted sans eyes and facial features. Nothing dirty or anything like that is what I'm trying to say. To make a long story short, if you love magical girl anime, definatly check out Sailor Moon.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written bylunacat May 26, 2012
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6
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Cool!

Awesome! The Sailor Moon series is cool. It has been edited waaaaayyyy too much though. If you want to see what sailor moon really is, watch the original japanese version with subtitles or read the manga (comic books) written by the original creator. The original sailor moon series and the books are good for kids ages 11 and up. Anyway, about the english one. Sailor Moon is very fun to watch and it has a great plot. I like how every character is important and has their own unique story that helps create the big ending.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent Written bysumoni May 20, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

One of my favorite childhood shows

So this show really, REALLY depends on whether you allow your kids to watch the American dub or the Japanese sub. The main things to remember when your child gets into anime is CULTURAL DIFFERENCES. Japanese anime aimed at children usually isn't strict with nudity, language, and violence, as western tv would be. I could go on and on about things to look out for, but then this would be a full page long. Sailor moon actually became my first cartoon role model as kid. Not because she's super and fearless. But because she is the most realistic heroine I'd ever seen. Unlike superheros like Spider-man or Superman, when sailor moon gets her powers she's very frightened. The monsters scare her, she cries a lot, she just wants to enjoy her youth, she can be very selfish, and tries to avoid the responsibilities of the powers bestowed on her. Yet as the series goes on she learns to be brave, fight for her friends, and lives up to her name. I think young girls can relate to her. One big negative I will type is the whole true love or prince charming obsession our heroines have. That although finding a guy you like is a nice feeling it isn't the main focus in life. This show relies heavily on star destined romance, which can be very nice for young girls fantasizing about being princesses. It can create issues with self-image and self-esteem. A good reminder that it's all fantasy would be good.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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