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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Empowering messages include embracing destiny and fighting the good fight, plus choosing good over evil even when it's difficult to do so.
Positive Role Models
The Guardians and Luna fight for justice and peace, putting themselves in harm's way in the process. They're independent and committed to the cause, and they do their own rescuing. Villains are the opposite; they use trickery to get what they want, no matter the cost.
Violence & Scariness
People transform into monsters with sharp teeth and scary features. A shrouded villain plots against the heroines and humankind. There are kidnappings, falls, and many confrontations in which all parties use powers such as the ability to turn an enemy to stone and smash it. Some characters die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing. Teen girls wear short skirts and clingy tops that accentuate their breasts.
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"Hell," "butt," and "stupid."
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Products & Purchases
The series is a reimagining of a previous show called Sailor Moon that has lots of corresponding merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sailor Moon Crystal is a Japanese anime series (available in a subtitled version online) that centers on an ongoing battle over a powerful mythical crystal. The story's heroes are teen girls who've discovered that they have powers to use against an evil presence, so overt themes of girl power and embracing one's destiny stand out. The Sailor Guardians are decent role models, given their willingness to put themselves in danger's path to keep mankind safe from evil, but their physical appearance and attire (very short skirts, rail-thin bodies, and clingy tops) raise issues about what some TV characters teach girls about body image. Expect many confrontations that feature traditional fighting as well as the use of magical powers; and expect the occasional kiss.
Is It Any Good?
A reboot of the original Sailor Moon series from the '90s, this is an engaging show with strong themes about girl power and fighting for what's right. The core group of heroines not only prove they're capable of waging their own battles, they even sing about it in the theme song: "We are not helpless girls who need men's protection ... We will fight on our own." Men (or teen boys, rather) do have roles in the story, including one who seems allegiant to the girls' cause, but it's the ladies who steal the show and, in the process, realize strengths they never had.
That's why it's a pity they couldn't do their thing in something other than cheerleading-length skirts and form-fitting tops that draw attention to their impossibly slim, leggy physiques. Sure, guardians of the universe can be pretty, too, but is it really necessary that they fight evil in what amounts to a swimsuit with sleeves and high heels? Body-image concerns aside, though, Sailor Moon Crystal is a decent action series that will appeal to both girls and boys.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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