These lyrics were the first few lines of the opening song for the English dubbed Sailor Moon anime television show. As someone who used to collect Sailor Moon merchandise, I can affirm that there continues to be huge fan bases that still purchase new merchandise — whether it is from Toei Animation merchandising licensers or individual craft merchants on Etsy — whenever it becomes available. Sailor Moon definitely has a lasting brand power, meaning that more often than not showing people an image of Sailor Moon herself will receive instant recognition. Given the July release of a brand new Sailor Moon series — almost more than 20 years since the original series completed its original run - it seems appropriate to look at the general feminist history of Sailor Moon and the meaning of the revamped series for new and continuing viewers. Some questions in mind are; what can the new series do that the older series could not?
The definition of the magical girl genre, Sailor Moon is a beloved manga and television series that has grown in popularity. If anyone in North America is going to know anything about anime, they'll know about this show, as it's probably the most recognizable mainstream anime title of them all. However, questionable censorship has led to arguments between fans about whether the English dub hurt the show's LGBT representation and other elements, since it heavily edited the show's content. Though a lot of this content was added back in thanks to the re-dubbing being done by Viz Media and the Sailor Moon Crystal series. The version of Sailor Moon released in America that was produced by DiC for the first two seasons and dubbing studio Optimum Productions had a lot of censorship, which included the removal of near-nudity and violence, plus the infamous addition of kissing cousins.