Many children of my generation (the 90’s) were first presented with female empowerment through the Sailor Moon anime. I was introduced to this series through the ’90s American dub which eventually lead me to reading the manga and hunting down the original Japanese, subbed version. The story follows fourteen year-old Usagi Tsukino (known as Serena to American audiences in the 90s dub of the anime) and her friends, who transform into planetary sailor soldiers using their powers to protect the Earth from evil forces seeking to destroy it. As the series that sparked my interest in manga, anime and cosplay, it holds a very special place in my heart.
So in honor of it being June 30th, the canon birthday of Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity herself, Usagi Tsukino, I’m sharing a few of the messages and themes from this series that had a profound influence on me as well as a generation of young men and women. Disclaimer: A version of this post was published on the 4 Real Women International blog site in 2014 which is no longer available. Also while there are so many incarnations of Sailor Moon (the manga, the 90’s anime, the stage shows known as Sera Myu and the live action series, PGSM) this blog post will only make reference to the manga and the ’90s anime. Continue reading