"Sailor Moon" aired from 1995 to 2000 and was based on the Japanese manga. Not only did the show inspire three feature films, a live-action adaptation and a 2014 reboot, but it also became a symbol of ultimate girl power.
If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you know all about Sailor Moon, the Silver Crystal and how to save the solar system from impending doom. But no matter how many times you've seen the show, we bet you never knew these 10 "Sailor Moon" facts below!
1) Believe it or not, "Sailor Moon" was inspired by "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."
In an interview, creator Naoko Takeuchi said her goal for the series was to "make a story like the 'Power Rangers' series – a girls’ version – where the warriors go fighting upon the instructions from a Central Command Post. It didn’t turn out that way, though. Of course, from this concept came 'Sailor Moon.' I had wanted to use five girls as the fighting warriors."
2) The names of the characters in the English dub were not the first choices.
Sailor Moon (Serena) was Celeste, Mercury (Amy) was Blue, Mars (Raye) was Dana, Jupiter (Lita) was Sara, Venus (Mina) was Kari, and Tuxedo Mask (Darien) was Mark.
3) Sailor Moon originally had silver hair.
It’s hard to imagine Sailor Moon with anything other than yellow hair, but when Naoko first dreamed up the character, she intended her to have yellow hair before transforming and silver hair after. In Volume I of the Art Book Collection, Naoko says: "I was told by the editor in charge of the front cover, Silver is plain for use on the cover. Yellow is definitely more flashy, and it will stand out. Since then I feel my way of thinking about my colour pictures has completely changed."
4) Luna and Artemis are aliens in the manga.
5) The Sailor Soldiers and Tuxedo Mask were all voiced by Canadian actors.
The most notable voice actor in "Sailor Moon" was Vince Corazza who played Tuxedo Mask. Corazza, who is from Newmarket, Ontario, went on to appear in a number of films and movies such as "Bride of Chucky," "Urban Legend" and "CSI."
6) Sailor Mercury was originally created as a minor character.
Naoko didn’t intend to develop Sailor Mercury in depth, but when she saw how much viewers loved the character, she decided to develop her more. Being the brains of the group and having super cool water-manipulating powers, it’s not hard to see why this character became so popular.
7) If you watch carefully, you’ll be able to spot TV Asahi, the Japanese TV network that aired 'Sailor Moon,' in the show.
8) Originally, the outfits of the Sailor Scouts were meant to be uniquely different.
Instead of the iconic sailor suit, each girl was meant to wear a different outfit and each had a mask. However, this idea was later changed after it was determined that a themed outfit would work better for the series.
9) Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are lovers in the Japanese version.
In 2000, Uranus and Neptune (also known as Amara and Michelle) were introduced as cousins in the series. However, their constant affection and intimacy proved otherwise. Interestingly, Sailor Uranus is described as both male and female by Naoko. She is also depicted as a very androgynous woman and is even drawn physically different when she wears male clothes.
10) The reason why all the attacks are in English, even in a Japanese show, is because the Japanese love saying English words.
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