Intro to Bishoujo Senshi Sailor
NOTE: All names will be presented in traditional Japanese style; surname (family) name first, given (first) name last.
..Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon) is a story about a clutzy cry-baby named Tsukino Usagi. One day while going to school, she helps a cat with a strange creasent moon on it's forehead. But, she is late for school and rushes off. Later the cat enters Usagi's room while she is sleeping and wakes her up by telling Usagi she's accually a fighter for love and justice! Thinking it's some sort of dream, Usagi just acts like it is just from studying too hard. Luna, the cat, produces a magical transformation brouche and tells Usagi to put it on and say the phrase " Moon Prism Power, Make Up!" Still thinking it is just a dream, Usagi complies with Luna and upon uttering her magical phrase, undergoes a magnificent transformation and begins an epic journey...
..BSSM is an anime (Japanese animation) based on a manga (Japanese comics), created and written/drawn by Takeuchi Naoko. It was originally aimed a young girls ages 4 to 12, but (for various reasons >:P) found fans in all age groups and walks of life. Also, Mrs. Takeuchi only intended for it to last one series, but Sailor Moon turned out to be immensely popular, lasting five years, three movies, five+ specials, 200 T.V. episodes, several video games, and TONS of mechandise.
..There are also some VERY popular musicals in production called the Sera-Myu (Sailor Musical). Just hown popular are the musicals? The 500th performance was performed on January 15, 2000. The musicals started in 1992 and have enjoyed a fair ammount of success. The stories usually followed the plots of the current TV season, but when the show ended, new stories were created. Mrs. Takeuchi has worked on several of the productions.
..The last Japanese episode aired on 2-8-97, but still enjoys viewership in all corners of the planet. Sailor Moon has been translated to most major languages and is aired on all of the continents. Typing in "Sailor Moon" on a internet search engine will give you a list of 25,000+ sites. It is estimated that Sailor Moon merchandise still generates millions of dollars in international sales every year. Ms. Takeuchi has commented several times about how popular the show has become. Even though some people complain about what's been done to the show in the various dubbings, Sailor Moon is still loved by many people.
Anime terms Glossary
Since this guide might be a little confusing for people new to anime, here is a glossary of comonly used anime terms. Please note that the following terms are defined by how they relate to anime; they might have other meanings somewhere else.
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