Naoko Takeuchi’s classic series, Sailor Moon, was one of the first series to bring anime to the mainstream in America, back in the mid-90s. Though the magical girl trope was not new in Japan by this time, for many of us, this was the first time we’d seen a show almost entirely about female superheroes. And as fast as you can say “moon prism power,” this writer, and many other viewers, were hooked. Since then, Sailor Moon was the series against which all other magical girl series were judged, and even many non anime fans at least recognize the iconic image of the five Sailor Scouts in their magical sailor suits.
Since 2012, Sailor Moon has been undergoing a 20th Anniversary project, which includes a reprint of the manga series and now in 2014, the original anime adaptation is streaming here, and a brand new anime adaptation of the series will begin airing in July. It will premiere worldwide via online streaming on the niconico website–a true testament to how much things have changed since this series first made its debut. It’s a great opportunity both for older fans wanting to re-experience the magic, and for the uninitiated to find out what all the fuss is about. For those new to the series, I hope it uplifts and inspires you as much as it did me and my generation of anime fans.
An article with the details about the new series can be found here, and even if you can’t read Japanese, you can enjoy some character drawings and other prettiness here at the official site. You can also check out the manga while you wait for the new series to premiere.
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