Sailor Moon – Nostalgia Critic

What was the secret to Sailor Moon’s success? Join the Nostalgia Critic as he tried to find out!

About Doug Walker

Creator of 5 Second Movies, Nostalgia Critic, Bum Reviews and more.

10 comments

  1. I remember watching this back in the 90’s

    The remake is actually a lot better.

  2. Hurray for closeup shots of Doug’s crotch!

  3. I’m a big fan of this review, but seriously, after doing so much on this site… you reeeeeally think the girls who were watching Sailor Moon weren’t also versed in Star Wars?

  4. Thank God Critic hasn’t seen Kiss Players; and I pray he never discovers that horror (I feel sorry for mentioning it).

  5. Even though I agree that Usagi is lazy and scared most of the time, she felt human. A lot of other shows at that time had their main character go all “look at how badass I am!”. So (sadly) I could connect much more with Sailor Moon, because of her flaws. And also I would like to say that the English version isn’t the greatest. Although the Swedish one had it’s weaknesses, we still kept the lesbian love 😉

  6. Seriously, she was called Serena in USA version? Even here in Poland she had her correct name – Usagi (or Bunny, which is translation of “Usagi”), she’s a freakin’ Japanese after all 😛

  7. I got to talk to one of my female friends who was into Sailor Moon back in the day. I think the reason why so many girls connected with this show was because there wasn’t anything like it at the time when it hit. Remember, this show predates a lot of the female-fronted action shows like Buffy and Charmed that were popular in the late 90s and early 00s and, by extension, can be seen as their progenitor. Yes, there were TV series about female leads and female superheroes, but Sailor Moon was the first show that mixed both of these together and made the girls front and centre to the action instead of being part of a team mostly led by males like the X-Men or, like a lot of other anime, was based on old children’s books like Alps no Shoujo Heidi. This series however was a) about a team of (mostly) just superheroines and b) was set in the “then” i.e. the 1990s.

    Is it the best anime ever made? No. Is it the best TV series ever made? Oh, god no. Is the source material good? Bugger, NO! But, at the time, this was lightning in a bottle and it kicked off the idea that girls also like superheroes if they can relate to them.

  8. I bet that Doug doesn’t know that homosexuality and bisexuality were pretty common and widely accepted in feudal Japan. That explains why Yaoi and Yuri anime/manga are popular in Japan.
    Also, I’ve heard that Jodo Shinshu (the most common form of Buddhism in Japan) offers religious rites for same-sex couples.

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