Sailor Moon is "anime" a Japanese cartoon, created by a woman named Naoko Takeuchi. Since 1992, Sailor Moon has run in Japan with overwhelming popularity. Now, Sailor Moon is shown around the world, in countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, Italy, Spain, France, Canada, and the United States.
Sailor Moon is about a fourteen year old teenager named Serena who, like ordinary girls, goes to school, hangs out with friends, and talks about boys. On the other hand, when evil strikes, she turns into a female super-hero called “Sailor Moon”. Her, as well as her fellow Sailor Scouts (Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Venus) fight against evil, protecting the well-being of the universe.
Based on the Japanese Sailor Moon, the series is broken up into different five seasons: Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon R(omantic), Sailor Moon S(uper), Sailor Moon SS, and
Sailor Moon Stars.
Sailor Moon, the first season, introduces Sailor Moon and the other characters.
Sailor Moon R revolves around Serena, Darien, a character named Reeny, and the future.
Sailor Moon S introduces the new Sailor Scouts: Sailor Pluto, Sailor Uranus, and Sailor Neptune.
Sailor Moon SS revolves around Pegasus and Chibi-Usa (Reeny).
Sailor Moon Stars introduces Chibi-Chibi, and the Sailor Starlites.
There have also been three Sailor Moon movies available only in Japanese: The Sailor Moon R Movie, Sailor Moon S Movie, and Sailor Moon SS Movie.
The Sailor Moon R Movie deals with Darien and an old friend named Fiore (who looks amazingly similar to Alan in the Sailor Moon R series), as well as the Sailor Scouts battling evil flowers that drain the energy from humans.
The Sailor Moon S Movie deals with Luna, and the Sailor Scouts fighting against a powerful Ice Queen that threatens earth.
The Sailor Moon SS Movie deals with an evil Queen who kidnaps children and steals the energy from their dreams.
"A thousand years ago, our moon was home to a great civilization ruled by Queen Serenity. Everything was peaceful until the arrival of the evil Queen Beryl. To conquer the moon, Queen Beryl unleashed the awesome power of the Negaforce. Although her world was destroyed, Queen Serenity’s last hope was the power of the imperium silver crystal and the crescent moon wand. Trapped in moon beam crystals, the queen sent the princess, Princess Serena, and the children of the moon to the future on earth. Their memories lost to them all, the queen’s cat advisors Luna and Artemis must find the princess so she will at last be safe. And so our story begins..." (Narrator, Episode 1: A Moon Star is Born)
The first season of Sailor Moon begins with Serena, a 14 year old teenager, who finds out from a cat named Luna that she is a Sailor Scout. She transforms into Sailor Moon, finding out that she is the chosen one, destined to fight against a powerful evil force led by Queen Beryl who is fixated on world domination by stealing enough energy from humans to fuel their attack. As the season progresses, four other Sailor Scouts are discovered - Sailor Mercury (Amy), Sailor Mars (Raye), Sailor Jupiter (Lita), and Sailor Venus (Mina), as well as another cat guardian named Artemis. Along side a mysterious masked man, Tuxedo Mask, who often shows up in the nick of time to aid the Sailor Scouts, they battle many monsters of the Negaverse. One the their main missions was to find the Moon Princess. They find out later the she was right in front of their eyes; Serena was the Moon Princess. Also, they finally discover the true identity of Tuxedo Mask, his name is Darien. Unfortunately, during a battle, Tuxedo mask is injured protecting her and is taken away by Queen Beryl.
In Queen Beryl’s realm, Tuxedo Mask is brainwashed and is forced to fight against the Sailor Scouts. Serena, who is destined to be with Darien (Tuxedo Mask), is determined to get him back. Later, the Scouts find Queen’s Beryl’s secret domain, in the North Pole, and go there to rescue Tuxedo Mask and to prevent the Negaforce from launching an attack against the world. At the North Pole, one by one, the Sailor Scouts are slowly killed until only Sailor Moon remains. It is at this time that she is swept away and is taken to meet with Queen Beryl. There, Queen Beryl orders Tuxedo Mask (also known as Prince Darien) to retrieve Sailor Moon’s Silver Imperium Crystal. Fortunately, Sailor Moon is able to free him by showing him her star locket, a gift given to her long ago by him. In the final battle between Princess Serena (Sailor Moon) and Queen Beryl, Serena, along with the spirits of her fellow Sailor Scouts, defeat Queen Beryl, saving the universe. Concluding the first season, Serena and her four friends remember nothing as Sailor Scouts. They do not remember each other or who they were, and are allowed to live their lives normally.
Sailor Moon R
The second season, Sailor Moon R, is a continuation of the first season. The memories of the Sailor Scouts are given back to them as a new evil force threatens earth once more. This time, by two aliens named Anne and Alan who pose as students at the local junior high school, stealing energy to feed its dune tree which is the only thing that keeps them alive. Throughout this half of this season, monsters called "Cardians" try to steal energy from humans to feed the Dune tree. Eventually, with the help of Sailor Moon, both Anne and Alan find out that the way to live out their lives is through love. Sailor Moon heals the tree while Anne and Alan get a second chance to start over. This first half of the season is unimportant to this as it only serves the purpose of reintroducing Sailor Moon and the other Sailor Scouts.
The second half of the first season begins with Serena and Darien as a couple. In the first episode, Serena and Darien are in the park together, about to kiss each other, when all of a sudden, a child with pink hair falls from the sky into Darien’s arms, landing on top of Serena. This child’s name is Rini, a character sent from the future called “Crystal Tokyo” in search of her mother in the past and the silver crystal. Unfortunately, shortly after Rini’s arrival, Darien has nightmares of Serena being hurt if he doesn’t stay away from her. As a result, Darien breaks up with Serena, crushing her heart. Also, new enemies are then introduced including Rubius and the four sisters - Katsy, Birdie, Prisma, and Avery from the “Dark-Moon”. These people are sent by someone called the “Wiseman” from the future to try to stop Rini and disrupt the past of Tokyo so that the forces of the Dark-Moon will have an easier time taking over Crystal Tokyo of the future. Eventually the four sisters turn good but the Sailor Scouts still have Rubius to contend with.