This review is going to be unique in several regards. For starters, this is the anime that got me in to Japanese anime which may make my review of Sailor Moon biased.
In addition to the age and length of the series, (it went to about 200 episodes), this will probably be one of my longest reviews. For these reasons, I will break down the reviews by season.
Part 1 –Sailor Moon (Episodes 1-46)
Reviewed by: Jason Stillion
Review Date: June 17th, 2012
Last Updated: January 21th, 2015
Animation Studio: Toei Animation
Japanese Release: 1992
Length: Episodes 1-46
Version Reviewed: ADV Box Set
Language Reviewed: Japanese Dialogue w/ English Subtitle
Plot: In the past, the Dark Kingdom almost conquered the entire universe, if not for the actions of the Queen of the Moon Kingdom. The Queen of the Moon Kingdom was able to seal away the Dark Kingdom at a very high cost. Now, the Dark Kingdom is starting to break it’s seal and sending minions to the earth to steal energy from humans so they can break free completely and invade the earth. Luna, a talking cat, is looking for the reincarnation of the Sailor Scouts, and the Moon Princess in order to stop the Dark Kingdom.
Usagi is a 14 year old girl, she’s also a klutz, over sleeps, and gets poor grades in school, however has a very kind heart. One day, on the way to school, she runs in to Luna, and shortly after Luna confirms and reawakens her as one of the reincarnated Sailor Scouts, Sailor Moon. Luna, and Usagi then seek to find the and reawaken the other Sailor Scouts while fighting the minions of the Dark Kingdom. “Tuxedo Mask” a mysterious figure that frequently appears during and aids the Sailor Scouts with his own agenda.
Review: I’m going to be blunt, the series makes it blatantly clear that Sailor Moon is the Moon Princess early on, especially if you watched the american’s version intro, despite how long it takes to “find” her. The series, however, is much deeper then just Dark Kingdom sends minion, Sailor Moon and scouts fights and beats minion.
What makes sailor moon very good, is two thirds of the show is dialogue, character interaction, and character development. It’s not until the very end of the episode that the actually fight with the Dark Kingdom’s minion takes place. Since the series takes place in modern Tokyo setting, it gives a good glimpse of every day life in Japan. At the end of the story arc, once all the major plot reveals take place, there still several good plot twists and an epic battle with Dark Kingdom.
Review Score: 4 out of 5 / “Loved it”
TV Dubbed vs Uncut Japanese:
The following were changed in the American TV version
- Usagi’s name was changed to Serena
- Transformation sequence was altered, original version showed lines and curves of the bodies during transformation (would not of been able to keep it’s G rating in the united states if not)
- Added a “Sailor Moon Says” education lesson at the end of each series (which ironically sometimes included scene’s cut from the series)
- Gender change of one of the Dark Kingdom’s generals due to relationship with another general of the same gender.
- Some episodes with too much Japanese cultural references completely cut from the series.
- Majority of the music with vocals re-done with an American version.
Can be viewed online @
Hulu – http://www.hulu.com/sailor-moon
Crunchyroll – Not Availabe
Netflix – Not Available
Can be purchased @
Note: Sailor Moon Season One Uncut has been out of print for a while and prices may be very high. Be careful of what you order online, there are a lot of counterfeit versions out their for sale.