Summer of Sailor Scouts: Favorites

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!

This week we’re each discussing our favorites within the Sailor Moon fandom world! Don’t forget to check out our Sailor Moon Book Tag and enter our giveaway!

For the first time in almost 10 years, Sailor Moon will be coming back to North American audiences, through their deal with Viz Media (the company that has acquired exclusive North American rights from Toei Animation) will stream the first four episodes of Sailor Moon.

Favorite Scout: Sailor Venus

Last week I talked extensively about why Sailor Venus is my favorite Scout and I recommended a bunch of books that I think would appeal to her if she had time to read when she isn’t saving the world.

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Favorite Version: Japanese original with subtitles

I only wish I could speak and understand Japanese so I could experience the show as it was originally created.  I’m currently re-watching the series with my husband and we’re watching the dubbed version and while I still enjoy it, there are some differences that I like better in the Japanese version.  I always find it interesting to see which versions of anime other people prefer because there’s really no right or wrong answer to this question despite many people having strong opinions about it.

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Favorite Overall Plot: Season 1

I have to agree with Alexa on this one!  I love seeing the formation of the inner senshi and watching the girls friendship form in their early days.  They really band together to stop Queen Beryl from extracting all of the positive energy in the world but even watching the girls clash with one another as they discover who they are makes for a wonderful story.

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Favorite Episode: I Want a Boyfriend: The Cruise Ship is a Trap

I haven’t watched the series in years but this episode is one that Andrew and I watched last weekend and I loved everything about it.  The title of the episode is hilarious and I love the competitive vibes between Usagi and Rei.  I’ve always liked Rei a lot because I feel like she challenges Usagi and despite her tough demeanor, she cares a lot about the people in her life.  Plus I love that Usagi transforms herself into a reporter to get about the couples cruise ship and there’s a wonderful message the episode sends at its conclusion.

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Favorite Villain & Least Favorite Sailor Scout: Black Lady / Chibiusa

Black Lady is an evil adult version of Chibiusa and while she isn’t my favorite villain in the overall series, she is the villain who’s character design I enjoy the most.  Black Lady has Chibiusa’s pink hair worn in Sailor Moon’s signature style, and she wears a long black dress with slits.  She has gorgeous jewelry and she’s basically a style icon for any pastel goth.  I think Chibiusa is a better villain than guardian (she always got on my nerves so I was surprised to learn that she’s Japan’s favorite character!)

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Favorite Non-Scout Character: Artemis

I love Artemis! He’s so funny and his relationship with Sailor Venus always amuses me.  He pushes her to be better and to follow her dreams but he also makes fun of her at times and he himself is pretty lazy.

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Favorite Scout Accessory: Transformation Brooch

This is a near impossible question because part of the reason I love Sailor Moon so much is because of the extensive collection of accessories she uses to aid herself in punishing people in the name of the moon.  If I had had had to choose I would go with the Transformation Brooch because it’s the first item that Luna gives her, allowing her to transform into a Guardian.  She even wears it as part of her civilian uniform.

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Least Favorite Relationship: Sailor Moon / Tuxedo Mask

Many people may disagree with me on this point but I think Tuxedo Mask is kind of the worst.  He always shows up when Sailor Moon is fighting, does absolutely nothing, and then leaves her to finish the battle.  Some people may argue that he’s showing her emotional support but I just disagree.  He antagonizes her in their civilian forms, his disguise is a joke and also he’s like, creepily older than her.  He’s not a terrible character, I just don’t like them together.  I definitely appreciate the friendship aspect of the fandom much more.

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