Terri Hawkes, who was the second voice actress for Sailor Moon in the English dub, sat down to discuss her famous alter ego that was a role model and inspiration for both girls and boys back in the ’90s. It was also a “gateway” television show that allowed children to discover the anime genre.
Hawkes muses that the best thing about Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon’s name) was that even though she had superpowers, she was still very much a normal human girl who was klutzy, lovable, and extremely down-to-earth. She explains how back then there was a strong need for a heroine who was strong and complex; Usagi was the gateway for powerful female characters who still kept their humanity and lived a normal life when they weren’t fighting crime.
If you grew up watching Sailor Moon then you will find Terri Hawke’s interview and insight quite enlightening.
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Fans of the reboot Sailor Moon Crystal will recognize Momoiro Clover Z’s new single Moon Pride as the opening theme that’s all about girls kicking butt and taking names. The fun feminist anthem celebrates girl power, friendship between women, and all the strong ladies who don’t need a man to rescue them because they can take care of themselves just fine.
For die-hard Sailor Moon fans, the music video also offers a glimpse of the new transformation sequences for Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus, and Sailor Jupiter. It’s just as glamorous as the transformations from the original ‘90s anime, but the Sailor Guardians have gotten a slight CGI makeover for Crystal that focuses on their elemental powers of earth, air, fire, and water. Whether you enjoy fun pop songs that celebrate female friendships or you’re a Moonie who can’t wait to purchase the theme song for Sailor Moon Crystal, the music video for Moon Pride is a gorgeous homage to one of the world’s most famous animated television shows.
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Moonies, rejoice! VIZ Media has announced that not only will they dub the classic ‘90s anime Sailor Moon into English, but they’ll also be releasing it on Blu-Ray and DVD as well. As part of their marketing campaign, they released a clip from the pilot episode so fans can see the new voice actors for the revamped English dub. Unlike the original English adaption, Stephanie Sheh and Robbie Daymond actually alter their voices to reflect their character’s ages. Sheh is completely believable as the 14-year-old Usagi Tsukino and her acting is quite reminiscent to Kotono Mitshushi who voiced Usagi in the original Japanese version.
If you’re looking to indulge in some ‘90s nostalgia or if you’re a Moonie who is anxiously awaiting the release of the new English dub, check out the brief clip and watch Usago and Mamoru snark at each other for the very first time.
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If you’re a nostalgic ‘90s kid or someone who enjoys reading manga, then check out our gallery of selected artwork from volume one of the re-released Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. Kodansha Comics and Random House published the 12 volume series from September 2011 to July 2013.
For those of you who never watched the animated series or read the manga, Sailor Moon was created by Naoko Takeuchi and revolves around a clumsy 14-year-old girl named Usagi Tsukino who meets a talking cat named Luna. Her new pet gifts her with a magical locket and tells her it’s her destiny to become a guardian of love and justice, a warrior named Sailor Moon. Not only that, but Luna adds that Usagi has to find a mysterious object called the Silver Crystal, as well as allies to help her in her quest.
Although this is a heavy burden to place on a young girl, especially one as clumsy and awkward as Usagi, after defeating some of her enemies who are also looking for the Silver Crystal, and will gladly steal the energy of humans to do so, the 14-year-old manages to turn herself into a butt-kicking, world-saving heroine.
Whether you’re tired of the stereotypical “tough girl” heroines and long for a more realistic strong female character, or if you grew up watching the English-dubbed version of the anime and collected the first edition of the manga, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon has lovable female characters, a hefty dose of “girl power,” and stunning artwork.
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