“Fighting evil by moonlight, Winning love by daylight”
Commonly known for its feminist themes and exploration of gender and sexuality, Sailor Moon was originally a manga series written by Naoko Takeuchi in 1991, which was then adapted into an anime that premiered in Japan during 1992. The series focuses on the life of a middle school girl named Usagi Tsukino, who comes across as lazy, stubborn, clumsy, yet still kind-hearted and friendly. Usagi encounters a talking black cat named Luna, who gives her a magical brooch that allows her to transform into a “Sailor Moon” whose duty is to protect the earth from the evil known as the Negaforce. On her mission, Usagi meets and befriends a number of other girls who have been given the same responsibility and they become known as the Sailor Scouts. The original text was written as a Shōjo manga series, the term Shōjo (which translates to 'young woman’) implies that it is a comic written with the intention of targeting young female readers. This is especially important because we see that this narrative was intended to reach youth audiences which is particularly interesting because the series actually includes denotatively queer characters.