Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon
The very first season of Sailormoon lasted 46 episodes from March 7, 1992 to February 27, 1993 and spanned the entire Dark Kingdom arc.
Bishoujo Senshi was originally used in English and in Japanese on Japan-only merchandise as "Pretty Soldier". Some trading cards listed it as "Pretty Warrior". Starting in 2002, it's meant "Pretty Guardian" and all forms of Sailor Moon have been retconned to have all translations of Senshi read as "Guardian" or "Guardians". Senshi can be a singular or plural word, but for the title, it is consistently used as a singular word. However, some fans use the plural when referring to the final seasons, since Chibi Moon and Chibi Chibi Moon appear with Sailor Moon, thus creating more than one 'Sailor Moon". It's mostly used by fans in regards to Sailor Chibi Moon, as in the manga, her father refers to her as the "next" Sailor Moon.
The series had mature themes, and initially was marketed to a teen and adult crowd, but Toei and Kodansha also pitched a toy and girls' line for fans ages 2-14, hoping to earn extra revenue and that more families would watch together.
While this season pulled much of it's story content from the manga, several changes were made. Zoicite was made Kunzite's lover. Sailor Jupiter, who kills Nephrite in the manga, was not shown on screen until the episode after Nephrite dies. Nephrite is instead killed by Zoicite's minions. Jadeite is frozen solid by Queen Beryl, instead of being burned alive by Sailor Mars. Kunzite is killed by Sailor Moon instead of in a group attack from the other four girls, Mamoru never receives the stones of the Four Generals, and the final battle sees a dying Princess Serenity using power from already dead Sailors Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter. The season ends with the girls and Mamoru dying, then being resurrected by the Silver Crystal, but without memory. Also, Chibiusa is missing, while in the manga, she debuts at the very end.
Another change involves Naru. In the manga and in Crystal, Naru has a very brief role as Usagi's friend, but is seldom seen. Here, she is a focal point during the Nephrite episodes and appears heavily until a little after Sailor Jupiter arrives. Also different is her family. In the manga, Naru has a little sister named Naruru, who does not appear until the StarS arc. It is not clear who or where her father is, but Naruru has their father's credit card, and Naru's mother runs the jewelry store. Naru also has a cousin who is also mentioned in Crystal, but is never seen. In this anime however, Naru is an only child, has a friend named Rui who serves as an older sister figure to her, and her father is never mentioned. Naru also falls in love with Nephrite, while in the manga, the two never met.
As of 2014, Toei began re-pushing the old series to adults only, and most of the products from 2011 onward has been aimed at adults ages 18 and above.
Both times the manga was released in the United States, it was aimed at ages 13+ as is most current merchandise.
When DiC had control of the episodes, they aimed a small toy line at ages 2-11.
Initially, the series was drawn with young men in mind,
hence the shortened skirts and occasional innuendo. Women and girls took a
liking to the series for the costumes, and also because it was an empowering
show for females.
When DiC had control of this season, five episodes were dropped due to content issues, and episodes 45 and 46 were cut up and spliced together as one very short episode, due to the violent nature of the season finale. Another major change they made was turning Zoicite into a girl. This was done, because they did not want to tackle Zoicite being in a homosexual relationship and his cross dressing habit. Many of the edits made involved digitally painting over body lines during the transformation scenes, and omitting and editing certain scenes involving violence or nudity. Quite often, DiC would replay the same scene forwards and backwards, or add in their own CGI digital effects to stretch out the episodes, and in an effort to appease parental groups, each episode ended with a "Sailor SayS" segment, where Sailor Moon would deliver a moral of the day about keeping the environment clean, treating people well and avoiding people who might abuse you. Often, these segments would feature clips DiC had cut out, making most of their edits pointless.
DiC also wanted to Americanize the names of the main characters. Usagi became "Serena" which is a short form of Serenity. Ami became Amy Anderson, Rei became Raye, Makoto became Lita, Minako became Mina ~ a nickname Artemis does use in the original and also the name of her daughter, and Mamoru became Darien. DiC's writing staff actually thought US children would not be smart enough to follow Japanese names. This made US fans of Dragonball Z laugh, as this was another anime to hit US shores legally around the same time, where much of it's cast retained their original, Japanese names. In a weird twist, Kunzite was renamed Malachite, which made no sense as Kunzite is a stone mentioned in American textbooks. Nephrite, also named after a stone, was renamed "Nephlyte" and his Earth name of Masato Sanjoin was changed to Maxfield Stanton. Naru Osaka became Molly Baker and Umino became Melvin. Shingo became Sammy. The Dark Kingdom became "The Negaverse". Ikuko and Kenji were seen but not named.
The Silver Imperium Crystal retained it's name, though the spelling changed off and on. The Moon Stick became the Crescent Moon Wand. The words "Make Up" were dropped from all transformational phrases. Moon Tiara Action became Moon Tiara Magic. Shabon Spray became Mercury Bubbles Blast. Fire Soul became Mars Fire Ignite. Aku Ryo Tai San became Mars Fireballs Charge. Supreme Thunder became Jupiter Thunder Crash. Crescent Beam became Venus Crescent Beam. Moon Healing Escalation became Moon Healing Activation, and in the final episode, Cosmic Moon Power.
Another change was the group name for the team. In the original anime, the team of five were called Sailor Senshi. Senshi can mean Warrior, Soldier or in some cases, Guardian. Here, they were called Sailor Scouts.
This is one of two seasons from the 1990's to not have a movie or special tied to it, with Sailor StarS being the other.
It has been said that originally, the Toei Animation animators and writers despised Mamoru, hence where they tried to split him away from Usagi early on. There were even plans in development to "kill him off" for good in episode 46, but by the time animation had started on the episode, Chibiusa had debuted in the manga, and it was made very clear that in order for her to exist, Mamoru must live. From that point on, they took as many liberties as possible to undermine Mamoru and Chibiusa's powers and to maim them.
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