Sailor Moon (Edited US Version) (1992)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Anime, Fantasy Adventure  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - Japan   |  
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One of the most successfully marketed anime franchises in the U.S., Sailor Moon has taken the form of five different TV series. This first one introduces the main character, Usagi Tsukino, a 14-year-old underachiever with a penchant for crying and whining. Her life changes when encroaching forces of evil force the powers that be to reveal Usagi's true identity: she is the reincarnation of Princess Serenity and her destiny is to defend the galaxy after her kingdom of lifetimes ago was destroyed. Changing into her alter ego, Sailor Moon, Usagi has the confidence and strength that eluded her as merely a middle school student. Sailor Moon combines elements of Greek myth, Japanese society, and pop culture in order to create a lively and benign mix of action, comedy, and minor amounts of teen drama. While quite girly and decidedly shoujo, Sailor Moon has still found audiences in all genders and age groups.