Moon Prism Powah Make-up! (Jen’s October Post)

29 Oct

I when I was younger, I would wake up early in the morning to watch Sailor Moon.  It’s magical girl changes and emotional story about fighting for the love and justice was really compelling to a seven year old.  I noticed the cartoon wasn’t from Disney or Warner Bros like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny.   When I was older I found out Sailor Moon was from Japan.

I had been intrigued by the bizarre story lines and stylized comics and cartoons from Japan.   It wasn’t the average super hero in tights stories.  Many of the stories were from Japanese folk lore or everyday life in Japan.  Sailor Moon is a mixture of the story of Japanese moon princess Kaguya Hime and the Greek myth of Daphne and Endymion.  The large eyes, wacky hair styles, and dazzling change sequences add magic and other-worldliness that seem to be missing in some American comics.  As a girl, it was great to see girls doing the  saving the world and not the ones being saved from trouble.   Although she is a fighter, Sailor Moon still had every day girl problems.   To see Sailor Moon have issues with school and boys made her easy to relate too.

Sailor Moon  and anime (cartoons)  like it offered a fantasy far removed from the Marvel Universe or Disney.

Below is the opening to the American version of Sailor Moon from the 90s. All rights belong to Naoko Takeuchi and Toei Animation.

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2 Responses to “Moon Prism Powah Make-up! (Jen’s October Post)”

  1. lmcapoccitti November 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    YEAH SAILOR MOON haha. I always liked that (some) anime doesn’t drag on for decades like a lot of American comics do. I’ve since learned to appreciate American comics more, but I’ve seen how convoluted and plothole filled they get because they NEVER END.

    • jennljohnson10 November 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

      I just love comics all around. I’ve come to appreciate American comics through Japanese comics. They both have their strengths. The main strength of Japanese comics is that majority of them END!

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