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Sailor Moon
Original title 美 少女 戦 士 セ ー ラ ー ム ー ン
transcription Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn
Sailor Moon logo stylized.png
genre Fantasy , Shōjo , Magical Girl
country JapanJapan Japan
author Naoko Takeuchi
publishing company Kōdansha
magazine Nakayoshi
First publication February 1992 - March 1997
expenditure 18 (original series)
12 (new edition)
see Manga list
Anime television series
title Sailor Moon - The girl with magical powers
Original title 美 少女 戦 士 セ ー ラ ー ム ー ン ,… R,… S,… SuperS,… セ ー ラ ー ス タ ー ズ
transcription Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn,… R,… S,… SuperS,… Sērā Sutāzu
Country of production JapanJapan Japan
original language Japanese
Year (s) 1992-1997
Studio Tōei animation
length 25 minutes
Episodes 200 in 5 seasons ( list )
Director Jun'ichi Satō, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Takuya Igarashi
music Takanori Arisawa
First broadcast March 7, 1992 on TV Asahi
first broadcast
October 13, 1995 on ZDF / RTL II (from season 2)
Sailor V (1991)
Sailor Moon Crystal (2014)
First edition manga logo

Sailor Moon ( Japanese 美 少女 戦 士 セ ー ラ ー ム ー ン , Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn ; in German Schöne Mädchenkriegerin Sailor Moon , formerly the official international title “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon”, now “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon”) is a series of manga by the Japanese illustrator Naoko Takei . In addition to the best-known adaptation of the work as an anime series and the remake Sailor Moon Crystal from 2014, it was also implemented in the form of movies, games and musicals.

The main character of Manga and Anime, which can be classified into the genres Fantasy , Shōjo and Magical Girl , is the school girl Usagi Tsukino . This receives magical powers and fights as Sailor Moon together with her friends, the Sailor Warriors , against the world-threatening kingdom of the dark. They fight for love and justice. Both manga and television series are among the most internationally successful and well-known anime and manga and are considered to be the pioneers of these media in the western world .



The clumsy girl Usagi Tsukino (in the first translation and in the anime Bunny Tsukino ) meets the talking cat Luna one day , who reveals to the girl her fate as Sailor Moon, warrior for love and justice. Bunny has to find the moon princess as there is a mysterious power that threatens the earth and the moon. Only the moon princess is able to defeat these evil forces and banish them from the galaxy forever. She uses the silver crystal, probably the most powerful weapon in the universe, which takes the life of those who develop their full power. Little by little she meets the sailor warriors Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus, who stand by her side in the fight against evil with their own special attacks, but above all with their friendship and love. Since the first episode, since the first fight that Sailor Moon had to endure, Tuxedo Mask has also stood by her side and helps her fight the bad guys again and again. It soon turns out that Bunny herself is the moon princess she's been looking for all the time. After defeating her first great enemy, however, new enemies come and threaten the earth. Bunny, or Sailor Moon, has to develop steadily, face increasingly difficult opponents until, in the last episode, through her pure existence, without weapons and any attacks, she becomes the last and greatest enemy - the strongest Sailor-warrior in the galaxy, Sailor Galaxia - defeated by just a touch and the ability to love, to forgive and to see a good side in every bad guy.

Sailor warriors are the protectors of the planets in the universe. Every living being has a so-called star crystal (star seed). Sailor warriors are the princesses of their respective planets and their particularly brightly shining star crystals help them to transform into Sailor warriors in order to protect their solar system or their home planet. Seen in this way, every planet has a Sailor Warrior - with the exception of Earth. It doesn't even need to, because it is protected from the outside by the lunar kingdom and from the inside by the gold kingdom. The prince of the earth, Endymion ( Mamoru in the present), represents the earth instead of a separate Sailor-Warrior for this planet.

The Sailor Warriors are divided into the following groups:

  1. Inner warriors / Inner Senshi , consisting of Sailor Mercury , Sailor Mars , Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Venus . They are the bodyguards of the moon princess Serenity ( Sailor Moon ).
  2. Outer Senshi , consisting of Sailor Uranus , Sailor Neptune , Sailor Pluto and Sailor Saturn . Uranus and Neptune protect the solar system from outside enemies. Pluto is the guardian of the “gate of space and time” and Saturn is the mighty warrior of destruction and rebirth.
    (The terms "Inner Senshi" and "Outer Senshi" (based on the position of the planets in the solar system, or the distance between the warriors and their princess) are not used in the manga and anime, but have found widespread use in the fan base. )
  3. Asteroid Senshi , consisting of Sailor Vesta (BesuBesu), Sailor Juno (JunJun), Sailor Pallas (ParaPara) and Sailor Ceres (SeleSele). Her job is to protect Neo-Queen Serenity's ( Serenity in the Future) daughter, Princess "Little Lady" Serenity ( Sailor Chibi Moon ). They only appear in their sailor form in the manga, in the anime they are the "Amazon Quartet".
  4. Sailor Anima Mates : These warriors have sailor powers, but are not the true sailor warriors of their home planets. They were brought under their rule by Sailor Galaxia . They consist of Sailor Iron Mouse , Sailor Aluminum Siren , Sailor Lead Crow , Sailor Tin Nyanko and Sailor Heavy Metal Papillon . The latter does not appear in the anime.
  5. Sailor Starlights , consisting of Sailor Star Fighter , Sailor Star Healer and Sailor Star Maker . They are the protectors of another solar system and the princess of the planet Kinmoku - Kakyuu .


The names of the characters have several meanings or were assigned according to a system. The Sailor Warriors are named after the elements that are traditionally assigned to the planets in Japan. The opponents are named after minerals, but also partly after planets, asteroids or mythologies.

Sailor Moon
Usagi / Bunny Tsukino ( 月 野 う さ ぎ Tsukino Usagi = " moon bunny ") is a carefree schoolgirl who has a very great ability to love. Very often she is a scared crybaby who at first hates the fact that she has to fight evil. Gradually, however, she learns to deal with her responsibility. In her previous life she was Princess Serenity (Latin serenitas = cheerfulness), the daughter of the Queen of the Lunar Kingdom, the so-called Silver Millennium.
She has a younger brother, Shingo Tsukino, who teases her about her poor school grades.
Sailor Merkur (in the new Manga edition Sailor Mercury )
Ami Mizuno ( 水 野 亜 美 Mizuno Ami = beauty of water ) is a quiet bookworm from Bunny's school. She is highly intelligent, talented, and generally educated. As Sailor Mercury she has power over the water, since in Japanese the Mercury is referred to as a water star. One day, Ami wants to become a doctor like her mother.
Sailor Mars
Rei Hino ( 火 野 レ イ Hino Rei = spirit of fire ) lives with her grandfather in a temple and works as a miko . That is why she has a seventh sense of evil. As Sailor Mars, she can manipulate fire. The planet Mars has a blood-red surface like fire and got its name after the Roman god of war Mars. So it is no coincidence that Sailor Mars is the most bellicose of the Sailor warriors. In Japanese, Mars is called a fire star. She can be very assertive and often seems annoyed by Bunny's behavior, but then takes care of her a lot.
Hideaki Anno took the first name Rei for the character of Rei Ayanami in Neon Genesis Evangelion .
Sailor Jupiter
Makoto Kino ( 木 野 ま こ と Kino Makoto = sincerity of the trees ) is very big and strong - that's why she is incredibly strong and can fight well, fittingly the planet Jupiter is the largest in our solar system. When she is Sailor Jupiter, she has power over lightning and plants (the Roman god Jupiter sent lightning to earth when he was angry). In Japanese, Jupiter is called a wooden star. After Makoto's parents died in a plane crash, she had to learn at an early age to manage on her own. Her interests include household chores, cooking, martial arts, and gardening. Plus, she sees in every handsome boy her ex-boyfriend or high school senior who broke her heart. Makoto is a lovely girl, she prefers to cook for her friends.
Sailor Venus
Minako Aino ( 愛 野 美奈子 Aino Minako = beautiful child of love ) had a heroic career as Sailor V even before she met Bunny and the others. Therefore, she also has her own confidante, the cat Artemis (the Greek goddess Artemis is the protective goddess of the forest, but is also considered the moon goddess). On the Sailor team, she calls herself Sailor Venus, and she is similar to Bunny in many ways. She has the powers of hearts and light and is the guardian of love (Venus is the Roman goddess of love). She therefore always describes herself as a warrior of love and beauty. Her strength of will makes her a strong warrior. In Japanese, Venus is known as the love star. Her dream is to become a singer and a celebrity.
Tuxedo Mask
Mamoru Chiba ( 地 場 衛 Chiba Mamoru = to protect the earth's place ) had a serious accident as a child, which robbed him of both his memory and his parents. He always has prophetic dreams, which also led him to appear as a Tuxedo Mask and fight against evil together with Sailor Moon. In his previous life, Mamoru was the prince of the earth named Endymion (in Greek mythology, Endymion was the lover of the moon goddess Selene) and the lover of the moon princess Serenity. After he and Bunny initially disliked each other, they both remember their relationship in their previous life and fall in love again. In the anime version, he primarily frees Sailor Moon from awkward situations by throwing razor-sharp roses at the warriors' enemies from the background. This surprise attack usually gives Sailor Moon the opportunity to neutralize the enemy with her scepter.
Sailor Chibi Moon
Chibiusa Tsukino ( ち び う さ Tsukino Chibiusa = Little Hare of the Moon ), who is actually called Usagi or Bunny like her mother and therefore introduces herself that way at the beginning, is the future daughter of Bunny and Mamoru and comes from a future in 1000 years. She has a similar hairstyle to Bunny and also resembles her in many character traits. She falls in love with Pegasus, Helios transformed into a unicorn with wings.
Sailor Chibichibi Moon (Sailor Cosmos)
Chibichibi ( ち び ち び ), is the star crystal of Sailor Galaxia and is also known as the light of hope . She transforms into a sword to fight the chaos in battle with Sailor Moon.
Sailor Pluto
Setsuna Meioh ( 冥王 せ つ な Meiō = ruler of darkness , Setsuna = moment, moment ) initially only appears as Sailor Pluto, the guardian of space and time. Only later does it become clear that she also lives on earth as a student. She has a special relationship with Chibiusa and is a kind of surrogate mother for her. Chibiusa calls her "Pooh". She is in possession of one of the three talismans, the "Garnet Orb", a jewel that is the tip of her Garnet Rod.
Sailor Uranus
Haruka Tenoh ( 天王 は る か Ten'nō Haruka = ​​distant ruler of the sky ) is usually more masculine. Before becoming a Sailor Warrior, she wanted to be a racing driver. She is very athletic and cannot be beaten in any sports discipline. As Sailor Uranus, she is the warrior of heaven and in possession of one of the three talismans, the "Space Sword". Most of the time she goes her own way and that at the expense of others - except Neptune. Although she is the warrior of heaven and often says that she is like the wind, she also uses forces of the ground or the earth. In Japanese, Uranus is called the sky star.
Sailor Neptune (in the new Manga edition Sailor Neptune )
Michiru Kaioh ( 海王 み ち る Kaiō = ruler of the sea ) is like Sailor Uranus, Pluto and Saturn an Outer Senshi. Hence, like the other Outer Senshi, she has greater power than the Inner Senshi. As Sailor Neptune, she can control the forces of the sea, and she also has one of the three talismans, the "Deep Aqua Mirror". In Japanese, Neptune is called a sea star. At first she worked alone, but then met Sailor Uranus, with whom she fell in love. Michiru is gifted, plays the violin and paints. She has given many concerts and her pictures have often been exhibited in galleries.
Sailor Saturn
Hotaru Tomoe ( 土 萠 ほ た る Tomoe Hotaru = firefly sprouting from the bottom ) is Chibiusa's best friend. She is rather calm and looks closed. She often has attacks of faintness, but these pass over the course of the story. In the third season she appears as the Messiah of Silence, Mistress 9. However, the soul of Sailor Saturn slumbers in her, who is awakened in the fight against Mistress 9 and destroys this together with her old body. As Sailor Saturn, she is one of the most powerful female warriors, armed with a scythe called "Silence Glaive". Saturn commands silence and can cause extensive devastation, which is why she is considered a "forbidden warrior". After Pharaoh is defeated in 90, Hotaru is reborn. This past casts a shadow over Hotaru. She is always a bit on the sidelines, which is also due to the fact that she has no childhood in the fifth season.

Important items

Transformation pens and sticks
With these, the female warriors transform into their sailor egos. The pens use the Inner Senshi in the first season (Sailor Moon also has a fountain pen with which she can transform into anything imaginable). The wands use both the Inner and Outer Senshi. Their shape changes with each new stage of transformation (including in Super Sailor Senshi and Eternal Senshi ). From the third season, the Sailor Warriors in the manga use brooches.
Sailor Moon uses various brooches to transform. From the second season the silver crystal is housed in the brooches. Sailor Chibi Moon is also transformed using a brooch.
Holy Grail ( Seihai )
With this, Sailor Moon can transform into the much stronger incarnation Super Sailor Moon in the third season . The holy grail was formed with the help of the three talismans, in the manga by the union of the forces of the sailor warriors.
Silver crystal (幻 の 銀 水晶Maboroshi no Ginzuishō )
This is the mighty star crystal of the moon that Princess Serenity has. When Sailor Moon uses the full power of the crystal, it shatters, resulting in her death. Her previous life mother, Queen Serenity, died the same way while trying to save her daughter, Princess Serenity.
The three sacred talismans that conjure up the Holy Grail (see also: Throne Insignia of Japan ):
  • Sword (Space Sword) by Sailor Uranus, she uses it for her "Space Sword Blaster" attack, in German "Sword of Light, Sieg!"
  • Mirror (Deep Aqua Mirror) by Sailor Neptun, she uses it for her "Submarine Reflection" attack, in German "Light of the mirror, victory!"
  • Jewel (Garnet Orb) by Sailor Pluto - enthroned on the key to the time gate, the Time Staff, she uses it for her attacks and to stop time, which she is forbidden and punishes with the death penalty.
Sailor Saturn can trigger her strongest attack with this weapon, which however dies. Otherwise, it often released a protective shield that could withstand the most powerful attacks.
Sailor Moon uses a scepter to attack her opponents. In each season she has a different scepter: in the first season the lunar scepter of Luna, in the second season Queen Serenity's lunar staff, in the third season the lunar staff of love, in the fourth season the kaleidoscope staff and in the fifth season the lunar scepter of light . Sailor Chibi Moon also has two sceptres. The scepter of the sugar heart and the kaleidoscope stick or the pegasus bell.


With the manga Sailor V , a previous story to Sailor Moon appeared from 1991. In it, Sailor V (who later became part of the series as Sailor Venus ) fights the Dark Agency , a sub-organization of the Kingdom of Darkness that Sailor Moon fights at the beginning of her own manga series.

Sailor Moon was published in Japan from February 1992 to March 1997 in individual chapters in the manga magazine Nakayoshi of the Kōdansha publishing house. These individual chapters were also summarized in 18 anthologies. As part of the broadcast of the live TV series, the manga series was republished in Japan from September 2003 to July 2004, this time in twelve edited volumes.

The 18 volumes of the first manga version of Feest Comics were published in German from 1998 to March 2000. In Germany, the five art books in the Manga series were also published mirrored in a western reading direction. These were later reissued as a 6-part Art Edition . In addition, 22 fan books were published monthly by Egmont Ehapa Verlag in 1999 and 2000. They describe the individual characters and the storylines of the entire seasons. A 12-part new edition was published by Egmont Manga & Anime under the title Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon from October 2011 to October 2012 in a new translation and Japanese reading direction. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories was also published in German in November and December 2012 . And finally, Codename: Sailor V , completed the German new edition in January and February 2013. On November 5, 2015, the twelve volumes were published again as a Collector's Box .

In addition to Japan and Germany, Sailor Moon is also in the USA , Bulgaria , China , France , Poland , the Netherlands , Greece , Portugal , Sweden , Russia , India , Israel , Taiwan , Romania , Malaysia , Latin America , Croatia , Turkey , Vietnam , South Korea , Spain , Indonesia , Thailand , Lithuania and Italy appeared. In the Ukraine , the German opening credits were used, which remained untranslated; in Hungary the French one.



Sailor Moon - The girl with magical powers

From 1992 to 1997 the Japanese studio Tōei Animation produced five seasons with a total of 200 episodes:

  • Season 1 (46 episodes): Sailor Moon (episodes 1-46) (first broadcast in Japan from March 7, 1992 to February 27, 1993)
  • Season 2 (43 episodes): Sailor Moon R (episodes 47-89) (first broadcast in Japan from March 6, 1993 to March 12, 1994)
  • Season 3 (38 episodes): Sailor Moon S (episode 90-127) (first broadcast in Japan from March 19, 1994 to February 25, 1995)
  • Season 4 (39 episodes): Sailor Moon SuperS (episode 128-166) (first broadcast in Japan from March 4, 1995 to March 2, 1996)
  • Season 5 (34 episodes): Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (episodes 167-200) (first broadcast in Japan from March 9, 1996 to February 8, 1997)

Jun'ichi Satō directed the production up to episode 59, Kunihiko Ikuhara from episode 60 to the end of season 4 and Takuya Igarashi on the fifth. The character design was created for the first two seasons by Kazuko Tadano, then by Mari Tominaga, Ikuko Ito and finally by Katsumi Tamegai for the last season. The artistic director was initially Junichi Tanijuchi, who was replaced by Kunihiko Ikuhara during the second season. For the final season, Takamura Mukuo took on this role. Producers were Munehisa Higuchi, Iriya Azuma and Toshihiro Arisako.

Although the series basically follows the story of the manga, there are some differences. Since the television series threatened to overtake the manga series due to its faster development, an additional plot was specially written for the first third of the second season. After the first third of the second season, the story of the manga could then be resumed. The end of the story of the last season is also very different from the manga version, because it takes a lot longer and the plot is completely different.

In Germany, the first season ran with one episode per week from October 13, 1995 to September 7, 1996 on ZDF , although it was not mentioned by most TV magazines because it was broadcast in the middle of a cartoon program block. It was only when Sailor Moon was broadcast on RTL II in May 1997 with one episode per working day that the series also gained cult status in German-speaking countries. The series was also repeated on the television channels Tele 5 , Sat.1 and Junior , Animax , VIVA and RTL II You . Since August 1, 2020, the station sixx has been broadcasting the series on Saturday evening. Initially four episodes, since the third broadcast only two. In Austria, Sailor Moon was shown on ORF eins , in Switzerland on SRF 1 . Episode 89, which includes a recap of season two and a preview of season three, was never bought, dubbed, or aired for television. Kazé Germany first published this episode in Japanese with German subtitles on DVD box Sailor Moon R - Vol. 4 . In the German version, some content adjustments were made, so the homosexual relationship between Haruka and Michiru was presented as a platonic friendship.

For the broadcast in the USA the names were anglicized, for example Usagi became Serena. Parts of the plot, such as some characters dying at the end, have been changed or left out. In addition, scenes were cut out or changed on the basis of their Japanese imagery or symbolism, since, in the opinion of the rights users, these were not found to be understandable for the American viewer. Initially, only the first 65 episodes were broadcast. The series continued after an internet protest campaign that collected 30,000 signatures. According to Fred Patten, the series was selected to air in the US alongside Dragon Ball because it was a huge hit in Japan on both television and video.

The series also aired in Great Britain , Albania , France , Sweden , Turkey , Italy , Morocco , Spain , Portugal , Poland , Germany , Austria , Switzerland , Greece , Russia , Hungary , Latin America , People's Republic of China (in both Cantonese and in standard Chinese ), South Korea , Malaysia , Indonesia , Thailand and the Philippines .

From autumn 2010 Sailor Moon was running again in Italy, where the first products came onto the market before Christmas. Broadcasts in other European countries and a new merchandising program followed. In 2011 m4e AG acquired the marketing rights for Sailor Moon for Germany, Austria and Switzerland and wanted to bring the series back onto German television. However, the return of the marketing rights to Tōei animation took place a year later. Most recently, Sailor Moon ran from September 4, 2016 to June 30, 2017 on the online channel RTL II You. At the same time, the episodes were made available up to seven days after the RTL II You broadcast on the RTL II You website and via Clipfish . VIZ Media Switzerland published Sailor Moon on ten DVD boxes from November 2013 to September 2015 under the in-house label Kazé Germany. It contains two video tracks: the German video track with the video masters from RTL II and German sound and the Japanese remastered video track with Japanese sound and German subtitles. As the reason for this, Kazé gave the different speeds of the episodes. The German Masters run faster than the original Japanese. It would have been technically possible to adjust the pitch of the German soundtrack to that of the Japanese masters, but according to Kazé it would have changed the pitch of the notes and voices. Kazé Germany announced a new release of the series for 2019. In addition to being published again on DVD, this should also appear on Blu-ray. Due to an international ban on the part of the licensor, this license could not be evaluated.

On July 20, 2020, Kazé released the first season as a complete edition on DVD and Blu-ray, using a new image master. The second season box was announced for August, but was then postponed to November 2020.

Episode list
Special offers

The specials consist of four short TV episodes and a short cinema film. In Japan there is still a tradition of showing one or more shorter supporting films before the main film. In the case of anime, the supporting films are often produced especially for this. So far none of these specials have been shown on German television. The titles under which the specials are usually known in the international fan base or an approximate translation of the original title are given here.

  • Sailor Moon R Special - Make Up! Sailor Soldiers (also known as Prelude to Romance ): This special sums up the events of the first season. Bunny and Chibiusa sit in a cafe and overhear two girls talking about the Sailor Warriors and their respective qualities.
  • Sailor Moon SuperS Specials:
  1. An Elegant Metamorphosis - Crybaby Usagi's Growth Diary : Usagi and Chibiusa sit at a fountain and discuss how Usagi became Sailor Moon. The following is a review of the first three seasons.
  2. The Return of Haruka and Michiru - The Ghostly Puppet Show : The two Outer Senshi Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are in a luxury hotel by the sea to investigate strange occurrences. But since Haruka suddenly becomes ill, Michiru has to take over this alone.
  3. Chibiusa's Adventure - The Dreaded Vampire Castle : This special includes one of the manga short stories from Chibiusa's diary .
  • Ami-chan no Hatsukoi - Ami's first love : The film adaptation of the story Ami's first love from the exam stress short story cycle of the Manga. This special was shown in cinemas as a supporting film for the third SuperS movie. (The entire exam stress cycle was supposed to be filmed, but the project was canceled.)

A total of three films were made for Sailor Moon, which were broadcast in Germany on RTL II and were never shown in the cinema. They were licensed by RTL II and broadcast as "specials". That is why the movies are often wrongly referred to as "specials" and are often confused with the real specials. All three films were released on VHS by RTL II and edel .

# title running time Cinema premiere (J) Charisma (D)
1 Dangerous Flowers (劇場版 美 少女 戦 士 セ ー ラ ー ム ー ン RGekijōban Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn R ) ( Beautiful Girl Warrior Sailor Moon R: The Movie ) 62 min. 5th December 1993 June 12, 1998
2 Snow Princess Kaguya (劇場版 美 少女 戦 士 セ ー ラ ー ム ー ン SGekijōban Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn S ) ( Beautiful Girl Warrior Sailor Moon S: The Movie ) 61 min. 4th December 1994 June 15, 1998
3 Journey to the Land of Dreams (美少女戦士セーラームーンSuperSセーラー9戦士集結ブラック·ドリーム·ホールの奇跡! Bishojo Senshi Sera Mun SuperS Sera 9 Senshi Shūketsu Burakku Dorimu Horu no Kiseki! ) ( Beautiful Girl Warrior Sailor Moon SuperS: The 9 Sailor- Warriors Gather! The Miracle of the Black Dream Hole ) 62 min. December 23, 1995 October 3, 1998

The synchronized version of the first season was produced by the Munich studio Plaza Synchron . Managing directors Hans-Peter Kaufmann and Matthias von Stegmann directed the dialogue and wrote the dialogue book together . After RTL II included Sailor Moon in its program, the Munich-based studio FFF Grupe took over the synchronization of the series and the films from the second season . Andrea Barz was responsible for the dialogue books and the dialogue direction from the second season.

The characters are each sorted in the order of their debut.

figure Japanese voice actor ( seiyū ) German voice actor episode Season
Bunny Tsukino aka Sailor Moon aka Princess / Neo-Queen Serenity Kotono Mitsuishi
Kae Araki (episode 44-50)
Sabine Bohlmann (Season 1)
Inez Günther (Season 2–5)
1-200 1-5
Mamoru Chiba aka Tuxedo Mask aka Prince / King Endymion aka Knight of the Moonlight Tōru Furuya Matthias von Stegmann (Season 1)
Dominik Auer (Season 2–5)
Ami Mizuno aka Sailor Mercury Aya Hisakawa Stefanie von Lerchenfeld 8-200 1-5
Rei Hino aka Sailor Mars Michie Tomizawa Julia Haacke 10-200 1-5
Makoto Kino aka Sailor Jupiter Emi Shinohara Veronika Neugebauer 25-200 1-5
Minako Aino aka Sailor Venus Rika Fukami Claudia Lössl 33-200 1-5
Bunny "Chibiusa" Tsukino alias Sailor Chibi Moon alias Little Lady Kae Araki Nicola Grupe-Arnoldi 60-88
103-172, 198
Setsuna Meioh aka Sailor Pluto Chiyoko Kawashima Ulla Wagener
Ditte Schupp (episode 82 & 85)
Sacha Holzheimer (episode 116-126)
Haruka Tenoh aka Sailor Uranus Megumi Ogata Anke Korte 90-126
Michiru Kaioh aka Sailor Neptune Masako Katsuki Ulrike Jenni 90-126
Hotaru Tomoe aka Sailor Saturn Yūko Minaguchi Andrea Wick 111-126
Seiya Kou aka Sailor Star Fighter Shiho Nīyama Ditte Schupp 173-200 5
Taiki Kou aka Sailor Star Maker Narumi Tsunoda Martina Duncker 173-200 5
Yaten Kou aka Sailor Star Healer Chika Sakamoto Irina Wanka 173-200 5
Chibichibi aka Sailor Chibichibi Moon Kotono Mitsuishi Nicola Grupe-Arnoldi 182-200 5
figure Japanese voice actor (seiyū) German voice actor episode Season
Queen Perilia Keiko Han Karin Kernke 1-46 1
Jedite Masaya Onosaka Kai Taschner 1-13 1
Neflite Katsuji Mori Pascal Breuer 13-24 1
Zoisite Keiichi Nanba Madeleine proud 14-35 1
Kunzite Kazuyuki Sogabe Rüdiger Bahr (episode 22-25)
Gudo Hoegel (episode 27-44)
22-44 1
Queen Metallia Noriko Uemura Ilona Grandke 25-46 1
Ale aka Seijuro Ginga Hikaru Midorikawa Marc sting 47-59 2
Anne aka Natsumi Ginga Yumi Toma Melanie Manstein 47-59 2
Dark Power Tree Taeko Nakanishi Tonio von der Meden 47-59 2
Rubeus Wataru Takagi Thomas Darchinger 60-74 2
Kermesite Wakana Yamazaki Martina Duncker 60-72, 86 2
Calaverite Akiko Hiramatsu Simone Brahmann 60-72, 86 2
Petzite Megumi Ogata Michèle Tichawsky 60-72, 86 2
Berthierite Yuri Amano Alisa Palmer 60-72, 86 2
Enlightened alias Phantom of Power Eiji Maruyama Gert Wiedenhofen 60-88 2
Esmeraude Mommy Koyama Solveig Duda 73-84 2
Prince Diamond Kaneto Shiozawa Stephan Rabow 74-87 2
sapphire Tsutomu Kashiwakura Johannes Raspe 75-86 2
Black Lady aka Chibiusa Tsukino Kae Araki Anna Carlsson 85-88 2
Dr. Soichi Tomoe /
Akira Kamiya Thomas Rauscher (Season 3) /
Jan Koester
90-126, 167 3, 5
Kaorinite aka Kaori Noriko Uemura Michèle Tichawsky 90-102,
Eugeal Maria Kawamura Jennifer Bottcher 102-111 3
Mimet Mika Kanai Melanie Manstein 110-121 3
Messiah of Silence aka Mistress 9 aka Hotaru Tomoe Yūko Minaguchi Andrea Wick
Beate Pfeiffer (episode 112)
112-125 3
Telulu Chieko Honda Michele Sterr 120-121 3
Byruit Yoshino Takamori Scarlet Cavadenti 122 3
Yuriko Fuchizaki
Rumi Kasahara
Beate Pfeiffer 123 3
Zirconia Hisako Kyōda Doris Gallart 128-166 4th
Tiger eye Ryotaro Okiayu Oliver Mink 128-149 4th
Fisheye Akira Ishida Simone Brahmann 128-149 4th
Hawk Eye Toshio Furukawa Kai Taschner 128-149 4th
Visit Junko Hagimori Shandra Schadt 148-166 4th
SeleSele Yuri Amano Andrea Wick 148-166 4th
JunJun Kumiko Watanabe Stephanie waiter 148-166 4th
ParaPara Machiko Toyoshima Sabine Bohlmann 148-166 4th
Queen Nehelenia Yoshiko Sakakibara Sacha Holzheimer 148-172 4-5
Sailor Galaxia / Chaos Mitsuko Horie Susanne von Medvey 167-200 5
Sailor Iron Mouse Eriko Hara Melanie Manstein 173-181 5
Sailor Alumina Siren Kikuko Inoue Michele Sterr 179-188 5
Sailor Red Claw Chiharu Suzuka Michèle Tichawsky 179-193 5
Sailor Tin Nyanko Ikue Ōtani Beate Pfeiffer 188-195 5
Supporting characters
figure Japanese voice actor (seiyū) German voice actor episode Season
Ikuko Tsukino Sanae Takagi Christina Hoeltel (season 1–2)
Frauke Raiser (episode 50)
Bettina Kenter (season 4)
Ulla Wagener (episode 139)
Carola Wegerle (season 5)
Luna Keiko Han Ulli Philipp (Season 1)
Mara Winzer (Season 2–5)
1-200 1-5
Haruna Sakurada Chiyoko Kawashima Uschi Wolff 1-58 1-2
Naru Osaka Shino Kakinuma Stephanie waiter 1-131 1-4
Gurio Umino Keiichi Nanba Dominik Auer (Season 1)
Benedikt Weber (Seasons 2-4)
1-131 1-4
Shingo Tsukino Chiyoko Kawashima Benedikt Gutjan
Benedikt Weber (Season 3)
1-144 1-4
Motoki Furuhata Hiroyuki Satō Hubertus von Lerchenfeld 2-165 1-4
Kenji Tsukino Yūji Machi Tonio von der Meden 2-66 1-2
Rice grandfather Tomomichi Nishimura Oliver Grimm (episode 10)
Michael Habeck (episode 16 & 30)
Gert Wiedenhofen (season 2-4)
10-136 1-4
Yuichiro Kumada Am Shimada Axel Malzacher (Season 1)
Benedikt Weber (Season 2–4)
30-136 1-4
Artemis Yasuhiro Takato Bernd Stephan 33-200 1-5
Queen Serenity Mika Doi Helga Trümper (Season 1)
Frauke Raiser (Season 2)
35-51 1-2
Unazuki Furuhata Miyako Endō
Eriko Hara (episode 94)
Beate Pfeiffer 69-165 2-4
Pegasus aka Helios Taiki Matsuno Marc Stachel
Ole Pfennig (episode 131 & 137–149)
128-166 4th
Diana Kumiko Nishihara Sabine Bohlmann 133-172 4-5
Princess Kakyuu Sakiko Tamagawa Shandra Schadt 193-200 5
Light of Hope aka Chibichibi Kotono Mitsuishi Michele Sterr 200 5

Much of the original soundtrack is from Takanori Arisawa, who considers work to be an important part of his life. When the television series came to Germany in 1995, Andy Knote from Toyco Studios was commissioned with the composition and recording of a new theme song , Say the Magic Word , which was sung by Tina Hierstetter.

The Japanese opening credits are:

  • Moonlight Densetsu (ム ー ン ラ イ ト 伝 説) by DALI (Season 1–2)
  • Moonlight Densetsu (ム ー ン ラ イ ト 伝 説) by MoonLips (Seasons 3–4)
  • Sailor Star Song ( セ ー ラ ー ス タ ー ソ ン グ ) by Kae Hanazawa (Season 5)

The following were used internationally:

  • Sailor Moon Theme by Nicole Price and Bynne Price
  • Sana ay di na Magwakas by Angelika Dela Cruz

The end credits were accompanied by the following songs:

  • Heart Moving by Misae Takamatsu (Season 1)
  • Princess Moon by Ushio Hashimoto (Season 1)
  • Otome no Policy by Yoko Ishida (Season 2)
  • Tuxedo Mirage by Peach Hips (Season 3)
  • Watashi-tachi ni Naritakute ( 私 た ち に な り た く て ) by Miwako Fujitani (Season 4)
  • Rashiku Ikimasho ( ら し く い き ま し ょ ) by Meu (Season 4)
  • Kaze mo Sora mo Kitto ... ( 風 も 空 も き っ と ・ ・ ・ ) by Arisa Mizuki (Season 5)
  • Moonlight Densetsu ( ム ー ン ラ イ ト 伝 説 ) by MoonLips (episode 200)

The increasing success in Germany led to the foundation of the band project Super Moonies in 1998 , in which the series was to be used as a “draft horse” for self-composed German pop songs. For the broadcast on RTL II , two new openings of the Super Moonies were also used from 1998, while the opening from Toyco Studios was retained for ORF eins and Sat.1 . The Super Moonies sold a total of over a million records, but the project was discontinued in early 2000. A version of the opening Moonlight Densetsu shortened to ten seconds was used for the broadcast on VIVA . RTL II You used the Japanese openings and endings to broadcast Sailor Moon.

DVD release
DVD name Episodes Disks Release date Additional Information
Box 1 23 6th November 29, 2013 Contains the first 23 episodes of the series:
  • Sailor Moon - Vol. 1
Box 2 23 6th January 31, 2014 Contains episodes 24 through 46 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon - Vol. 2
Box 3 22nd 6th April 25, 2014 Contains episodes 47 through 68 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon R - Vol. 3
Box 4 21st 6th June 27, 2014 Contains episodes 69 through 89 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon R - Vol. 4
Box 5 19th 5 October 6, 2014 Contains episodes 90 through 108 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon S - Vol. 5
Box 6 19th 5 November 28, 2014 Contains episodes 109 through 127 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon S - Vol. 6
Box 7 20th 5 February 27, 2015 Contains episodes 128 through 147 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon SuperS - Vol. 7
Box 8 19th 5 April 24, 2015 Contains episodes 148 through 166 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon SuperS - Vol. 8
Box 9 17th 5 July 31, 2015 Contains episodes 167 through 183 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars - Vol. 9
Box 10 17th 5 September 25, 2015 Contains episodes 184 to 200 of the series:
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars - Vol. 10

Sailor Moon Crystal

Sailor Moon Crystal is an anime series that was produced for the 20th anniversary of the Sailor Moon franchise. The first two seasons were broadcast from July 2014 to July 2015 on the video platform Nico Nico Douga as a simulcast in Japanese with multilingual subtitles. Later it was also broadcast on Japanese and German television. A third season ran in Japan from April to June 2016.

Sailor Moon live

Live musicals

1993 to 2005 and 2013 to 2015 under the name Sērāmyu (made up of Sailor (Sērā) and Musical (myujikaru) in Japanese pronunciation ) for Sailor Moon, a live musical in a summer and a winter version was published every year. Since 1993 it has grown into 27 different musicals (14 pieces, each with a "Kaiteban" version (= modified and expanded version)) with a total of over 800 performances. Most musicals follow the plot of the manga or anime, but some of the corresponding plots are greatly changed, resulting in interesting and amazing twists and turns. In addition to the usual Sailor Moon storyline in the mangas, pieces with a new storyline were also designed:

  • Last Dracul : A three-part vampire piece that is vaguely based on an additional story about Sailor Chibi Moon.
  • Kaguya-shima Densetsu : A piece that takes the Sailor Warriors to a (more or less) lonely island.
  • Shin Kaguya-shima Densetsu : Basically a Kaiteban to the Kaiteban of "Kaguya-shima Densetsu", but not officially designated as such.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon, another Seramyu musical with the title La Reconquista was performed in September 2013 . There were three performances. The extraordinary thing about this musical title was that you could watch these performances from home on the computer via Nico Nico Douga . It was the first Sailor Moon musical to be broadcast live on the internet.

There is a lot of merchandise for the musicals, for example videos, DVDs and CDs.

Real series

Due to the continuing demand in Japan today, a 49 episode live-action series called Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon was produced. Among others were Miyuu Sawai as Sailor Moon and Keiko Kitagawa as Sailor Mars to see. The series was broadcast from October 4, 2003 to September 25, 2004 on the Japanese broadcaster TBS .

The live-action series was a mixture of the familiar manga story and new elements. The original draftsman Naoko Takeuchi was also involved . In November 2004 a series special called Special Act was released in Japan : わ た し た ち 結婚 し ま す !! (Special Act: Watashi-tachi Kekkonshimasu !!) on DVD , which is about the wedding of Usagi and Mamoru. A second Special entitled Act Zero:セーラーV誕生! (Act Zero: SEERAA V Tanjyou) , was released in March 2005. The second Special treated the history and origins of Sailor V . On May 2, 2004, a musical called Kirari Super Live was performed on the series . This musical was released on VHS and DVD on August 27, 2004.

Like the anime, the real series was largely financed through merchandising . There is a single single with character songs and several albums for almost every character.

Computer games

Starting in 1993, numerous Sailor Moon computer games for SNES , PlayStation , Game Boy , Sega Saturn , Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear were developed for the Japanese market . A Sailor Moon Super Nintendo fighting game, which is based on the first season, was also released by Bandai France in 1994.

Reception and analysis

The series is aimed primarily at young girls, but also contains many parodies of the Sentai genre or other animes, so that Sailor Moon also attracted the attention of many male and older viewers. Therefore, the series merchandising became a sales success in Japan. According to Fred Patten, the series broke success records during its time in Japan. Paul Gravett says the manga breathed new life into the magical girl genre . Naoko Takeuchi received the 1993 Kōdansha Manga Prize in the Shōjo category for the manga series .

Sailor Moon became internationally popular in many countries, and hundreds of fan sites were created on the Internet within a very short time. According to a survey of German Manga fans by the Sozioland Institute in 2005, the Manga series is the first series that many respondents have read alongside Dragon Ball . He is also one of the most popular mangas in the German fan base. The first volume of the German new edition of EMA was awarded the Sondermann Prize in 2012 in the Manga / Manhwa International category.

Patrick Drazen explains the international success of the series by the fact that on the one hand thematically similar series such as In Love with a Witch and Buffy - Under the Vampire Slayer became popular in the USA and on the other hand Sailor Moon was the first Shōjo series to be broadcast in the West . Thematically and in terms of stylistic means it was much easier to understand for Western viewers than other series of the time, such as Fushigi Yuugi , whose humor was often super-deformed scenes. According to Patrick Drazen, the emerging internet has also contributed to the success. In its plot, the series shows, on the one hand, the sexuality burgeoning in puberty, which is symbolized by the magical powers. Another topic are the challenges that Usagi has to face with her strength, which she does not seem to be able to cope with and for which she nevertheless has the courage. In addition to inhuman, monster-like opponents, there are also human ones who show feelings and whose stories are told from their point of view. In the original of the series there are also dramatic twists and turns, such as the death of a character, which was not always retained in the translation. Both are very uncommon for Western TV series, but a common part of action in anime. Rebirth is also an issue in several ways. According to Patrick Drazen, the nakedness of the sailor warriors during their transformation has no sexual meaning, but symbolizes the purification that is necessary for the magical powers.

According to Fred Patten, the success of the anime series made a significant contribution to the airing of more animes on American television and to a new, young audience for the medium. Susan J. Napier also sees Sailor Moon as an expression of the change in the role of women in Japan towards a more powerful and active role. For Radosław Bolałek, founder of the Polish-Czech publishing house Hanami, Sailor Moon is the work that the medium of comics in North America and Europe gained a large female readership for the first time. The manga, which can also be described as a “superhero series for girls” , offers a “mixture of myths and legends” in a “kitschy, elegant look” . Crucial for the enthusiasm of the girls for the series is that the heroines not only fought for justice, but also for love.

According to Dinah Zank, the series with Usagi provides a main character with whom consumers can easily identify. The series is less about romantic relationships than friendship, perseverance and the fight for a good cause. The heroines of the series form a counterpart to the male American superheroes, crossing existing boundaries between the sexes when they surrender to the fight. Femininity is the prerequisite for power, as even the Sailor Starlights who come later , male in everyday life, become female for battle. At the same time, the female side of the characters is emphasized, such as Usagi's future role as mother and moon princess. She is in an equal relationship with her future husband Tuxedo Mask. Their fear and confusion about their new identity and power can be compared to the onset of puberty.


  • Patrick Drazen: The Sailor Moon Phenomenon. In: Anime Explosion - The What? Why? and wow! of Japanese Animation . Stone Bridge Press, 2003.
  • Fred Patten: Watching Anime, Reading Manga - 25 Years of Essays and Reviews. Stone Bridge Press, 2004.

Web links

Commons : Sailor Moon  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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