International Sailor Moon Day, celebrated on August 6 every year, celebrates one of the most popular manga and anime series, Sailor Moon. The series starts with a small, very talkative black cat and a young girl, Usagi Tsukino. Usagi received a brooch that helped transform her into the titular Sailor Moon. After that, a team of Sailor Guardians comes together. They then set out to save the world from enemies that come their way. This series, both the manga and the anime, have attracted lots of fans from all over the world, so it’s no surprise that it was chosen to be specially celebrated on a particular day.
History of International Sailor Moon Day
The date chosen to celebrate International Sailor Moon Day may be a confusing one if you are not a fan of the series. The obvious choice of the celebrated day would’ve been the birthday of Sailor Moon or the day the Manga was first created. Rather, a different and smarter route was taken. International Sailor Moon day was set on Mamoru’s birthday and it was a smart move as he is the Prince of Earth and he represents us all.
As popular as anime series is right now, manga and anime series like Sailor Moon paved the way for them all. Sailor Moon has gathered millions of fans from all over the world and has still not stopped yet. It is truly one of the greatest manga and anime series ever made. It was originally produced in Japan in 1991, and by 1995 Sailor Moon quickly garnered an international following. It sold over one million copies and the numbers just kept on growing. It has now sold over 35 million copies in both its manga and anime format in over 50 countries.
Sailor Moon, over the years, has stood as a strong symbol for the L.G.B.T.Q. communities due to its naturalization of lesbianism. The futuristic setting and the goal of the creators to show equality made this possible. The series emphasizes a particular feminist model by combining traditional masculine action with traditional female affection and sexuality — a very bold move by its writers and fans considering the year it was made.
International Sailor Moon Day timeline
Hokusai Katsushika sketches a series of scenes from daily life called ‘whimsical stories’ which translates to "manga" in Japanese.
Kitazawa Rakuten publishes the first modern manga with four boxes per page and typed texts.
The first anime, Namakura Gatana (Blunt Sword), is produced in Japan.
Sailor Moon is produced in Japan.
Sailor Moon sells over 35 million copies in over 50 countries.
International Sailor Moon Day FAQs
Is Sailor Uranus a boy or a girl?
Sailor Uranus is the first non-binary character in the Sailor Moon franchise.
Does Sailor Moon have a sister?
Kurai Tsukino is Usagi’s older twin sister and Queen Serenity’s firstborn.
Are Luna and Artemis in love?
She and Artemis have an implied romantic relationship, which was confirmed when they met Diana, their daughter from the future.
International Sailor Moon Day Activities
Binge-watch Sailor Moon
Celebrate the day by binge-watching Sailor Moon. The interesting series is sure to get you hooked, and even more of an anime fan.
Stand for equality
As the series stands for equality, do the same. Celebrate the day by taking and acting on the positives from the series.
Introduce a few friends to Sailor Moon. This goes a long way to spread awareness.
5 Characters In Sailor Moon
Usagi Tsukino is the main protagonist of the series. She is a careless 14-year-old with an enormous capacity for love, compassion, and understanding.
Mamoru Chiba and Usagi share a special psychic connection and he can sense when she is in danger.
Ami Mizuno is a quiet but intelligent 14-year-old bookworm in Usagi's class with a rumored IQ of 300 and can transform into Sailor Mercury, the Guardian of Water and Wisdom.
Rei Hino is a 14-year-old Miko (shrine maiden), with limited precognition and the ability to dispel or nullify evil using special scrolls.
Makoto Kino is a 14-year-old girl who is a student in Usagi’s class and who transforms into Sailor Jupiter, the Guardian of Thunder and Courage.
Why We Love International Sailor Moon Day
It celebrates anime
International Sailor Moon Day not only celebrates Sailor Moon but also celebrates manga and anime in general. This does well to bring in more exposure or awareness.
It supports equality
The series supports equality. No matter who the person is, whether by sexual orientation or by gender, everyone is equal.
It brings people together
The day brings manga and anime lovers together. It is an avenue to meet more people and establish some new friendships.
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