Ameenah Salamunic: Last Summer, the Sailor Moon franchise turned 20, affirming for many a fan that adulthood had descended, sharply but surely. Toei Animation planned the release of a new series, Crystal, to celebrate the anniversary and mark the passage of our pretty guardian into the modern age. Moon fever hit the internet, hard. Journalists and casual bloggers responded with speculative articles, histories and impassioned GIF sets. The premiere was accompanied by a freely available digital re-release of the original series, newly subbed and remastered. This was a monumental step considering the legal mayhem formerly engulfing the franchise. Licensing Sailor Moon seemed not just unlikely, but downright impossible. Aside from the odd piece of fan-made memorabilia, Usagi was resigned to live in memory. So, it’s with a heavy dose of surrealism that I’m approaching the Season 1 Box set from VIZ Media, available in two parts on both DVD and Blu-Ray.
I was introduced to Sailor Moon in the first grade by a friend, whose most distinct characteristic was a violent unibrow that rivaled only my own. I’m still not sure whether it was the overgrown facial hair, our racial ambiguity or simply a shared nerdiness that pitted us together. I only know that after listening to a fervored recommendation over the communal crayon bucket, I spent my mornings with Serena and company. Usagi would reveal her true identity to me at a later date.