Friday, September 26, 2014

The Pretty Legacy of Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon

Once in a lifetime something beautiful happens; and Naoko Takeuchi imagined the legacy her magnun opus Sailor Moon would have around the world and over time as well with different generations that embark different cultures.

The last time the world saw the original run of the manga, was on April 4th 1997 and the television show on February 8th of the same year. There has been numerous adaptions of the show from two anime's (the recent one Sailor Moon Crystal aired on 2014), a live action series, three O.V.A.s as well countless of stage adaptions and video games over the years.

I do not even remember how I landed with this show back in 1995, as it was airing for the first time translated in Spanish in Latin America. I think it was on T.V. Azteca, where I saw the first season of the show for the first time. I got hooked as I never saw a "girly" or bishojo that I could enjoy from the beginning to the end.

Neptune and Uranus kiss
The appeal of the show and manga lays on how transgressive it was for the early 90's as well as it's for today, such as including a power couple that was also composed by two women, Uranus and Neptune, which at the beginning of the 1990's it was taboo to place a LGTBQ on the mainstream television albeit not uncommon on the reading materials.

It's difficult to place Uranus and Neptune in an era that not only in Japan but worldwide, LGTQB were facing discrimination world wide due the AIDS pandemic and the association due some backlash political speech, that placed the population into a problematic zone, as if they were responsible's of the emergence of the virus.

The 90's was an extremely conflicted era, but also one that was the transition from the Generation X to the Millenials; besides Sailor Moon, I always remember The Gulf War, Paris is Burning and the musical revolution in the hands of the Viacom corporation with the creation of the Music Television or as is better known as MTV and how they manage the inception of giving the LGTQB a face as well people living with HIV and AIDS thanks to the late activist Pedro Zamora. Those were my memories of the 90's, and how essentially the envisioned my first decade of life, as well having in my hands through the Internet the stories of Armistead Maupin.

Sailor Moon in all of the versions of the show has given a break from how terrible reality can be, by showing some positive examples not only by adding the Sailors couple, but also by around the other characters that surround them; maybe that's the pretty legacy of Sailor Moon, that even if the world is in peril there are always ways to fight to make the world a better place, and that's why the show has an ever lasting appeal.