Sailor Moon Sailor Stars

Alt title: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Sailor Stars

TV (34 eps)
1996 - 1997
3.918 out of 5 from 8,547 votes
Rank #1,858

With Mamoru studying abroad and Chibiusa back in Crystal Tokyo, Usagi and the girls adjust to high school life; but that may be easier said than done when Japan's newest singing sensations, the Three Lights, transfer to their school. Things get even more complicated with the arrival of a new nemesis, Galaxia, and new senshi who call themselves the Sailor Starlights. Are they friend or foe? And what's Usagi going to do, with her boyfriend out of town and Seiya of the Three Lights expressing his interest in her?

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This season is split into two arcs. In the first Queen Nehelenia is back, and so are all of the Sailor Soldiers. She is looking for revenge, and finds it through Mamoru. Can the love of Usagi save the day? I really, really liked this arc. The story was a little faster paced, and things got pretty intense. Mamo-chan and Usagi are just perfect for each other, and so seeing their relationship threatened… I’m not a huge crier, but I did almost cry during the finale. As silly and repetitive as this show can be at times, they certainly know how to do finales. It was the closing I felt was missing from SuperS, especially considering Chibi-Moon. Which takes us to the second arc of the season. Not to spoil too much of the first arc, but Mamoru is studying abroad, and Usagi and her friends are entering high school. The world is quiet, but a bit lonely for Usagi. Enter singing sensation the Three Lights, who transfer to Usagi’s school. A new enemy, Galaxia, appears, and with her comes the appearance of soldiers calling themselves the Sailor Starlights. Can the Sailor Soldiers defeat Galaxia? Who are the Sailor Starlights? And why must there be a new love interest for Usagi? There were some things about this arc/season I really liked, and some things that really irritated me about it, as seen from the last sentence of my summary. First off, even though this strayed from the manga (haven’t read the manga, just going off of what I’ve heard), this had everything I love about Sailor Moon. The animation was good, the music always fit the moment, the humor was great, and the emotions were real. Like I said with the other arc, the people behind this show really know how to do finales. The finale of the first season has always been my favorite, but now I’m thinking I need to go back and watch it again, to decide whether I liked it or this one better. This finale was very intense, and very emotional. Again, I almost cried in a few parts. I think part of the reason it was more intense was just because there were more characters to care about. The cast was quite big in the finale, but I think they did well on managing so many characters and letting them all have their moment to shine. Content warnings of nudity (not detailed), some swearing, homosexuality, and changing genders. Nothing really new, if you’ve watched all the other seasons. SPOILERS BELOW THIS POINT. I didn’t like the changing gender for the Starlights. Either have them be boy or girl. Not both. Not switching off. I did not like that at all. At first I thought maybe they were just girls pretending to be boys, but it was made pretty clear that they really are boys when not transformed. But that just makes the romance thing weird… And speaking of romance, my biggest complaint for this arc was with just that. Usagi and Seiya? Really? Didn’t we just establish in the first arc that Chibi-Moon will not exist if Usagi and Mamoru weren’t together? Which is kind of obvious anyways, but the first arc really drove that point home. So why are we trying to make drama there? If Seiya has feelings for Usagi, then whatever, but I didn’t like the way they tried to make it seem as if Usagi had feelings back, and that she was confused between the two. I know Usagi was lonely and having a guy with her helped, but still… And her friends didn’t seem too concerned either. They were some, but they seemed almost more concerned with Usagi being with two guys than with Usagi not being with Mamoru. I think this is starting to turn into a rant, but it just made no sense at all, after the first arc and Chibiusa not existing without Mamo-chan. Also, side note on the romance, it was odd how little it concerned Usagi that Seiya liked her and then Seiya was also a girl… You think there would have been some acknowledgment of that, like ‘oh, that guy I supposedly kind of like, he’s actually a girl…’ I found that kind of odd, how Usagi never acknowledged that. A bigger deal was made about Haruka and Michiru. My last complaint has to do with the finale. The very, very final battle. Usagi FINALLY becomes Princess Serenity, and then… she fights the battle naked. … What? I just spent the whole battle being confused as to why she was naked, and it just really pulled me out of the show and made the battle way less awesome and intense. I’m still confused why the felt the need to make her naked, and I did not like that decision at all. And Seiya, the gal that loves her, was down below watching. As Usagi is naked. And then after the fight, when her friends appear, and then Mamo-chan appears! She’s still naked… Not awkward at all, right? I’m not quite sure what they were thinking, with that. Overall, I really loved Sailor Moon. The series has its flaws, and it has some content I don’t like at all, but I can’t help but love it. Much of the twists are obvious and most episodes have the same things happening in just a slightly different way, but the finales are always great, and there are small moments that make the show worth watching. The characters are also great, and Usagi is there to let you know no matter how bad things may get, there is always hope and always love. As long as you don’t give up, you cannot lose.


Oh, hot damn!  Talk about the memories this brings back to me.  I spent my youth obsessing over Sailor Moon.  In fact, I was convinced I was Sailor Jupiter until I was in fifth grade.  True story.  Feel free to question my sanity. This review may very well end up biased as fuck.  Oh well. The STORY of Sailor Moon follows average junior high student Usagi Tsukino who discovers that she is a guardian of justice: Sailor Moon.  Usagi is a lazy, clumsy girl who holds no promise of being a protector whatsoever. As the story progresses, however, she is able to find herself as she meets other guardians and fights evil along the way.   This anime is incredibly episodic.  I mean, over the top.  A good portion is spent fighting various creatures created by the antagonists (multiple, through out the season) and overcoming obstacles.  I happen to enjoy episodic anime in this sort of magical girl realm.  If you don't, then this may not be a good anime for you to watch.  Oh, and you get to watch girls transform into mini skirts and skin tight leotards.  Bonus. I can admit that the story gets a bit bizarre when it begins introducing new villians throughout the season.  Many times the villians are various copycats of the original Negaverse.  This is pretty common in episodic animes and doesn't bother me.  However, it may make you want to pull your hair out so do be careful. Also, some of the names in this were so cheesy that I couldn't help but laugh.  Moon Kingdom?  Neo Tokyo?  God, that shit is gold. The ANIMATION, in my opinion, was beautiful: especially for it's time.  But, you know, there's a pretty decent chance that I'm thinking of some of the manga animation and mixing it up.  (I'm a HUGE fan of the girls in the manga.  I think they're gorgeous).  One thing I liked was that the characters didn't all look the same.  Usagi had the most ridiculous hair I've ever seen and I would give anything for a pair of scissors to cut those stupid bun heads off of her, but it also did make her unique.  It was obvious to me that Neptune was meant to be the most beautiful and Ami the most plain.  It was also obvious that Jupiter was meant to be a bit more masculine - as Haruka was too. All of this added up to an eclectic bunch in both personality and appearance. The SOUND... this isn't something I can be unbiased about.  I grew up to this sound track.  This sound track was my jam when I was in elementary school.  I simply can't put a proper rating on it.  Whenever I hear it, all I can think of are nostalgic memories of me running around with my little girlfriends and fighting imaginary evil in the name of love and justice.  Sorry folks. I always enjoyed the CHARACTERS in Sailor Moon.  I felt as if they all had their unique personalities and that added to the storyline.  I especially loved Neptune.  Let's face it: she's basically perfect.  You're going to love her or hate her.  Ami was endearing with her sweet, nonconfrontational personality and extreme intelligence.  Hotaru pulled on your heart strings with her will to be working for justice and having to fight the evil inside her.  Haruka was BADASS and quite possibly one of my favorite characters.  Minako kind of made me want to kill a baby, but I can overlook that for the sake of childhood memories.  I also enjoyed the original antagonists as well.  It was interesting that Jedite, Zoicite, Malacite and Nephrite (I probably just butchered all of their names -- get over it) were connected to Prince Darien on the Moon Kingdom.  Beryl was also an interesting antagonist.  However, none of them top my love for Allan and Ann.  Haha, what a messed up bunch they were, but so interesting to my ten year old mind. Lastly, my PERSONAL ENJOYMENT is off the charts for this one.  It was just the shit for me growing up.  I still have Sailor Moon memorabilia littering my house: dolls, posters, shirts -- you name it, I've got it.  Except figurines.  That sucks.  My intense love affair with this anime probably renders this review biased, but that's okay.  It's the anime of animes for me; the anime that got me into anime in the first place. I would recommend this anime for people who like episodic anime like Hell Girl or Shugo Chara!.  Then again, you never know because I love the shit out of Deadman Wonderland and GANTZ.  Give it ago if you feel like it, and if you don't, there's plenty of other fantastic anime fish in the sea.

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