Gather round ye weebs for I have come to join your ranks. See, recently I heard word of VANS releasing a very sick looking collaboration with Sailor Moon. Now, I’m no Sailor Moon fanboy, in fact, I’ve never seen it. But I’m very keen for this collection. Why? I mean, look at it, you heathen!
This got me thinking – I would even go so far as to say it got me pondering – why is it that I have never seen Sailor Moon??? I mean, it’s a cultural icon. Everything from the art style to the music to the characters – it’s all firmly cemented in basically anyone who lives on this planet’s psyche.
I’d hazard a bet that if you floated over to that island with the uncontacted tribe – you know the one – in the news a while ago, don’t take kindly to visitors? Yeah, those guys, I bet even they know who Sailor Moon is.
So, I decided to do what should’ve been done a long time ago.
I finally trimmed my toenails. And after that, I watched some Sailor Moon!
And let me tell you, friend, I was hooked from the very first minute. Trust me, this is a genuine review from the heart, I thought it was gonna be dumb (turns out I’m dumb) – but I have now seen the light. Sailor Moon is sick. I mean, have you seen the opening?
With the opening over, I’m introduced to the world of Sailor Moon, well, less introduced, more thrust into. Honestly, I was impressed with the respect it had for its audience, are they not going to explain the talking cat? Or any of these characters?? What is this a Nolan film? Who are these people?
Well, turns out I accidentally watched episode two first. Onigiri on my face!
And yet, I loved it. It still worked. The dialogue was witty, the art style charming, great pacing, action, romance, cool fight scenes, fabulous outfits, talking cats, evil antagonists muttering “foolish human” to themselves on a seemingly very regular basis, and all wrapped up in a slice of life high school drama mixed with out-of-this-world supernatural elements? Where has this been all my life??
And it holds up so well three decades later. A word of caution though, if you’re venturing into the world of Sailor Moon for the first time, make sure you get your hands on the 1992 OG anime and not the recently remade and condensed Sailor Moon Crystal. The general consensus amongst the ultra online wise nerds of Reddit is the new adaptation loses so much of the charm that made the original series so successful.
So all in all, I learned many things, but the best thing I learned was the context for this meme I’ve been enjoying for years:
On that note, my job here is done. I’m off to watch some more Sailor Moon.
Nab yourself a slice of the Sailor Moon action from Vans.