Review: Sailor Moon
Long ago, the universe was in perfect harmony, ruled over by the benevolent Queen of the Moon Kingdom and her beautiful daughter Princess Serenity, however, that was not to be. A dark power known as Queen Metalia corrupted the hearts of several citizens of earth who already envied the members of the moon kingdom for their longevity and started a war that destroyed everything. Upon seeing her world destroyed around her, the Queen of the moon made a wish on the all-powerful silver crystal that saved the princess and her court, sending them off into the far flung future.
Several years later, 14 year old student, Tsukino Usagi saves a cat with a strange mark on her forehead and from there, everything goes insane around her. Forced to become the magical girl known as Sailor Moon to save a friend, she is tasked with the job of finding and reviving the moon Princess and the rest of her court so that balance can be restored once again.
Although the magical girl genre is typically one exclusively for small children, 'Sailor Moon' has many dark moments and parts of the plot that make it interesting to all ages. Of course, there are the typical romance scenes, and much of the plot seems to cover the main character and her friends falling for different boys, but it also covers the dangers of trusting people unconditionally and emphasises the importance of good friendship and team work.
As the first anime I ever watched, (with many week day mornings spent watching alongside me Onii-san) Sailor Moon will always have a special place in my heart, but even I can see that it is not for everyone. The story is not for ones who dislike sappy love stories, aimed more at girls than boys and is filled with teenage angst of 'he likes me, he likes me not' variety. However, I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a story full of touching friendships and scenes that can, and will make people both cry and laugh out loud.