It’s been a bit of an insane week, so rather than doing the adult thing and spending my weekend actually getting work done, I thought it would be a good idea to answer a five-year-old Sailor Moon questionnaire I found online… and hopefully get to know some of you better through hearing your answers!
Let’s get this started!
As I’m sure you’ve heard from me time and time again, I generally try – to limited degrees of success – to keep personal feelings out of this blog as much as possible. This is because I’d rather provide a resource for you, and future readers, to find the information they’re looking for and make up their own minds.
But it’s the weekend, so that means we can ignore all the rules and take a moment to talk about how we feel about the series, without doing any analysis, translation, or reading up on Japanese laws on the age of consent. As noted above, these questions come from a 2012 tumblr post by the user simplysailormoon.1
Q1: Who are your 3 favorite senshi?
We’re not playing around here, are we? Opening right with the big questions.
I actually like all the senshi for their own reasons, some of them more for their potential as characters (such as Setsuna) and less for what we saw in the series. But I absolutely realize that this is a cop-out answer, so I’ll actually try to answer the question at hand.
My favorite senshi would be (in order):
… and now that I typed this list out, I realize that you could probably make a bizarre shipping love triangle out of that. But I assure you, that’s not my intention.
I’ve always loved Rei – in her manga, live-action, and anime incarnations – for her dedication and strong personality. Minako is a refreshingly strong female character, especially in the Codename: Sailor V manga. And Yaten? Honestly, I can’t say for sure why I love Yaten’s character so much, but I just… do. I also love Grumpy Bear and other negative characters, so that might be related.
Q2: Who is your favorite NON senshi character?
If I felt like cheating, I could probably say “Tuxedo Mask!” but I think that goes against the spirit of the question.
Assuming that we’re allowed to include villains, then I’d say Kunzite, hands down. Ever since I first saw him in the series, he’s always been a favorite character of mine. Everything from his relationship with Zoisite to the tense relationship with Prince Endymion, the guy was absolutely awesome. If we’re supposed to pick a “normal” character…?
Q3: Who are your 3 favorite SM couples and why?
My answer here is probably going to be pretty unpopular, but the romance in Sailor Moon is one of the least interesting themes for me. I love the series for its story of a group of young girls succeeding against all odds by coming together and supporting each other. I love seeing the female empowerment. I… don’t really care about the relationships.
Since I don’t feel like I can meaningfully answer this question, we’ll move on!
Q4: Who do you think you are most like in the series?
I’d like to say Rei (anime?) in that I fully realize I can come off as mean and incredibly critical of everyone around me, but it’s only because I hold them, and myself, to high expectations and want nothing but the best. If my friends are slacking off, I will tell them as much. If they need help, I’ll be the first one over.
More realistically, I’m probably more like Shinozaki – I appear, help someone out, and no one remembers me after the fact.
Q5: Which movie is your favorite?
Honestly? I don’t really like any of the movies all that much. Since they need to tell a full story, from beginning to end, in such a short amount of time, it all feels so superficial.
If I had to pick one, it’d probably be the Sailor Moon R movie. It’s still very much a Sailor Moon-only affair, but I think it gave the rest of the Sailor Soldiers more time to shine than the others.
Q6: Which fuku do you like the best?
I feel like this question is asking about the Sailor Soldier fuku and not their school uniforms, but I’m going to conveniently ignore that.
Personally, I absolutely love the TA Gakuin uniform that Rei wears, particularly the long-sleeved fall/winter version. My second favorite would be the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars high school uniform worn by the main cast. Of course the traditional Juban Junior High uniform is also nice, but I guess I’ve just seen too much of it.
As for Sailor Soldiers? Sailor V’s uniform, all the way.
Q7: Has Sailor Moon inspired you in any way and how?
… this blog? It also inspired me to study Japanese, which ultimately put my entire life on course to living in Japan, becoming a translator, and meeting my wife. My half-Japanese daughter is sitting on my lap as I type this. But that’s all kind of indirect, I suppose.
Q8: Why did you start watching/reading Sailor Moon?
Saw it on tv one day back in fall of 1997 and fell in love with the series and characters. I loved the fact that the story continued from episode to episode – something that was uncommon in American cartoons at the time, and even now – and that even the enemies had their own motivations. I loved it from the first episode I saw.
Q9: Are you open or secret about your love for Sailor Moon?
Definitely secret. I’m fairly open about video games, anime, and other forms of media that I’m a fan of, but I usually keep Sailor Moon out of the picture due to how easily it could be misunderstood.
No matter what anime fan sites or people on twitter may claim, otaku culture is still looked upon negatively in Japan, and telling people you like a show about female superheroes in short skirts can be misinterpreted very quickly.
Q10: Which of the 3 cats do you like best?
This is a weird final question. But I’m going to say Artemis, because I loved his relationship with Minako. They always struck me more as a team and less as a student/teacher relationship like in the case of Luna and Usagi.
Q11: Whose backstory would you like to know more about?
Due to the time/space limitations in the anime and manga, a lot of the other cast members really only got cursory explanations (at best) about their families and backstories. We know that Makoto’s parents died in a plane crash. We know that Rei’s father’s a jerk. Haruka and Michiru are rich because… they have patrons? Who knows about that one.
While I’d love to know so much more about each and every character in the series, probably the most vexing to me is Sailor Pluto/Setsuna. There is almost no information about her non-senshi life at all and what we do know makes no sense. I’d love to know how she fit into the world a little better.
So those are my answers to this Sailor Moon questionnaire, but I’d love to hear yours! Feel free to answer as many (or as few!) as you want down below in the comments. One of the reasons for starting this blog is that it gives me a chance to learn more about other people’s takes on the series, so I’d love to see how everyone else feels about these things!