11 Questions on My Sailor Moon Favorites!

It's the weekend... don't ask

It’s the weekend… don’t ask

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!

"Sailor Moon Questionnaire" from tumblr user simplysailormoon

“Sailor Moon Questionnaire” from tumblr user simplysailormoon

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

Now girls, don't fight. You're all my favorite!

Now girls, don’t fight. You’re all my favorite!

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):

  1. Rei
  2. Minako
  3. Yaten

… 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…?

Not a fan of Tuxedo Melvin? Fight me.

Not a fan of Tuxedo Melvin? Fight me.

This guy.

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.

Shinozaki and I have lots in common

Shinozaki and I have lots in common

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.

The T.A. Gakuin uniform is just so cool!

The T.A. Gakuin uniform is just so cool!

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.

Otaku as shown on Japanese news

Otaku as shown on Japanese news

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.

Your turn!

Your turn!

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!


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13 comments

  • JAMES TROTTER

    HI ALWAYS READ POSTS SOME TIMES HA HA OK 1 MY TOP 3 MOON JUPITER AND MARS 2 MY FAV NON SENSHI TUXEDO MASK HE IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER ( YES I KNOW FUNNY IN A SHOW ABOUT ALL GIRLS ISN’T ) 3 FAV COUPLES 1 SAILOR MOON AND TUXEDO MASK 2 Nephrite and Naru ( YES I KNOW ITS ANIME ONLY BUT I AM A SUCKER FOR A GOOD LOVE STORY WITH SOME ACTION I THINK THAT IS WHY I LIKE SAILOR MOON ) AND 3 JUPITER AND Asanuma ( I KNOW BUT I WISH IT HAD CONE SOME WHERE ) 4 most like SAILOR MOON I RELATE TO HER SO MUCH HA HA 5 FAV MOVIE R 6 FUNNY QUESTION OK REI’S UNIFORM 7 Has Sailor Moon inspired ME DONT THINK SO 8 SAW IT ON TV WHEN I WAS LITTLE FIRST STARTED WATCHING IT FOR THE CUTE GIRLS HA HA THEN THE STORY GOT ME IN AND STS STILL ONE OF MY FAVS TO THIS DAY 9 AM I OPEN ABOUT BEING A FAN HA HA I MIGHT DROP THE NAME MIXED WITH SOME OTHERS LIKE DRAGON BALL FULLMETAL ALCEMIST AND FAIRY TAIL AND SEE HOE PEOPLE REACT SOME TIMES HA HA ONLINE I DONT MIND TALKING ABOUT IT BUT 10 LUNA HER ORKING WITH MOON ALWAS MAKE ME GIGGLE 11 WELL Queen Beryl’S BACK STORY SOUNDS LIKE THERE IS STORY THERE FROM THERE PAST LIFE TO TODAY HOW DID SHE FIND THE GENERALS IN THE MODERN ERA IN THE PAST LIFE WHAT WAS IT LIKE SEEING THE ONE SHE WAS IN LOVE WITH WITH SOME ONE OTHER IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE ARE SOME TAILS TO TELL

  • Sounds like fun.

    1) I like three of them far more than the others, and those are Makoto, Usagi, and Ami in that order. It’s interesting that you put Yaten in your top three… a lot of people like the Starlights, but I don’t think many would put one of them as a top 3 favorite. Especially since their background is so different and their appearance is so unusual compared to… well, everything in the rest of the series.

    2) You seemed to be considering more obscure characters… but isn’t the answer going to be Naru or Mamoru, or maybe a likeable bad guy for most fans? I’ll go with Mamoru.

    3) I know what you mean, I’m not really about the couples. Anyway, Usagi/Mamoru, Haruka/Michiru, Lead Crow/Aluminum Siren.

    4) I’m not a close match for any character, since they excel in a lot of ways and have strong personalities while I’m more of an average person. Maybe a mix of Saphir and Ami, more of a follower/helper than a leader.

    5) I used to love the movies, but in hindsight they really weren’t as good as the series. The R movie had memorable moments and great music, so it’s easily the best of the three for me.

    6) I’m not really partial to any of them. I guess Makoto’s uniform just because it belongs to my favorite character. Rei’s probably looks the coolest.

    7) It inspired me to continue my love of anime and learn some of the Japanese language and learn about Japanese culture. I didn’t take it nearly as far you did though!

    8) It was somewhere around late 1996 that I caught it on TV one morning. It was episode 11 (a great starting point if you can’t start at the very beginning) and I thought it was so dumb, but somehow wanted to see more. A few episodes later I was still watching, and I was hooked by the next week. I know it was 1996 because I remember discussing the show on the Sailor Moon newsgroup and people only knew little tidbits of information about Stars, and then someone living in Japan posted a short play-by-play of the finale episode so fans would know how the whole series ended months before they’d get to see a fansub.

    9) I’ve never told anyone I know. A friend of mine found a Sailor Moon fan site I had made in 1997 and I deleted it in a hurry out of embarrassment. My friends did not think anime was cool at all.

    10) I agree with you, I like Artemis because he seems like more of a teammate than the authoritative Luna. (Not that Luna didn’t have good reasons!)

    11) I guess I’d like to see more of any character’s past… the younger years and family life of the inner senshi, or Haruka and Michiru, would be interesting. Also, I always thought the invasion of the Black Moon would have made a great movie… I want to know just how things went so wrong, and more about what led Chibiusa to travel to the past.

    • I’ll admit, my love of Yaten as a character is a bit bizarre. There’s just something about the character I absolutely loved when I first started reading the old Hitoshi Doi episode summaries way back in the late 90s, and later the Kurozuki manga summaries. Obviously the Starlights were pretty underdeveloped as characters, but I always really wanted to know more about Yaten.

  • Q1: Who are your 3 favorite senshi?

    1. Jupiter
    2. Uranus
    3. Mercury

    While I also like all the characters, I love me some strong, badass fighting ladies. Jupiter & Uranus fit that to a T. Mercury is the brains of the operation and while I underappreciated her as a teen when I watched Sailor Moon for the first time on TV, that changed when I watched again​ the series as an adult. I identified too much with her to treat her the same again. I understood her more because I was very much like her in many ways. In addition to that – Darkury from the PGSM version was too delicious a character.

    Q2: Who is your favorite NON senshi character?

    That’s a hard question to answer, since they were not my focus, and I even hardly remember most of them. I suppose Motoki would be my favourite. His awkwardness when the girls were making googly eyes at him was just too funny and he offered some companionship to Mamoru.

    Q3: Who are your 3 favorite SM couples and why?

    1. Endymion x Serenity, 2. Neo Queen Serenity x King Endymion 3. Artemis x Luna (manga version)
    To be honest, I chose them because they look good togheter, which might sound embarassing, but the show didn’t offer much relationship development.

    Q4: Who do you think you are most like in the series?

    Forgot about this question and already answered it above. I’m most like Ami. While in no way I have her IQ, I always preferred books and music to being with people. I always was alone, but not lonely because I got very good at entertaining myself.

    Q5: Which movie is your favorite?

    While the movies where quite weak, when compared to the series, my favourite is “The Promise of the Rose”. Mainly because we have that very cute scene when Mamoru meets Usagi for the first time, just when he needed someone the most and that scene with the asteroid flying towards Earth was amazing. A bit of death & kiss resurrection improves the plot. Plus visually it was very good.

    Q6: Which fuku do you like the best?

    My favourite Senshi fuku is the one Sailor Moon had when she transforms with the Holy Grail. There was just something so beautiful about those long, wavy back waist ribbons. Also it was the first time when her fuku had a major change and it was so striking to me.
    If we’re talking about school uniforms, then my favourite was the one Minako was wearing, with the red handkerchief thingie.

    Q7: Has Sailor Moon inspired you in any way and how?

    It inspired me to start drawing, and while I am not a professional, I draw for fun, now and then. It’s also what powered up my interest for Japan, Japanese food and culture.

    Q8: Why did you start watching/reading Sailor Moon?

    Saw it on TV (uncensored ). At first I wasn’t even interested because the title in the program was translated as “The Moon in Sailor Suit” and I thought it sounded stupid. I switched the TV on halfway through the first episode and I was hooked.

    Q9: Are you open or secret about your love for Sailor Moon?

    Mostly secret. Perhaps because people are quick to judge and I just like to keep my passions to myself.

    Q10: Which of the 3 cats do you like best?

    Diana perhaps? She seems like the most chill out of the three.

    Q11: Whose backstory would you like to know more about?

    The four Shitennou. It was mind-blowing​ when I found out they were supposed to be the counterpart of the 4 Senshi. I would have loved to know more about their past lives.

    • Motoki is just a really great, all-around nice guy to have around. I especially like that they made him and Mamoru friends to kind of give Mamoru more of a reason to hang around and see the Sailor Team in the early episodes.
      Fans seem pretty divided over the way he was portrayed in the PGSM live-action show, but I think his new goofball personality fit the tone of the show pretty well.

  • Q1: #3) Haruka, #2) Minako, #1) Michiru

    Q2: Maybe Eudial? ‘Cause I find her laugh-out-loud funny. Or maybe Motoki ’cause I think he’s crushworthy.

    Q3: #3) Prince Demande & Saphir — I know this is cheating ’cause they’re not a couple, but I do think their relationship is one of the more moving elements of the R season, and it always guts me when Saphir dies (he really got a raw deal from the writers).

    #2) Zoisite & Kunzite — Learning they were a queer couple so many years after watching the DiC dub really blew my mind, but also warmed my heart. It’s cool that a same-sex pairing was treated with that kind of dignity in ’92.

    #1) Michiru & Haruka — In all truth, they’re my relationship goals. And they have been since I was about 15. I have a chibi-Michiru on my keyring, and I frequently joke that I’ll know my soulmate ’cause he’ll have a chibi-Haruka. But I’m really not joking. 🙂

    Q4: Something else I’ve said to a lot of people is that “I aspire to be Neptune, but I’m really just Venus.” The older I get, though, the more I think Hotaru might be the most relatable of them all for me.

    Q5: The S movie. Granted, I had never seen the R movie before a year ago, and I did love it. But I think the animation in the S movie is just gorgeous, I have some nice nostalgia from my first time watching it on vacation with my parents and my best friend at the time, and also, maybe most importantly, the Outers are in it. (And I just remembered while typing this that it was my first time seeing the Outers’ transformations ’cause the S season wasn’t available in the States yet.)

    Q6: I love the Mugen Academy uniforms Michiru and Haruka wear. And Neptune’s is definitely my favorite senshi uniform for the shoes. The shoes!

    Q7: More than anything, the relationship stuff I said in Q3. Also when I was a teenager I wrote this really corny superhero story that was a blatant and obvious Sailor Moon ripoff. It’s a cute enough memory to me now, but if someone dug it up, I’d be mortified.

    Q8: I spent a lot of my junior high/high school days in this shop that rented nothing but video games and animé, and they had a a few Sailor Moon posters on the wall that caught my eye; I’ve always been into girl-targeted media, and it just really looked like something I would love. They had a copy of the 3DO Sailor Moon S game, which I rented for a birthday party (you could rent consoles too), and they had two fansubbed VHS tapes of the first few episodes of the animé, which I rented but got kinda freaked out by (I still maintain that some of the very early eps are legitimately scary, lol). When the DiC dub came around a couple years late, I gave it another go and fell in love.

    Q9: Entirely open.

    Q10: Artemis.

    Q11: I echo your answer pretty much verbatim— there’s a lot I’d like to know about a bunch of the characters, particularly all the oblique references to Haruka & Michiru’s patrons and time “overseas;” but more than anything, I wish Setsuna had a fleshed out backstory. I’ve always loved her and honestly didn’t even realize that it was in spite of knowing nothing about her until one of your earlier posts about her lack of a storyline.

    • OH! The Mugen Gakuen uniforms…!! I can’t believe I forgot about this.
      I loved how the uniform (the bow) changed to match the year of school the student was in.

  • – Who are your 3 favorite senshi?
    Well, obviously Sailor Moon has to be in that list somewhere. But if I were to exclude her out of fairness to the others, as in, she is sort of a category of her own, I’d list my favorites as:
    Seiya (anime), Minako (manga), Rei (both)

    – Who is your favorite NON senshi character?
    I’m going to cheat a bit here…
    Manga: Kunzite or Artemis
    Anime: Nephrite
    PGSM: Zoicite

    -Who are your 3 favorite SM couples?
    Manga: Moon/Mask
    Anime: Nephrite/Naru
    Both: Chibiusa/Helios (I also like Luna/Artemis in anime but I can only choose 3.)

    -Who do you think you are most like in the series?
    Probably manga-version of Rei. I’m very intense, spiritual, etc. I don’t see myself as mean or anything, but I can be off-putting at times.

    -Which movie is your favorite?
    I’ve only seen each movie once. I’m really not a fan of any of them either. If I had to choose, I guess Promise of the Rose. The Chibiusa movie was weird, and I don’t really like the story of Luna falling for another guy. The manga version handled it better, I think.

    -Which fuku do you like the best?
    Super Sailor Moon! And since you did mention there’s a difference, the one with the two brooches.

    -Has Sailor Moon inspired you in any way and how?
    Sailor Moon sparked my interest in Japanese culture, anime, and science fiction. And I’m pretty obsessed with the Sailor Moon universe lol.

    -Why did you start watching/reading Sailor Moon?
    I actually saw the merchandise before even realizing what the show was. I was hooked right away. I loved anything with Sailor Moon on it. Then I got a few VHS tapes and fell in love with the series. Eventually, I found it on television!

    -Are you open or secret about your love for Sailor Moon?
    I’m extremely open about it. I have a Sailor Moon jacket I keep at work and a figurine at my desk. Plus, I make references to it all the time both in real life and on social media.

    -Which of the 3 cats do you like best?
    I mean, how can you choose a cat? I’d go with Artemis because I like him so much in the manga. But that’s not to say I dislike Luna or Diana. I like them all.

    -Whose backstory would you like to know more about?
    EVERYBODY. I want more on Silver Millenium, more about the outer senshi, more on Chibiusa’s early life, more on Sailor Cosmos, more on original Queen Serenity…I mean… there’s so much we DON’T KNOW. :/

    This was fun!

  • Q1: Chibi-Usa, Taiki, and Usagi (in that order)
    Q2: I’m not sure
    Q3: Haruka/Michiru, Usagi/Mamoru (because otherwise Chibi-Usa wouldn’t be born), Seiya/Makoto (used in a fanfic of mine)
    Q4: Probably Taiki, personality-wise, although I have some things in common with Usagi as well
    Q5: SuperS movie
    Q6: The first Sailor Chibi Moon outfit
    Q7: It got me into anime and the magical girl genre in general
    Q8: The summer of 2000
    Q9: Very open about it
    Q10: Luna, for her PGSM incarnation as Sailor Luna, plus, she inspired my dog’s name
    Q11: What is my favorite season of Sailor Moon? SailorStars

    • Seiya and Makoto… now THAT is an interesting character combination. I’d definitely be interested in hearing more about how they work out!

  • Q1: Who are your 3 favorite senshi?
    1) Sailor Mars/Rei
    2) Sailor Saturn/Hotaru
    3) Sailor Venus/Minako

    Q2: Who is your favorite NON senshi character?
    Black Lady (does that count? I mean she worked for the other side. :D)

    Q3: Who are your 3 favorite SM couples and why?
    Unfortunately the main focus was always on Usagi/Mamoru. I’d really like to see more romance among the rest of the inner senshi. Therefore there are not many options left and to be honest, I don’t like any of them. Maybe Pegasus/Helios and Chibiusa.

    Q4: Who do you think you are most like in the series?
    Being an Aries myself I would definitely say Rei/Sailor Mars. She was always my favourite character and the one I could most identify with.

    Q5: Which movie is your favorite?
    None. I prefer the series.

    Q6: Which fuku do you like the best?
    The uniform that Rei wears as well or/and from the Sailor Soldiers: Sailor Saturns.

    Q7: Has Sailor Moon inspired you in any way and how?
    To be interested in Astrology.

    Q8: Why did you start watching/reading Sailor Moon?
    I saw it on tv in 1998 and fell in love with it as well. It was my favourite tv show as a kid. I honestly prefer the old anime over Sailor Moon Crystal.

    Q9: Are you open or secret about your love for Sailor Moon?
    Open as a kid, secret as an adult now. ^^

    Q10: Which of the 3 cats do you like best?
    Luna. I like her quick temper.

    Q11: Whose backstory would you like to know more about?
    I mean the main focus was always on Usagy/Sailor Moon/Serenety and that bothered me a lot! Even though they showed some backstories of the other Sailor Soldiers, I always felt that something’s missing.

    • You know, that’s really interesting to hear that Sailor Moon helped get someone into astrology! I never really noticed it much when I was younger and was much more focused on the astronomy aspect, but when you get down into it, she really did a lot with astrology as well, particularly with their personalities and even down to their birthdays.

  • 1. My 3 favorite senshi are Ami, Makoto, and Minako.
    2. My favorite non-senshi character would probably be Naru, mostly because I like her design.
    3. My 3 favorite coouples are Ami/Makoto, Usagi/Ami, and Usagi/Minako. I’m a big fan of couples who help each other be their best selves, and that’s how I imagine these pairings would go.
    4. I consider myself most similar to Ami. Shy bookworm who doesn’t really have any friends until middle school? Relatable.
    5. I haven’t watched any of the movies, so I can’t say any of them is my favorite.
    6. I like Makoto’s uniform the best. I’m a sucker for sukeban style. Mercury’s got my favorite senshi outfit, though. I like the color.
    7 and 8. I feel a need to combine how Sailor Mon’s inspired with how I got interested in the series because they’re bound up close together for me. I don’t know how I first found about Sailor Moon, but I first got interested in the series through reading the excellent Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon series of recap threads on rpg.net. I decided to watch the show myself, but I also got inspired to do that sort of recap thread type of thing with other fiction to give me reasons to stop procrastinating on all the books I wanted to read. And I did it for Crystal, which was the only thing keeping me from giving up on that slog.
    9. I don’t go out of my way to talk about Sailor Moon, but if it comes up naturally in conversation I won’t pretend I don’t like it. I’m too bad at lying.
    10. I like Artemis the best of the cats because Sailor V was so funny and he was a good two-thirds of the humor for me.
    11. What’s my favorite version of Sailor Moon? I’m torn between the 90s anime and the various musicals. The anime makes the characters feel more like real people, but the musicals are just so wonderfully odd.

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