When you dedicate a large portion of your free time to crawling through 25+ years of Sailor Moon sources, you eventually just learn to accept that running across inaccurate information is simply a fact of life.
However, thanks to the recent releases of Kodansha and Viz’s manga and anime translations along with the rise of curated (… okay, not really) wikis, the general quality of information you’re going to run into nowadays is worlds better than what I started with as a fan in the late 90s.
That being said, today I’d like to tackle five of the more common myths I often run across in my research and see if I can set them straight. Who knows, maybe some piece of Sailor Moon trivia you’ve “known” about for years could be on this list!
One thing I’d like to make perfectly clear is that I’m not belittling anyone for getting these things wrong. Not only is Sailor Moon a complex series with a sometimes convoluted story line, nearly all of the primary information sources are in Japanese, a language that most fans don’t even speak.
The fact that the franchise also spans two anime series, a manga, musicals, a live action TV show, and countless officially licensed books just further muddies the waters over what is “canon” in the series’ lore.
I’m also not immune to these problems. Despite my best efforts, I’ve made mistakes on multiple occasions over the years, and I’m always thankful to the readers to comment and let me know so I can make corrections.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Naoko drew Sailor Moon by herself
Like nearly every other major published manga artist, Ms. Takeuchi had help in making sure she got out an issue of Sailor Moon once a month, every single month, for the 5+ years that the series ran. And I don’t mean just in terms of Fumio “Osabu” Osano, her longtime editor and friend, but that she also had multiple assistants who helped her with the art in the series.
Unfortunately, it’s pretty common in Japan for art assistants to go uncredited,1 so we don’t have much information on who they were or how many people worked for her, but she implies in her “Naoko Punch” stories that it was a team of people.
The only member of her staff that we know of is manga artist Kenjiro Hata,2 though what work he performed on the manga is unknown.
We don’t know Chibi Chibi’s real identity
I honestly don’t understand how this persists, or where it even came from. Both the anime and the manga are incredibly clear about the identity of Chibi Chibi, and there’s really no room for debate on the subject.
In the anime Chibi Chibi is revealed to be Sailor Galaxia’s star seed, while in the manga she is Sailor Cosmos in disguise.
Usagi is a saintly character
There are probably a lot of people out there that would disagree with me on this, but Ms. Takeuchi has consistently stated that she intended to create Usagi as a real, normal girl — not your typical heroine type. In fact, she describes Usagi’s character as “somewhat ずるい,” meaning a person who is “sly, cunning, sneaky, or crafty.”3 Basically, willing to not play by the rules to get her way.
I mean, Usagi’s relationship with Ami started purely out of her desire to have someone boost her grades!
Though this is just a personal opinion, I feel like fans have started viewing Usagi as more of a “pure-hearted messiah” character in recent years, an image that the Sailor Moon Crystal anime seems to endorse.
Sailor Galaxia is the Sailor Senshi of the Milky Way galaxy
Considering the naming scheme used throughout the Sailor Moon series, this is a pretty easy mistake to make. In fact, with the exception of Sailor Soldiers like ChibiMoon, Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Kakyuu, and the Animamates, nearly every Sailor Soldier is named after the celestial body they represent. The natural assumption is that Sailor Galaxia gets her name from, well, the galaxy.
Though the anime is pretty much mum on the subject, we are told that she is (supposedly) the most powerful Sailor Soldier in the galaxy. You could interpret this to mean that she is, in fact, the holder of the Milky Way star seed, but I’d say that’s pretty unlikely since her star seed is shown to be Sailor Chibi Chibi Moon (as discussed above).
In the manga, we know that she comes from an unnamed impoverished planet and that she wandered the galaxy in pursuit of greater and greater power before teaming up with Chaos, but there’s nothing to imply that the Milky Way is the source of her power.
The Sailor Moon manga and anime were released at the same time
This is one of those “facts” that many often get wrong… and yet, doesn’t really matter at all in the end. However, just for the sake of being pedantic, no, the Sailor Moon manga and anime did not release at the same time. In fact, there was a 3-4 month time lag between the two!
The first episode of the anime aired in Japan at 7 pm on March 7, 1992. Act 1 of the manga, however, was released in the February 1992 issue of Nakayoshi.
While that may seem “close enough” for all you not-super-pedantic people out there,4 Nakayoshi has a multi-month publishing lead time on its magazine, meaning that the February 1992 issue actually hit store shelves in December 1991.
Anyway, those are just five misrepresented “facts” that I often see around the internet and thought I’d try to clear up. There are a lot of little things out there that I’d love to drone on and talk your ear off about, but I don’t think most people are really interested in hearing about my pet peeves with how Youma and other monster names are misinterpreted among the fan community.
Is there anything out there that you often see repeated that just grinds your gears? Or maybe there’s some bit of Sailor Moon trivia that you wish more people knew about. Let me know down below!