My First KiSS – Playing Dress Up With Digital Sailor Moon Dolls

A Sailor Moon KiSS

A Sailor Moon KiSS

When I did a quick poll of my peer group over whether they knew when KiSS dolls were, the answer was typically broken down into two distinct categories: an emphatic “OMIGAWD YES!!!” or a blank stare.

And really, it’s kinda to be expected. KiSS dolls are one of those many things about the early days of the anime fandom where you really had to have been there to get what was so awesome about it.

Be that as it may, I still think it’s worth taking the time to talk about these wonderful time capsules from the early anime community and, for those that are interested, I’ve even provided a few here on this site for you to play with.

I hope you stick around for this blast to the anime past!

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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!

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Weekend Wrap-up – Japanese Fans Look Back on Sailor Moon

The La Reconquista Inner Senshi cast join a karaoke collaboration event

The La Reconquista Inner Senshi cast join a karaoke collaboration event

It’s that time again, where I figure we should ramble about some other things generally Sailor Moon related but that don’t fall under the blog’s goal. It’s the weekend, so we’re allowed to do that, right?

Of course we are! No one ever died from not following the rules, right? Right.

Let your hair down, kick your feet up, and grab yourself a nice cup of cocoa. Today we’re talking about Japanese fans’ thoughts as they look back on their favorite childhood show.

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Sailor Moon Café 2017 Review

Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 @ Omotesando Box

Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 @ Omotesando Box

As I’m sure you’re probably aware (and if you’re not – surprise!), Sailor Moon cafes have opened up for a limited time online in four different cities across Japan – Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

The cafes all feature the same Sailor Moon-themed menu, offering up an impressive selection of 13 different foods, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters and items that appear in the show.

Thanks to the absolutely wonderful people over at Patreon who support Tuxedo Unmasked, I had an opportunity to go to the Sailor Moon Cafe to write up this review.

I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry. Let’s eat!

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Happy Birthday Ami Mizuno!

Happy Birthday Ami!

Happy Birthday Ami!

Ami Mizuno – is there nothing this girl can’t do? Our second – or third, depending on if you count Sailor V – Sailor Soldier to appear in the series takes on a variety of important roles for the team, both in and our of costume. In addition to being an absolute genius, she also shows that she really understands her friends by serving as Usagi’s confidant in early episodes and as the voice of reason when Rei and Usagi start bickering.

She also likes cats, and anyone who likes cats is awesome in my book.

In honor of Ami’s birthday, I decided to compile a five of my favorite articles about her and share them with you, together with a few comments on the article.

1. What Does Ami’s 300 IQ Score Actually Mean?

What I found most interesting about this subject is that not only would Ami not be the first person to claim an IQ score of 300, but that nowhere in the series was it actually stated factually that it actually is that high. Just like the school rumors that were floating around about Makoto being a violent savage, her IQ score as just playground gossip originally.

2. Who Was the Inspiration Behind Ami’s Character Design?

This is where we first encounter Ms. Takeuchi’s love for 1980s and early 1990s idols, and it was a bit of a surprise to me to learn that there was actually a real-world inspiration behind Ami’s design. To be honest, though, I wonder how much of what Naoko says here is true, since Ami is clearly taken straight from her earlier manga, Miss Rain, and is very similar in design to the Sailor V character Hikaru Sorano. So maybe Miss Rain/Hikaru was based on the idol…?

3. What’s the Significance of Ami’s Parents Being Divorced?

While by no means “the norm” now, it’s far more accepted in today’s day and age to portray single parent households in media. In Japan, however, that’s still not quite the case, with more single parent homes either being the result of the death of one parent, or the parent simply not being show or addressed… ever. And that’s today. But back in 1993, this was a pretty big move for Ms. Takeuchi to take in her children-focused manga. As someone who grew up with divorced parents, I commend her for doing this.

4. Why was Ami the Most Popular of the Sailor Soldiers?

After years of hearing it repeated over and over on message boards, websites, and at Sailor Moon events, I finally had to take look at the whole concept of the cast’s popularity, and how the characters were perceived at the time. To my surprise, the results showed that Sailor Mercury’s popularity was in fact just like we had been told… and not true at all, at the same time.

5. Could Ami Really Be Allergic to Love Letters?

The topic for this article came to mind while I was having lunch with a friend and we were joking about “stupid, unrealistic anime tropes,” and the topic of how ridiculous it was that Ami could be allergic to love letters came up. The more I thought about it, though, the more I wondered if it could in fact be true. Psychomatic disorders are something that have fascinated me for a long time (don’t ask, I know I’m weird), so it seemed like something worth diving into. I’m glad I did!

In the words of Winston Churchill: "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."

In the words of Winston Churchill: “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

Every time I sit down to write an article and begin my research, I always wind up coming away with more questions I want to delve further into than I started with – and that’s exactly what I love about Sailor Moon! The deeper you dig, the more mysteries you find, waiting to be uncovered.

If you have any questions you’d like me to look into about Ami – across her myriad of forms, be it manga, anime, or the live-action show! – I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Sailor Moon Quiz – Manga Edition

... Earth?

… Earth?

Continuing with my theme of posting lighter, easier, and slightly less in-depth content over the weekend, I decided that it’d be fun to take on a Sailor Moon trivia quiz “cold” – meaning without doing any research whatsoever, and just answering questions to the best of my ability off the top of my head.

It’s very possible – nay, likely – that I’ll make a complete fool of myself. But hey, I’ve never been shy about admitting what I don’t know! Please note that, for the sake of consistency, all questions are limited to the manga. Anime answers don’t count.

For anyone who would like to try to answer these questions for yourself before reading my answers, I’ll provide the list of questions here:

  1. What is the full name of Sailor Moon’s creator?
  2. What are the four who protect Usagi called?
  3. What is the name of the enemy that they were connected to in a previous generation?
  4. What is the purpose of the talismans wielded by the Outer Senshi?
  5. What does Sailor Moon need to transform into her Super form?
  6. What was the title of the precursor series to Sailor Moon?
  7. Name three attacks that only appear in the manga.
  8. What’s Motoki’s girlfriend’s name?
  9. How many volumes were there in the original manga run?
  10. Where did the Queen of the previous generation wind up going?
  11. Who is Helios?
  12. What is the relationship between Death Phantom and Demando and the rest?
  13. What does Ami’s father do?
  14. What does Rei’s father do?
  15. Who defeated Queen Beryl?
  16. How did Makoto’s parents die?
  17. What does the Omega Area ultimately become?
  18. List the order of Sailor Moon’s forms (her names).
  19. Where did the Death Busters come from?
  20. Who was the editor of Sailor Moon?

Let’s get started!

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Answering Your Sailor Moon Questions – the Sequel

Seriously, this is how I write the blog

Seriously, this is how I write the blog

Back by popular demand, here comes another lightning round of Sailor Moon questions that come up often that are either not long enough to warrant a full-blown answer, or I have no clue what the answer is and I’m willing to go on record and embarrass myself. But I desperately try to keep it to more of the former and less of the latter.

Of course, if you have any questions you’d like to suggest, please leave it down below in the comments!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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