What Legal Troubles Were Caused by Moonlight Densetsu?

The People vs. the Princess of the Moon et al.

The People vs. the Princess of the Moon et al.

What’s that? Didn’t I already talk about the possible plagiarism by everyone’s favorite Sailor Moon theme song, Moonlight Densetsu?

Of course I did! But thanks to the wonderful readers here, commenters on Twitter, and further research, it’s come to my attention that there was not only an even earlier song that sounds suspiciously similar to DALI’s hit, but they were actually even accused of copyright infringement.

Well, let’s get started!

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Is Moonlight Densetsu a Rewrite of Another Song?

Moonlight Densetsu – AKB48

Moonlight Densetsu – AKB48

I can’t possibly be the only one who instantly hears the first few bars of “Moonlight Densetsu” play through my head whenever I hear the words Sailor Moon come up in conversation, right? From the enchanting, upbeat melody to the heart touching lyrics, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect some to ring in the some a beautiful anime.

Except… the song wasn’t originally made for Sailor Moon at all. At least, not when it first came out. That’s right! Today, we’ll be talking about about the history of Moonlight Densetsu!

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What References Did the Animators Fit Into the Sailor Moon Anime?

Think the Sailor Moon offices looked like this?

Think the Sailor Moon offices looked like this?

A question I (and many other Sailor Moon fans) often get asked is: Which do you like better? The anime, or the manga?

Nearly 20 years ago, when I was first getting into Sailor Moon, this was an easy answer for me — the manga, of course! It’s closer to Ms. Takeuchi’s vision and tells a more mature, concise story.

But now, I’m not so sure about that. As weird as it is to say, I think they’re both my favorites, but precisely because they are so different, and how much fun you can tell the animation staff had in creating some of their wacky monsters of the day and sub plots. Today, we’ll talk about one such episode!

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Where Did the Death Busters’ Daimons Get Their Names? (Part 3)

If Ronald Reagan Were a Daimon...

If Ronald Reagan Were a Daimon…

Finishing up our series on the puns, wordplays, and other linguistic background to the names of the Sailor Moon S Daimons, today we’re looking at those who worked under Mimete. If you haven’t had a chance to yet, you can first read up on Part 1 and Part 2 here!

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Where Did the Death Busters’ Daimons Get Their Names? (Part 2)

Eudial and Doorknobdaa

Eudial and Doorknobdaa

Here we are again, continuing on with our exciting look into the origins of the names of the Sailor Moon S anime Daimons. This is a continuation of Part One, so if you haven’t had read it, it may be interesting to read up on first.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Where Did the Death Busters’ Daimons Get Their Names? (Part 1)

Cenicienta – The Shoe Daimon

Cenicienta – The Shoe Daimon

Since we’ve already taken a deep dive into the origins of the names of the Death Busters themselves, I figured it’s about time that we actually look at the Daimons in the anime took a look at the source for their names. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Whose Real Life Parenting Experience Inspired a Sailor Moon Episode?

... I'm not sure how I'd feel about seeing this

… I’m not sure how I’d feel about seeing this

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned on many different occasions, I absolutely adore the Cardian story arc from the first half of Sailor Moon R. It’s not so much to do with the fact that the story itself is particularly interesting or that I’m a huge fan of Moonlight Knight,1 but rather it’s precisely because the story itself is less epic in nature. The whole storyline felt like a series of “slice of life”2 episodes where you actually got a know a little more about the day-to-day lives of the characters.

And today, we’re going to talk about one such episode.

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Why Were Both Queen Beryl and Luna Voiced by Keiko Han?

The Evil Queen We Will Defeat

The Evil Queen We Will Defeat

One of the more endearing “behind the scene” mysteries to me about the development of the Sailor Moon anime is just why, exactly, did Luna and Queen Beryl share a voice actress. Certainly, Keiko Han was a very talented – and veteran – voice actress who’s been active in the industry since her debut in 1977,1 but that doesn’t explain why the anime would choose to reuse her talent for two major roles. Today, we’ll take a look at one theory to explain this.

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What Magical Girl Was Sailor Moon Based On?

The Masked Belle Poitrine

The Masked Belle Poitrine

Over this past year of exploring all of the hidden histories and minor intricacies in the world of Sailor Moon, one point that we’ve continuously come back to is that nothing is ever quite as simple as it seems. Much like an onion, there are layers and layers of neat bits of trivia. So in honor of the one-year anniversary of this blog, I’d like to go back way to the beginning: what was the inspiration behind the magical girl known as Sailor Moon?

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Why Was There No Sailor Stars Movie?

What could have been...

What could have been…

When you consider what a hot property Sailor Moon was as a full-blown multimedia marketing machine from the early- to mid-90’s, it seems like something of a mystery that there never was a movie for the fifth season to wrap the series up. After all, with the new stories and characters introduced in Sailor Stars, there must have been a lot of potential for making a movie, right? Well, that’s what we’re going to take a look at today!

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