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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[Sailor Games] Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R (Game Boy)

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R for the Game Boy (1994)

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R for the Game Boy (1994)

Whether you love the Sailor Moon games developed by Angel or not, you have to be impressed by the developer’s ability to not only keep publishing games at a rather fast pace, but also the fact that they managed to innovate with each and every game, learning from the lessons of the older games and fixing problems for players. This time we’re taking a look at Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R for the Nintendo Game Boy.

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[Sailor Games] Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R (Super Famicom)

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R for the Super Famicom (1993)

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R for the Super Famicom (1993)

Following up on the success of the success of the first Super Famicom Sailor Moon game released on August 27, 1993, Angel followed up on its success with yet another side-scrolling beat ’em up just 4 months later, on December 29, 1993,1 this time based on the Sailor Moon R anime. Though its apparent that a lot of material was re-used between the two games in order to cut out on time needed for programming and art design, there’s a surprising amount of new content to the game and the fighting engine has been greatly upgraded, so it really does stand out well on its own. Let’s take a look!

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[Sailor Games] Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (Super Famicom)

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon for the Super Famicom (1993)

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon for the Super Famicom (1993)

After the amazing success of the Sailor Moon game for the Game Boy, developer Angel went immediately back to the drawing board to make their next game – this time for the then-leading powerhouse, the Super Famicom. Released on August 27, 1993, the game came out while the Sailor Moon R anime was airing on TV, but considering the lead time necessary to develop a game like this, it seems to have been based entirely on the Classic season of the anime. So without further ado, let’s take a look and see what Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon has to offer!

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[Sailor Games] Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (Game Boy)

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon for the Game Boy (1992)

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon for the Game Boy (1992)

Almost as soon as Sailor Moon was released in Japan, it had a fully-charged marketing machine right behind it ready to put the story of these sailor-suited magical girls into every product imaginable. From finger puppets to puzzles, paper plates to board gamesSailor Moon probably had a product of some sort to meet the needs (and price points!) of most kids. It really shouldn’t come as any surprise that Sailor Moon would get a game, though it is interesting that its first game would be for the Game Boy. Programmed by Angel (a subsidiary of Bandai), the Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon was released for Game Boy on December 18, 1992.1 It’s probably safe to say that the release date one week before Christmas isn’t a coincidence.

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The Twelfth Day of Christmas – Sailor Moon Board Game

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas...

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas…

On the twelfth day of Christmas, we got the last – but absolutely not least – of the Sailor Moon toys from the early 1990s. Today, we’ll be taking a look at Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R – Beautiful Battle! (美少女戦士セーラームーンR 華麗なる戦い!), a 2-in-1 board game released – judging by the screenshots used and the omission of Black Lady – mid-to-late season in the Sailor Moon R anime run. Despite being a board game meant for six year olds and older, the game includes a surprising amount of depth with tons of rules, cards, and power tokens. For those wishing for a faster and simpler game (or when you can’t get together a full Sailor Team, I suppose), they include a second game on the back of the board with a completely different rule set.

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The Eleventh Day of Christmas – Sailor Moon Kisekae Dress-Up Book

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas...

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas…

On the eleventh day of (Sailor Moon) Christmas, we have delivered unto us an actual kisekae paper doll dress-up book, dating back to the Sailor Moon S anime season. I know I must have mentioned earlier that I’ve covered a ton of variations on the dress up doll formula over the past week or so, but when you consider the theme of the series – a junior high school girl who uses the power of magic to transform her clothes into that of a sailor-suited warrior of justice – and the elementary school girl target audience, it’s a pretty obvious “toy” when you think about it. Kisekae also was (and still is) incredibly popular in Japan, eventually spreading out to the fledgling anime otaku community in the West through sites like OtakuWorld. So what does an actual, paper kiss doll look like?

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