It should probably come as no surprise that, in the course of researching the 270+ articles posted on Tuxedo Unmasked, I happen to run across a lot of small bits of trivia. While some of what I find is interesting (and detailed) enough to turn into a full-blown article, more often than not it’s just something I note down for future reference and go on with my life.
Today we’re going to do a bit of a “spring cleaning” of sorts and share five of my favorite bits of Sailor Moon-related trivia that I’ve run across over my nearly 3 years of researching the series. Though I’m sure most of you reading this are already pros when it comes to everything about the series, hopefully you’ll find at least one gem in this list that you’ve never heard before!
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Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get this trivia party started!
The True Identity of the Beryl/Metalia Combo
Honestly, for years I always assumed that the green-haired woman that Sailor Moon was fighting against in the climactic end to the first season was the human form of Queen Metalia. I later learned that it was, in fact, Queen Metalia possessing the body of Queen Beryl, and figured… oh, well, that kind of makes sense too.
When I learned that the official, canonical name of this Queen Beryl/Metalia combo is Super Beryl…1 well, let’s just say that I was a little disappointed by the lackluster name. And now you, too, can be disappointed along with me!
Pegasus Is Not a Pegasus
A pegasus is defined as a divine hose with wings, which is pretty much on the mark with what we see in the anime/manga. There is, however, one small problem: horses don’t have horns.
Technically speaking, Sailor Moon‘s Pegasus is not a pegasus at all, but rather a winged unicorn,2 sometimes known as pegacorn or alicorn.3 This is probably just a minor oversight on Ms. Takeuchi’s part, but I find it fascinating all the same!
The Repetitive Repetitive Repetitive Job of a Voice Actress
Though Sailor Moon (and anime in general) is well known for reusing attack and transformation animation to eat up time and save on animation budgets, it turns out that the voice actresses were still on the hook for performing their lines.
The incredibly talented Sailor Moon voice acting talents re-recorded their transformation lines and attack phrases for nearly every episode. This is especially easy to tell if you listen to the characters call out their transformation or attack when they first appear and compare it to later in the season. Good job, team!
7 Seconds and Counting
Originally, only seven seconds worth of time and budget were allotted for Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune’s transformation sequences in the Sailor Moon S anime. Just seven seconds each! That’s less than half of the normal ~16 seconds allotted for the other Sailor Soldiers.
However, director Hideaki Anno (who you may recognize from the hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion — yes, that Hideaki Anno), who was in charge of the animation for Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune’s transformations,4 stood his ground and fought for the full 16 seconds each. Even then, he remarked that he would have liked another 4-5 seconds to work with.
Hitting the Clubs With Sailor Moon
Though probably not the most attention-seeking in the series, the Black Moon’s Esmeraude has one of the racier costumes in all of Sailor Moon. And that should come as no surprise, seeing as her character design was based on the popular bodycon (ボディコン; bodikon; “body conscious” = sexually flattering clothing) nightlife style of the late 80s and early 90s.5
Juliana’s Tokyo,6 a popular nightclub in operation from 1991 to 1994, was located close to where the events of Sailor Moon took place, in nearby Shibaura. It’s fairly likely that Ms. Takeuchi was at least exposed to this, and maybe even joined in on the clubbing scene herself!
The great thing about Sailor Moon is that this is just scratching the surface. Even going beyond all of the long form articles written here (and there are still 30 topics in the queue that I need to work on, with more constantly being added), I love the fact that there so many little bits and pieces of trivia to find, like breadcrumbs, while reading up on the series.
While I don’t want to turn this blog into a collection of trivia tidbits, I think there is a lot of value to be had in bringing some of the lesser known trivia to light, especially when there isn’t enough information to make a full article.
So, is there anything here that’s new to you? All old hat? Got any Sailor Moon trivia that you would like to share? I’d love to hear from you down below!
- This is confirmed in both the Sailor Moon Another Story player’s guide and the Nakayoshi Sailor Moon Anime Memorial Album ↩
- See Winged Unicorn (Wikipedia) ↩
- Though popularized by My Little Pony, the term “alicorn” predates the series. The word itself refers to the actual horn of the unicorn, but it has been used since at least the 1980s in several fantasy novels by author Piers Anthony to refer to a winged unicorn; see Citations (Alicorn) (Wiktionary) ↩
- See Works by Hideaki Anno ↩
- See Behind the Scenes with the Sailor Moon R Game Designer ↩
- See Juliana’s Tokyo (Wikipedia) ↩