With the power the Moon reached the Comic-Con From Home a panel dedicated to Sailor Moon and the power of friendship where the cultural and social impact of a series that changed the paradigm of anime almost 30 years ago was analyzed.
Naoko Takeuchi wrote a story for the manga that later became popular with the creation of an animated series that has survived for generations. With the premiere of the complementary films to Sailor Moon Crystal and just one year after the 30th anniversary celebration, at Comic-Con dubbing actresses Michelle Ruff, Kate Higgins, Amanda Celine Mille met; graphic novel historian Jessica Tseang; Sam Maggs, Captain Marvel writer and feminist activist; and Chris Bryant, LGBT activist and comedian; to discuss various points of the anime.
Especially within the conversation the points that have immortalized the series during its 29 years of existence were touched on, as well as all those characteristics that made it an audiovisual ahead of its time.
These are five things we learned about the Sailor Moon panel at Comic-Con.
Helped the creator combat her loneliness
All the female characters around Sailor Moon were a part of a complete personality and this helped creator Naoko Takeuchi not feel alone, as she felt when she started creating this world. This was stated by Kate Higgins, who gives the voice in English to the character of Sailor Mercury in the recent Crystal saga.
Showed female diversity
Sam Maggs, feminist and writer of books like Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope, reflected on how prior to Sailor Moon, in the manga and anime, the male characters had certain characteristics that distinguished them. There was the strong, the funny, the sensible, the fighter; while the female characters were only women with the same characteristics that gave them their classification as a woman. Sailor Moon broke with such conventionality in story writing and storytelling by showing that women could also be all of those things and more.
He taught to build friendships
The quarantine and the need to connect with people allowed the conversation about friendship and meeting people with personalities opposed to each other to flow during the panel. Sailor Moon showed the dynamics involved in building friendship and teamwork, so she educated the audience at the opening to make friends who represent an opposite. “These kinds of friendships can help you recognize how everything is connected and how to connect with others. So yes, it is very interesting to be friends with someone who is obviously different from you, « said Higgings.
Being a series created under the framework of the genre mahō shōjo, translated as the genre of « the magical girls », it seemed evident that it would find its niche exclusively in the female audience, but it did not happen that way. Throughout the years, Sailor Moon achieved unusual acceptance by male viewers, and its acceptance was actually broad regardless of gender. Panelists noted that unlike other series, this one never fell into the trap of stereotyping its audience.
Sailor Moon was always about acceptance
Graphic novel historian Jessica Tseang stressed that the main point of the series was always acceptance because there was never a real evolution of each of the characters, not because there was an error in the construction of them, but because they did not they needed. Sailor Moon focused permanently on acceptance of oneself and acceptance of others, which is why she is remembered as a great example in building friendships and fraternal relationships. Sailor Moon and her group are the friends we always wanted to have.
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