SAILOR MOON Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Name: Sailor Moon                                                                       
Sailor Moon is the title of a Japanese media franchise created                           
by Naoko Takeuchi. It is generally credited with popularizing the concept of a           
sentai (team) of magical girls, as well as the general (re-)emergence of the             
magical girl genre itself.                                                               
The story of the various metaseries revolves around the reincarnated defenders           
of a kingdom that once spanned the solar system, and the evil forces that they           
battle. The major characters—called Sailor Senshi (literally "Sailor Soldiers";       
frequently called "Sailor Scouts" in the North American version) are teenage             
girls who can transform into heroines named for the moon and planets (Sailor             
Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, etc). The use of "Sailor" comes from a style         
of girls' school uniform popular in Japan, the sora fuku (sailor outfit), after         
which the Senshi's uniforms are modeled. Fantastical elements in the series are         
heavily symbolic and often based on mythology.                                           
Creation of the Sailor Moon manga was preceded by another, Codename: Sailor V,           
which centered around just one Sailor Senshi. Takeuchi devised the idea when she         
wanted to create a cute series about girls in outer space, and her editor asked         
her to put them in sailor fuku. When Sailor V was proposed for adaptation               
into an anime, the concept was modified so that Sailor V herself became only one         
member of a team. The resulting manga series was a fusion of the popular magical         
girl and sentai genres of which Takeuchi was a fan, making Sailor Moon one of           
the first series ever to combine the two.                                               
The manga resulted in spinoffs into other types of media, including a highly             
popular anime, as well as musical theatre productions, video games, and a live-action   
(tokusatsu) series. Although most concepts in the many versions overlap, there           
are often notable differences, and thus continuity between the different formats         
is limited.