screen captures from the television show by Toei Animation
The Sailor Scouts portray different types of strength.
Serena, Sailor Moon, is by no means what anyone would typically call strong. She’s portrayed as klutzy, boy-crazy, and a wimp. But whenever trouble comes, she always wins in the end. Why? Because she has a strong heart and loves her friends and family more than anything. On many occasions throughout the series, the other Sailor Scouts get knocked out or hurt while fighting. This seems to arouse her anger and inner strength. She is animated proof that you don’t have to be physically strong to be a hero.
In the first season of Sailor Moon, we see two great examples of this. The first is when Amy reunites with her old friend, and secret crush, Greg. It turns out that hidden inside Greg is one of the seven rainbow crystals. Queen Serenity, Sailor Moon’s mother, imprisoned a Negaverse monster inside each of the crystals and when they are all brought together, they supposedly will lead to the legendary Silver Crystal. So naturally, everyone is looking for the rainbow crystals. When the Negaverse attacks Greg, Sailor Mercury is the one to save him, with the help of four other powerful scouts.
Possibly one of my favorite parts of the show is that Sammy, Serena’s little brother, is a huge fan of Sailor V, and then later in the show, Sailor Moon. In our culture, men are encouraged to like male superheroes like Batman, Spiderman, etc. But Sammy doesn’t seem to care that Sailor V and Sailor Moon are both girls. He even goes as far as making a sculpture of Sailor Moon. It’s great to see a straight male character enjoy things traditionally seen as “feminine.”
During the Doom Tree Series, Raye (Sailor Mars) writes a couple of songs to perform at her school’s festival. During the show, the audience is attacked by a monster. Initially, Sailor Mars’ energy is drained by the monster, but she gets really fired up after the monster hits her music stand. The sheet music flies into the air and we see a close up on Mars’ face, then flashback shots of how hard she worked on it. This seems to give Mars back her strength, and helps her unlock a more powerful fighting technique, Mars Firebird. This is all inspired by the destruction of her music, on which she had worked so hard.
Almost all of the lead villains throughout the shows are women. Starting with Queen Beryl, who attacked the Moon Kingdom in another life and completely destroyed it, the women in this show can be quite scary. Even one of the Sailor Scouts causes trouble in the series. Sailor Saturn is a scout with the power to destroy the world, which is why Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are assigned to prevent her from awakening. How many 12-year-olds do you know with three magical bodyguards to prevent you from coming into your powers?