Sailor Moon, known in Japan as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン Bishōjo Senshi Sērāmūn) is a Japanese manga series, later produced into an anime. It is a magical girl series. The manga was created by Naoko Takeuchi, and produced into an anime by Toei Animation. It has been said it took the magical girl sub-genre to a new level.
The Beginning of Sailor Moon
Before Sailor Moon was even created, Naoko was working on a manga known as Codename: Sailor V. It was only around a single Sailor Guardian, though. Then, Naoko started to think of a cute series about girls in space. Her editor thought it would be interesting to put them in sailor fuku, and suggested that to Naoko. When Sailor V was adapting into an anime, it was modified by Naoko that Sailor V was a single member of a team. The resulting manga series used both elements of the popular Japanese magical girl sub-genre and Super Sentai series which Naoko adored, making Sailor Moon one of the first series to put the two together.
A long time ago, there was a kingdom known as the Moon Kingdom ruled by Queen Serenity. It was a peaceful land, until Queen Beryl arrived. She unleashed Queen Metallia's power and destroyed the Moon Kingdom. Serenity's last hope was the Legendary Silver Crystal and the Moon Stick.This was the only thing that could combat against the Dark Kingdom's great evil power. Serenity told Luna and Artemis to take care of it, and protect Princess Serenity, or Usagi Tsukino (also known as Serena Tsukino in the English anime dub). The Princess and Sailor Senshi to Earth. Luna and Artemis must now find them all, as they are now reborn.During the time Usagi is Sailor Moon, she befriends other girls who are secretly also the other Sailor Scouts: Ami Mizuno, who is Sailor Mercury, Rei Hino, who is Sailor Mars, Makoto Kino, who is Sailor Jupiter, and Minako Aino, who is Sailor Venus, also known as Sailor V.