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Tsukino Usagi by Sokai-Sama Tsukino Usagi by Sokai-Sama
I really, REALLY treasure this drawing of Tsukino Usagi, also from "Bishoujo Senshi: Sailormoon" (with the pose ref obviously from the official series artwork lol) and that's saying a lot, because I have drawn about a dozen+ of Usagi pictures over the years. ^_^

Oh, and that's a flower petal that's gently caressing her lips before falling to the ground, yes. I got lazy and didn't bother to draw the rest surrounding her.

Sorry. LoL
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BlancheMoon-Hime Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
OuO nice !
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Wordgirlserenity67 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Cool!
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, sweets! :heart:
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Wordgirlserenity67 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Sure
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Cute and beatfuil work on her
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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SaturnsRevolution Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your shading is so lovely. :)
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:blush: Thank you, kindly, hon; this one has been one of my cherished completions for a decade-plus, now :nod:
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HeyArnoldfan7734 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is REALLY good! Great job, keep up the amazing work. Hopefully I'll be able to draw this good someday as well.....;)

Anyway, I could only find ONE artist who can draw as good or better than you and he's Pepperwolf on dA. Please draw some more Sailor Moon drawings since you're just too good at drawing SM fan-art. :)
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HeyArnoldfan7734 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh yeah and I made my own Sailor Moon fan-art! But it's nothing compared to this. :(
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cflynn87 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice!! Looks just like the original pic! Great job!
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:blush: Thank you so much for that!
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cflynn87 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NP :)
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Water-Spryte Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ste is very nicely done.
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Water-Spryte Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
^^yep
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Anita-Speed Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
A very nice work.
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, kindly :nod:
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Anita-Speed Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
you're welcome ^^
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:love:
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
How would you like this guy

[link]
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's interesting
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Here's his picture

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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool
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KatOfAllTrades Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy penis. This is amazing, oh my gosh! I thought it was official art.
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LoL And now, I like ya even more, if that could've been previously possible, one, for liking this and thinking it to be official art (Which I get a lot, which makes me feel that much more proud of this lil' baby ^_^ ), and two, because you said 'holy penis.' :p

I shall call you my Robin, now, as your new nickname, and I shall be Batman. :p :heart:
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KatOfAllTrades Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D I'm a Robin! And a Kat! Damn I'm amazing :P

But fo cereal. It looks official.
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LoL Yayyyy ^_^

Well it IS based upon the canon's official art, yes, but I'd just redrawn it because that's always been one of my fave manga-related pieces of Usagi. :nod:

I'm STILL really surprised how well it'd come out, myself. :p
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OMGKitten Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
if i affened you i am so sorry but on the other hand..... YOU DRAW LIKE A MANIAC! SOO GOING IN MY FAVORITES
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LoL Never had my drawing capabilities been referred to as 'maniacal' before...I like it. :p

And no, I wasn't super offended, just honestly confused but also guarded, just in case any accusations HAD been thrown my way.

Thanks for the appreciation, though! :)
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OMGKitten Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
did you take this from another website. because i have seen it on Naoko Takeuchi's sailor moon page.
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you're asking if I stole, then replaced it up here to claim as my own, then, no, I did not. If you're asking if I'd personally redrawn one of Takeuchi's official, related artwork, then yes, I had.
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pokesonicgirl12 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Awesome!!
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, my lovely! :)
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Eddie-Lou-Fan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Sweet :heart:
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) :heart:
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konnichihagabu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student General Artist
this is so lovely! :3
i've been using the original of this as a reference and i just can't seem to get it right, no matter how much i rub out and try again something looks a little off. :/
but you've re-created it perfectly, no wonder it's your favourite. :)
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LoL *blushes* Thank you so much for that, hon! :heart: I still marvel at how well it'd come out, given the timeline in which it'd been created, since I was "good," yes, but not as much as I am today by comparison. ^_^

But I'm sure YOU can do the same, no problem! And when you do, I'd like to see it :)
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konnichihagabu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student General Artist
You're quite welcome! :3
how long ago did you draw this? if this is old I bet you're better (soz for the blaspheme Naoko) than Takeuchi-sensei by now!
I shall have to have a look at your newer stuff. :)
Thankyou for the encouragement, I actually have about 6 works in the process right now, but 1 main one which I'm rather happy with! :}
I'll post a link when it's finished if you like! :D
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Ohhhh, my God, I hate stacks - They pile up too quickly! :( Sorry, been trying to get through my messages as quickly as possible.......Failed. LoL)

Since I'd first personally discovered Sailormoon-anything back when I was 14 (nearly 16 years ago lol), I immediately became obsessed, and thus, was constantly trying to draw Sailormoon-related artwork, be it fan-characters or, as you see with this one, one of Naoko Takeuchi's many, many, mannnnnnnny breathtaking works. :p I 'hated' her style at first, though, because it was a bitch to try to emulate, and took 3 1/2 years or so, when I was 17 and 18 before I could finally get it to how it is in a lot of my Sailormoon artbook recreations. This one I did when I was 18. :)

Now, I'm off to check out your gallery to see your '6 works' which were in the process at the time. :nod: :heart:
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skelly-jelly Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job on capturing Naoko's style! :heart:
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Sokai-Sama Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe i was very surprised at that, myself, at the time, that'd it come out so well ^_^ thanks! :heart:
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Sailor Moon (セーラームーン, Sērā Mūn?) is a fictional character in the Sailor Moon metaseries and the main protagonist of the franchise, as well as its title character. Her civilian name, Usagi Tsukino (月野 うさぎ, Tsukino Usagi?), becomes Serena Tsukino in the English-language versions. A carefree schoolgirl, she can transform herself into the de facto leader of the series' primary heroines, the Sailor Senshi.

Due to the series' widespread popularity in many countries and to her distinctive and oft-copied odango hairstyle, she has become one of the most immediately recognizable and iconic anime characters worldwide. No other character appears in all 200 episodes of the anime, and Usagi is present in all 52 acts of the manga as well as all 51 acts of the live-action series.

Serena, Usagi's given name in the English-language versions of the series, derives from "Serenity", the name Usagi went by in her past life. In the English manga she is mostly called by the nickname Bunny, which is the literal meaning of usagi. Her boyfriend for most of the series, Mamoru Chiba, calls her by the affectionate nickname "Usako" (a diminutive, the suffix -ko meaning "child").
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* 1 Profile
o 1.1 Variations
* 2 Aspects and forms
o 2.1 Sailor Moon
o 2.2 Princess Serenity
+ 2.2.1 Princess Sailor Moon
o 2.3 Neo-Queen Serenity
* 3 Special powers and items
* 4 Development
* 5 Reception
* 6 Actresses
o 6.1 Parodies
* 7 See also
* 8 References

[edit] Profile

The meta-series introduces Usagi Tsukino as a schoolgirl living in 20th-century Tokyo. It initially depicts her as a well-intentioned but underachieving crybaby who prefers the life of a normal teenage Earth girl. Nevertheless, she continues to fight the evils of her past life and protects the Earth with the Silver Crystal, as the Champion of Justice, Sailor Moon, which provides for most of the conflict within both the manga and the anime.

Her journey begins when, while running to school, she sees some neighborhood kids abusing a cat and rescues it (in the manga she accidentally steps on the cat). Later, the cat comes into her room and reveals herself as a talking cat named Luna, who serves as the mentor archetype for Sailor Moon. Luna gives Usagi a magical brooch which helps her transform into Sailor Moon (the "soldier for love and justice"), and tells her that she is a Soldier who must fight for peace. She also tells her that she must find the rest of the Soldiers, as well as their princess. Though at first Usagi is portrayed as a "reluctant heroine"[4] (in the anime she often is rescued by Tuxedo Mask) as time goes on her character grows more confident and mature. However, she still has her crybaby moments late into the meta-series.
Usagi in her school uniform, as drawn by Naoko Takeuchi. Takeuchi consistently portrays Usagi as a lazy daydreamer, but one with an enormous heart.

Usagi lives in Azabu Jūban (a real district of Tokyo) with her mother Ikuko Tsukino, her father Kenji Tsukino, and her brother Shingo Tsukino. Usagi's family take their names from the real family members of the metaseries' creator, Naoko Takeuchi.[5] Out of all the Sailor Senshi, only Usagi and Minako Aino live in conventional nuclear families. Usagi is also the only one known to have a sibling.

Usagi does not perform well at school, and often seems unintelligent (especially in the anime), though the storyline generally attributes this to naïveté and laziness rather than to stupidity. She spends her time eating, playing video games and reading comics (including RunRun, which published the Sailor V manga in real life) rather than studying.[citation needed] She is often portrayed as a character that is better at art than science, as with her inability to answer that apples fall from trees because of gravity.[6]

Usagi has a boyfriend named Mamoru Chiba. Mamoru and Usagi's relationship forms an important part of Usagi's life, as well as of the series. The love they share helps Usagi make it through many challenges. Mamoru becomes Usagi's boyfriend after many trials, and they date for a long time during the series. In Sailor Stars Mamoru gives Usagi a promise ring in a shape of a heart at the airport just before he leaves for America. The ring represents a promise to Usagi that they will eventually get married.

A number of connecting episodes at the end of the first series reveal one of the biggest secrets about Sailor Moon: she realizes that she is Princess Serenity (the "crown princess" of the Silver Millennium) reborn. In the second series, Usagi learns that she will give birth to a daughter (Chibiusa) by her boyfriend and future husband. Usagi will also become a "sovereign of the Earth", known as Neo-Queen Serenity, by the 30th century.

The series shows how Usagi loves sweet foods and how easily they distract her. She loves ice-cream so much that it appears listed as her hobby in the manga, and her favorite subject is listed as Home Economics. She is also said to dislike carrots (although she eats them in the anime), and is terrible at both English and mathematics. In addition to being a genuine friend, Usagi is extremely good at brown nosing when it's needed and, of course, crying to get what she wants. She is afraid of dentists , ghosts and lightning, and her greatest dream is to be a bride.[3] Usagi loves rabbits[7] as well as the colors white and pink, and is apparently a member of the Manga Drawing Club at school,[8] though her skill level varies widely when shown in the anime.[9] She stands 150 centimeters (4 ft 11 in) tall.[10] She also often appears bad at writing using Kanji to the point that even as Neo-Queen Serenity she still has problems.

In the manga and anime, Mamoru gives Usagi the nickname "Odango" (a kind of rice dumpling), based on her distinctive hair-style. At first this is always accompanied with the suffix -atama, meaning "head", but as time goes on it is left off. Usagi hates the name at first, but as they become close it develops into a sign of affection. Later in the series, other important male (or androgynous) figures in her life, Haruka and Seiya, adopt the name as well. Because there is no North American equivalent to odango, the English dub almost always uses "Meatball Head," once "Donut Head," and, somewhat incongruously,[11] "Moon Face." In the English manga, Mamoru calls Usagi "buns", which is both an approximation of odango and short for Bunny.
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Usagi often seems inconsistent from version to version within the series. In the manga, while she starts out as a crybaby, she quickly matures and learns to make decisions for herself.[12][13] The series often portrays Usagi as just lazy rather than lacking intelligence. This shows when she passes her high-school exams without trouble when threatened with separation from her friends.[8]

The anime often portrays Usagi as relatively more flaky and child-like. She often bickers with Chibiusa, begs Mamoru to buy her things and bickers with Rei very childishly, but shows just as much caring as her manga counterpart. She does evolve during the course of the series, but generally lacks the maturity of her manga counterpart except in the last few episodes of each story arc.[13]

The dubbed version made Serena more of a ditz than Usagi, featuring for example lines such as "Hi, you look like da bomb in those kimonos",[14] which emulates stereotypical valley-girl usage. By contrast, in the following episode, Neo-Queen Serenity talks without this pseudo-valley girl dialect, showing this was intentional and inherent to the voice actress.[15]

Usagi in the live-action series differs slightly from her manga and anime counterparts. She appears much more outgoing and extroverted, and seems to make friends very easily, which immediately puts her personality in conflict with her fellow Senshi, all of whom were loners to varying degrees. She rarely uses formal grammar with those of her age (though she does with adults), and refers to everyone as "[given name]-chan," which is very informal and a way of expressing closeness. She even teases Ami when Ami continues calling her "Tsukino-san," a formal way of speaking to classmates, saying that it is as if they are not friends.[16] Every time a new Senshi appears, Usagi immediately tries to make her a friend, even though almost all of them resist. However, through Usagi's influence, the other Senshi gradually begin to realize that they are stronger together than they are alone. Usagi also has a habit of forcing her interests on the people that she makes friends with. This is prominent in her relationship with Rei, when she tries time and time again to get her to sing.
[edit] Aspects and forms
First appearance
Form Manga Anime Live-action
Usagi Tsukino Act 1 Episode 1 Act 1
Sailor Moon Act 1 Episode 1 Act 1
Princess Serenity Act 9 Episode 34 Act 25
Princess Sailor Moon — — Act 36
Neo-Queen Serenity Act 16 Episode 68 —
Super Sailor Moon Act 30 Episode 111 —
Eternal Sailor Moon Act 42 Episode 167 —

As a character with different incarnations, special powers, transformations and a long lifetime which (virtually) spans the ancient Silver Millennium era and the 30th century, Usagi gains multiple aspects and aliases such as Princess Serenity, Sailor Moon, Princess Sailor Moon, Super Sailor Moon, Eternal Sailor Moon, and Neo-Queen Serenity.
[edit] Sailor Moon

The series frequently refers to Usagi's Senshi identity, "Sailor Moon", as the "Soldier of Love and Justice", and once as the "Soldier of Mystery".[17] Her uniform, originally colored blue and red (or dark pink), with a crescent moon motif, gradually changes to incorporate more pink and yellow and adds a heart motif as well. She also wears red hairpieces and white barrettes resembling feathers, both of which can be used for minor attacks. Her personality is no different from when she is a civilian, although certain powers are unavailable to her in that form.
Symbol of the Moon Kingdom

Sailor Moon's attack-names center around the moon, love, mystery and light. She starts out as a frightened, reluctant girl, and others often have to bail her out, but she gradually comes to accept her full identity. She eventually becomes the most powerful Senshi in the galaxy, but her capacity for caring about other people is frequently shown to be more powerful still.

As she grows stronger, Sailor Moon gains additional powers, and at key points her appearance and title change to reflect this. The first change takes place during the third major story-arc — Act 30 of the manga and Episode 111 of the anime — when she obtains the Holy Grail and becomes Super Sailor Moon.[18] Her uniform becomes more ornate (see top of page), and her powers are increased; at first she is unable to take this form without the Grail, and is weakened when its effects fade. Near the end of the S series, she takes this form using pure desperation and the powers of the other Senshi after the Grail has been destroyed. Later, in Act 34 (episode 128), Pegasus' power enables her to transform without it.

Sailor Moon receives her third form at the end of the fourth major story arc (in Act 41 of Dream in the manga, and Episode 168 of Sailor Stars in the anime). The combined power of the other members of the Sailor Team transforms her into Eternal Sailor Moon, whom Diana says is the closest in power to Neo-Queen Serenity.[19] Her uniform is even more radically altered—most significantly, two pairs of angelic wings adorn her back. They replace her standard back bow as they are attached only at the waist and are in the shape of a large bow.

In the manga, Eternal Sailor Moon uses the Silver Moon Crystal (an evolved form of the Silver Crystal) to carry out her attacks. In the Sailor Stars anime it's less clear whether the crystal she is using is still called the Silver Crystal. The names of the attacks are congruent with the manga, which uses the name of the new crystal, but the crystal is not clearly given a new name.
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Princess Serenity as seen in the manga. Unlike in the anime, Serenity is almost always pictured with silver hair in this version

Princess Serenity (プリンセス・セレニティ, Purinsesu Sereniti?) lived in the Moon Kingdom during the age of the Silver Millennium as the daughter of Queen Serenity, who ruled the Silver Millennium and watched over the Earth. Princess Serenity's guardians and closest friends were Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Venus, who were princesses of their own respective planets, but lived on the moon with her at times.

Princess Serenity often explored Earth to see real greenery, even though forbidden to do so.[20] On one of her visits, she met the crown prince of the Earth, Endymion, and they fell in love.

During the attack which caused the Moon Kingdom's downfall, Prince Endymion died protecting Serenity. In the manga, she committed suicide out of grief, while in the anime Queen Metaria killed both of them. Serenity's mother, the Queen, was able to seal away the evil which had inspired the attack, but everyone involved was killed. Before her own death, the Queen used the Silver Crystal to give her daughter and others another chance at life, hoping in particular that, this time, Serenity and Endymion could find happiness together. In the live-action series, it was Princess Serenity herself who destroyed the Moon Kingdom, after Endymion was killed during the war to keep the two apart.

Eventually, Serenity reincarnates as Usagi Tsukino in the 20th century. Usagi occasionally takes the form of Princess Serenity during the meta-series, often at climactic moments when more strength is needed than Sailor Moon can access. Usagi discovers her identity as a princess in Act 9 of the manga, Episode 34 of the anime, and Act 25 of the live-action series.

In the manga, while Takeuchi draws Usagi herself with white, yellow, and even pink hair, Serenity almost always has white hair. In the anime, both characters are always blond. In the live-action series, she has black hair, just like Usagi, and it is worn straight rather than in pigtails. This emphasizes the ambiguity of her identity before it is revealed that she is Usagi.

At climactic moments, Usagi as Serenity sometimes gains a pair of functioning angelic wings. She does this during the final battles of SuperS, after she jumps off a tower to save Chibiusa and the two of them collide with Pegasus while falling. It also happens in Sailor Stars during the fight with the fully-possessed Galaxia when she grabs the Sword of Sealing. It remains unclear if this power comes from her past life, if it belongs to Usagi herself, or if it came from Pegasus and the Sword of Sealing.

The first two series dubbed by DiC refer to Princess Serenity as Princess Serena (although the original name is used at least once, to emphasize the similarity between Princess and Neo-Queen Serenity).[21] In the last two series, dubbed by Cloverway, the name Serenity is used.
[edit] Princess Sailor Moon
Princess Sailor Moon's uniform is considerably more elaborate than Sailor Moon's.

Unique to the live-action series, Princess Sailor Moon is a powerful combination of Sailor Moon and Princess Serenity, introduced when Usagi is "possessed" by the spirit of her former self. She originally appears after Queen Beryl takes the Shitennou hostage in exchange for Mamoru. Silently furious, Sailor Moon transforms into Princess Sailor Moon and halts Queen Beryl using her sword.

It is obvious that Princess Sailor Moon is not the same as Usagi when she shows no remorse for the fate of the Shitennou (at least Nephrite's fate), and when she refers to Mamoru as "Endymion" rather than using his civilian name. She is also constantly angry, and tends to leave flaming carnage in her wake. In one Act, Usagi's friend Naru accidentally gets too close and winds up in the hospital for a while. Though smiling in most promotional material for the series, Princess Sailor Moon does not smile in the series itself until the very end.

Princess Sailor Moon states to Usagi during inner dialogue that she has no qualms about destroying the Earth if Endymion is ever taken from her, and later on even summons her own special minions to fight her friends, all bearing moon-shaped signs similar to hers. Usagi struggles to suppress her power in fear that she would eventually destroy the world, something that comes to light in an Space Runaway Ideon-like fashion for the series finale. Her internal conflict is the major conflict for the rest of the series.

Princess Sailor Moon has a sword, which also doubles as a harp with invisible strings. She plays this in sorrow while thinking of her lost prince, and is capable of using it to heal people and the land. Other than this, the exact effect of playing the harp is unclear, but much of the time it causes the power of her Silver Crystal to feed the power of Queen Metaria, accelerating the devastation of the planet. Using the sword in its capacity as a weapon, Princess Sailor Moon can deflect enemy attacks and can unleash devastating projectile attacks. She also has the ability to levitate and to teleport.

Like other characters unique to the live-action series, Princess Sailor Moon's outfit was designed by Naoko Takeuchi herself. Her sailor outfit was considerably more elaborate than Sailor Moon's, and included pearls on her gloves and lace on her skirt.[22]
[edit] Neo-Queen Serenity

During the second major story arc, it is revealed that Usagi, as Serenity, will eventually become the queen regnant of a new Silver Millennium called Crystal Tokyo, which will already exist in the 30th century. She is first seen in this future form in Act 16 of the manga and Episode 68 of the anime. Usagi learns that she will be given the title "Sovereign of Earth," and Mamoru will become King Endymion alongside her. It is stated in the anime that she becomes Neo-Queen Serenity after warding off a second Ice Age, though the specifics of this are never discussed. This incarnation is shown to be more mature than the present day Usagi, though she still has her moments—in Episode 104, Chibiusa gives the Senshi a letter from the future, in which the Queen asks them to train her—the letter is simplistic and contains almost no kanji. Also, in Episode 146, Diana says that the King and Queen sometimes play sick to get out of things. Letters she sends though the Door of Space-Time to Chibiusa are sometimes signed with a drawing of herself (and sometimes King Endymion) instead of a name.

According to Diana, Neo-Queen Serenity is Usagi's most powerful form; Eternal Sailor Moon is second in power only to the Queen. However, in the manga, Neo-Queen Serenity addresses the present-day Guardian Senshi, stating that after she became queen, she lost her power as a Senshi. However, this could simply mean that she is no longer able to transform into Sailor Moon, for she does still demonstrate a considerable amount of power (e.g.: reviving the citizens of 30th Century Tokyo with the Spiral Heart Moon Rod and bestowing the Senshi with "Planet Powers" and her own past self with new "Cosmic Powers"). Furthermore, in the second arc of the anime she does not transform into Sailor Moon despite the fact that the other Senshi have already transformed, and that her kingdom was under attack. However, she is still seen showing great powers in a flashback where King Endymion of the future describes to the present day Senshi and Tuxedo Mask the great feats of Neo-Queen Serenity during the time she brought about peace. Sailors Uranus and Neptune refer to her as the "Messiah of Peace" or the "True Messiah" standing opposite the Messiah of Silence, Mistress 9.[23]

She wears an altered version of the dress she wore as a princess, with the shoulder pieces omitted and a large, wing-shaped bow replacing the smaller one of the princess outfit. In the manga, Neo-Queen Serenity's dress is similar to her past form's outfit. She also wears a crown and new earrings. The crescent moon is always visible on her forehead, just as it was with her princess form. Her face and facial expressions are drawn to look more mature than the 20th century Usagi, but her iconic hairstyle is retained.

In the original anime and manga series, this form is the one that Chibiusa considers as truly being her mother, while Usagi of the past is regarded as more of a big-sister figure, and many characters often mistake them for sisters. In the English-dubbed anime, however, "Rini" frequently refers to "Serena" in her civilian or Senshi forms as "Mommy". Although aware of the situation, Chibiusa rarely does this.[24]
[edit] Special powers and items
Sailor Moon's pre-battle taunt pose, an iconic symbol throughout the series: "In the name of the moon, I shall punish you!"

Usagi is not shown using any special powers in her civilian form. She must first transform into a Sailor Senshi by wearing a special device (usually a brooch) and shouting a special command, which activates the device. Her original transformation command is "Moon Prism Power, Make-up!"[25] She gains a new basic transformation sequence for each of the five major story arcs. In her basic form, the command changes as she becomes more powerful and obtains new transformation devices, evoking "Moon Crystal Power" and later "Moon Cosmic Power".[26] A transformation into Super Sailor Moon initially requires her to already be in Senshi form and to use an additional item (called the Holy Chalice/Rainbow Moon Cálice)[27] as well as the command "Crisis, make-up!", but in the anime this saps her strength.[28] For the fourth story-arc she gains the ability to transform directly into Super Sailor Moon via Moon Crisis,[29] and in the fifth arc becomes Eternal Sailor Moon with Silver Moon Crystal Power in the manga, or Moon Eternal in the anime (and once in the manga).[30] At first, she is required to be in her Super Sailor Moon form, in the anime, to become Eternal Sailor Moon, as the upgrade to her Brooch is temporary. When faceing off with Nehelleina for the final time, the Brooch is permanently upgraded allowing her to become Eternal Sailor Moon directly.

Most of Sailor Moon's anime transformations involve the use of shiny red or pink ribbons which come out of her brooch and form her uniform. Feathers and wings also figure prominently in some sequences, particularly the transformation into Eternal Sailor Moon. When she de-transforms, the ribbons reappear and unravel from around her body and go back into the brooch.[31] Usually the clothes she was wearing before she transformed reappear, but if her detransformation is forced, she may be left naked with the ribbons hanging loose around her body.[32] She also has the Disguise Pen, which allows her to take on a human disguise by saying "Moon Power!"[33] This is used very frequently in the first story arc, but is only mentioned once during the third arc.

As the protagonist and leader, Sailor Moon has the most special powers of any character in the series. Her physical attacks, usually one-offs and not always successful, include Sailor Moon Kick[34] and Sailor Body Attack,[35] as well as the occasional use of her hair pins as projectile weapons.[36][37] In her very first battle, she cries in terror and the red hair pieces on her odango amplify the sound waves, doing damage to the enemy.[38] Her odango ornaments can also be used to hear faraway sounds, although this is rarely ever used.

General magic attacks are her most common type of power. In each adaptation of the series she can remove her tiara and turn it into a throwing weapon, which is her first major attack and which she continues to use on occasion far into the anime series.[39] In the anime she demonstrates the ability to control the path of her Tiara,[40] and once, to enlarge it and then shrink it around the enemy, ensnaring them.[41] In the manga, a powered-up tiara enables her to attack with Moon Twilight Flash while in the live-action series this move requires an item called the Moon Stick and is her primary attack,[42] though she also sometimes uses unnamed beam attacks.[43] In the manga and anime she only uses the Moon Stick to perform Moon Healing Escalation and return possessed humans to their normal selves;[44] Luna says in the anime that this item belongs to the leader of the Sailor Senshi. In the anime, she once uses her tiara to purify a group of possessed people,[45] and in the live-action series she can heal others without any incantation.[46]

One cannot always distinguish between healing or purifying powers and attacks, as the monsters of the day in the series are usually created by corruption of an object or person. Sailor Moon has one or two primary attacks per story arc, most of which require a unique rod or wand, and in the original anime, each of them causes the target monster to shout a phrase and revert back to what it was made from (or to dust). These primary attacks are: the first series' Moon Healing Escalation,[47] the second series' Moon Princess Halation,[48] the third series' Moon Spiral Heart Attack[49] and Rainbow Moon Heart Ache,[50] the fourth series' Moon Gorgeous Meditation,[51] and the fifth series' Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss and Silver Moon Crystal Power Kiss.[52]

A handful of powers come up only once and in critical situations; often the common repeating powers in the anime are only one-offs in the manga. In the anime, Sailor Moon uses her transformation command when battling Queen Metaria[53] and when turning the Ayakashi Sisters into normal women.[54] She says Moon Cosmic Power when struggling to destroy Pharaoh 90,[55] and at the end of the series uses Silver Moon Crystal Eternal Power to fight Chaos.[56]

Sailor Moon can be temporarily powered-up by the other Sailor Senshi lending her their powers, as shown in the climax of the Sailor Moon R movie and multiple times throughout the series. She also often attacks in tandem with her future daughter, Sailor Chibi Moon,[57] and, at critical moments, receives power from individuals such as Luna, Queen Serenity, her future self, Mamoru, ChibiChibi, and others.

By far, Sailor Moon's most important item is the Silver Crystal, which is the "holy stone" of the Silver Millennium.[58] It figures significantly in the first, second, and fifth story arcs, as it is the proof of her identity as the Princess and the source of her power. It eventually evolves into the Silver Moon Crystal.

In terms of personal items, Sailor Moon attaches particular importance and sentimental value to her gold locket. In the cartoon it plays a moon lullaby - one of the most hauntingly tragic and beautiful love songs ever produced in a piece of anime. Sailor Moon receives her locket from her adviser Luna: the story goes that Sailor Moon's lover Prince Endymion (also known as Tuxedo Mask) gave it to her in their past life together on the moon kingdom. Sailor Moon uses this locket in moments of sadness caused by her separation from Mamoru.
[edit] Development

In the initial proposal for the Sailor Moon series, each of the five heroines had a completely unique outfit. Eventually it was determined that they would wear uniforms based around a single theme, and Sailor Moon's costume concept was the closest to that which would eventually be used for all the girls. The original did have some small differences, including color changes, an exposed midriff, and ribbons around the gloves and boots. She also had a mask, which would appear in a few chapters of the manga itself before being discarded.[59] These aspects of Sailor Moon's costume are shown in multiple pieces of early artwork, along with a gun and cloak, which were also parts of the original concept.[60]

Usagi's signature hairstyle derives from a "good luck charm" of the artist's; in college, Takeuchi would put her own hair up in odango before difficult classes or exams.[61] In the initial sketches, Sailor Moon had pink hair. By the intermediate stages of development, Takeuchi planned to have the character's hair be blond in civilian form and change to silver when she transformed, but she was told by her editor that silver hair would be too plain for cover art.[60] Nevertheless, stylistic use of differently-colored hair does sometimes appear in later artwork, and the concept of the heroines' hair changing color when transformed is used in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.

Of all the Sailor Senshi, Usagi's personality is closest to Takeuchi's own personality at the time Sailor Moon was created.[62]

Certain background details of Usagi's character were chosen symbolically—for instance, her Western astrological sign is given as Cancer,[3] which in astrology corresponds to the moon. In reference to a popular Japanese belief, her blood type is given as O,[3] supposedly indicating friendliness, optimism, and carelessness.

The kanji of Usagi's surname translate as "moon" (月, tsuki?) and "field" (野, no?). Her given name is in hiragana usagi (うさぎ?) and so its meaning is not inherent, but the word itself means "rabbit" and this is used as a pun frequently throughout the series, even in her hairstyle and possessions. Her entire name is structured as a pun, as the syllable "no" indicates a possessive, so that her name can also be understood as "Rabbit of the Moon." This derives from a Japanese folktale about the rabbit that is said to be visible in the Moon's face, much like the Western Man in the Moon.[63] The English-language manga gives her the nickname Bunny to partially preserve this pun; many other localizations use the name Bunny as well. "Usagi" is not a common given name in Japan.[64]

Similarly for the dubbed anime, "Serena" is probably at least in part a play on the word Selene, a moon goddess in Greek mythology who fell in love with a shepherd named Endymion. It also derives from the name of the series' moon princess, which is alternately either "Selenity" (from Selene) or "Serenity" (from the Sea of Serenity on the moon), both of which would be rendered in Japanese as [seɽeneti]. In an early DiC promotional tape that advertised Sailor Moon to television stations, Usagi was called Victoria.[65] Another preliminary name that appeared on Kodansha's English website in an advertisement for the series was Celeste.[66]
[edit] Reception
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Sheila Rose Browning describes Sailor Moon as "one of the most popular and well-known manga characters in Japan."[67]

Some people[who?] say Sailor Moon's character has been singled out[by whom?] as less-than-feminist because her favorite class is home economics and her least favorite is math.[68]
[edit] Actresses

In the Japanese animated version, Kotono Mitsuishi voices Usagi, using a higher voice than Mitsuishi's natural voice. During the recording of the early episodes, Mitsuishi had to mentally prepare herself to play Usagi.[69] While Mitsuishi had her appendix removed (episodes 44–50), Kae Araki played her character.[70]

In the English dubbed version, successive actors take the role of Serena: Tracey Moore (episodes 1–11, 15 and 21), Terri Hawkes (episodes 12-14, 16–20, 22–82, and movies) and Linda Ballantyne (episodes 90–166). Jennifer Cihi provides the English vocals for Serena's songs in the series.

In the stage musicals four actresses have played Usagi: Anza Ōyama, Fumina Hara, Miyuki Kanbe who played the character with a "cute and high voice",[71] and Marina Kuroki. The numerous musicals are frequently grouped[by whom?] into "stages" according to which of these actresses was currently playing Sailor Moon.

In the SuperS Musicals, Sanae Kimura, who played Sailor Uranus, provided the voice of Neo-Queen Serenity duirng Over the Moon, A duet between Sailor Moon and Neo-Queen Serenity, though a third, unknown person, was on stage in Serenity's Costume as both Sailor Moon and Uranus were onstage. Uncredited body doubles are common in the musicals to allow the character to appear to transform instantly.

In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Miyū Sawai plays Usagi;[72] she also plays Queen Serenity in the Special Act though she did not provide her voice which was instead provided by Youko Soumi who previously narrated a book in Act 9.
[edit] Parodies

Comedian Samantha Bee played Sailor Moon in a live-action production at the Canadian National Exhibition.[73]
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Uhh...why did you copy/paste all of this, for, hon? ^_^'
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