A genre-defining series
The story is the brainchild of Naoko Takeuchi. It follows the bubbly and friendly 14-year-old Tsukino Usagi who one day encounters Luna, a black cat who rather appropriately has a crescent-shaped mark on her forehead and, surprisingly, the ability to speak. Luna reveals that her mission is to find Usagi and have her take her place as Sailor Moon, a legendary warrior with the power to fight evil.
As she adjusts to her newfound double life, Usagi goes on to find comrades to help her protect the world. And while they didn’t really start out on the best of terms, she also finds love in the form of Mamoru Chiba, a suave and dashing hero in his own right who has been secretly helping her under the guise of Tuxedo Mask.
As the story progresses, Usagi, Mamoru, and their friends battle against all sorts of intruders from outer space. Not only do they grow stronger, but also closer to each other as a result. This sort of story that emphasizes friendship and teamwork was revolutionary within the magical girl genre, which had up until that point only featured solo fighters, like Cutey Honey.
The story of both the manga and the anime is broken into five arcs. Each season of the anime boasts a slightly different name but each also holds all the magic that keeps fans coming back for more.
To help the Sailor Guardians celebrate their momentous occasion, we’ve compiled some of the amazing fan work posted on pixiv.
Be sure to have a look, or in the name of the Moon, we’ll punish you!
Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
Usagi Small Lady “Chibi-Usa” Serenity
The future daughter of Usagi and Mamoru, or as they’ll be known at that point — Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion of Crystal Tokyo. Chibi-Usa grew up admiring her mother and longed to be an elegant lady just like her when she grew up, going so far as to put on a mature act and being a bit of a brat when she unknowingly meets the past version of her mother.