by RadiumEyes, HSM guest contributor
Readers of my very first article will be familiar with my passion for anime, as I make no secret of it. Having been a fan of Japanese animated productions since high school (I grew up on edited U.S. broadcasts of Sailor Moon and other fare), I guess my fascination with anime began pretty early. Now, I still maintain that fascination, and if given the opportunity, I could talk one’s ears off about the various shows out there.
Now, my first article for HomeStation Magazine was a wishlist, focusing on two popular licenses in the anime market (Mobile Suit Gundam and Rose of Versailles), both of which debuted in 1979. Truth be told, I’m not that familiar with either; I haven’t seen many episodes of either show, so my approach to each show took a bit of a historical perspective, and I felt that it wasn’t as extensive as it could have been. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed writing an article for HSM, and I wish to continue as long as I am able. For me, HSM shows how incredibly talented people can work together to produce an equally incredible magazine dedicated to the little box that is the PS3.
Well, it’s time to get to the article at hand. My first wishlist provided but two examples of anime, and making wishlists about anime-licensed costumes can go on for quite some time. This is why I wish to restrict myself in this regard – there are simply too many animated shows out there to choose from, and it’d drive me batty to look at every single show. Thus, some discretion would be prudent for choosing what licenses I think would make a splash on Home.
Which brings me to the topic of today’s wishlist — the wildly popular Sailor Moon franchise. Bear in mind that it’s been ages since I’ve seen it, so I must rely on the Internet to get me up to speed. This series, which first began as a manga by Naoko Takeuichi, basically set the standards for modern magical girl shows to come. The protagonist, clumsy high school student Tsukino Usagi, became the archetypal magical girl — her dual personalities as heroic savior of Tokyo against encroaching villains and ordinary high school student struggling with everyday high school issues clicked with audiences, and she remains an instantly recognizable figure in the anime community. Other Sailor Scouts entered the scene as the franchise progressed, with each having a Scout identity named for a celestial body, and the story’s rich roster of characters interacted wonderfully.
As the central figure, Sailor Moon stands out as the reincarnation of Princess Serenity, who once ruled over a Moon Kingdom. In the first few episodes, Usagi acted alone against Queen Beryl and her nefarious forces, but we know from the beginning that she technically isn’t the first person to obtain her Sailor Scout powers — that honor goes to Aino Minako, who dons the mantle of Sailor Venus. In any event, Sailor Moon initially didn’t have any assistance when she fought various monstrous beings sent by Jadeite to collect human energy, aside from her trusty cat Luna, who actually awakened Usagi to her identity as Sailor Moon.
For the sake of Home, I’ll delve right into the wishlist. Each Sailor Scout has a different color scheme and power set, and since they work as a sentai-like team, they’re best treated as both individuals and members of a cohesive whole. Let’s start with the star of the show, Sailor Moon. We see her in action first, and in the first few episodes, we see her dispatching the baddies with powers tied to particular talismans. Sailor Moon is one of those characters you can recognize by her silhouette alone — she’s that unique, thanks partially to her hairstyle and general physique.
The same can be said of the other Sailor Scouts. For example, Sailor Mars, whose true identity is Hino Rei, has long hair and long legs which set her apart from her peers. As the Scouts each get their individual introductions throughout the franchise’s run, we’re introduced to a pretty diverse set of personalities; this includes Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, who happen to be lovers. Kaioh Michiru (Sailor Neptune’s civilian identity) is presented as cold and dedicated, as well as elegant, while Tenoh Hamura (Sailor Uranus) is stubborn but doting.
Now, including costumes for the major cast would be a little daunting, since there are ten Sailor Scouts in all. Only including the Sailor Scouts would mean that male-specific costumes would be left out in the cold; thankfully, the show does include numerous important male figures throughout. The most famous of these male characters would be Tuxedo Kamen, who works alongside the Sailor Scouts, but he’s only one man — we’d need to look into the antagonists for more material, if the male-to-female ratio were to be even. This will include prominent members of the Dark Kingdom (Jadeite, Kunzite, Nephrite and Zoisite), Black Moon Clan (Death Phantom, Crimson Rubeus, Blue Saphir and Prince Demand) and others from subsequent story arcs (the Amazon Trio of the Dead Moon Circus being examples).
This laundry list of characters would be exhausting to code, and likely would take quite some time to put into place — which is why I would like to see Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Venus and Jadeite appear first, with the other characters following in subsequent releases. Having all of them debut simultaneously would be overwhelming, so spreading costumes out over a few weeks would give people some breather time, and allow the developer to gauge how Sailor Moon costumes would fare on Home.