For some kids Sailor Moon was not only a great TV show or even their favorite one, the glamorous and colorful adventure around Usagi Tsukino and her best friends was their life, their savior, their reason to not give up. It was this anime and manga which showed kids and teens around the world that it’s okay to be strong and different at the same time.
90s Japanese cartoon Sailor Moon broke new ground with its sympathetic portrayal of GLBTQ characters. VICE follows the stories of queer Moonies who were closeted in the 90s but found inspiration from the series to embrace their identities and create communities based on their love of Sailor Moon and examines the significance of the series’ re-release in English.
“I got into Sailor Moon at a very dark time,” Samantha Hamilton tells us. “I was in middle school, I was being horrendously bullied and I’ve stumbled upon Sailor Moon one afternoon and I was hooked.” And Maddalena Zarcone adds: “Sailor Moon was my own alter ego. So, like, when I was upset and insecure, I’ve always felt, like, there was somebody out there who’s super-strong and capable. And I was like: You know what? I can be like that!” Thanks, Sailor Moon. You saved the world – once again!
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