Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
|Name:||Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon|
|Creator:||Takeuchi Naoko, Kobayashi Yasuko, Tasaki Ryuuta, Toei|
|Date(s):||October 4, 2003 to September 25, 2004|
|Medium:||Live-action TV series|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーン, Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series based on the Sailor Moon manga created by Takeuchi Naoto, produced by Toei Company. It aired in Japan from October 4, 2003 to September 25, 2004. The series lasted 49 episodes (called "Acts"), and also included two separate made-for-DVD specials, which were a prequel and a sequel to the main series.
The series is somewhat known for its low budget, e.g. using stuffed animals for the cat characters Luna and Artemis.
It was never released outside Japan, so overseas fans rely on fansubs.
This live action remake was a thing of amazing, hilarious, and heart-felt beauty, targeted at the 5 to 13 year-old demographic, and done in sentai style with monster suits and practical effects galore. It read much like an episode of Power Rangers typically does.
What makes this series so wonderful isn’t just that we see actual teenage girls portraying our favorite Sailor Scouts, but that the series itself is a little hokey due to the translation of giant monsters and grimacing villains to the land of the living, along with the original story lines and the low-budget they were clearly working with to create the series. But, more than being funny, the actual character development in this series goes way beyond anything we’ve seen in any other iteration of the Sailor Moon franchise.
I really enjoyed the live action since it kept me guessing, and fixed some of the issues of overuse of stocking footage in the anime. Many people didn't like the ending but I think the fact that they didn't do a predictable ending gives earns them some respect. To me the Manga is the holy scripture of Sailor Moon and the anime and live action are interpretations of the scripture. I also thank the live action series for allowing me to appreciate other sentai.
Archives & Fannish Links
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon on Wikipedia
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon on Project WikiMoon
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon on Sailor Moon Wiki
- The Secret Fandom of Sailor Moon: the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Michelle Nguyen, Geek.com, Aug 6 2016.
- Post by Yoshimoon in thread "Anime SM vs PGSM", November 10 2005, SailorMoonForum.com
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