[ Anime A to Z ] ~Q~ Queen Beryl

For many in my anime generation, Queen Beryl was the first baddie we got to know. She is, of course, Sailor Moon’s nemesis in that show’s first season, directing her henchmen to find the Legendary Silver Crystal to revive their great leader.

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Fire Soul

official series art by Kazuko Tadano

Rei may not have won me over in the same way that Mako and Ami have, but there really aren’t any characters in the main cast of Sailor Moon that I don’t like. (Yes, including ChibiUsa. Though I haven’t seen Sailor Stars at all yet to consider the new characters in that series.)

Anyway, this has always been one of my favorite pictures of Rei, who of course is also Sailor Mars. She’s a shrine priestess with spiritual powers, and while not quite as potentially dangerous as Makoto when not transformed, she can still sense evil spirits and use talismans to ward them off in her everyday life.

[ Anime A to Z ] ~M~ “Moonlight Legend”

Does this even need an introduction? “Moonlight Legend” is, of course, the opening theme song to the legendary Sailor Moon series, and it’s a great bit of ’90s nostalgia.

This song has been a part of my anime fandom since the very earliest days, though I first heard DiC’s rewritten english dubbed version… “Fighting evil by moonlight”, anyone?

[ Anime A to Z ] ~I~ Itoh Ikuko

I don’t have a picture of Ikuko Itoh, but above you can see some of her work. Itoh is one of my favorite character designers, and also one of the inspirations for my own character drawings. Her style is very distinct, particularly the expressive round eyes which are probably the most identifiable trait of her characters.

Pretty Soldier of Thunder and Courage

That glow is Jupiter’s natural radiance

My favorite character in Sailor Moon the very first time I saw the series about twenty years ago was none other than Makoto Kino – Sailor Jupiter. She’s the only one of the original five who could end you without transforming! In her first episode alone, she beats up two college-age thugs, attempts to square off against Zoisite, and tries fighting a monster, all before learning she is Sailor Jupiter!

In the years since, my loyalties may have shifted a bit to Ami, but watching Mako’s introduction episode again after more than a decade since my last Sailor Moon rewatch, it’s all coming back to me why I like her so much. She’s a tall, awkward girl with an intimidating aura, but she’s actually really nice and is good at cleaning and cooking. Ami better look out, since Mako might win me over again. I can still like them both, though! šŸ’ššŸ’™

(And in retrospect, maybe it’s because of Mako that I became so fond of the brown hair/green eyes combination…)