Fanart by BD134.
Usagi, Hotaru, and Luna (human form) from Sailor Moon drawn by Peach Girl artist Miwa Ueda.
usagi’s first reaction upon meeting the other senshi is basically “hot a what”
Anonymous said: You do realize that that's a cultural difference you're pointing out, right? In several Japanese shows, you see schoolgirls admiring other women and women having fanclubs for other women. This does not make them gay. It's similar to a girl crush in the Western world.
Yeah all of that is gay both in and out of Japan. Why are people always trying to say “oh no that’s not gay you just don’t understand the different culture, nothing in Japan is ever gay, it’s just platonic in a way you wouldn’t understand”? That ain’t true. A lot of anime has pretty gay undertones in a way that isn’t realistically accepted otherwise in Japan’s culture, kind of like how characters speak in outrageous ways or behave in outrageous manners. In this way it can show or endorse certain behaviours that Japanese society does not always otherwise support.
A more accurate representation of Japan’s reaction to this kind of stuff is not “It’s not gay, it’s totally straight-o”, but “Oh yeah it’s pretty gay BUT IT’S NOT LIKE IT COUNTS THEY’RE GONNA GROW OUT OF THAT”. Weird how people try to talk about cultural differences but then analyse it using their own culture’s understanding of sexuality. Japan has its own kind of heteronormativity; it’s not like our “NO HOMO” but more like “sure, homo, but only as a hobby, not a profession”. They understand that it’s pretty gay but have a normative expectation that these characters will eventually grow out of said behaviour or that their interest in women is otherwise temporary. Saying “it’s not gay in Japan, you just don’t understand” is inaccurate.
But that’s based on manga/anime in general; more specifically, other shows have characters thinking that other girls are pretty, etc. but not to the degree that Sailor Moon does.
Sailor Moon is an INCREDIBLY gay series and you’d better believe that Naoko knew what she was doing.
I think you’re misunderstanding the point of that post, though (which also was not my post, I just reblogged it). It wasn’t so much to say “Usagi is 100% gay as proved by these actions here” but that “this behaviour and narrative is very queer-friendly and that’s cool”. Nobody’s saying that Usagi is gay just because she thinks Rei is hot. It’s not a black-and-white thing. It’s an open discussion of non-binary sexuality.
Something isn’t straight just because it’s considered “normal” in that culture. It’s pretty gay to be able to express attraction to a member of the same sex, and that’s cool.
Come on now.
sailor moon doodle
I need to take a second to explain why this woman means so much to me.
Forgive me, I’m usually kind of a goofball, but I’m going to get on my cheesy sentimental podium for a second, because I wanted to share with you one of my favorite Sailor Moon moments (from a filler episode no less) and why it affected me so much as a child.
I will always remember the first time I saw this episode. I watched Makoto (Sailor Jupiter) figure skating so beautifully and gracefully; she looked like an ethereal princess gliding around the rink. A handsome male figure skater comes up and joins her. She swoons instantly, and it’s all adorable and romantic (aside from the fact that he’s, you know, a demon who’s targeting her for the Dark Kingdom, but that’s besides the point). But for a moment, it gets awkward. Her skating partner can’t lift her because she’s athletic, tall and not exactly dainty, so instead, without batting an eye, she lifts him over her head. The look on her face wasn’t apologetic. She genuinely was having a blast and didn’t care that taking the traditionally masculine power position might make her seem less attractive to him or that she needed to hide her strength so as not to emasculate him.
To Makoto, lifting him was just as viable a solution as him lifting her.
I always was drawn to Makoto for her interesting juxtaposition of the masculine and feminine. Her version of womanhood was complex, well-rounded, and unique to anything else I had seen in kids shows before. She was at the same time strong and sweet, badass and gentle. On the one hand, a tough self-sufficient independent woman who had lived on her own for years and answered to no one. On the other, a hopeless romantic who liked crushing on cute boys and secretly dreamed of becoming a beautiful bride someday.
I also remember the episode where she gets a lady crush on Haruka, which was not so much about sexual confusion, but more the fact that she deeply admires how Haruka is confidently able to reconcile the masculine and the feminine parts of herself, and doesn’t apologize for how anyone else receives her. Someone else’s confusion or inability to put her in a box is their problem, not hers.
Makoto even admits to Usagi that one of the reasons she learned how to cook was that she felt the need to balance her tomboyishness and tall, muscular stature with more traditionally girly traits so that it would maybe soften her up and people wouldn’t be as intimidated or afraid of her.
(Pictured: Terror incarnate)
I may not be able to lift a grown man over my head, but as a tomboy who played soccer and hockey, and was the tallest girl in my elementary and middle school class, her’s is struggle I identify so deeply with, and is something I always have and still wrestle with. Judging by the responses I got from a lot of girls after the AX Sailor Moon Q&A panel where I mentioned that very thing, it would seem that apparently I’m far from alone in that struggle.
And this applies for guys, too. I think both genders often feel pressure to align their interests and personality with what’s more socially acceptable for their biological sex. Men have to worry that they’re being too “effeminate” and if they show too much emotion or sensitivity, they’ll “lose their man card”. Women are told to avoid being assertive or opinionated so as not to appear “bossy” or “bitchy”.
And God forbid you be your full-blown, unbridled, unfiltered, strong, smart, sassy self around a guy you’re interested in. The common sentiment seems to be that if you’re not a demure, coy, shrinking violet, somehow men can’t possibly find you attractive. (…Although the fact that Makoto had a notoriously terrible time finding love didn’t do much to assuage my worry that boys would be turned off by my personality. But then again, she was a teenager which is just an all-around awkward time for everyone in the romance department. If they did a Sailor Moon epilogue to show them in their 20s or 30s, I’d be curious to see if Makoto finally got her wish of getting married….annnnd I’m seriously postulating about the long-term romantic prospects of a fictional character. Wowza).
That’s why what Naoko Takeuchi did was so brilliant and progressive in my eyes. When I started watched this show, I was young, insecure, and impressionable. I was still trying to find myself and figure out what categories I fit into. Seeing Makoto’s journey showed me that it’s okay to not fit neatly into any box, and that girls can be superheroes, too. You can save the world and vanquish evil and do it while wearing a skirt, cute accessories, and fabulous boots, if you want. You don’t have to sacrifice an ounce of your strength in order to maintain your femininity, and vice versa.
Having that inner conflict represented on screen helped me so much growing up, because it showed me that I wasn’t alone. It inspired me to believe that being strong, courageous, and athletic, and being vulnerable, soft, and, feminine are not mutually exclusive.
On days when I question myself and really really need to be reminded of all these things, I stop, and think:
"Hey. Remember, Jupiter was a princess and a soldier. Don’t make apologies for who you are just because some people’s tiny brains can’t process the fact that you are a fiercely powerful princess, a gentle warrior, a giggling boy-crazy tomboy, a decidedly “unladylike” lady, and undeniably 100% woman.”
So… Amanda Miller, the new voice of Makoto/Sailor Jupiter in Viz’s Sailor Moon redub, has a Tumblr. And what a Tumblr!
You understand Makoto so well and that is gonna shine through in your portrayal of her. Jupes is my favourite Sailor and I identify with her for many of the reasons you outlined - particularly a sense of conflict about enjoying interests/hobbies/aesthetics that weren’t “for” her, and the resultant “Who gives a crap?”. Welcome to Tumblr!
I want to support you
The tears roll down my cheek
Eyes burning scarlet
Someone is shouting love out loud
Like a flash of lightning
No matter how dark it is
I know I’m not alone
Moonlight shines upon us
We all have unshakable wills
We will fight on our own
Without leaving our destiny to the prince
Shiny Make Up
We are gonna shine bright
Under the starry sky
We are not helpless girls
Who need men’s protection
So… Shiny Make Up
We are gonna fight
With power from the starry night
A new legend begins right now
La La Pretty Guardian
Lyrics of Sailor Moon Crystal’s “Mood Pride” (via lulu-on-the-moon)
y’all are not loyal if you can’t even enjoy the opening lyrics(via poderprisma)
SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL FREE AND LEGAL SIMULCAST STREAMING BEGINNING JULY 5 AT 6AM EST VIA HULU/NEON ALLEY, CRUNCHYROLL, AND NICONICO. (You can watch anytime after its premier as well - though it gets weird with Niconico.)
LET’S MOON PRISM POWER, MAKE UP!
DIRECT LINKS TO SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL SIMULCAST PAGES:
ONLY CLICK PLAY IF YOU WANT TO WATCH MORE SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL
YAS BITCH YASSSSSD