Sailor Moon (1992-1997)
Sailor Moon or Pretty Soldier Sailormoon as it’s known in its native Japan, was originally a shojo manga (a comic marketed to females). Sailor Moon was serialized in the magazine Nakayoshi from February 1992 to March 1997. Sailor Moon focuses on Usagi Tsukino, a teenager that transforms into Sailor Moon. Alongside her Sailor Soldiers, Usagi is out to save Earth.
Sailor Moon’s worldwide domination quickly took root. In March 1992, the comic (manga) was developed into an anime TV series produced by Toei Animation. This series led to three feature films, three television specials, three short films and a tokusatsu (live action) television series.
Several other companies wanted their own Sailor Moon cash from merchandising, such as novels, trading cards, action figures, soundtracks, video games and the like. Since Sailor Moon was everywhere, she became one of the most popular manga and anime series. Due to that, she has been credited for revitalizing the magical girl genre. Sailor Moon truly gave “Girl Power” a new meaning.