Kids, or any group of age, teens to older generation, often idolize superheroes they watch on TV, whether it could be Superman, Spiderman, Batman or any marvelous characters who, from the common denominator of their goal, save the world from hostile forces. Whereas, in the anime community, we have the strongest of all legends, Son Goku, and no one could ever deny that. These beloved superheroes always show the brightest side of life, giving us such motivation to surpass every barrier we encounter along with our journey. Behind the manly appeal of our heroes, their muscles and sweats, it’s more amazing to know that women have the guts to save humanity.
As one of the ninety’s little crusaders of the legendary era of anime, I was easily captivated by the charms of female characters from the way they physically look to their ladylike gestures, and I wished I could be like them. That was my fantastical thought when I was a little girl. Such anime characters are mostly seen in nostalgic series such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Akazukin Chacha, Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura, to name a few titles. I was visually stunned by the glamour they effortlessly showed on screen. However, I realized that deep in their character, there’s something about them which is a lot more important than their physical attributes.
Sailor Moon is one of those magical girls who fits to the world of “superwoman”. By the term, she is exactly what I’ve visualized as a role model in society as she, together with her guardians, promotes justice and freedom. It’s awesome and fulfilling enough how women can be useful to save the universe. Ninety’s brats really understand the struggles of this young beautiful gal and her brave comrades.
So, here are the influential things about Sailor Moon and how she touches the heart of many fans around the world.
1. She knows what true love is.
As the soldier of love and justice, Sailor Moon’s heart is a powerful tool to achieve her strong desire to make everyone experience peaceful living, happiness and freedom. She cares a lot and actively fights crime. This supports the fact that the term love isn’t just about her romantic feelings for her love interest, Tuxedo Mask, as many fans get hyped with their intimacy. Behind that, her heart possesses the sincerest passion to help humanity from violence and immorality and to save those people important to her as protecting her family and friends.
2. She teaches us the power of friendship.
The tight bonding of the guardians is evidently seen throughout the series, and I salute their harmonious relationship as they do not prone themselves into dullness. They are what we call the “squad goal” for this modern society that young girls should adore. The series proves to the viewers that the varying personalities and philosophies of our pretty guardians make their friendship grow stronger as they learn to accept their flaws and weaknesses of one another.
3. She makes us realize that imperfection makes us perfect.
At first glance, you might think Usagi is a talented young girl who excels in everything more than how she looks as a student with a kawaii face, but the reality is the exact opposite. Being an average minded student who gets a low grade in exam doesn’t disappoint her fans. She still gives importance to education and studies harder for a better change. In fact, it’s what makes her normal that proves to the world that you don’t need to be perfect to be appreciated by people. By just being yourself and making the best out from your mistakes, you will easily inspire everyone around you.
4. She promotes women empowerment.
Never underestimate the capabilities of a woman. Sailor Moon promotes feminism which inspires every fangirl to strengthen their soul in terms of facing social issues. The series makes every woman in society to build their confidence to claim their rights to achieve dignity, self respect, and complete autonomy. Sailor Moon possesses a strong character more than what a teenage girl can do as she makes the right decision for herself and for everyone around her.
5. She gives respect to the LGBT community.
One of the social issues that is still prevalent nowadays is homosexuality which has a negative connotation among strong activists – their belief that such behavior is sinful and completely not acceptable. However, I strongly believe that the LGBT community has their complete right to choose the path they believe it leads them to happiness and liberty, thereby achieving equality. Sailor Moon will never be embarrassed to have a guardian who at the same time, has a heart of both male and female. This was the case when she finally realized that Sailor Uranus can be a pretty boy, too, but never was disgusted of her guardian’s behavior.