It feels inherently wrong to write about Uranus without Neptune and vice versa, which is why I held off on posting pictures of Uranus until Neptune arrived. In Japan, Premium Bandai shipped the two of them together (or so said all the preorders at the time) but when it came to North American distribution, Bluefin Tamashii split them up and sold them at $50 a piece on Amazon et al.
In the original Sailor Moon manga, Uranus and Neptune were a lesbian couple. Haruka (Uranus) dressed more masculine and had an affinity for racing cars, while Michiru (Neptune) was an accomplished violinist and the more feminine of the two. When the original anime came to North America, executives at DIC decided it would be better to change their relationship to cousins. It was the early 90s and gay characters were a pretty touchy subject as it was, so they thought it best not to present that sort of lifestyle to impressionable youngsters. Thankfully we’ve grown a lot since then, and I am looking forward to seeing their relationship unaltered when the second season of Sailor Moon Crystal rolls around. (more…)