January 31, 2017

Her Eternal Moonlight

Filed under: Bookshelf — Tags: , — Yukino @ 7:18 PM

I first saw Sailor Moon on YTV when I was 14 years old. This discovery led to my fascination with manga and anime (which lead to opening up my own shop), and eventually I realized just how much this series about transforming junior high school girls shaped how I interacted with the world around me.

her-eternal-moonlight-cover-fullHer Eternal Moonlight came about as the result of one of those deep conversations you seem to find yourselves a part of during a convention. After one such discussion, co-authors Steven Savage and Bonnie Walling set out to investigate just how Usagi and Company’s journey impacted the lives of its North American female fans. They spoke to fans who found kindred spirits in our beloved Sailor Senshi at different ages (and stages) in their lives. The bullied, the shy, the outcasts who just didn’t fit in.

They discovered that many of us had familiar stories. That for several of young women, Sailor Moon represented us in ways we had never seen on TV before. We had female superheroes we could identify with, and discovering there were more people like us led us to seek out and build a thriving, inviting community.

 

Much like its titular heroine, the Sailor Moon story in all its incarnations seems sweet and smiling, but then it packs a punch you didn’t see coming. And that’s precisely the reason that you love it.

 

As a self-proclaimed Moonie, it was wonderful to read how one of my favourite manga/anime franchises impacted other women’s lives. Whether they found the original Sailor Moon anime when it aired on TV or more recent converts who began their journey with Crystal, the women who lent their voices to Her Eternal Moonlight always struck a chord with me on a personal level. Even a week after I finished reading the book I am wondering if and how future generations might look back on this beloved series. Those friends in my life with young children whom they are sharing the Sailor Moon Crystal experience with, will those girls and boys respond to it the same way my generation did seeing as anime is more accessible now than it was in the early 90s?

Not only do the authors of Her Eternal Moonlight talk to fans about how Usagi/Serena touched their lives, Steven and Bonnie also write about Sailor Moon’s impact on North American cartoons, an increasing interest in travel and living abroad in Japan, and how fans’ love for this franchise sent them down various career paths. All around, this is a great book of collected research that all points to one thing: Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon franchise has inspired fans all around the world, shaping many of us for the better.

Whether you are simply interested in Sailor Moon’s unique community or are a fan with a desire to feel more connected to other Moonies, Her Eternal Moonlight is available to purchase now on Amazon.

*This book review was previously published on The Daily Crate.

February 23, 2016

Sailor Moon Petit Charas – Black Moon Set

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 4:19 PM

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In playing catch up, here are photos of my Black Moon set, including Black Lady, Chibi-usa’s Wiseman corrupted transformation.  (more…)

February 18, 2016

Sailor Moon Petit Charas – Ayakashi Sisters

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 5:52 PM

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Whelp, since I opened the School Life 2 set and had my camera out, I said screw it and just took photos of all the Petit Chara sets I’m behind on. Next up: the Ayakashi Sisters from the Black Moon arc. This was the first of two sets featuring characters from the Black Moon family. (more…)

Sailor Moon Petit Charas – School Life 2

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I’m super far behind posting about my Sailor Moon Petit Chara collection, and for that, I apologize. It’s partly my fault, partly the fault of overseas shipping that had 3 of my sets show up over the span of 2 weeks after months of sitting in a port somewhere waiting to clear customs. But now that they are home, it’s time to show them off!

This post is all about the School Life 2 set, featuring the Outer Senshi in their school uniforms, as well as Chibi-Usa and a second uniformed version of Usagi. A bonus in the set is the tiny Diana figure to accompany her master and complete the family set (if you bought the sets that included Luna and Artemis). (more…)

March 24, 2015

Sailor Uranus & Neptune Figure Reviews (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

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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…)

October 16, 2014

Sailor Saturn Figure Review (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

Filed under: Japanophile — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 12:00 PM

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Sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned, but Plan B shows up unexpectedly and you realize that it worked out just as well.

When Sailor Saturn still hadn’t shipped from Amazon, I was starting to get worried. I’d ordered from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller, but all the 3rd parties had her in stock and were shipping them while the only update we got from Amazon was an email asking if we still wanted the item. Concerned and impatient, I turned to Barnes and Noble. Why, you ask? Well, turns out some of the B&Ns in the area have some very nice SH Figuarts and Gundam model display cases now. Of the two B&Ns within 15 minutes of us, one has these displays and thankfully had 1 Sailor Saturn in stock. So I rushed there and with 15 minutes left until closing, Sailor Saturn was mine. It made me a little sad to cancel the Amazon order but that was squashed by the excitement of having Saturn in hand. (more…)

October 4, 2014

Sailor Moon Petit-Chara Set 3

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It’s the first Saturday of October, which meant that after laying in the most comfortable spot in my bed for an extra 40 minutes this morning, I finally jumped out of bed and wrangled my husband into getting Sailor Moon Crystal episode 7 ready to roll on Hulu. I was all warm and fuzzy from the feels between Usagi and Mamoru, Venus’ rooftop reveal, and the general giddiness I get with each new episode. So when the doorbell rang barely 20 minutes later and I realized what was at the door, you could say I had to contain a very loud squee so as not to deafen the poor USPS delivery man.  (more…)

September 3, 2014

Sailor Jupiter Figure Review (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

JupiterInBox2 After spending the weekend at DragonCon, I came home to find two goodies from Amazon: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:birth1 for the Vita, and my Sailor Jupiter Figuarts figure. Finally the Inner Sailor Senshi were all together again! I wanted to take pictures and write about her yesterday but I had to get some work done. Here she is now with pictures and thoughts below. (more…)

July 24, 2014

Sailor Moon Petit-Chara Sets 1 & 2

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It was been long established now that I am a huge Sailor Moon fan. If you haven’t realized this yet, shame on you! So it should be no surprise that when I found these Sailor Moon Puchi-Chara (Petit Chara) figure sets from Megahouse on J-List a few months back it was important that I get my hands on them. These are part of the anniversary/revival celebration and are just too damn adorable to pass up. Both sets came as 6 blind box packages in a sealed box and ran me $40 a piece before taxes and shipping.  (more…)

July 23, 2014

Sailor Moon Figuart Update: Mercury, Mars & Venus

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After months of searching for my digital camera, I finally found it yesterday (where I now recall putting it as soon as we moved). And since I don’t want to delay this any longer, I took a few minutes and cleared off a semi-decent spot at the kitchen table so I could snap some pictures of Sailors Mercury (Ami), Mars (Rei), and Venus (Minako). These are from the SH Figuarts line of toys released by Bandai Tamashii and are officially licensed products.

As with the previously released Sailor Moon (Usagi) figure, each character comes with a few interchangeable faces and sets of hands so you can pose them and attempt to re-create some of the Senshi’s attack moves from the manga and anime. I didn’t really mess around with those today as I just wanted to get them out of the box and need to purchase a storage system for all the tiny parts. (more…)

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