Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight…SAILOR MOON is BACK!

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the lack of posts lately - I've had a lot going on lately.  Between the aftermath of my car accident, job stuff, and a trip to Big Sur/San Francisco I've been uber busy!  But I'm happy to be back in the swing of things and ready to get blogging again.

And I have something SUPER awesome to talk about today.

…drumroll please...

SAILOR MOON!

Yes, that's right, all 200 episodes of this epic, grrrl-centric show are about to be re-released on Hulu!  And, even cooler, the episodes are being realized in their full and uncensored brilliance.  I was unaware of this as a young girl in the '90s when Sailor Moon first aired, but the series' first run in the US was drastically changed - and not in a good way.  But more on that momentarily.

First, just in case anyone isn't familiar with Sailor Moon, here's a brief bit of info:

It's basically a show about a group of school girls who have a variety of magical powers derived from different planets and they go around fighting evil.  It's FUCKING RAD.  There's a talking cat, adorable outfits, and a whole lot of girls kicking some serious ass.

I adored this shown as an adolescent - I wanted to be Sailor Chibi Moon (I think it was the pink hair).  My cousins and I would play Sailor Moon whenever we were together, and it was one of the first shows I saw that depicted strong, unique female characters.

Sailor Chibi Moon!  Image via http://www.sweetdreamstore.com.br/perucas-rosa/super-sailor-chibi-moon

Sailor Chibi Moon!  Image via http://www.sweetdreamstore.com.br/perucas-rosa/super-sailor-chibi-moon

Okay, back to the whole uncensored thing.  The original, Japanese version of the show was FULL of homosexuality.  Unfortunately, when the show was dubbed for American audiences, pretty much everything deemed "controversial" was removed - and they had to remove quite a bit.

For example, lesbian couple Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune were depicted as cousins in the US version.  And. in the original version, almost all of the Sailor Scouts had crushes on Sailor Uranus because they thought she was a boy.  Any admiration or desire felt by the characters was depicted as awe for Sailor Uranus's powers - and nothing more - in the American version.  These changes were such a shame, because Uranus and Neptune freakin' adorable together and they presented viewers with different ideas of gender and sexuality.

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune - squee so cute!  Image via http://www.autostraddle.com/sailor-moon-reboot-coming-in-july-keeping-it-queer-for-english-speaking-fans-218227/

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune - squee so cute!  Image via http://www.autostraddle.com/sailor-moon-reboot-coming-in-july-keeping-it-queer-for-english-speaking-fans-218227/

There are a ton of other changes made to this series, but - thankfully - we can now enjoy the original - more open-minded - version of this awesome show.  As a young girl, I didn't realize just how much was missing from this beloved show, and while I'm disappointed that Cartoon Network deemed it necessary to edit this show the first time around, I'm thrilled that American viewers can now watch Sailor Moon in it's full, uncensored glory.