Amanda's Anime Obsession Revealed!

Under duress I might admit that I have a passing interest in Anime, that is, Japanese Animation, sometimes called "Japanimation". But to be brutally honest it's more than a passing interest, and the interest is in more than anime. Were you ever to visit me (which I don't recommend doing unless you know me personally and well) you would see that I have quite a collection of Anime videos, manga (Japanese comic books, in the original Japanese, Thank You very much!), Image Books and merchandise (and a few very thick notebooks of translations of the manga. I don't, after all, actually read Japanese). Most of this collection has to do with the globally popular, long-running anime and manga series, Bish
oujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon).

The rather slim plot of Sailor Moon revolves around the lives, past lives and loves of a gaggle of leggy teenage girls who don high heels and short-skirted modified school uniforms to save the world (or at least Tokyo) from the clutches of Evil (note the capital E).

Originally written for younger teenage girls by manga artist Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon features a number of bizarre characteristics which make it campy, interesting and, in some cases, downright addicting. Take for instance the heroines who, in stead of offering to defeat or beat up the evil-doers, often utter lines like "With my high heels, I'll punish you.". The storyline is also full of brainwashing, shopping, ghosts, goblins, pop-singers, women who look like men, daughters who travel back in time to make their mother's teenage years a living hell and (unknowingly) put the make on their fathers, dieting, gossip, juken, homosexual love affairs, friendship, and fun. Now that's some good wholesome entertainment.

Since I have neither the time nor the energy to make an extensive Sailor Moon web page, I shall, at least, point you in the direction of a few. Well, make that a lot. Click the moving icon to the right (anipike's tres kawaii Turnpike Trixie, dressed up as Sailor Moon) to go to the endlessly extensive link list of the best anime site in the world, Anipike.com! Also, you may have noticed that this page is adorned with many Sailor Moon characters (cute, aren't they?) Click on them to go to a character specific page. By the way, to the left is Sailor Mars of "With my high heels, I will punish you!" fame. As I said, loads of wholesome family fun.

 

 Ai to seigi no bishoujo no sailorfuku no senshi, Sailor Moon!
Tsukini kawatte, oshiokiyo!

For love and justice, I am the pretty sailor-suited soldier, Sailor Moon!
In the name of the moon, I will punish you!

Legal mumbojumbo: all of the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon characters above are the property of Takeuchi Naoko-San, Toei Animation and Kodansya Comics. Furthermore, English rights to Sailor Moon anime belong to Dic. English rights to the manga belong to Mixxzine (which is currently running a monthly translation and has plans in the works to release tankubon, the novelized forms of the comics, like the ones I currently own in Japanese. ).

Trixie belongs to the folks at anipike.com.