The definition of the magical girl genre, Sailor Moon is a beloved manga and television series that has grown in popularity. If anyone in North America is going to know anything about anime, they'll know about this show, as it's probably the most recognizable mainstream anime title of them all. However, questionable censorship has led to arguments between fans about whether the English dub hurt the show's LGBT representation and other elements, since it heavily edited the show's content. Though a lot of this content was added back in thanks to the re-dubbing being done by Viz Media and the Sailor Moon Crystal series. The version of Sailor Moon released in America that was produced by DiC for the first two seasons and dubbing studio Optimum Productions had a lot of censorship, which included the removal of near-nudity and violence, plus the infamous addition of kissing cousins.
And just to be clear, ALL of the following images come from the actual series. If you don't believe me, get the manga or watch the show on Hulu. The only "fan art" on this page is my own. My apologies.
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I still find it shocking that this is official art by Naoko. Oh, my word!! Fortunately for us, Kimiharu Obata, 2 key animator for several episodes of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon R , has kindly put pen to paper to talk about this very issue. So there you are, just sitting in your room minding your own business and watching the Sailor Senshi fight against the latest Monster of the Day. Just then, Sailor Moon transforms to save the day.