Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight, never running from a real fight, she is the one named Sailor Moon!
Girl power! Flashing lights! Sparkling colors! It was like going to rave when you were a kid, and Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts were your best friends. Fuck all your friends who used to make you feel bad when you watched Sailor Moon, calling it gay. Yeah, it was gay, and it was queer as fuck!
The series became one of the few progressive animes that helped LGBT kids like myself grow up. You learned that you can be confused, weird, and different and still be a total badass and take down evil.
While the original American release of Sailor Moon closeted a lot of its LGBT characters, it still couldn’t hide many of the intimate and queer moments of its Japanese counterpart.
Sailor Uranus & Sailor Neptune
Haruka Tenou and Michiru Kaiou was also known as Sailor Uranus, and Sailor Neptune were lesbian lovers, and you could totally tell they were into each other. But that didn’t mean Sailor Uranus wouldn’t play the field a little bit. She hit on Sailor Moon, and Sailor Jupiter had a confusing “crush” on Sailor Uranus. There was even an episode about Sailor Jupiter questioning her sexual identity. I wonder if Japan knew all about the Your Anus jokes we had here in America.
In America, they turned the two into cousins, not lovers. But they couldn’t change some of the intimate and very emotional scenes between the characters. The two were very physical, holding hands, and looking deep into each other’s eyes.
Kunzite & Zoisite
Kunzite and Zoisite may have been the villains in Sailor Moon, but that didn’t mean you couldn’t feel the feels or notice that they were totally gay for each other.
While Kunzite may have been bisexual and made moves on women as well, he had some very intimate moments with Zoisite. But you may have been confused because the American version heteronormalized the characters turning Zoisite into Zoycite and had a female voice actor cover up their gay love story.
When Queen Beryl injured Zoisite for disobeying orders, Kunzite was there by his side before he faded away. And after Kunzite was defeated, his last words were that he was finally going to be able to join Zoisite in the afterlife.
Fish Eye Was A Fishy Drag Queen
Fish Eye was an effeminate gay male who loved to flirt and steal boys’ mirrors. He wore women’s clothes, makeup, and could totally pass as a female.
In fact, the only time he didn’t dress up in drag was when he targeted Yoshiki Usui, a famous fashion designer in the episode “Love Those Minis! The Fashionable Soldiers.” He was the only target Fish Eye didn’t have to dress up to lure and seduce.
They gender swapped Fish Eye again in the series for America making the character much less charming, and just another girl in a dress.
In the original Sailor Moon series, their “human” forms were men who posed as a boy band. In fact, several of the Sailor Scouts had huge crushes and even went on dates with them before learning they were the Sailor Starlights.
But when they transformed, they took off their chest compressors and showed off their sexy female bodies. Could this have been a hint at transgender characters? You decide. But some of you probably never learned about them because Cartoon Network never aired that season of Sailor Moon.
Probably because they didn’t know how to explain “Star Gentle Uterus,” or they were just trying to deny the existence of transgender people.
But in 2014, VIZ Media won the rights to the show and re-dubbed the version of Sailor Uranus and Neptune as the lovers they were. I kind of wish they redubbed Kunzite and Zoicite along with Fisheye, but maybe that’s asking for too much.
If you didn’t think Sailor Moon was gay enough for you…