A fan of the series since 1995, Koriander runs the popular Moon Sisters fan site and studies the Sailor Moon franchise closely.
A Mahō Shōjo Staple
Sailor Moon has been delighting fans of tokusatsu and the mahō shōjo genre since its humble beginnings as the spin-off to Run Run's popular manga series Codename Sailor V with a successful manga series, two televised anime series, a multitude of musical plays and live shows, a live-action tokusatsu show and several theatrical movies with fans new and returning still clamoring for more decades past its first run between the pages of a manga anthology magazine.
So, wouldn't it make sense for the series to continue with some fresh faces and a new generation, as other series such as Pretty Cure/Glitter Force have been successful in doing?
The Child Usagi Tsukino Birthed
The Promise of Sailor Chibi Moon
The concept of a future generation of Sailor Guardians was already dropped on fans with the 1993 debut of Chibiusa Tsukino, the 900+-year-old child of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask trapped in the body of a schoolgirl who had traveled to the 20th century in order to save her mother's life. Over the course of the '90s anime, Chibiusa (or Rini if you recall the DiC dub) polarized fans as she stumbled through her training as a future, full-time Sailor Guardian, serving as a POV character for younger fans and as either hope or annoyance to adult fans.
But her manga counterpart enjoyed both a physical and mental growth, reaching a teenager's body by the end of the StarS Arc. She also gained her own team, crystal, love interest, and her own power separate from Sailor Moon. Sailors Chibi Moon, Pallas, Vesta, Juno, and Ceres stood in for the original Sailor Guardians when Sailor Galaxia had wreaked havoc throughout the universe and gave the hope that the future was still on its way to a grieving Sailor Moon. This alone would be enough for its own spin-off series, but it gets even better.
The StarS Arc ends with Usagi discovering she is pregnant with her timeline's own Chibiusa earlier than her Neo Queen counterpart, and the final manga story, Parallel Sailor Moon, starts with that Chibiusa at 15 and like Sailor Mercury at her age, this Chibiusa is excelling at cram school alongside her eternal best friend Hotaru (who started stunting her growth to keep up with Chibiusa during the Dream Arc, so she is technically 28 in the body of a 15-year-old) and the two are making political plans way ahead of Crystal Tokyo being built. When Chibiusa isn't planning for her diplomatic future, she is taking care of her baby sister Kousagi and their pet rabbits.
Wait, There's Another Daughter?
The Lost Moon Princess and the Suburban Kingdom
If you have Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 2, Sailor Moon Perfect/Eternal Edition Volume 10, or the elusive and Japan-only Sailor Moon Materials Collection art book, then you were likely surprised to find Usagi and Mamoru's second-born daughter, Kousagi Tsukino. She's the always hungry 3rd grader who has an allergy to cats and is constantly being bullied by her frienemies Ami, Rei, Mako, and Mina, girls named after their Inner Sailor Guardian mothers whose job it is to protect and fight alongside Kousagi, despite the fact that none of them really want to. Considering how very much like her mother Kousagi is, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think that someone out there would want to see a series surrounding these junior Sailor Guardians and the world they've been growing up in.
The girls all make it clear that they are aware of their mothers as superheroes. In this timeline, Usagi has not yet built Crystal Tokyo nor become Neo Queen Serenity, but since Kousagi is acknowledged by her (as of this writing) unnamed kitten companion as a princess, it seems as though it's only a matter of time before a new palace emerges as we initially saw in the Black Moon Arc and in Sailor Moon R. A potential series could easily write episodes for each of the girls having to save the world alongside their mothers, utilize their mothers' powers and eventually as 30th-century Chibiusa once did, cultivate their own elemental powers.
Kousagi is told by Mamoru that the day will come when she will save the planet. Her friends are all told that it is their duty to stand with her when that day arrives, but of course, these five handle this knowledge about as well as a group of third graders will. This alone could be used in a variety of segments ranging from comedy (Why do I have to save Kousagi?) to drama (I need to bring out more power!) and is a general feeling most fans would be able to relate to.
Episodes on the girls' daily lives could also be a draw. We learn that Ami for example did get to achieve her dream in becoming a doctor, but she and her husband are poor and overworked with the originally bubbly Sailor Mercury now a bitter 30-something. Rei has taken over her grandfather's shrine and purifies places as a proper priestess. Makoto is a struggling entrepreneur with her own florist and bakery store and Minako is married to an assistant director for a sitcom while Usagi is a stay-at-home mom and Mamoru seemingly has his own work. It should be a cakewalk to write stories around the daily lives of the girls and have them tie into new enemies or even a monster of the week as we saw with the '90s anime.
Saving the World After School
In the Name of the Parallel Moon
In a similar vein to Cardcaptor Sakura, Powerpuff Girls, and other kid mahō shōjo stories, Parallel Sailor Moon mixes laughs with a hint of serious content, giving a world of potential to a would-be full series, and it's a shame that since its debut in 1999, there hasn't been more of an effort from series creator Naoko Takeuchi in expanding upon this story, nor has Toei Animation offered publicly to animate the story.
But Parallel Sailor Moon does have its fan base, and like with everything else involving Sailor Moon, it is growing rapidly as more people are buying the manga.
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