June 30th, 2011 00:03
Sailor Moon is the title of a Japanese media franchise created by Naoko Takeuchi. It is generally credited with popularizing the concept of a sentai (team) of magical girls, as well as the general re-emergence of the magical girl genre itself.
The story of the various metaseries revolves around the reincarnated defenders of a kingdom that once spanned the solar system, and the evil forces that they battle. The major charactersâcalled Sailor Senshi (literally “Sailor Soldiers”; frequently called “Sailor Scouts” in the North American version)âare teenage girls who can transform into heroines named for the moon and planets (Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, etc). The use of “Sailor” comes from a style of girls’ school uniform popular in Japan, the sÄrÄ fuku (sailor outfit), after which the Senshi’s uniforms are modeled. The elements of fantasy in the series are heavily symbolic and often based on mythology.
Music for the Sailor Moon metaseries was written and composed by numerous people, including frequent lyrical contributions by creator Naoko Takeuchi. All of the background musical scores, including the spinoffs, games, and movies, were composed and arranged by Takanori Arisawa, who earned the “Golden Disk Grand Prize” from Columbia Records for his work on the first series soundtrack in 1993. In 1998, 2000, and 2001 he won the JASRAC International Award for most international royalties, owing largely to the popularity of Sailor Moon music in other nations.