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Welcome to But Why Tho? the podcast, where we talk about the parts of popular culture that people say matter and ask the question but why tho?

 

Kate, Adrian, and Matt answer this question with through passion, geekdom, history and even some scholarship.

May 24, 2017

This week we tackle the anime favorite of 90s kids everywhere: SailorMoon! We talk about the sometimes convoluted story line and how the characters shined through time traveling, past lives, and everything in between. Kate brings us through her gate-way anime and teaches Matt and Adrian about creator, Naoko Takeuchi's long road to fame in a male dominated industry, the Sailor Scouts' genre defining story lines, and it's ability to succeed on Toonami. We also talk about how  the show as able to teach viewers through its "Sailor Says" PSA's, it's strong message of girl power, friendship, and the path it opened for LGBT+ representation in animation (especially in the States). With it's brand new revamping in Sailor Moon Crystal, more than 20 years out from its debut, the Sailor Moon series still holds a valuable place in fans' hearts. But why tho?

Shownotes

Sailor Say's video
Sailor Moon IRL

*Answer to why Mercury's powers are water based: Roman mythology.
Each of the Sailor Scouts' powers are not only tied to the planets,
but also to the gods and goddess that they are named after.*