Races and Themes in Sailor Moon:
Good vs. Evil or Judgement vs. Acceptance?
One of my favorite TV shows that I watched as a kid was Sailor Moon. With the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon, a reboot released called Sailor Moon Crystal that followed the manga closer than the Sailor Moon I grew up with. Either way, both Sailor Moon adaptations show a variety of different “races” that are good and bad. This post is going to look at a few of the different races that are mentioned in both versions (or will be mentioned in the future).
There are many characters that are just normal humans, this includes the reincarnations of the Sailor Senshi and Princess Serenity. Since all the Sailor Senshi are reborn on earth, I’ll assume that in their previous lives there were another race completely.
The people of the Moon Kingdom had long lives because it was their mission to guard the Legendary Silver Crystal (a.k.a Imperium Silver Crystal). So it’s possible that they are some other kind of race, or perhaps they are actually humans that have long life because of the power of the crystal.
The people of the Earth Kingdom were all regular humans, including Prince Endymion, whom Princess Serenity falls in love with despite the fact that they’re not supposed to for whatever reason. The humans turned against the Moon Kingdom and a war broke out, resulting in the death of Prince Endymion and the destruction of the Moon Kindgom.
Tau Ceti Star System: Evil
The next race are those from the Tau Ceti Star System, which includes Mistress 9 and Master Pharaoh 90. Mistress 9 comes in the form of some sort of mass-like monster who takes over Hotaru’s body, turning into a woman with long black hair. The other is Master Pharaoh 90, an alien that needs a connection between the worlds so he can merge with the world and take over it. Actually, Pharaoh 90 is an incarnation of Chaos, the source of all the Sailor Senshi’s problems from the very beginning as we later find out.
Alien or Human?: Good, Evil, or Just Corrupted?
The next is Sailor Galaxia. I’m not 100% sure if she’s human or a type of alien from another planet, but she is known as the Soldier of Solitude. She ended the Sailor Wars by sealing Chaos into her own body, but not before she sent her Star Seed out into the universe so that it didn’t become corrupted by Chaos. It’s because of Chaos and her hunger for power that she became hostile towards the Sailor Senshi, seeking out their Star Seeds so she could gain ultimate power.
Lastly, there’s Chaos. I’m not certain what Chaos is exactly, but we learn that Chaos is able to incarnate into the forms of Wiseman, Queen Nehelenia, Pharaoh 90, and Queen Metalia. A never-ending cycle of viciousness reborn repeatedly to seek out and destroy the Sailor Senshi. A darkness that wants nothing more than to have ultimate control of the galaxy and all the planets in it.
Good vs. Evil or Judgement vs. Acceptance
Overall, many different races in Sailor Moon are good and evil. Just because one may be considered different or alien, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are evil. In the case of Sailor Galaxia, all she really wanted deep down was love. In the end, Sailor Moon offered her friendship, and it was because of that friendship that they were able to defeat Chaos and finally have peace. The people of the Moon Kingdom were probably a different race, and they were a peaceful people, watching over the Earth Kingdom and guarding the galaxy from outside threats. The main theme in Sailor Moon is that people shouldn’t judge people by what they look like or where they’re from. All people are different and unique, with their own personalities and quirks and we all need to take a lesson from Usagi and learn to accept people for who they are, regardless of their differences, skin color, or nationality. Peace can only ever be achieved by understanding, we just haven’t learned to be as open as Usagi yet.