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A Feminist Icon for Gen Z - Why Sailor Moon Should Be on Your Watchlist

SailorTortilla contributor

Naoko Takeuchi/PNP/Toei Animation Co.,Ltd. via Viz Media

As a millennial who grew up with the coolest shows from the '90s, there's one anime that stands out above the rest.

And let me tell you, it's not just any regular anime; Sailor Moon is a genuine feminist icon that we can't recommend enough for you to watch.

  1. Breaking Stereotypes: Say goodbye to the clichéd damsels in distress - these ladies were warriors of love and justice! Unlike some other shows of that era, Sailor Moon was a trailblazer when it came to female representation. It introduced us to a diverse group of Sailor Guardians, each with their own distinct personalities and strengths. These girls weren't just sidekicks; they were the heroes, with dreams and goals each of their own.

  2. Girl Power, Unite: Sailor Moon not only showcased strong female characters but also emphasized the importance of teamwork and unity. They taught us that supporting one another and working together is how you make the world a better place. Gen Z, all about inclusivity and collaboration, perfectly aligns with these values.

  3. Embracing Individuality: The Sailor Scouts were like a breath of fresh air when it came to embracing individuality. Sailor Moon herself is adorably clumsy, making her so relatable and real.

  4. Empowering Emotions: In a world where showing emotions is sometimes frowned upon, Sailor Moon reminded us that emotions are a strength, not a weakness. It's okay to feel and express ourselves authentically. We can be warriors and still value our feelings and relationships - a lesson we need to carry with us into late adulthood.

  5. Challenges and Resilience: Life throws us curveballs, right? Well, Sailor Moon taught us that even when things get tough, we should never give up. She and her squad faced unimaginable obstacles, yet they persisted with unwavering determination. It's a message we all need, especially in the face of uncertainty.

  6. Friendship and Love: Speaking of the squad, the bond between the Sailor Scouts goes beyond friendship; it's a sisterhood. Their love for one another is powerful and pure, reminding us that love, in all its forms, is the driving force that can conquer darkness. That's something we all need in today's world.

So, dear Gen Zers, if you're looking for an anime that's not only fun to watch (it's seriously hilarious at times) but also resonates with our values and principles, give Sailor Moon a shot. It's a classic that has stood the test of time and continues to inspire generations with its feminist themes, strong female characters, and heartwarming messages.

Let's join forces with Sailor Moon and her squad to fight for love and justice, just like we fight for the betterment of our world. 🌙✨