Last week’s episode of The Simpsons, “Married to the Blob” which first aired January 12th 2014, contained a Sailor Moon reference! The episode’s plot revolved around Comic Book Guy falling in love with a Japanese woman named Kumiko. During a montage of them galavanting around town and falling in love the two of them are seen cosplaying at the Bi-Mon Sci-Fi Con. Kumiko is wearing a Sailor Moon inspired costume while Comic Book Guy is dressed as the Stargate. The costume does not look like that of any specific Sailor Soldier. It’s colours somewhat resemble Sailor Saturn or Sailor Mercury’s Sailor Fuku but the pigtails are clearly meant to be reminiscent of Sailor Moon’s, though they are black and not blonde. It’s unclear if this is meant to be an authentic costume of a show in The Simpsons universe which is simply Sailor Moon like or if Kumiko is wearing a costume of her original character based on the series Sailor Moon which would in that case fully exist in the Simpsons world.
The episode is riddled with comic and pop culture references including special guests Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison. In this same scene Kumiko even jumps through the Stargate and turns into a Wizard from Hogwarts from the Harry Potter franchise.
A recent episode of the popular anime series Doki Doki Pretty Cure featured two characters who looked suspiciously similar to Usagi (Sailor Moon) and Umino (Melvin) from Sailor Moon! The girl’s school uniform actually resembles Minako’s outfit more than Usagi’s but the colours are similar and the hair in pig tails is rare enough to make this reference seem intentional. The boy’s large glasses and school uniform are nearly identical to that worn by Umino in the anime. This takes place in episode 44, “Selfish’s Trap! The Christmas Without Mana”, which premiered on December 15th.
The two characters were actually a couple of the series villains Ira and Marmo who were disguising themselves as students in order to connivince the main character Mana that there was a King of Student Councils Contest in order to take her out of the picture and defeat the good guys (or good girls, rather).
Jetpack Joyride has a new costume available which will seem familiar to Sailor Moon fans. This “Lunar Scout Outfit” is clearly inspired by Sailor Moon’s Sailor Fuku. It mostly looks like her original outfit. The round shoulder pieces are similar to those found on Eternal Sailor Moon’s costume, though the lack of wings and general colours are inconsistent with that look.
The name is a reference to the dub “Sailor Scouts” and the description of the outfit is inspired by the dub theme song lines “Fighting evil by Moonlight. Winning love by daylight.”.
Battle evil in the Moonlight and fall in love during the day … man it all happens when you wear this outfit!
To get this costume you need to get the Strong Arm Machine (S.A.M.) five days in a row. This is activated by collecting special letter tokens that spawn once a day. Jetpack Joyride is a free game that you can download on most mobile devices as well as the PlayStation store, though the PlayStation versions do not have this and other more recent outfits.
This week’s newest episode of South Park, “A Song of Ass and Fire”, featured a great Sailor Moon reference as Sony’s President gives Kenny Sailor Moon’s Crisis Moon Compact, the item which she uses to transform into Super Sailor Moon in the Sailor Moon SuperS season of the anime. The President of Sony gives Kenny this item so that he can become an official Princess. He then becomes Princess Kenny who has anime eyes and can shoot rainbows from his hands. While the item isn’t exactly identical to the Crisis Moon Compact and has some qualities resembling some of her other transformation items it seems to most closely resemble this with it’s wings, crown and heart shaped crystal.
Americans can watch this episode of South Park on Comedy Central’s web site. The reference is near the end of the episode. Thanks to Yosenex from Go Robo Now and Christopher on our Facebook page for spotting this and bringing it to my attention.
The latest issue of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Micro Series comic, issue #8 featuring Princess Celestia on the cover, includes a few familiar faces for Sailor Moon fans! Inside these pages are pony versions of Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune (pictured above), Sailor Saturn and Sailor Chibi Moon (pictured below) and Sailor Pluto (in the third photo).
The similar colours and hair styles aren’t the only similarity as these ponies also have very specific cutie marks which are the symbols of their respective planets and in Sailor Chibi Moon’s case a heart with moon in it which is similar but not identical to any single one of her transformation brooches.
In addition to these ponies we can also see the Moon Stick sitting on Princess Celestia’s night stand. The other item could be Sailor Neptune’s Deep Aqua Mirror but I’m unsure if this is an intentional reference or not.
This issue’s artist, Amy Mebberson, is a Sailor Moon fan. Check out more of her work, including some Sailor Moon sketches, on her deviantART page, tumblr or Twitter. Also be sure to check out her web comic Pocket Princesses.
Below I’ve included the full panels which include these references for context. The comic hit store shelves this past Wednesday so if you’re interested in picking it up your local comic book store may still have it in stock.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released today to US audiences. As the fourth game in the series this one has even more costumes and accessories than ever before including an item called the “Palatial Tank Dress” which looks suspiciously like Princess Serenity’s dress from Sailor Moon.
Apologies for my simply dressed character. As the game just came out today I do not yet have the ability to style my hair or deck myself in the appropriate accessories that would be fitting of a princess but I was lucky enough to find this dress in the store on the first day. Just looking at the dress, do you think this reference is intentional or a coincidence?
The Internet is abuzz about Lindsay Lohan’s upcoming appearance on Charlie Sheen’s TV series Anger Management. She will appear on the show wearing a school uniform similar to those found in Japan that many news sources such as Perez Hilton, Celebuzz and TV Guide are referring to as looking like Sailor Moon.
In reality the uniform doesn’t make her look a ton like Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon’s outfit does indeed look like a sailor outfit, much like this one does, but this is pretty standard of Japanese school uniforms. Sailor Moon’s Sailor Fuku has a large red bow, shorter arms, different colours and no exposed stomach. Usagi’s civilian school uniform similarly has a large red bow and many differences from this. Brad from moonkitty.net has pointed out that the colour scheme of blue and white is not terribly common in Tokyo. Even though a lot of the specifics are different, the similarity to Sailor Moon’s school uniform and Sailor Fuku may very well be intentional. Lindsay Lohan is also sporting a hair style that is quite similar to Usagi’s iconic odangos or meatballs as they’re referred to as in the dub which is surely not a coincidence. I wonder if the outfit is intentionally different to avoid any legal issues or if this is just the case of a lazy wardrobe department using what they had at their disposal. It’s not a coincidence that all these news sources mentioned the Sailor Moon connection. That may be something that was mentioned in the press release that was sent out with these pictures.
What this outfit does look like much more than Usagi or Sailor Moon’s is Minako’s school uniform. Minako does not attend the same school as Usagi and so she has a totally different uniform with a scarf instead of a bow. That comparison would have been more apt if the intended audience was more well versed in the specifics of Sailor Moon and her friends. This being said there are still differences such as the knot on the scarf and number of stripes on the uniform. I am not insinuating that it was intentional to have this outfit look more like Minako’s, I’m just using this example to show the many differences with Sailor Moon’s.
Ebiten is an animated Internet series that has also played on TV in Japan. The second episode of the show features more Sailor Moon references than you could ever hope for as the main character relives many events from Sailor Moon, transforms into Tailor Moon and breaks the fourth wall by making reference to the similarities. Not only are there references in the characters and actions in the episode but many sequences are nearly frame by frame recreations of counterparts in Sailor Moon. I’ve tried to put together a list of as many of these as possible. Fans of Sailor Moon would be best to simply watch the episode in question and marvel at the similarities. The first episode is available streaming at Crunchyroll or from NyaaTorrents.
With that being said keep reading for a bit of a play by play of the similarities as they happened. For the most part these similarities were to the first episode of the Sailor Moon anime and to the Sailor Moon R movie.
Here’s a really old Sailor Moon reference that I wasn’t aware of until just recently. Sailor Moon makes an appearance in Jon Bovi’s 1996 music video for the song “These Days”. At one point the song shows a quick couple of seconds of Japan and at that point an image of some sort of Sailor Moon S machine is shown. I’m not sure what this is, pachinko, slot machine, pinball machine? My searches didn’t turn up anything particular so if you have an idea of what it could be, drop us a line.
This reminded me of another bizarre music reference to Sailor Moon in the CD inserts for U2’s “Best of 1990-2000″ CD release. This picture of the band in front of a large Sailor Moon R The Movie poster was likely taken during their 1992-1993 Zoo TV tour which was going on while Sailor Moon R was in theatres.
Check out the original Sailor Moon R The Movie poster and the music video featuring Sailor Moon below.
A new toy has appeared in FarmVille. It’s called the “Mooncycle” and it has a rabbit riding it. It looks identical to a North American Sailor Moon toy called the “Moon Cycle”. What a strange reference…
The rabbit riding the Mooncycle is likely a reference to Sailor Moon’s character Usagi who’s name literally means rabbit. The Moon Cycle never made an appearance in the Sailor Moon anime or manga. It’s existance as a toy always confused fans. Looking at the Toon Makers’ Sailor Moon pilot we can see some similarities between the design of the Moon Cycle and some of the vehicles used in that show such as Sailor Moon’s Sky Flyer.
This appears to be a decoration and as I understand it this toy will only be available for a limited time. Looks like you can only buy it with FarmVille money meaning you need to spend real money to get it, it’s not something you buy with in game currency. Although I don’t play FarmVille someone did make a farm on my account so here’s my farm showing the item for sale for 7 FVs: