Known in Japan as Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (and given the non-literal English title of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon), Sailor Moon is a multimedia franchise that fused the Sentai and Magical Girl genres. The series started as a manga and was later adapted into an anime. Created by pharmacist-turned-manga author Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon lasted for five seasons, three motion pictures, and a number of TV specials, becoming its own cottage industry in the process.
Works this franchise includes:
- Sailor Moon: What you're probably looking for. The '90s Magical Girl manga and anime.
- Codename: Sailor V: Features Minako as the title character before she was Sailor Venus. Vaguely in continuity within different Sailor Moon adaptations, the manga started as a prototype then became a prequel to the original Sailor Moon.
- Sera Myu: A series of musicals which often deviated a lot from the source material.
- Sailor Moon: Another Story: A 1995 SNES RPG based on the first anime, but with manga elements taken from the manga. It took place after the S season.
- Toon Makers Sailor Moon: An aborted American live action/animation blend adaption by a company called Toon Makers.
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: A 2003 Toku live-action retelling of the first major arc, with more obvious J-drama overtones.
- Sailor Moon Crystal: An ONA which began airing in July 2014, originally consisted of 26 episodes covering the original/Dark Kingdom and R/Black Moon arcs. This anime began as a faithful portrayal of the manga, but increasingly added its own spin to the story. A third season began airing on television in April 2014, consisting of 13 episodes covering the S/Infinity arc. Unlike the first season, it stays true to the manga all the way through.