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  • Acting for Two: Usagi Tsukino and her mother, Queen Serenity, are both played by Miyuu Sawai.
  • Adaptation Sequence: Manga —> Anime —> Musicals —> Non-canon video game —> Live-action television series —> Another anime.
  • The Cast Showoff: Yoshito Endō, Zoisite's actor, gets to show off his piano-playing skills in the series.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: The PGSM campaign winners during the series' first half were the live audience for the Kirari Super Live concert.
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  • Creator Cameo: Usagi's father Kenji Tsukino in the Special Act was played by veteran Toku director Ryuta Tasaki (who directed the first 2 episodes). The wedding guests were played by the show's staff as well.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Naoko Takeuchi was more involved with this than the 90s anime, and prefers it as a result.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted with Chisaki Hama, who was 14 when playing Sailor Mercury. The other Senshi were much older, ranging from 17-19. Naru's actress was a former Sera Myu actress and was in her 20s.
  • Executive Meddling: Wonder why the ending feels a little rushed? The series was supposed to go a full 52 episodes plus the specials. The ratings led the network to chop the episode order down to 49 episodes late in production.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Mamoru is commonly called "Tuxedo Kamen Rider" by the fandom in a reference to both this show and Kamen Rider Hibiki (Jouji Shibue playing Ibiki in that show).
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    • Dark Mercury is also called "Darkury" by fans. A lesser-used name for her civilian form is "Akumi", combining the word for "evil" (whose kanji may be read "aku") and Ami. Rumor has it this name was coined by the show's staff.
    • In an episode where Usagi went missing and Ami had to stand in for her not to get Ikuko-mama worried. Ami went so far as to replicate Usagi's hairstyle. And so fandom started calling her "Usami".
  • Genius Bonus: Zoisite's piano pieces are actual compositions: Ludwig van Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and Frederic Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu and Etude in C minor.
  • Looping Lines: Yoko Soumi looped Queen Serenity's lines in the Special Act.
  • Method Acting: Ayaka Komatsu had never read the manga or watched the anime when she was cast. She opted not to read it during filming - as they were going in a drastically different direction. This helped her with Minako's sense of isolation towards the others.
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  • Never Work with Children or Animals: Luna and Artemis are changed from cats to talking plush toys due to the myriad of problems stemming from working with cats in live action.
  • No Export for You: This is the only Sailor Moon property that has yet to be licensed in the US, nor everywhere else where the Anime aired, with two exceptions: A one-time airing in Mexico, and a recent airing in the Philippines on the digital subchannel Yey!. Fan subtitled versions do exist online - some with helpful explanations of Japanese cultural aspects that don't translate to western audiences.
  • The Other Darrin: For reasons unknown, the casting agency cast Kappei Yamaguchi as Artemis instead of his original anime VA, Yasuhiro Takato.
  • Production Posse: Given the series was produced by Toei Company, many of the Sailor Moon staff members have worked on the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider franchises, including director Ryuta Tasaki, screenwriter Yasuko Kobayashi, and special effects director Hiroshi Butsuda.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Miyuu Sawai (Usagi) and Keiko Kitagawa (Rei) were both avid fans of the manga and anime, so one can assume they were overjoyed when they got to be a part of the show.
  • Prop Recycling: One set of Mooks is togged out in long robes and hoods over some very familiar masks. Super Sentai/Power Rangers fans will remember them as the Golem Hei/Putty Patrollers from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger/Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
  • Role Reprise: Keiko Han reprises her role as Luna from the '90s anime, and is the only surviving original cast member to make a return.
  • Self-Adaptation: Naoko Takeuchi wrote the lyrics for the opening theme.
  • Star-Making Role: Keiko Kitagawa as Sailor Mars. This was her acting debut, which led directly to her career in film. It probably helped that, of the Sailor Senshi, most of the fandom agreed she was the best match for her character. While the other cast members are in different fields, Keiko is still the one most widely known.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: This gives a Setting Update to the 90s-set anime and manga... so now it looks straight out of the 2000s instead. Cell phones are now incorporated into the Sailor Guardians' gadgets; then-cutting edge flip phones that can take pictures that none of the girls already have. The internet is barely mentioned and Minako's double life as an Idol Singer and Sailor Venus would be harder to pull off in the days of widespread internet and social media. Plus her songs are J-pop straight out of the period.
  • Word of Gay: According to Word of God, Ami had a crush on Usagi but respected her decision to date Mamoru. Given her later Ship Tease with Nephrite, she is likely bisexual.


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