- Oct 31, 2015
The 90s anime portraying LGBTQ characters differently isn't the same as the DiC dub censoring all LGBTQ characters because the 90s anime is a loose adaptation of the manga and the 90s anime changes the personalities of all the characters, including the straight characters. Manga relationships like Chibiusa and Hotaru and Setsuna's sexuality are all headcanon and fan interpretation and not something ever confirmed by Naoko. The 90s anime also added queerness to the characters that wasn't in the manga, like changing the Sailor Starlights to be gender fluid and expanding on Usagi's relationship with Seiya, who is a woman in her true form, which Naoko and fans of the manga expressed a negative reaction towards. At the end of the day, Sailor Moon is a 20 year old anime and manga created by cisgender straight people for other straight cisgender fans. Fans should approach the series with those limitations in mind. Regardless of any problematic portrayals of these characters, the LGBTQ characters of Sailor Moon have been an inspiration to many LGBTQ fans, and while the historical context of the DiC dub is understandable, I don't see how erasing all LGBTQ characters in Sailor Moon in the name of some progressive purity cleansing is somehow the best solution to these complex issues, and is a disservice to the LGBTQ fans that find inspiration from these characters.