How girly would you say Sailor Moon is compared to other magical girl anime?

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Jan 18, 2024
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It depends on what you mean by girly I know, since there's different kinds of it

I mainly ask this because I once asked some people if they think Sailor Moon or Tokyo Mew Mew is more girly and I remember getting more people saying Sailor Moon is more girly in comparison
 

Lady Pen

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To me girly is feminine. All magical girls are feminine in one way or another. I don't understand the question. :rolleye:
 
Sep 19, 2022
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Do you mean it comparatively has less Shonen elements and more Shojou elements?

I just assume 'girly' means there's tons of things that are typically associated with girls present.
 

Rika-Chicchi

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To me girly is feminine. All magical girls are feminine in one way or another. I don't understand the question. :rolleye:
I guess the OP means some are supposed to be comparatively more/less girly than others, like, as Yuichiro suggested in the preceding post, more/less shojo/shonen elements. :)
 
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Do you mean it comparatively has less Shonen elements and more Shojou elements?

I just assume 'girly' means there's tons of things that are typically associated with girls present.
Basically comparitively more shoujo elements and also more elements traditionally associated with girls
 

JuanGarcia1982

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Depends on the anime and really depends on if we can include western magical girls.

For example W.I.T.C.H. was very similar to SM in some respects but with the possible exception of shopping obsessed Cornelia, none of the heroines were stereotypically girly. I mean, they liked their respective boyfriends and Hay Lin loved rainbows but stuff like that did not define their personalities.

On the other hand, certain anime (Glitterforce) had their heroines' uniforms be much glitzier than the relatively neutral uniforms of the Sailors. I mean our gals' clothing is ultimately based on real life Naval uniforms. Glitterforce... the name says it all! LOL!
 

saintfighteraqua

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I think I understand the question and I think Sailor Moon (90s anime) is less feminine than other Magical Girls.

While it is definitely geared towards female viewers it seems to cross boundaries easier than Pretty Cure for example(the name even sounds super feminine), Tokyo Mew Mew or Pretear.
Pretty Cure has more fighting but the costumes are far more feminine and stereotypically girly...but if we go by that, then Madoka is more girly than Sailor Moon in spite of the darker elements and that feels odd to say.
Sailor Moon looks less like a "girl" anime than either of those but it has a more feminine message than Madoka.
I think one of the strengths of Sailor Moon is due to the creator being a woman who took a advice from her male associates to craft a world and a heroine that everyone can enjoy.

I will be honest, I can't think of another Mahou Shojo that isn't more "girly" in the costume department (with possibly Rayearth being an exception, if it counts) and it really helped that while Usagi and Chibi Usa may have cutesy attacks with hearts and rainbows, the other girls have powerful elemental attacks that even the most manly men can appreciate.
 
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I remember seeing a girl who was a tomboy on Twitter saying she didn't watch Sailor Moon back then because "it looked girly", but she watched Tokyo Mew Mew because of the animal powers
 
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I remember seeing a girl who was a tomboy on Twitter saying she didn't watch Sailor Moon back then because "it looked girly", but she watched Tokyo Mew Mew because of the animal powers
It does make me wonder how someone could not be interested in Sailor Moon because it "looked too girly", yet at the same time liked Tokyo Mew Mew
 

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The anime is more like a shojo anime, got a lot of fighting and comedy scenes, a serious main plotline of fighting.
 

Lady Pen

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I think one of the strengths of Sailor Moon is due to the creator being a woman who took a advice from her male associates to craft a world and a heroine that everyone can enjoy.
Also, Naoko has always been a shonen manga reader, like Devilman, Akira, and other space opera/sci-fi mangas like Queen Emeraldas. They all were a source of inspiration for her.
 
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This makes me wonder how Sailor Moon could look "too girly" on the outside, because the person I saw on Twitter who was a tomboy growing up said she never watched Sailor Moon because she thought it looked "too girly" and didn't give it a chance as a kid. She watched other shows with a female lead btw
 
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It does make me wonder how someone could not be interested in Sailor Moon because it "looked too girly", yet at the same time liked Tokyo Mew Mew
no joke, when i was in middle school there were a couple of boys in my friend group who refused to read sailor moon or cardcaptor sakura because those were girly, but eagerly read tokyo mew mew because of the costumes :P
 
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