*lol* Oddly enough, is my fave probably because of that haircut (amongst other things, of course). I don't want to know just how much water, shampoo, conditioner and - most of all - time she saves up every morning. *giggle*
I've first watched Sailor Moon when I was eight or nine years old back in 1995 or 1996. I've only watched scattered episodes of it just for the comedic moments and the transformation scenes. That was when I didn't care about the plot and character development. I got back into Sailor Moon much later when I was entering my twenties, I was rewatching the 90s series again, but this time I was watching it online and I was more focused on the plot. I've watched the series up to Super S. (Back then, when I've first found out that the anime had a fifth and final season and hoping one day it would get dubbed). Until in recent years, the nearly complete English redub of the entire series is now here and I'm more into Sailor Moon more than before.
I remember watching episodes of Sailor Moon when I was a child during the 90's. I didn't revisit the series and watch it over again until I was a freshman in college. Since I normally watch anime in English, it took me a little longer to realize Stars was a thing. And it was pretty much because of nostalgia.
Like many others, I never really left Sailor Moon, although my closeness to it has waxed and waned over the years.
I saw first Sailor Moon in its 1995-1996 syndication run, although at first, I caught an episode here and there, and didn't immediately fall in love with a product. Back then I had a 3 episode rule for watching a new show; if I watched it for three episodes and liked it, I'd watch it.
However, at the specific time, I was slightly embarrassed to watch the show as it was a cartoon, and I was getting too old to watch cartoons. Even though it was anime, it still would be a cartoon in the eyes of my family members, and I could tell from the merchandising that this show was aimed at little kids. Still, I liked it and watched most of the episodes via reruns...only for the show to disappear one day and not air again. Much like other cartoons I had watched and liked, I assumed that was the way it was.
So from mid 1996 to mid 1997, I was probably more into the cheesy Capcom Street Fighter cartoon, Hercules and Xena, and Deep Space Nine rather than anything else on TV.
Then two things got me into Sailor Moon again and never let me go.
The first is that I looked up Sailor Moon on Yahoo! at the time. Little did I know that Sailor Moon was as popular as it was, or that there were more characters and storylines to the show than what I had seen. I was amazed by the sheer amount of material, fanfics, and discussion that was out there. It sounds weird in today's world, but back then, there was no way for a regular, isolated fan to have an idea how popular what they watched was if it wasn't a prime-time network TV show or a movie, and even the former only had TV ratings published.
The second thing is USA Network's promo for Sailor Moon.
At the time, since I watched professional wrestling and I watched the Action Xtreme Team cartoons, USA Network was my favorite network. For them to get Sailor Moon made me shout literally with joy...in a hospital. This was a cartoon I had loved that was not only coming back but airing with other cartoon favorites. Even though Sailor Moon eventually went to Cartoon Network, it was still on TV and I could watch episodes over and over again.
So from mid-1997 to mid-2000, I was madly in love with Sailor Moon, writing fanfics, and even having a Sailor Moon fan page. Since all of the better sites were focused on the original version, I was determined to have a good page that focused on the DiC dub.
Then came the S dub.
I was appalled by this dub, from the recasts to the lack of iconic music. I didn't even make it all the way through Sailor Moon SuperS, largely because everything I loved about the show was gone.
I still tried to champion the DiC dub then, but eventually, I gave up on it. Since the episodes were no longer airing, I couldn't finish my episode summaries, and since it took me months, if not years, to write a chapter of my fanfic, I gave up on them as well.
So in the early to mid-2000s, while I still liked Sailor Moon and made sure to display my love of it, my focus shifted to other fandoms. It didn't help that the DiC dub fans had mostly moved on as well. There are two things that rekindled the flame.
The first was the rise of YouTube, and how it allowed me to see the old episodes again. I was also overjoyed to see other people watching the episodes and commenting on them fondly. It was also in this time that I decided to make my own Sailor Moon videos, and given than many of the more zealous fans of the original version had moved on, that perhaps there could be co-existence with dub vs sub as the dub was now a nostalgia product of its own.
The second was the announcement of re-release of the manga. That made me active in a contrarian sense, because this move single-handedly re-energized the fans of the "sub" to make a new push to establish their version of Sailor Moon as the "real" deal...and though I fought bitterly, they won.
Consequently, my fandom has waned, probably lower than the mid 2000's era at this point, and aside from a post here or there, it will never rise to what it was. The Sailor Moon I loved is no longer available and will never be continued. The only thing that has prevented me from abandoning Sailor Moon is that it has a closed canon and a closed story. In most other cases, I would have bailed on the franchise.
I was 4 in 1995 when I watched it obsessively on TV in Polish language I don't speak. Later on I was most likely second or third grade when I started watching it again on RTL 2. My obsession with anime started way back then, as I watched all the afternoon block. I was in sixth grade when they started airing it at my country. I was too embarassed to watch it on tv as someone might see me. I was 16 when I remembered about it again and started torrenting it subbed in Japanese. I was shocked to finally understand what I am watching, I think I didn't relize about the Zoisite sex cgange at the time because it was an avi rip of Adv with horrible audio quality. A couple of years later KAA and SMC released it remastered and I watched it again with better quality. After that I bought Dinyt releas and finally watched the show with the best available quality. Soon after that Crystal was announced, so I never really had much of a break with it.