Article by Michael Pinto
The genius of Sailor Moon is that it takes the archetype of Superman one step further: When Superman spends his working hours as Clark Kent he's a mild mannered sort of fellow, but what I love about Sailor Moon is that Usagi is more of a goofy daydreamer that rest of us can identify with. In this way Usagi is much more like a modern day female version of Jimmy Olsen. Usagi really likes to read her comic books, play video games and eat yummy food, and it's because of this that as otaku we see ourselves in her role. So when she transforms into Sailor Moon it's all the more special to us, and thus we root for her.
And for me the brilliance of the anime series is that they really went the extra mile bringing out the comedy aspect of Usagi. Prior to this many anime shows tended to be more often than not stiff and serious, and I'd argue that the physical comedy in this show is worthy of the very best of classic Warner Brothers cartoons! So here are just a few of the many moods of Sailor Moon illustrated with gifs:
Usagi can sometimes be just a little bit clumsy...
...yet she is always super confident! (honest)
Sometimes fighting evil can make you slightly insecure.
Alas the power of the secret crystal doesn't always prevent you from being an occasional rageaholic.
Every so often Usagi becomes just a tint bit misty eyed...
...or even sad...
...alright, very very very sad! (do you have any tissues?)
I think Tuxedo Mask likes me, likes me, likes me, likes me!
Excuse me but this is a very touching manga!
I think Tuxedo Mask loves me, loves me, loves me, loves me!