All of this is definitely true. But what you might not have known is that the original version of Sailor Moon had a ton of queer characters.
When the show was dubbed for American audiences, all of the gayness was erased. And there was a lot of it to get rid of.
In the original version, Sailor Uranus confused all the straight girls.
All of the Sailor Scouts had huge crushes on her until she explained that she’s not a man. It was really awkward when they figure it out. But also WONDERFUL because it challenges perceptions of what gender means! You go, Sailor Moon!
And Sailor Uranus continuously hit on Sailor Moon.
And Sailor Moon was kind of into it. At one point, Sailor Jupiter spent an entire episode in a straight-girl identity crisis because she couldn’t decide if she has a crush on Sailor Uranus or if she just wants to be her. Yeah. It’s real.
But in America, these two women were straight… and cousins.
That’s right. In the American dub, even though they still used this scene, where Uranus is in THAT OUTFIT and Neptune is TOUCHING HER THIGH, they portrayed the mysterious, related Sailor Scouts who helped the original girls in later seasons. The rest of the girls’ admiration of Sailor Uranus was treated as just that — admiration of her power.
But in America, they were a normal, albeit evil, heterosexual couple.
Oh yeah, and Zoisite was called “Zoycite,” which is apparently a more feminine name than the original. Because Zoycite was a woman. She had longer, fluttery eyelashes and seemed to whine at Kunzite much more than the original. Shut UP, Zoycite.
In the original version, Fisheye was wily, seductive, and a man.
But he was a man who knew how to use a mascara wand. He constantly dressed in drag to seduce potential male victims and steal their souls, or dreams, or something. And he passed. Well. The only time he wasn’t in drag was when he was seducing a fashion designer and pretending to be a model.
But in America, Fisheye was wily, seductive, and a woman.
She had the same disguises to trick men into falling for her, but it was a lot more boring because the disguises weren’t in drag. They were just her in a dress. She flirted with a lot of men and then tied them up and stole mirrors that came out of their chests. Wow, some things are so much less interesting when straight people do them.
In the original version, they were men who turned into women when they transformed.
The Sailor Starlights posed as a boy band on Earth. They were male-bodied when they were in their regular streetclothes, and then changed into female-bodied superheroes. Yep, you can actually watch the boobs grow in the gif above. I’m not convinced that One Direction can’t do this as well.
It caused a lot more delightful confusion.
All of the Sailor Scouts had huge crushes on the boy band, and they went on various dates with them, before and after learning that they transformed into women, challenging our strict ideas of gender yet again. It’s really a tragedy this wasn’t on Cartoon Network.