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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Sailor Moon'

June 5, 2020 157 votes 49 voters5 items

All the seasons of the 1992 Sailor Moon were wonderful, but which seasons really stand out? In one of the most beloved versions of the manga by Naoko Takeuchi, schoolgirl Usagi Tsukino is given the power to become Sailor Moon and she and the other Sailor Soldiers defend Earth against evil. Some of the most memorable episodes of Sailor Moon come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some Sailor Moon seasons focus on confronting evil queens, while other good seasons reveal the strength in kindness. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Sailor Moon are, let's rank every Sailor Moon season from best to worst.

After first airing in Japan on TV Asahi from March 7, 1992,  the first English-language dub of the anime premiered in Canada in 1995. Sailor Moon premiered on USA Network in 1997 and then landed with a splash on Cartoon Network's Toonami in the United States in 1998. Sailor Moon ran for five seasons each with its own title. Some of the seasons were censored and edited heavily to show in the United States, but the 2014 Viz Media release restored all of the content that was cut from the original Japanese version.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Sailor Moon, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of Sailor Moon not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be hard to put one Sailor Moon season over the other when there are so many good ones, and when you might feel nostalgic about the show, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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  • 1

    Sailor Moon

    Sailor Moon
    Photo: TV Asahi

    The first season of Sailor Moon premiered on March 7, 1992, and contains 46 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Usagi Tsukino and her magical cat Luna.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "A Moon Star is Born," "Kitty Chaos," and "Usagi's Eternal Wish: A Brand New Life."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Usagi discovers her magical alter-ego.
    • The Sailor Senshi make a great sacrifice.
    • Sailor Moon faces Queen Beryl and Prince Endymion.
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    Sailor Moon S

    Sailor Moon S
    Photo: TV Asahi

    The third season of Sailor Moon premiered on March 19, 1994, and contains 38 episodes. This season finds the Sailor Soldiers facing the Death Busters.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Dreams Take Flight," "The Duchess's Day Off," and "The Sweetest Dream."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Chibiusa returns as Sailor Chibi Moon.
    • Usagi becomes Super Sailor Moon.
    • Hotaru obtains the Holy Grail.
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  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars
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    The fifth season of Sailor Moon premiered on March 9, 1996, and contains 34 episodes. This season finds Queen Nehelenia returning to seek revenge on the Sailor Soldiers.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Saturn Awakens: The Ten Sailor Guardians Unite," "Duty or Friendship: Conflict Between the Sailor Guardians," and "Usagi's Love: The Moonlight Illuminates the Galaxy."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • The Sailor Soldiers enter Queen Nehelenia's nightmare dimension.
    • Chibi Chibi transforms into the Sword of Sealing.
    • Usagi proves that kindness equals strength.
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  • Sailor Moon R
    Photo: TV Asahi

    The second season of Sailor Moon premiered on March 6, 1993, and contains 43 episodes. This season finds new characters descending to earth and traveling through time.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "The Return of Sailor Moon," "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," and "Final Battle."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • The Sailor Soldiers' memories are restored.
    • The Sailor Soldiers and Tuxedo Mask travel to the future.
    • The Sailor Soldiers and Chibiusa defeat Wiseman.
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