When Sailor Moon made its way overseas, the anime series experienced some pretty extreme censorship. Apparently, just about everything in the series was too intense for American audiences, including the entirety of the 5th season. With Sailor Moon censored so heavily, fans really had to do some digging to find out even the basic story behind the anime. There are moments, and even full episodes and arcs, from the original Japanese Sailor Moon series that were considered to be just too much for America. This serious Sailor Moon censorship will make you wonder about the other anime censored in the US.
Blood, boob lines, references to death, and every LGBT relationship was heavily censored and edited out of the original American TV run edited by DiC, and Viz later swooped in to re-dub the series and bring fans a truer, more faithful version of Sailor Moon. But that doesn't mean the original chopping and screwing hadn't already been done, so prepare yourself for some cringe-inducing edits of the Sailor Moon moments that America seemingly just couldn't handle.
The Whole Final Season Was Cut
The final season of Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Stars, was never dubbed. The story, which involves a new set of Pretty Soldiers called the Sailor Starlights, has some pretty heavy LGBT themes. The Starlights transform from male to female, and our main heroine, Sailor Moon, becomes infatuated with one of them.
Since the two of them develop a pretty strong (and flirtatious) relationship, Sailor Moon doesn't seem to care about any gender swapping. There was no way to edit out an entire season that's centered around trans, celestial soldiers and their romantic endeavors, so it was never even dubbed in the first place.
Sailor Uranus And Sailor Neptune Are Only "Cousins"
Apparently, the relationship between two of the Pretty Soldiers in Sailor Moon, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, was too progressive for American audiences in the '90s. In fact, the English dubbing of the anime made sure that instead of the two ladies being in a relationship, they were "only cousins." This motif was assertively reinforced.
It's a very, very bad cover-up. There's even a scene where Neptune even has a flashback to her "first kiss" with some totally made-up character named "Brad," and it's a very obvious makeout scene between her and her so-called "cousin" Uranus.
Anything That Looked Like Nudity Was Erased
In transformation sequences, anything that remotely even looked like the outline of a boob or other "objectionable" body part was removed. In bath scenes, the problem was solved by either raising the water level or making the water a completely solid color.
It's not even like the original Japanese version even had nudity, there were just outlines of underboob and butts. However, this was a bit too risque for overseas adaptation, so everything was completely erased in one way or another.
All The Blood Was Re-Colored Green
Most instances of violence were completely edited out, but when particular scenes could not be removed, excessive blood was re-colored. Instead of someone's insides spewing bloody red, the color of the blood was changed to green.
Many American audiences probably noticed this when Nephlite was stabbed and his blood came out a brilliant green, which actually made him seem even more inhuman.