Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but some of these Sailor Moon clones weren’t even trying. Sailor Moon was one of the earliest in the magical girl genre to incorporate a team of magical girls fighting together, rather than the lone magical girl. Since then, many manga and anime writers have taken the formula and run with it.Some of these shows that completely ripped off Sailor Moon didn’t even bother to change their characters’ costumes, hairstyles, or weapons, basically just copying and pasting from the Sailor Moon template. Instead of being peeved, Sailor Moon fans should be thrilled to have so many magical girl shows - that means even more of the things we love: transformations, unnecessarily drawn out attacks, pendants, brooches, wands, ribbons, and all of that beautiful and lustrous hair. Sailor Moon was a pioneer in the team fighting magical girl genre. Without it, you might not have gotten seven seasons of your favorite mahou shoujo.
Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is basically Sailor Moon but instead of being guardians, the protagonists are mermaids. Like in Sailor Moon, the main character of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch needs to keep her true identity a secret. Also, the main character, Lucia Nanami, looks an awful lot like Usagi. She has the same hair color and hair style, and two of her fellow mermaids are rocking some serious Sailor Mercury and Sailor Jupiter vibes.
Pretty Cure comes from the same animation studio as Sailor Moon, TOEI Animation. The transformations are fairly similar in style and even some scenes have identical blocking. Also, several of the characters, like Cure Caramel and Sailor Moon, have striking similarities. Both shows revolve around a group of middle school girls fighting for love, friendship, and peace who target evil spirits trying to take over the world.
Wedding Peach is about a middle school student named Momoko Hanasaki and her friends who learn they are legendary Love Angels who must protect the world from the evil Reine Devila and her minions. This is pretty close to the Season 1 arc for Sailor Moon. Not only that, but Momoko is given a magical compact by an ally, very similar to the way Usagi was given her transformation brooch (which then transformed into a compact) by Luna.
Like Sailor Moon, the protagonists in Tokyo Mew Mew are five girls tasked with protecting the world from outsiders. Unlike Sailor Moon, the girls’ powers come from being infused with the DNA of endangered animals. That said, several of the characters’ weapons and attacks bear a strong resemblance to their Sailor Moon counterparts. For example, Mew Ichigo's Rose Bell is pretty similar to Chibi Moon's Crystal Carillon.
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