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Sailor Moon Capsule Toys in Japan

February 2, 2015

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WHEN I SAY SAILOR YOU SAY MOON: SAILOR, MOON, SAILOR, MOON! *Martina dances around furiously waving tiny pink and yellow pompoms* This recent trip to Japan couldn’t have come with any better timing. With Sailor Moon rebooted this July 2014 as Sailor Moon Crystal, known in Japan as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, I knew it was my chance to get some beautiful Sailor Moon merch. People, including me, thought that Japan would be a mecca for anime and manga stuff but truthfully it’s a mecca for the most recent and most popular ones. From what I’ve read on most forums, you might be able to order stuff to your home in Japan via Amazon Japan, but you’re not going to find it in the stores which was what deviated me the first couple times I went to Japan expecting to find Sailor Moon everywhere. Last year One Piece, Fairy Tail, and Attack on Titan were EVERYWHERE in Japan but this year I saw smaller piles of merch in select corners of the store. But my eyes were set on finding Sailor Moon stuff.

For those of you that don’t know I’m a huge Sailor Moon fan. It played a big part in my childhood after my neighbour Miki started to bring back Sailor Moon stuff for me whenever she visited Japan for the summer. Sailor Moon wasn’t yet translated into English but soon the dubbed Sailor Moon cartoon show would debut in Canada on YTV and I would be rushing home to catch it, face palming anyone getting in my way. For Christmas one year my mom even found me a Sailor Moon jewelry box that when wound up would play a delicate tinkering Sailor Moon theme song while a crystal spun lights all over my room. It was the most magical thing I’ve ever owned. Once I was in high school I was able to head out to J-Town with Miki and find more little Sailor Moon collectables here and there, like a Tuxedo Mask zipper pull (which I still own it), stickers, and even lipgloss in the form of Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick. Collecting the manga was difficult to say the least and very expensive.

The internet became my only place to download single scanned pages of the manga and I remember just looking at the pictures since I couldn’t read Japanese and trying to figure out the rest of the story after the Sailor Moon cartoon ended in Canada. My binder in high school was decorated with terrible quality black and white print outs of Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion. Let me tell you, this is one of the reasons I wish I had an Eatyourkimchi equivalent back in the day so that I could find people with similar interests. It was quite isolating to explain what anime or manga was to people and it was even worse to explain Sailor Moon without looking like a total weirdo. Nonetheless, I really didn’t care what they thought, I was just hoping to share my world. My nerdy love of Sailor Moon never died but eventually moved onto more nerdy things like Buffy The Vampire Slayer (don’t call me during Buffy, I won’t pick up the phone) and diving into the fantasy world of Robert Jordan when my Baka bought me a book called “The Eye of The World” for my birthday one year. All these awesome worlds of adventure have created a rich fantasy culture for me that makes meeting another fellow fan of Buffy, Sailor Moon, Robert Jordan, Dungeons and Dragons, Marvel Comics, Korean dramas and so on, an incredible satisfying conversation.

Eventually I did get to read/watch the whole Sailor Moon series and I was seriously disappointed to find out how much they had changed the characters to fit a North American audience. For example, I found out that Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus were actually in a loving gay relationship in the manga. Can you imagine all the young people watching Sailor Moon that could have looked up to their relationship? I know it’s just a cartoon but it would have been nice for my friends that were struggling with their sexuality in high school to have at least ONE positive role model. Eventually, Buffy The Vampire Slayer would do that with Willow and Tara, but I couldn’t believe Sailor Moon has already done it so many years ago. The point of this giant blog post is to emphasize that Sailor Moon is not just a cartoon I watched as a child, it was something that got me thinking about different cultures and worlds. From the style of the animation to the storyline that allowed men to transform into women seamlessly and without judgement, I thought it was just awesome.

So this long winded blog post is leading up to why I was so insansly excited about walking down the street in Kobe and finding Sailor Moon stuff available in tiny toy pod format (know as gashapon in Japan, I learned something new) for just $3.00! OMG $3.00!!!! So before I write a 287897 page essay on The Importance of Sailor Moon, here are my three different finds! I hope you can feel as excited I was even if you’re not a Sailor Moon fan.

Sailor Moon Keychain

This video is for a gorgeous Sailor Moon cameo charm for a necklace. You’re going to have to watch the video to find out who I got, but I’ll tell you this much, for $3.00 it was great quality! Made with metal, it was super duper detailed. Also…those little plastic capsules are crazy hard to open. I swear! It’s like a lift pushpull thingy. Don’t you judge me!!!

What? You thought this was just one video? I HAVE TWO MORE! BASK IN MY JOY!

This gashapon machine is for a Sailor Moon weapon or transformation keychain. It’s also really detailed and very brilliantly coloured. An amazing Nasty actually sent me a whole bunch of Sailor Moon gashapon finds (I opened it on one of our live chats) and I added my newest find to the zipper pull of my pleather jacket! Now my jacket has TWO Sailor Moon kickass zipper pulls!

Sailor Moon Toy Unboxing

Finally, I purchased two Sailor Moon miniature figurines from an anime shop. They’re made out of very hard plastic and also really nicely detailed. They were $5.00 each so I bought one from each scout circle. As much as I wanted to buy 20 of them, I resisted because you really don’t know who you’ll get. I was also practical and bought two tiny glasses covered in Sailor Moon transformation symbols and also two plates! I’ve been having Sailor Moon themed meals since my return to Korea. Poor Simon.

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  1. I saw this online and thought of you Martina! And I figured this was the video to attach it too. :P
    http://www.sailormooncollectibles.com/2015/04/22/sailor-moon-x-tyake-tyoke-shoes-fashion-collaboration/

    3 years ago
  2. Hey Martina I saw your Instagram post about Étude looking like sailor moon compact and I want you to check this link out. http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/03/20/use-sailor-moons-new-official-face-powder-or-in-the-name-of-the-moon-she-will-punish-you/

    4 years ago
  3. hahahahahaha Martina is like a little kid…

    4 years ago
  4. lol, i love Martina’s super happy face when she’s opening everything, haha!

    though i totally understand… i’m a huge sailor moon fan too (you and i are about the same age, i think…) and i get really excited when i find stuff like this as well!! lol.

    4 years ago
  5. I’m glad that I’m not the only one that gets super excited over little things, lol. I’ve recently started rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spin off Angel. I have been wasting many valuable hours on these two series that I could be spending studying, but I don’t regret any minute of it.

    4 years ago
  6. Yep, Martina and I sooo would have been friends lol too bad we grew up on the opposite sides of the Great Lakes ㅜㅜ Still, I am glad we can all interact now. Go interweb (and Sailor Moon hehe) <3 ^-^

    4 years ago
  7. you basically just described my entire childhood too – except replace Canada with the UK. I was fortunate to have two other anime fans in my year we would gather together in the IT room at lunch time and download sailor moon images! We even had sailormoon.com email addresses! One of my friends was an amazing artist and she would draw all my favourite characters for me! I was so sad when she moved to spain but she sent me loads of drawings still (I still have them) and even better she came back with Dragon Ball GT videos!!! They were spanish dubs but this was like THE COOLEST THING EVER back then!

    Having said all this I still haven’t watched the new sailor moon! I’ve been waiting for it all to come out so I dont have to wait ages to see the next ep its been killing me to not read any blogs about it. I’m going to have to stock up on sailor moon crockery for a marathon!

    4 years ago
  8. These are beatiful! This makes me want to watch it again… Is it easy to find the anime online?
    By the way, I’ve been meaning to get into anime, so if any of you have any recommendations, old or new, I’m all ears!

    4 years ago
    • Anime is fairly ok to find on the internet, it feels at least for me the same as trying to find k-drama ^^
      I’m wondering if EYK did a video on their favorite anime/manga, you could check that out! Some of my favorites are Ouran High School Host Club, Samurai Champloo, Kanon 2006 and Clannad. There are so many different categories and styles, read online what people recommend for a smooth start!

      4 years ago
  9. Yay! I’ve been waiting for these videos! I’ve been wondering what Sailor Moon items you got while in Japan. :)

    4 years ago
  10. Ok trying hard not to laugh at Martina geeking out cause I know I’d probably be just as bad. >.> *makes off with the keychain charm*

    4 years ago
  11. Martina the stands for the petit chara figures are upside down…. So glad you guys are back I missed your videos :)

    4 years ago
  12. NEO

    I’m so glad you guys are back! I felt like my life was missing something when you weren’t uploading any videos. Didn’t know I was that addicted to you haha.

    Ahh this video makes me miss Japan so much! Gotta get back there soon. I hope you enjoyed your vacation and are feeling better now!! Health issues can be really tough. ㅠㅠ

    4 years ago
  13. It surprises me you haven’t had Sailor Moon themed nail art yet, Martina!

    The new Sailor Moon merchandise has been so tempting.. I saw these phone dustplugs online which were sold in sets (so you got 2 of the same kind)And there’s been people suggesting to take the plug off, and then using the remaining tiny ring to attach it to an earwire so you get cute Sailor Moon dangling earrings! :D

    4 years ago
  14. I can’t wait to watch these videos! I got really excited just reading your post. I too am an adult that loves Sailor Moon. I started watching it when it was in Toonami here in the United States. I think I was either in 3rd or 4th grade. I absolute loved it because it was an action show of badass girls. I had just one friend that watched Sailor Moon, but as we got older she grew out of it and I never did. My love and curiosity grew as it ended here in the United States. So I decided to look it up some more and by that time the internet and search engines were more advance. I watched the complete series of Sailor Moon even the season that wasn’t shown here in the United States. I even read the manga, which I loved even more than the anime. Martina I know exactly how you felt. I could never share my excitement with anyone but myself. To this day I still buy anything Sailor Moon related. People might look at me weird but I don’t care. I was even lucky enough to find more people that share my love for anime and more importantly SAILOR MOON!

    4 years ago
  15. Have you been watching Crystal Martina? Would love to know your take on it, since they just wrapped the Dark Kingdom arc and are starting R.

    SO jealous you got Pluto!!! She’s my favourite of the outers. :D

    4 years ago
  16. Capsules are hard to open! Not judging.
    I remember when I was in Japan One Piece was EVERYWHERE, which was kind of sad since I’m not really a fan, but it was also around the release of Pokemon Black and White 2 so there was quite a bit of paraphernalia around for that which was pleasing to me. Wish I was there now for all the Sailor Moon things though! I would have trouble not spending all my monies, haha.

    4 years ago
  17. Some friends and I actually ordered the baby figures online. And they were a bit expensive BUT we got the box sets (and didn’t have duplicates) :3

    4 years ago
  18. This makes me want to jump on a plane and get to Japan RIGHT NOW, just so I can get my hands on some o’ them gacha thingies. I mean I’ve known about them for ages, and have contemplated asking friends who live there to send over a capsule or two, but that would take the joy out of standing there, inserting the coins and turning that handle while praying for my preferred character/item! And choosing the machine, of course.
    Martina, your excitement is infectious– I’m already planning my potential trip to Japan. With all the imaginary money I have. Woohoo!

    4 years ago
  19. Boohooo!! I wat them too!!

    4 years ago
  20. Sailor Mars libel!

    4 years ago
  21. When the manga got rereleased, I bought all of them. I love Sailor Moon.

    Even as a kid though, I kinda found the old cartoons to be… bad…. When I was in 11th grade, I had a conversation with my math tutor on why the final arc of Sailor Moon didnt show on tv here. (my math teacher was bad, so she decided that talking about Sailor Moon was better. Not that I learn about science in math in university anyways)

    The three reasons were:

    1) Sailor Moon was naked. (You can hide it with flowers… C’mon…)
    2) Uranus and Neptune were a couple (Even I knew as a kid they weren’t ‘cousins’. Nice try censors.)
    3) The Starlights changed from men to women , thus rendering them to have no given perfered sex. (Not that the final arc followed the manga extremely well to begin with…)

    Sailor Moon Crystal is good. My bf watches it as well and he finds it ok (though afterwards, he’ll ask me about if certain things happen in the manga, question the anime, then talks about how evil villainess have big chests…). I have a strange love-dislike for it. On the one hand, the anime follows the manga better and I love Mamo-chan. On the other hand, I go into raging nitpick mode and complain how it doesnt follow the manga enough…

    4 years ago
  22. Martina, why are you SO CUTE?? <3 <3
    I got excited to know who you got while you were trying to open the plastic balls hahaha

    I also grew up with Sailor Moon. I discovered first the anime, then the manga (and the freaking beautiful artworks of Naoko Takeuchi). I've never had any friend around who shared the same interests as me…. so I was mostly enjoying this world by myself lol

    I have to say though that I'm restraining to watch the new Sailor Moon anime…. because I suffer a lot when series are still ongoing and I have to wait every week or more for the next episode to be uploaded -_-

    4 years ago
  23. Sailor Moon<3

    4 years ago
  24. your flail is so adorable! :D I got vicarious excitement just watching these XD <3

    4 years ago
  25. Whoa. This is AH – MAY – ZING!!!!
    There’s something so satisfying about opening those sort of ‘lucky dip’ toys, isn’t there?

    Also, I would love to have Sailor Moon kitchenwares like you Martina! I think they’d be the perfect companion to my Hello Kitty oven mitts, my Moomin mug and my Zelda Triforce apron.

    4 years ago
  26. Oh man, I feel you Martina! Sailor Moon Crystal is like my life right now. I know some fans aren’t happy with the show but I love it! I especially like how much sweeter and nicer Mamoru is in this show. In the 90’s anime, he seemed so aloof at time. And I’m sure Simon secretly loves all this Sailor Moon stuff, it’s ok Simon, embrace your feminine side. Lol.

    4 years ago
    • I liked it too, though I found a lot of the episodes (especially the last few) to be really unnecessarily drawn out and a bit boring :( I can’t say I’m an expert on the manga (read them only once as a kid) but I agree that Mamoru is much better in this version of the show! And I like that even though Sailor Moon is insanely obsessed with him and her usual crybaby self, she comes across as much more of a multidimensional person in Crystal, and she can clearly leverage her intense emotions towards her power – which I think is the real message of her story – that girls can be emotional AND strong at the same time!

      4 years ago
  27. Tai

    soooo….would you say these are about as fun as those chickens we used to have in the malls here? :D

    4 years ago
  28. jqx

    Oooooooooooh! *squeeeeeeeak*
    These videos are amazing!

    But, Martina, what happened? Did you buy more? Did you get different kinds? If you did, please share their awesomeness as well!!!

    hmmmmm poor Simon indeed. But more cuteness in one’s life can not be a bad thing right? Right!???

    4 years ago
  29. aww! those are super cute! i was also a sailor moon mega-fan as a kid so i totally relate to what the show meant to you. the first thing i ever downloaded from the internet (we’re talking like 1994 here lol) was a video clip of sailor pluto transforming. i didn’t even know sailor pluto existed until that day!! safe to say the real obsession began… btw martina – what do you think of the sailor moon crystal reboot?

    4 years ago