This is a list of episodes
of the Sailor Moon
anime series, covering Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Supers
(美少女戦士セーラームーン SuperS, Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Sūpāzu
?), the fourth season of the series. It was co-produced by TV Asahi, Toei Agency and Toei Animation and directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, originally airing on TV Asahi between March 4, 1995 and February 2, 1996. The "Supers" in the title is pronounced [súːpāzŭ] (as in more than one "super") in the series eyecatches[citation needed
] and typeset "SuperS" in its logo.
This season was produced concurrently with the third story arc (Dream
) of the manga by Naoko Takeuchi. Because the series was already so popular, Toei Animation started adapting Supers into an anime before it was even finished. As a result, there are significant differences in the thematic tone of the two adaptations. Unlike the darker-themed manga, the anime is characterized by an increase in sugary cuteness, as well the absence of the four Outer Senshi, making it generally the least popular of the five seasons.
By the time Supers was released, the original audience of the first season had largely grown out of Sailor Moon
. The story's focus fell on Chibiusa as it was believed that the new, younger fans of Sailor Moon
could more easily identify with her. However, Ikuhara's use of weighty subtexts and fairy tales were not appreciated by the audience. In this season, Chibiusa gains her own cat guardian, Diana, although in the manga Diana had first appeared in the second story arc. She is visited in her dreams by a being called Pegasus who seeks her help in escaping the Dead Moon Circus. This is led by the evil Queen Nehellenia and her second-in-command, Zirconia. They command the Amazon Trio and the Amazoness Quartet to search Earth for Pegasus and for the Golden Crystal.
This season was dubbed into English in 2000, and no episodes were cut. Two characters had their genders changed in the adaptation: Fisheye, an effeminate and openly gay transvestite, was changed into a female, while Zirconia, a monstrously hideous creature, was changed from a female into a male.