Every Sailor Moon Weapon, Ranked by Emotional Carnage
Moon Prism Power Syndication! Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie joins Netflix this week, so in honor of what’s shaping up to be a proper Sailor Moon summer, let’s take a closer look at one of the most quintessential parts of the magical-girl genre: weaponry.
As a rule of thumb, almost all magical-girl weapons look like adorable wands or feminine accessories and are probably created with the sole purpose of selling merchandise. But in the Sailor Moon universe, many of these items’ cuteness mask how messed up everything in the Sailor Moon universe is. Sure, some of these objects might heal people from what had to be a traumatic transformation into a monster, but then you have weapons that are actually small children, have killed a whole planet full of people, and are symbolic of our society’s obsession with throwing teen girls into adulthood before they are ready. As such, this ranking will be about emotional carnage, not power. This means we’re looking at how each weapon’s attack affects people or monsters and how much good old trauma is attached to the item.
Now for some ranking rules. We are only ranking the weapons in the anime and manga, so sorry to the live-action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. Also, it has to be a tangible item. No crystals (too powerful!), communicators, or villain weapons. Transformation items won’t be listed since they aren’t technically weapons, more like gratuitous changing rooms (though very iconic!), which means the Luna Pen and Holy Grail won’t be on this list.
If you understood all of that, wonderful; you’ve probably also spent hundreds of dollars on nostalgic merchandise and will enjoy this list.
Sadly, Sailor Chibi Moon’s weapon comes last. Maybe it’s because she’s like 8 when first introduced in the series and shouldn’t be fighting, but her item just doesn’t pack the punch we are looking for. Nor is it really tied to any traumatic happenings. The Pink Moon Rod is cute but doesn’t do much. In fact, it’s a gag in the series that when she uses it, the glowing pink hearts the rod emits don’t do more than a slap of the face would. She does end up using some of the better weapons alongside Sailor Moon (basically mini-versions of Sailor Moon’s wands, so they aren’t on the list), so it’s okay that her weapons are a little wimpy.
This device pops out of Sailor Jupiter’s tiara in order for her to summon lightning and thunder for her attacks. Like many of the other attacks used by inner Senshi, they mostly stun or disarm, so it’s not healing or causing major damage. I don’t know why she has to summon lightning while everyone else shoots lasers, fire, and ice from thin air. It also doesn’t seem like it’s tall enough to handle that much electric current, but what do I know?
Sailor Venus’s Chain kind of skirts the rules of being a physical object, since it was not in the original anime but is in the manga and Crystal reboot. She carries it around her waist and it is a permanent part of her outfit. Power-wise, it’s in the same realm as the Thunder and Lighting Antenna — but it looks way cooler, thus claiming a slightly higher spot on the list.
Used by the Sailor Starlights, who appear in the final season of Sailor Moon. It was never broadcast in the U.S., mostly due to the fact that the Starlights transformed from men to women when becoming guardians. Can’t let the kids learn anything that upsets the gender binary! Anyways, while their Starlight outfits and secret identities are iconic, their weapon, Sailor Star Yell, is ugly and kinda lame. Like other weapons on this list, it emits a laserlike beam that varies in power and can easily be deflected if the story line calls for it. Many fans suspect it was designed solely to become merch. Plus, one of them was, for some reason, easily crushed by a high-heeled shoe, which are worn by everyone. Major design flaw. Though one of the attacks that uses the item is called Star Gentle Uterus. No notes on that one.
Moon Prism Power Syndication! Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie joins Netflix this week, so in honor of what’s shaping up to be a proper Sailor Moon summer, let’s take a closer look at one of the most quintessential parts of the magical-girl genre: weaponry. As a rule of thumb, almost all magical-girl weapons…