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Sailor Moon © Naoko Takeuchi/Kodansha, Toei Animation

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Sure, the heroine of Devil Hunter Yohko would seem to be the obvious anime alter-ego of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but there's just something about the Sailor Moon series that makes us think that everyone's favorite meatball-head might be Buffy's real anime kagemusha. We've listed a few of the similarities we've noticed - check our examples and see if you don't agree....


THE HEROINE OF THE SERIES...

BUFFY

SAILOR MOON

is a reincarnate?

Yes (in the movie fer sure; TV version may differ)

Yes

has difficulty accepting her destiny until weight of responsibility fully kicks in?

Yes

Yes

is tutored and supplied with weapons by a heckling elder?

Yes, Giles

Yes, Luna

is surrounded by a group of sympathetic friends who share her secret?

Yes

Yes

possesses parents totally ignorant of her extracurricular activities?

Yes, for awhile anyway

Yes

although intelligent, has difficulty maintaining grades at school?

Yes

Yes

has a strange knack for snappy combat patter?

Yes

Yes

is a survivor of a death experience at the hands of a mortal enemy?

Yes, the Master

Yes, Queen Beryl

was forced by cruel fate to fight and kill her own true love, temporarily turned against her?

Yes

Yes


Serena/Sailor Moon=Buffy
Destined to do battle with the forces of evil, stronger and more courageous by far than she appears, this cute blond is better known for cutting class than studying, and is head over heels in love with a dark, handsome, mysterious, older man. Could there be some kind of... fate, tying them together?

Tuxedo Mask=Angel
Dark-haired and mysterious, he's surprisingly tight-lipped about his past and has a habit of showing up to rescue our heroine at the oddest moments. At the same time, he's often captured, and at least once has been turned against our heroine. He seems so strong... and yet so vulnerable. What is it that draws him to this girl, and what is it that keeps pushing him away from her? Could it be some kind of... fate?

(Molly+Sailor Mercury)=Willow
Our heroine's spritely best friend, sometimes dizzy but generally brainy, her skill with computers and sage wisdom comes in handy time and time again when evil comes knocking.

Melvin=Xander
Hopelessly nerdy, yet sympathetic friend, his position in our heroine's orbit is to provide a comic foil to the angst-riddled darker male character.

Luna=Giles
Wizened advisor on combat technique and provider of arcane weaponry to battle the forces of evil. (Note that in the English version of the Sailor Moon TV series, Luna speaks with an English accent, just like Giles. Coincidence?)

SEE THE FOLLOW-UP ARTICLE...

 

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