Rhythmic gymnastics is a discipline that shines for its creativity and the long tradition of its athletes for incorporating tributes to all kinds of references from popular culture in their routines. This Saturday the Uzbekistan quintet conquered the fans of Sailor Moon around the world with a ball routine inspired by Naoko Takeuchi’s iconic creation during multiple ensemble competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The gymnasts appeared in costumes based on the Sailor Moon uniform and used at one point in the routine an instrumental version of the legendary opening “Moonlight Densetsu”From the classic 90’s series.
Unfortunately, the Uzbek representatives finished in ninth place with a total score of 79,000, just a few thousandths away from qualifying for the final to which the eight best teams enter.
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Naoko Takeuchi serialized the manga Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon) on the pages of the magazine Nakayoshi from Kodansha publishing house between 1991 and 1997. The story made the leap to the small screen with a 200-episode anime series aired from 1992 to 1997, as well as inspiring three feature films. The series arrived in Mexico in 1996 with the great dubbing headed by Patricia Acevedo, Rossy Aguirre and Mónica Manjarrez.
As part of its 20th anniversary, Toei Animation announced the development of the reboot Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, which would have a more direct participation by Takeuchi and the commission to make a version much more faithful to the source material. This saga consists of three seasons broadcast between April 2015 and June 2016, as well as the two-part film project Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie (2021).
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