美少女戦士 セーラームーン is a Japanese anime television show produced by Toei Animation. It adapts most of the 52 chapters of the original manga of the same title written by Naoko Takeuchi that was published from 1991 to 1997 in Nakayoshi. 美少女戦士セーラームーン first aired in Japan on TV Asahi from 1992-03-07 to 1997-02-08 before being dubbed into various territories around the world.
The show follows the adventures of the protagonist Usagi Tsukino, a middle school student who is given the power to become the Sailor Soldier Sailor Moon. Joined by other Sailor Soldiers, Usagi defends the planet against an assortment of evil villains. The anime also parallels the maturation of Usagi from an emotional middle school girl to a responsible young adult.
Due to the success of the anime in the United States, the manga comprising its story was released by Tokyopop. Additional manga works, called animanga, were released which adapt the animation to manga form. Sailor Moon's popularity has spawned numerous releases which have come to represent most of the content in the Sailor Moon universe, including 3 films, 39 video games and numerous soundtracks as well. A second animated adaptation, 美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal, began streaming worldwide in 2014-07 onwards.