Fighting evil by moonlight Winning love by daylight Never running from a real fight She is the one named Sailor Moon
This opening stanza appears to be focused on the Nietzschean ideal of the power of the individual. By specifying the word “one,” the audience receives a subconscious message about the singularity of the subject. In listing her accomplishments first and her name last, it emphasizes her deeds over her identity, indeed that her actions define who she is better than a name can.
She will never turn her back on a friend She is always there to defend She is the one on whom we can depend She is the one named Sailor…
One may say that the inverted construction of the phrase “on whom we can depend” is a poor phrasing only used to fit the rhythmic and metrical scheme, but perhaps it is deliberate; it sounds unnatural to English speakers, hinting at the otherworldly nature of Sailor Moon’s true identity as a reincarnated space princess. The paralleled construction to the first verse leads the listener to think that once again Sailor Moon is the unnamed “she,” when in fact it is referring to:
Sailor Venus Sailor Mercury Sailor Mars Sailor Jupiter Secret powers All so new to her She is the one named Sailor Moon
In a sort of apo koinou construction, this stanza represents the dramatic reveal that “she” could be referring to any number of strong female role models; what we thought only applied to Moon is also attributed to these other girls. “So new to her” and “Jupiter” is a bold attempt at a rhyme, especially when the monosyllabic “Mars” is an option. And, yet, this this line represents exactly the same philosophy as our heroines: though they may not win every time, the important thing is that they never stop trying.
Fighting evil by moonlight Winning love by daylight With her Sailor Scouts to help fight She is the one named Sailor Moon She is the one named Sailor Moon She is the one … Sailor Moon!
This final stanza emphasizes once again the shift from individualism to pluralism. Sailor Moon is now defined in tandem by the Sailor Scouts; just as her deeds define who she is, so do her associations and relationships. Her friends are given equal importance to her dedication to justice.