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What is Warriors of Legend?

Warriors of Legend (WoL) is the title of a series of works that we on the Genvid L.L.C. staff have been working on for years. Our first book, Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon is one of its main components. There are several projects planned for WoL, including the official Warriors of Legend Tour of Tokyo, to be held in mid-2006.

What is Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon?

Reflections of Japan, or RoJ for short, is the first book to come out in Genvid L.L.C.’s Warriors of Legend series. It is a unique book, one of the first of its kind. It uses the world-famous Sailor Moon television and comic series pedagogically, taking the show to be a window through which Japanese culture is reflected. RoJ describes the “reflections” of Japanese culture, society, and place in Sailor Moon, and also discusses situations where the series critiques Japan as well.  It is both a serious study and a lot of fun to read.

RoJ is organized around the elements of Japan found in the Sailor Moon series. Fans of Sailor Moon will be blown away by the amount of detail put into the book. The analysis of the characters, as well as the information about the city of Tokyo, will rock current interpretations of the show: after Warriors of Legend, you will never look at Sailor Moon the same way again.

Yet RoJ is designed with a wide audience in mind, from people just interested in learning more about Japanese culture to academics. It appeals not only to the Sailor Moon fan but also to the general anime fan and anyone interested in Japanese pop culture.

Why write a book on the Sailor Moon series?

First and foremost, because we are huge fans of Naoko Takeuchi’s work. This has really been a dream project for most of us.

That said, we also believe the series is special in the way it weaves in “real” Japan with fantasy. RoJ shows that what people might think of as generic in the show is actually particular to its Japanese context, from the shops on Tokyo’s streets, to the protagonist, Usagi, bowing to a telephone pole.

We also believe that, since Sailor Moon is a truly global phenomenon, known by hundreds of millions of people around the globe, the question of “why” study this particular series is almost self-evident.

Why this book, why now?

Why write a book on what's Japanese in Sailor Moon? Isn't it obvious: they live in Japan and go to Japanese school, study for tests, etc. We all know about this stuff.

It's true that most Sailor Moon fans have a basic knowledge of Japanese culture and understand that, for example, Sailor Moon wears a sailor uniform because that's standard for most Japanese schoolgirls wear. But Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon goes past these anecdotes, using Sailor Moon as a prism to understand today's Japan as it really is.

Sailor Moon doesn't just show that Japanese students study for tests-- it also critiques the test-taking culture of Japan, and the system that forces students to attend expensive, commercial, and competitive cram schools in addition to their regular school life. In Warriors of Legend, we look at the intricacies of Japanese culture through the Sailor Moon mirror. At the same time, we teach the reader a great deal about a Japan they likely didn't know, from local ghost stories to shrine (and yakuza) run festivals.

If you're a fan of the show, you're going to love this book. It'll teach you about a literal world in Sailor Moon that you didn't know before.

In addition, Sailor Moon is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in the North American market. We're excited about this 10th anniversary, and for us, this book is a celebration of Naoko Takeuchi's magnum opus.

As a sidenote, a decade after the show first aired in English, the series is at a crossroads. The licenses in the market have disappeared, no products are coming out. The live action Sailor Moon series that aired in Japan in 2003, as well as the fifth season of the Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Stars, as of right now, may not come here.

Once a series goes off TV and out of the public limelight, the likelihood of further products related to it plummets, and in turn, it begins to disappear from the market. Some series enjoy resurgences, but only after they've been away for a while.

Well, it's been ten years. We think it's time again. We'd love to see Sailor Moon back in North America.

Warriors of Legend can be used to show that the series is still viable here, because we'll have hard sales numbers on a Sailor Moon-related product. Companies that would be interested in licensing Sailor Moon (like the live action series) can see that it is still viable in the United States (provided, of course, those numbers are good). It takes time and money to pursue a license, and a successful product would show them just how much potential is still simmering in Sailor Moon, that they at least ought to try.

But this is just the icing on what we think is an already fantastic cake.

Why the title Warriors of Legend?

The title makes more sense if you consider its Japanese translation, Densetsu no Senshi. The term senshi was translated as “soldier” by the anime and manga versions of Sailor Moon, and “guardian” by the live action series, but also can mean “warrior.” Densetsu is the word for “legend” and is part of the name for the anime series’ title song, Moonlight Densetsu.

That and we thought it sounded cool.

What is the Warriors of Legend Support Team?

The WoL Support Team are websites and organizations that are supporting the Warriors of Legend project by linking to the site and helping the fan community to rally around it. If you'd like to join, please contact us through our feedback page.

What is The Warriors of Legend Tour of Tokyo?

Previously described as the “Genvid” Tour of Tokyo, the “Warriors of Legend” Tour is its actual name. This will be an exclusive tour to be held in Japan in the early summer of 2006, organized around places featured in the Warriors of Legend series. It will be an once-in-a-lifetime event, where a handful of Sailor Moon fans will find like-minded companions and gather to take the tour of their dreams. The number of slots for the tour is extremely limited, however (10 maximum), and we will not be giving another one. The number of people allowed to attend has been kept low intentionally to make the experience more intimate.

Reservations will be taken in late winter of 2006, on a first-come, first-serve basis, although Genvid forum members will be given an early shot. The expected length is three days of touring, guided personally by the Genvid staff. Cost is yet unknown, but we believe it will be a maximum of $1,000 per person. Please note that while we will do our best to keep costs down, we do not want people to be surprised if it actually reaches that high. Airfare is not included but hotel, transportation, permissions to tour facilities, and lunch will be. If there is a Sailor Moon musical playing, we will schedule the tour around it and tickets to the musical will also be included in the final price.

Genvid staff members are award-winning Japan specialists, and will also be happy to help those who attend plan to visit more of Japan past the three tour days.

For those who cannot attend, we plan to film the tour and will try to release it on DVD later that year.

What is the difference between WarriorsofLegend.com and Genvid.com?

While both sites are part of the “Genvid Project” network, WarriorsofLegend.com is exclusive to our company’s product series, and will not have Sailor Moon related discussion apart from the works themselves. Genvid.com’s Sailor Moon Soapbox remains the source for news, editorials, parodies, and other Sailor Moon information.

Why is the WoL forum only for book-related discussion and feedback?

The Warriors of Legend website is dedicated exclusively to the works by Genvid L.L.C. and is not about Sailor Moon For Sailor Moon related news, editorials, chat, and a lot more, please visit the Genvid website and forums.