Mysteriously, one Sailor Senshi is being left out of the real-life beach party.
We’ve seen the iconic sailor suit-inspired costumes of anime Sailor Moon serve as the motif for a line of lingerie. We’ve also seen Japan’s love of the sailor suit result in sailor suit-style swimsuits. So perhaps it was inevitable that we would one day see Sailor Moon bikinis, and now that day has come.
Next month, the latest pop-up shop collaboration between Sailor Moon and swanky Tokyo department store Isetan opens, and for fashion shoppers who’re already planning ahead for beach season, an entire line of Sailor Moon swimwear will be on offer.
The core Inner Senshi of Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus are of course represented, with each suit making use of the respective character’s paired image colors. The bottoms feature pleated trim evocative of their outfits’ schoolgirl-like combat skirts.
If your fandom really kicked into high gear after the first arc of the anime, you’ll be happy to know that there are also bikinis saluting Sailors Chibi Moon, Uranus, and Neptune. For some reason, though, Sailor Pluto is the only one to not have her own bikini, which is strange considering that while Pluto the celestial body has been downgraded to dwarf planet status since Sailor Moon’s initial broadcast, Sailor Pluto remains a full-fledged Sailor Senshi.
In addition to beachwear, the pop-up store will also have various blouses, pants, and skirts that make use of subtle Sailor Moon design cues. More overt references to the series, though, can be found in the line of earrings modeled after various transformation items, weaponry, and other important items from Sailor Moon’s extensive lore.
▼ Star Power Sticks and Sailor Guardian symbols
In particular, the varied regalia of Sailor Moon herself provides plenty of source material for designers to work with.
▼ Legendary Silver Crystal, Moon Stick, Cutie Moon Rod, and Cosmic Heart Compact
The Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Bikinis are priced at 19,000 yen (US$170) each. The earrings hover around a similar per-pair price point, thought the designers are yet to reveal what materials they are made from.
Isetan’s Sailor Moon pop-up store opens on March 14.
Related: Isetan website
Source: Sailor Moon official website via Anime News Network/Lynzee Loveridge
Images: Sailor Moon official website