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[[File:Silver_millenium.jpg|thumb|260px|The prehistoric Moon Kingdom]]
 
[[File:Silver_millenium.jpg|thumb|260px|The prehistoric Moon Kingdom]]
The '''Silver Millennium''' is a kingdom that once lied on the moon. It provides a setting for the past lives and future selves of most of the series' major characters, and functions as a major driving force behind both plot and characterization.
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The '''Silver Millennium''' was a peaceful time period during the prehistoric age when the Moon Kingdom existed in harmony, along with the rest of the planets of the Solar System. It provides a setting for the past lives and future selves of most of the series' major characters, and functions as a major driving force behind both plot and characterization.
   
The series first shows the original Silver Millennium during what it portrays as an ancient Golden Age, marked by peace, prosperity, and good relations between the people of Earth and Moon. The English dub states that the Moon Kingdom existed one thousand years ago, but the original manga made it prehistoric. Despite its name, the Silver Millennium appears to have lasted much longer than a thousand years. The Moon Kingdom itself, ruled by Queen Serenity, centered in Mare Serenitatis (The Sea of Serenity). It was also home to [[Princess Serenity]] and her [[Sailor soldier |four guardians]], later to be known as the Guardian Senshi. According to the [[Sailor Moon R]] series, a second Silver Millennium is built on Earth some time between the 20th and 30th centuries, this time known specifically as '''[[Crystal Tokyo]]'''.
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According to the ''[[Sailor Moon R]]'' series, a second Silver Millennium will appear on Earth some time between the 20th and 30th centuries, this time centered in '''Crystal Tokyo'''.
   
The royal family of the Silver Millennium bear on their foreheads special markings shaped like small crescent moons. These appear on [[Queen Serenity]], Princess/Neo-Queen Serenity, and [[Chibiusa]] Small Lady, as well as [[Sailor Venus]] when disguised as the princess and the moon cats - [[Luna]], [[Artemis]] and [[Diana]]. In the anime, non-royal civilians of the Moon Kingdom lack the symbol on their foreheads.
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The royal family of the Moon Kingdom during the Silver Millennium bear on their foreheads special markings shaped like small crescent moons. These appear on [[Queen Serenity]], Princess/Neo-Queen Serenity, and Chibiusa "Small Lady" Tsukino, as well as Sailor Venus when disguised as the princess and the moon cats - [[Luna]], [[Artemis (manga)|Artemis]] and [[Diana (manga)|Diana]]. In the anime, non-royal civilians of the Moon Kingdom lack the symbol on their foreheads.
   
==Silver Millennium kingdoms==
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==Silver Millennium Kingdoms==
 
===Moon Kingdom===
 
===Moon Kingdom===
   
The Silver Millennium, though it had a fairy-tale appearance, demonstrated an advanced technology. It existed within a dome which produced an artificial climate, and had an advanced computer called the "Eternity Main System".<sup> </sup>According to Artemis, [[wikipedia:Ice skating|ice skating]] was very popular there.Those who lived in the Silver Millennium had very long life spans and had two specific duties: First, they were to protect the [[Silver Crystal]], an extremely powerful "holy stone" which had been handed down through the generations. Second, they were to watch over the evolution of Earth and protect it from any negative influence.
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The Moon Kingdom, though it had a fairy-tale appearance, demonstrated an advanced technology. It existed within a dome which produced an artificial climate, and had an advanced computer called the "Eternity Main System". According to Artemis, Ice skating was a popular sport. The anime showed Princess Serenity being very good at Ice skating. Those who resided in the Moon Kingdom were long-lived beings and had two specific duties: First, they were to protect the [[Silver Crystal]], a powerful "holy stone" which had been handed down through the generations. Second, they were to watch over the evolution of Earth and protect it from any negative influence.
   
During this era [[Prince Endymion|Endymion]], flanked by his [[Shitennou|four guardians]], held the position of Crown Prince of Earth. Despite a prohibition on relations between people of the Earth and the Moon, he and Princess Serenity fell in love. Out of jealousy and under the influence of the evil [[Queen Metalia]], a sorceress named [[Beryl]] raised up the citizens of Earth in a war against the Moon. Warfare completely wiped out both kingdoms, so the evolution of life had to restart from the beginning.
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The original Silver Millennium, which existed thousands of years ago, is portrayed as an ancient Golden Age, marked by peace, prosperity, and good relationships between the people of Earth and Moon. The Moon Kingdom itself, ruled by Queen Serenity, centered in Mare Serenitatis (the Sea of Serenity) was also home to [[Princess Serenity]] and her [[Sailor Guardians|four guardians]], later to be known as the Sailor Guardians. The Outer Sailor Guardians, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, were guardians who had defended the Moon Kingdom from invaders from beyond the Solar System, while Sailor Pluto protected the Time Gate. The Outer Sailor Guardians had stayed in separate, of the Moon Castle with their talismans.
   
Before dying, the Queen sent her daughter and Endymion to be reborn on Earth during the 20th century. They were reincarnated as [[Usagi Tsukino]] and [[Mamoru Chiba]] and even before they recover their memories, they succeed in finding each other once again. The Sailor Senshi also undergo reincarnation, becoming close friends; through their efforts, the reinstated Dark Kingdom and even Metalia herself are destroyed. In the manga, the Moon Kingdom and its castle are resurrected at the end of this conflict, but Usagi decides to continue living on Earth, with her parents and with Mamoru.
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During this era [[Prince Endymion|Endymion]], flanked by his [[Shitennou|four guardians]], held the position of First Crown Prince of Earth. Despite a prohibition on relations between people of the Earth and the Moon, he and Princess Serenity fell in love.
   
===Crystal Tokyo===
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The Dark Kingdom was ultimately responsible for the fall of the first Moon Kingdom. Out of jealousy and under the influence of the evil [[Queen Metalia (manga)|Queen Metalia]], a sorceress named [[Queen Beryl (manga)|Beryl]] raised up the citizens of Earth in a war against the Moon. As a result, the Moon Kingdom was completely destroyed, with Prince Endymion, Princess Serenity and her guardians all dying in the battle. The war was the end of the First Silver Millennium.
Both the anime and the manga reveal that a new Silver Millennium will exist in the 30th century, centered in the city of Crystal Tokyo. Usagi and Mamoru will rule it under the names of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion, and they will have a daughter named [[Chibiusa Tsukino|Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity]]
 
   
The Guardian Senshi protect not only Neo-Queen Serenity, but the entire royal family. However, the story makes no mention of the location of the Outer Senshi, other than Sailor Pluto. After their awakening in the manga, the [[Sailor Quartet]] also act as guards, but to [[Chibiusa|Small Lady]]. Luna, Artemis, and Diana live in the palace as well. The Black Lady Musicals (but no other canon) show that the Outer Senshi are around during this time and help the Senshi of the present fight the Black Moon Clan.
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In the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, the Outer Sailor Guardians who were not present at the fight, were drawn to the destruction of the Silver Millennium, where their talismans unleashed a hidden power, which awakened Sailor Saturn, who lowered the Silence Glaive and destroyed the remains of the Silver Millennium, and all who survived, including herself. Everyone was reborn into the present day as a result.
   
At the center of the kingdom stands the Crystal Palace, where the Royal Family and the Guardian Senshi live. The manga depicts it over water, while in the anime it has another palace, Serenity Palace, located at the top middle spire. It is particularly shown in the beginning credits for the second opening sequence of ''[[Sailor Moon R]]'', and is seen in a flashback where Chibiusa thinks that the Guardian Senshi and her parents have forgotten her birthday. Later, the interior is shown, indicating that this is the part of the Crystal Palace where the Royal Family and their protectors live.
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In the anime, when it seemed all hope was lost, the Queen used the Silver Crystal to seal away the Dark Kingdom's powers and sent her daughter, Prince Endymion, and the Sailor Guardians to be reborn on Earth during the 20th century. This all came at the cost of her own life though.
   
Exposure to the Silver Crystal renders all of Crystal Tokyo's inhabitants functionally immortal. Anyone not born there becomes essentially locked at their current physical age, as shown by [[Sailor Moon (character)|the Queen]] and [[Tuxedo Mask|King Endymion and]] the [[Sailor Senshi|Guardian Senshi court]], who all appear as if aged in their early twenties. Anyone born in Crystal Tokyo has a slow growth-rate [[Chibiusa|Small Lady]], for example, is stated in the manga to be over 900 years old, yet has the body and mind of a child. According to her parents, such an extremely slow growth is irregular, and Chibiusa's extended childhood is an important part of the fourth plot arc.
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The Prince and Princess were reincarnated as [[Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon (manga)|Usagi Tsukino]] and [[Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask (manga)|Mamoru Chiba]] and even before they recovered their memories, they succeed in finding each other once again. The reincarnated Sailor Senshi become close friends with Usagi; through their efforts, the reinstated Dark Kingdom and even Metalia herself are destroyed.
   
The series depicts the Sailor Senshi of the 30th century in their original uniforms, without any of the enhancements or powerups they gained in the latter part of the series. At the time of drawing the plot arc, Takeuchi had not yet introduced the idea of enhancing the Senshi uniforms. However the series shows that one can alter the future, as in the manga Chibi-Usa brings back one of her mother's weapons to fight alongside Sailor Moon in the second arc and the present breaks in the final battle. She then takes a new weapon back for Sailor Moon, and Neo-Queen Serenity acquires a new scepter when it appears in her hands.
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In the manga and the reboot, the Moon Kingdom and its castle are resurrected at the end of this conflict, but Usagi decides to continue living on Earth, with her parents and with Mamoru. This wasn't the case in the original anime, however. Mamoru and the Sailor Guardians continue living their normal lives on earth, while protecting the universe from new enemies in the future.
   
Though Serenity has taken her place as Queen on Earth, Takeuchi leaves it unclear whether she returns to the Moon as Neo-Queen Serenity to re-establish herself as the new monarch of the Moon Kingdom itself. Although Crystal Tokyo was decimated thanks to the princess foolishly taking her mother's crystal, Small Lady was not banished or sentenced to death for the theft.
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===Crystal Tokyo===
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Both the anime and the manga reveal that a new Silver Millennium will exist in the 30th century, centered in the city of Crystal Tokyo. Usagi and Mamoru will rule it under the names of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion, and they will have a daughter named [[Chibiusa Tsukino / Sailor Chibi Moon (manga)|Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity]]. The Earth becomes a world wide kingdom once again.
   
==Key figures==
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The Guardian Senshi protect the entire royal family. However, the story makes no mention of the location of the Outer Senshi, other than Sailor Pluto. This is likely because the Crystal Tokyo storyline was created before the introduction of the Outer Senshi. After their awakening in the manga, the [[Sailor Quartet]] also act as guardians, but to [[Chibiusa Tsukino / Sailor Chibi Moon (manga)|Small Lady]]. Luna, Artemis, and Diana live in the palace as well. The Black Lady Musicals (but no other canon) show that the Outer Senshi are around during this time and help the Senshi of the present fight the Black Moon Clan.
===Queen Serenity===
 
'''Queen Serenity''' (クィーン・セレニティ, ''Kuīn Sereniti''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets '''?''']</sup>) is the mother of Princess Serenity (Sailor Moon) and maternal grandmother of ChibiUsa (Small Lady). Queen Serenity occasionally appears as a guide to help the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Senshi Sailor Senshi] remember who they are through [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna Luna]. She states in the manga that the ancients knew her as the goddess [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selene Selene],<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-act10-0 &#91;1&#93;]</sup> and because of this her name is sometimes romanized as '''Queen Serenity'''. In the original [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime anime], her voice is provided by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mika_Doi Mika Doi]. In the English dub, she is voiced by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Radecki Barbara Radecki] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wendy_Lyon&action=edit&redlink=1 Wendy Lyon]. She is portrayed as having been a good ruler. Having sacrificed her own life long ago, she appears only in spirit, as a sort of hologram. It is she who tells the Senshi about their past lives, and about the history of the Moon Kingdom. In flashback, she is shown speaking the name of the Crystal (or, in the dub, "Cosmic Moon Power") to send her daughter and the others to be reborn in the future; she also uses Moon Healing Escalation, a power inherited by Sailor Moon.<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-8 &#91;9&#93;]</sup> After this encounter, she appears just once more to give Sailor Moon a new transformation brooch and rod,<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-9 &#91;10&#93;]</sup> and is mentioned again during the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon_Supers fourth story arc], in connection with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Moon_Circus#Queen_Nehellenia Queen Nehellenia].<sup>[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citing_sources specify]'']</sup>
 
   
In the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga manga], Queen Serenity first appears in Act 10.<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-act10-0 &#91;1&#93;]</sup> As in the anime, she appears as a hologram, and specifically mentions having saved her spirit within the computer in order to preserve her will. She tells the Senshi of their past lives, which they begin to remember as she describes them, and tells them that they must find Metalia, who has escaped the seal placed on her and gone into hiding on Earth. Early on, Queen Serenity's spirit appears in the reconstructed Moon Kingdom, telling her daughter to find happiness with the one she loves.<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-10 &#91;11&#93;]</sup> She appears three times more, all in flashback: once in Sailor Pluto's memories;<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-11 &#91;12&#93;]</sup> after the birth of Princess Serenity, confronted by Queen Nehellenia;<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-12 &#91;13&#93;]</sup> and visiting the [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Galaxy_Cauldron&action=edit&redlink=1 Galaxy Cauldron].<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-13 &#91;14&#93;]</sup>
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At the center of the kingdom stands the Crystal Palace, where the Royal Family and the Guardian Senshi live. The manga depicts it over water, while in the anime it has another palace, Serenity Palace, located at the top middle spire. It is particularly shown in the beginning credits for the second opening sequence of ''[[Sailor Moon R]]'', and is seen in a flashback where Chibiusa thinks that the Guardian Senshi and her parents have forgotten her birthday. Later, the interior is shown, indicating that this is the part of the Crystal Palace where the Royal Family and their protectors live.
   
It is unclear where she is from although we know she is not from the moon but a distant universe
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Exposure to the Silver Crystal renders all of Earth's inhabitants functionally immortal. Anyone not born in Crystal Tokyo becomes essentially locked at their current physical age, as shown by the Queen and King Endymion and the Sailor Guardians , who all appear as if aged in their early twenties. Anyone born in Crystal Tokyo has a slow growth-rate – Small Lady, for example, is stated in the manga to be over 900 years old, yet has the body and mind of a child. According to her parents, such an extremely slow growth is irregular, and Chibiusa's extended childhood is an important part of the fourth plot arc.
   
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Like the first Silver Millennium, the second Silver Millennium also got attacked, this time by the Black Moon Clan. After Neo-Queen Serenity expelled the Black Moon Clan to the fictional planet Nemesis, the tenth planet in the Solar System, Wiseman took this as an opportunity to achieve his goal of bringing total darkness to the world and unleashing the full power of the Death Phantom. He manipulated all members of the Black Moon Clan to unknowingly support his self-interest, encouraging them seek vengeance on Neo-Queen Serenity and destroy Crystal Tokyo.
   
Queen Serenity does not appear in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Guardian_Sailor_Moon live-action series], but does appear in its "Special Act". [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miyuu_Sawai Miyuu Sawai] plays the Queen as well as her daughter, though [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youko_Soumi Youko Soumi] (who narrated a book in Act 9) provides her voice.
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The Black Moon Clan launched an attack on Crystal Tokyo. Sailor Pluto sent the daughter of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion to the past for safety. Chibiusa was followed by the Black Moon Clan but was protected by the Sailor Senshi of the 20th Century. The Sailor Senshi learn of their futures when traveling to 30th Century Crystal Tokyo and defeat the Black Moon Clan in the present day, restoring the future.
   
===Sailor Princesses===
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Though Serenity has taken her place as Queen on Earth, Takeuchi leaves it unclear whether she returns to the Moon as Neo-Queen Serenity to re-establish herself as the new monarch of the Moon Kingdom itself. Although Crystal Tokyo was decimated thanks to the princess foolishly taking her mother's crystal, Small Lady was not banished or sentenced to death for the theft.
Act 41 of the manga reveals the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Team Sailor Team] as princesses of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_System Solar System]. Each one had her own castle, which she can call upon late in the series for power. This act first enables Sailor Moon to transform into [[Eternal Sailor Moon]]. The castles are named after moons, except for Mercury's and Venus'. Venus' castle is introduced long before the others', in the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_V Sailor V]'' manga,<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-14 &#91;15&#93;]</sup> but she never mentions this to them.
 
   
In Act 45, Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto actually visit their castles — huge structures orbiting around their respective planets. Each castle features viewscreens, forcefields, comm systems, and other forms of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_technology high technology]; each comes under the protection of a Power Guardian, who appears as a miniature version of the Senshi she serves. Sailor Pluto states that she remembers her castle, and that they were given to all the Senshi by Queen Serenity at the time of their birth.
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==Key Figures==
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===Queen Serenity===
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'''[[Queen Serenity]]''' was the ruling monarch of the Moon Kingdom and mother of [[Princess Serenity]] (during the first Silver Millenium) and maternal grandmother of ChibiUsa (Small Lady). Queen Serenity occasionally appears as a guide to help the Sailor Guardians to remember who they are through Luna. She states that the people on Earth knew her as the Moon goddess '''Selene.'''
   
Takeuchi's ''Materials Collection'' artbook shows the detailed design of each princess's unique gown. The Senshi wear the gowns at key moments in the ''Stars'' manga, and also in the ''Original Picture Collection Volume IV''. Flashbacks to the Silver Millennium, however, always show them dressed in their ordinary uniforms.[[File:Lovely.jpg|thumb|sailor princess in the manga]]
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She was a wise and good ruler. Having physically perished long ago, she appears only in spirit, as a sort of hologram. She tells the Senshi about their past lives, and about the history of the Moon Kingdom. In flashback, she is shown speaking the name of the Crystal (or, in the dub, "Cosmic Moon Power") to send her daughter and the others to be reborn in the future; she also uses Moon Healing Escalation, a power inherited by Sailor Moon. After this encounter, she appears just once more to give Sailor Moon a new transformation brooch and rod.
   
===Sailor Power Guardians===
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Queen Serenity first appears in Act 10 of the manga. As in the anime, she appears as a hologram, and specifically mentions having saved her spirit within the Eternity Main System in order to preserve her will. The Sailor Guardians begin to remember their past as she describes them, and tells them that they must find Metalia, who has escaped the seal placed on her and gone into hiding on Earth. Later, Queen Serenity's spirit appears in the reconstructed Moon Kingdom, telling her daughter to find happiness with the one she loves. She appears three times more, all in flashback: once in [[Setsuna Meiou / Sailor Pluto (manga)|Sailor Pluto]]'s memories, after the birth of Princess Serenity; confronted by Queen Nehelenia, and visiting the Galaxy Cauldron.
In the manga only, the Sailor Power Guardians look like [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite sprites] — tiny versions of the Guardian and Outer Sailor Senshi who live in their respective castles. The series shows only the Guardian and Outer Senshi as having Power Guardians, and although all eight are shown, only three of them are referred to by name: '''Guardian Uranus''', '''Guardian Neptune''' and '''Guardian Pluto'''<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-16">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-16 &#91;17&#93;]</sup> The rest of their names appear in cast drawing in one of the artbooks. The Sailor Power Guardians are responsible for keeping the Castles safe while the Senshi are on Earth, and provide some of the Senshi with their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Senshi#Sailor_Crystals Sailor Crystals] during the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon_Supers Dream]'' arc.
 
   
Each Power Guardian communicates with her respective Senshi by calling on the power of that Senshi's Sailor Crystal. The Power Guardians can help the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#Sailor_Princesses Sailor Princesses] call on the power of their Castles to produce a new transformation. Thus they upgraded to new forms and poured this power into the Rainbow Moon Chálice, which in turn allowed Usagi to become Eternal Sailor Moon for the first time.
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It is unclear where she is from although it is known that she is not from the moon but a distant universe, the same from which Queen Nehelenia came from.
   
The Sailor Power Guardians disappear in the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Stars Stars]'' arc around the time of the killing of the Senshi they protect.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-17">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-17 &#91;18&#93;]</sup> The exact nature of their fate remains unclear, although the Senshi themselves later undergo rebirth.
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[[Queen Serenity]] does not appear in the live-action series but does appear in its "Special Act".
   
==Silver Crystal==
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=== Prince Endymion ===
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Prince Endymion of earth is the only known male associate of the Silver Millennium, during which he first developed a relationship with Princess Serenity. During the reign of Crystal Tokyo, he would claim the title as King Endymion.
File:351.jpg|The Silver Crystal's first form and after the Rainbow Crystals form
 
623085-silvercrystal_large.jpg|Sailor Moon R movie introduces another form of the Silver Crystal
 
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The '''Silver Crystal''' (銀水晶, ''Ginzuishō''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets ?]</sup>) functions as one of the most important items in the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon Sailor Moon]'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaseries metaseries]. Its full name translates as "Illusion Silver Crystal" (幻の銀水晶, ''Maboroshi no Ginzuishō''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets ?]</sup>), "Phantom Silver Crystal", or other names, but the series frequently refers to it by its shortened title. The English-dubbed anime sometimes calls it the "Imperium Silver Crystal" — as well as various other names.
 
   
The Silver Crystal possesses tremendous power, capable of reviving an entire world from ruin, but the strain of using such power often costs the user her life - as the power actually derives from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_force life force] of the Moon dynasty, the members of which alone can actually use it. The anime shows this happening three times. The first time is in a flashback with Queen Serenity, and the second time is Usagi defeats Queen Metalia at the end of season one and finally, in the R movie. It is shown as the source of Queen Serenity's power during the Silver Millennium; [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usagi_Tsukino Usagi Tsukino] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chibiusa Chibiusa] each go on to inherit the Crystal in some form.
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===Sailor Princesses===
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Act 41 of the manga reveals the Sailor Guardians as princesses of the Solar System. Each one had her own [[Sailor Senshi's Castles|castle]], which she can call upon late in the series for power. This act first enables Sailor Moon to transform into Eternal Sailor Moon. The castles are named after moons of the respective planet, except for Mercury's and Venus'. Venus' castle is introduced long before the others', in the Sailor V manga, but she never mentions this to them.
   
Both the anime and manga commonly portray the Silver Crystal as possibly the single most powerful artifact in the universe, able to focus the energy of its wielder to perform magnificent feats. However, several artifacts rival it in strength, including the Black Crystal of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Moon_Clan#Death_Phantom Death Phantom] in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon_R Sailor Moon R]'' and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffer_Crystal Saffer Crystal] of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Galaxia Sailor Galaxia]. In the fifth series of the anime, the crystal also appears to double as the Star Seed of Sailor Moon, which was hinted at in the R movie, and the manga implies that it is her Sailor Crystal. It takes on a multitude of shapes, including round, diamond, rose, heart, star, and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_(plant) lotus], and it turns pink while stored within the brooches of both Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon.
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In Act 45, Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto actually visit their castles huge structures orbiting around their respective planets. Each castle features viewscreens, forcefields, comm systems, and other forms of high technology and comes under the protection of a Power Guardian, who appears as a miniature version of the Senshi she serves. Sailor Pluto states that the castles were given to all the Senshi by Queen Serenity at the time of their birth.
   
Because Chibiusa comes from the future and will eventually inherit the Silver Crystal from Usagi, two versions of it exist in the series. After the first and second story-arcs, the owners of the crystals keep them in their respective transformation brooches and only remove them in times of urgent need. In the final ''Last Dracul'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon_musicals musical], a third Silver Crystal appears when Usagi's crystal resonates with a past version of itself, owned by Princess Serenity. This allows Serenity to briefly come to the present with her crystal and aid her future self. Before leaving, she states that the Silver Crystal cannot be used by just anyone. Vulcan later states that it will always find itself when it needs to.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-18">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-18 &#91;19&#93;]</sup>
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Takeuchi's ''Materials Collection'' artbook shows the detailed design of each princess's unique gown. The Sailor Guardians wear the gowns at key moments in the ''Stars'' manga, and also in the ''Original Picture Collection Volume IV''. Flashbacks to the Silver Millennium, however, always show them dressed in their ordinary uniforms.
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===Sailor Power Guardians===
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In the manga only, the Sailor Power Guardians look like sprites— tiny versions of the Guardian and Outer Sailor Senshi who live in their respective castles. The series shows only the Guardian and Outer Senshi as having Power Guardians, and although all eight are shown, only three of them are referred to by name: '''Guardian Uranus''', '''Guardian Neptune''' and '''Guardian Pluto. '''The rest of their names appear in cast drawing in one of the art books. The Sailor Power Guardians are responsible for keeping the Castles safe while the Senshi are on Earth, and provide some of the Senshi with their Sailor Crystals during the Dream arc.
   
Although some critics<sup class="noprint Inline-Template" style="white-space: nowrap" title="The material in the vicinity of this tag may use weasel words or too-vague attribution. from April 2009">[''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Avoid_weasel_words who?]'']</sup> of Sailor Moon have noted that her powers derive from her "consumerist" external baubles, Emily Ravenwood argues that the Silver Crystal, which "saves the day", comes forth from Usagi's tear, and therefore represents internal attributes.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-19">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-19 &#91;20&#93;]</sup>
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Each Power Guardian communicates with her respective Senshi by calling on the power of that Senshi's Sailor Crystal. The Power Guardians can help the Sailor Princesses call on the power of their Castles to produce a new transformation. Thus they upgraded to new forms and poured this great, holy power into the Rainbow Moon Chalice, which in turn allowed Usagi to evolve into Eternal Sailor Moon for the first time.
===Use in the manga===
 
Characters make use of the Silver Crystal several times in the manga — often in battle to defeat the final "boss villain". The crystal has two primary powers: the ability to generate a powerful magical attack and the power to rejuvenate (both physically and mentally). The crystal seems to have both more control and more focused power when attached to Sailor Moon's Moon Stick, though Usagi eventually becomes so in-tune with her power that she no longer needs the extra help of the Moon Stick. One might infer that the reason why her mother needed it was because the Silver Crystal's true form as Usagi's Star Seed, and thus she's the only one that can make full use of its potential. But to use all of it would kill her as it would use up all her life force. However her love for others and desire to help them appears to be strong enough could extend that life force interminably.
 
   
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Serenity Queen Serenity] first initiates use of the Silver Crystal to remove negative influences from the Earth and also to send Princess Serenity and her court to Earth. It was also used to send the souls of her fallen subjects into the future to be reincarnated, which cost the queen her life. It also extends the life of the user and those around them if they do not use it to its limit.
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The Sailor Power Guardians disappear in the ''Stars arc'' around the time of the killing of the Senshi they protect. The exact nature of their fate remains unclear, although the Senshi themselves later undergo rebirth.
   
The Crystal eventually evolves into the next form: a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Crystal Sailor Crystal]. For Sailor Moon, it evolved into the Silver Moon Crystal. For Chibiusa it evolved into the Pink Moon Crystal. (This supports the theory which sees the Silver Crystal as a Star Seed that evolves throughout the generations.)
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==The Silver Crystal==
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==Mythology==
   
The Silver Crystal is also considered the most powerful crystal next to its evolved forms.
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In Western myths and legends, silver has long been associated with the moon and femininity, especially after the 1500's and the alchemists. It was the alchemists who assigned the traits we are most familiar with in astrology to the planets. In many world mythologies, Greek, Roman, Indian, and some Native American, silver is the second age of man, coming after gold. Humans are not as peaceful, and life is slightly harder than the age of gold.
===Use in the anime===
 
The anime adds a few extra powers to the Silver Crystal, for instance, the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon_R_movie Sailor Moon R movie] showed that it could be used to construct a shield, as in the first season when Princess Serenity battled [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Beryl Queen Beryl] with the Moon Stick. In conjunction with the Moon Stick it is also used to heal people back to their normal forms. Most of the other properties of the Silver Crystal are the same of the manga. It is used in the anime far more than the manga. The anime also emphasises love as the key to using the full powers of the Silver Crystal. In the anime, specifically in Episode 83 of Sailor Moon R, the Crystal was not only powerful enough to restore the Earth and its people to life after the planet was devastated by some unspecified ecological catastrophe (specified in the manga as the next [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_age ice age]), it also created the metropolis of Crystal Tokyo.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-20">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Millennium#cite_note-20 &#91;21&#93;]</sup>
 
   
The Silver Crystal in the anime also has the unique ability to borrow the powers of the other Senshi to further amplify its own powers. The last episode of the first season demonstrates this for the first time: as Usagi battles with Queen Beryl and seems about to lose, the other Senshi lend their powers to Usagi by calling out their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henshin Henshin] phrases. Their powers then visibly get absorbed into the Crystal and concentrated directly at Beryl, leaving her in ashes. Usagi performs this feat once again in the Sailor Moon R movie ''Promise of the Rose'' just before the Silver Crystal shatters leaving Usagi in a temporary state of death. Finally, the Sailor Moon S movie shows Usagi doing this with the Silver Crystal: for the first and last time, both the inner and outer Senshi (with the exception of Sailor Saturn, who does not appear in the movie) lend their powers to the Silver Crystal. As a result, Usagi's and the other Senshi's fuku turn to the purest white light, exerting enough power not only to defeat the Snow Queen, but to transform [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_(Sailor_Moon)#Luna Luna] into [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Kaguya Princess Kaguya] (referring to the old tale of the Bamboo Cutter) of the moon.
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According to Hesiod, there are five ages of man: gold, silver, bronze, age of heroes, and iron, which is the age we are in now, and each age gets progressively worse.  It is fitting considering the characters, that the "golden" age was called the Silver Millennium, but [[Naoko Takeuchi]] is a little off in her construction.
 
When Usagi uses the Silver Crystal in the Sailor Moon R movie, the other senshi fear for her life. The film implies that Usagi's life force connects directly with the Silver Crystal, and exerting too much of that power will kill her. This fear is also brought up again when Usagi uses the Silver Crystal to battle the Snow Queen in the Sailor Moon S movie. This theory is further supported in the Sailor Stars anime when Usagi's Star Seed is revealed to be the Silver Crystal itself, and removing a Star Seed from a true Senshi causes their "Starlight" to vanish, and leads to their inevitable death. However in the Sailor Stars series, when Usagi draws an unprecedented amount of power from the Silver Crystal and heals Sailor Galaxia without threatening her life. It often blooms into a lotus shape, which indicates a more powerful version of the same crystal - indicating a more direct link to her life force and the amount of energy she can expend from it.
 
====Rainbow Crystals====
 
The anime features seven rainbow crystals that had the Seven Great Youma (''Daiyōma'', Seven Shadows in the English dub) sealed into them. They are the most powerful youma in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Kingdom Dark Kingdom]. Thanks to the power of Queen Serenity, they were sealed within seven separate shards of the Silver Crystal and carried to Earth where they were reincarnated centuries later, with no memories of their prior existences. All seven rainbow crystals (and, as in the manga, one of Usagi's tears) are needed to recombine into the Silver Crystal.
 
 
Seven carriers of the Rainbow Crystals exist:
 
#Gacen (ゲーセーン, ''Gēsēn''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets ?]</sup>), episode 25: the keeper of the red Rainbow Crystal, a cyber-youma reborn as Crane Joe, a pro at prize-grabber games due to his ability to make small objects levitate. His name is short for "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_arcade game center]".
 
#Boxy (ボクシー, ''Bokushī''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets ?]</sup>), episode 26: the keeper of the orange Rainbow Crystal, a winged, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing boxing] youma reborn as a priest who [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minor_Sailor_Moon_characters#Naru_Osaka Naru] was with at a cemetery. His name is a pun on ''bokushi'', meaning "minister" in Japanese, and ''bokushingu'', meaning "boxing".
 
#Bumbo (ブンボー, ''Bunbō''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets ?]</sup>), episode 27: the keeper of the yellow Rainbow Crystal, a reptilian youma reborn as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minor_Sailor_Moon_characters#Ryo_Urawa Ryo Urawa], who developed a crush on Ami. Though the beast awakened, Urawa attempted to retain control over himself and attacked [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shitennou_(Sailor_Moon)#Zoisite Zoisite], only to end up completely under his control.
 
#Beana (ビーナ, ''Bīna''<sup>[[[wikipedia:Help:Installing Japanese character sets|?]]</sup>), episode 28: the keeper of the green Rainbow Crystal, an angelic plant youma reborn as local artist Yumeni Yumeno. Her attacks are art-based.
 
#Rikocader (リコケイダー, ''Rikokeidā''<sup>[[wikipedia:Help:Installing Japanese character sets|?]]</sup>), episode 29: the keeper of the blue Rainbow Crystal, a youma reborn as Motoki's girlfriend, [[Reika Nishimura]].
 
#Jiji (ジジ<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets ?]</sup>), episode 30: the keeper of the indigo Rainbow Crystal, an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni_(folklore) Oni]-like youma who is reincarnated as [[Rei's grandfather]].
 
#Bakane (バケーネ, ''Bakēne''<sup>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Installing_Japanese_character_sets ?]</sup>), episode 31: the keeper of the violet Rainbow Crystal, a beastly youma reborn as the cat Rhett Butler, who had a thing for [[Luna]], even in youma form. (He and his owner, Ohara, share names with the main characters of ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gone_with_the_Wind Gone with the Wind]'', [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhett_Butler Rhett Butler] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlett_O%27Hara Scarlett O'Hara].)[[File:ImagesCA0AL0JQ.jpg|thumb]]
 
 
===Use in the live-action series===
 
As in the manga, the Silver Crystal originally remains concealed within Usagi's body. But the Crystal has a double-edged power: even in the possession of Sailor Moon, its excess power could not only energize Metalia but, if enough is exerted through it, could destroy the entire planet. It is shattered in the series finale, causing all of the Senshi's transformation devices to vanish.[[File:MoonCrystal.jpg|thumb|in the live action]]
 
 
==History==
 
 
==Mythology==
 
   
In Western mythos, silver has long been associated with the moon and femininity, especially after the 1500's and the alchemists. It was the alchemists who assigned the traits we are most familiar with in astrology to the planets. In many world mythologies, Greek, Roman, Indian, and some Native American, silver is the second age of man, coming after gold. Humans are not as peaceful, and life is slightly harder than the age of gold. According to Hesiod, there are 5 ages of man: gold, silver, bronze, age of heroes, and iron, which is the age we are in now, and each age gets progressively worse.  It is fitting considering the characters, that the "golden" age was called the Silver Millenium, but [[Naoko Takeuchi]] is a little off in her construction.
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* Serenity’s Palace very closely resembles the architecture of the old Moon Kingdom.
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* The manga reveals that the Crystal Palace is home to one of largest libraries in the world; the majority of the information is stored on microchips. 
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* The manga implies that the restored Moon Kingdom is part of Crystal Tokyo; Neo-Queen Serenity is shown telling Chibiusa that she will be taking lessons at one of the Moon’s castles, suggesting that the Moon Kingdom is still in use (as it ''was'' restored at the end of the first arc)
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* The DIC dub states that the Moon Kingdom existed one thousand years ago, but the original manga made it prehistoric.
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Silver millenium

The prehistoric Moon Kingdom

The Silver Millennium was a peaceful time period during the prehistoric age when the Moon Kingdom existed in harmony, along with the rest of the planets of the Solar System. It provides a setting for the past lives and future selves of most of the series' major characters, and functions as a major driving force behind both plot and characterization.

According to the Sailor Moon R series, a second Silver Millennium will appear on Earth some time between the 20th and 30th centuries, this time centered in Crystal Tokyo.

The royal family of the Moon Kingdom during the Silver Millennium bear on their foreheads special markings shaped like small crescent moons. These appear on Queen Serenity, Princess/Neo-Queen Serenity, and Chibiusa "Small Lady" Tsukino, as well as Sailor Venus when disguised as the princess and the moon cats - Luna, Artemis and Diana. In the anime, non-royal civilians of the Moon Kingdom lack the symbol on their foreheads.

Silver Millennium KingdomsEdit

Moon KingdomEdit

The Moon Kingdom, though it had a fairy-tale appearance, demonstrated an advanced technology. It existed within a dome which produced an artificial climate, and had an advanced computer called the "Eternity Main System". According to Artemis, Ice skating was a popular sport. The anime showed Princess Serenity being very good at Ice skating. Those who resided in the Moon Kingdom were long-lived beings and had two specific duties: First, they were to protect the Silver Crystal, a powerful "holy stone" which had been handed down through the generations. Second, they were to watch over the evolution of Earth and protect it from any negative influence.

The original Silver Millennium, which existed thousands of years ago, is portrayed as an ancient Golden Age, marked by peace, prosperity, and good relationships between the people of Earth and Moon. The Moon Kingdom itself, ruled by Queen Serenity, centered in Mare Serenitatis (the Sea of Serenity) was also home to Princess Serenity and her four guardians, later to be known as the Sailor Guardians. The Outer Sailor Guardians, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, were guardians who had defended the Moon Kingdom from invaders from beyond the Solar System, while Sailor Pluto protected the Time Gate. The Outer Sailor Guardians had stayed in separate, of the Moon Castle with their talismans.

During this era Endymion, flanked by his four guardians, held the position of First Crown Prince of Earth. Despite a prohibition on relations between people of the Earth and the Moon, he and Princess Serenity fell in love.

The Dark Kingdom was ultimately responsible for the fall of the first Moon Kingdom. Out of jealousy and under the influence of the evil Queen Metalia, a sorceress named Beryl raised up the citizens of Earth in a war against the Moon. As a result, the Moon Kingdom was completely destroyed, with Prince Endymion, Princess Serenity and her guardians all dying in the battle. The war was the end of the First Silver Millennium.

In the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, the Outer Sailor Guardians who were not present at the fight, were drawn to the destruction of the Silver Millennium, where their talismans unleashed a hidden power, which awakened Sailor Saturn, who lowered the Silence Glaive and destroyed the remains of the Silver Millennium, and all who survived, including herself. Everyone was reborn into the present day as a result.

In the anime, when it seemed all hope was lost, the Queen used the Silver Crystal to seal away the Dark Kingdom's powers and sent her daughter, Prince Endymion, and the Sailor Guardians to be reborn on Earth during the 20th century. This all came at the cost of her own life though.

The Prince and Princess were reincarnated as Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba and even before they recovered their memories, they succeed in finding each other once again. The reincarnated Sailor Senshi become close friends with Usagi; through their efforts, the reinstated Dark Kingdom and even Metalia herself are destroyed.

In the manga and the reboot, the Moon Kingdom and its castle are resurrected at the end of this conflict, but Usagi decides to continue living on Earth, with her parents and with Mamoru. This wasn't the case in the original anime, however. Mamoru and the Sailor Guardians continue living their normal lives on earth, while protecting the universe from new enemies in the future.

Crystal TokyoEdit

Both the anime and the manga reveal that a new Silver Millennium will exist in the 30th century, centered in the city of Crystal Tokyo. Usagi and Mamoru will rule it under the names of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion, and they will have a daughter named Princess Usagi Small Lady Serenity. The Earth becomes a world wide kingdom once again.

The Guardian Senshi protect the entire royal family. However, the story makes no mention of the location of the Outer Senshi, other than Sailor Pluto. This is likely because the Crystal Tokyo storyline was created before the introduction of the Outer Senshi. After their awakening in the manga, the Sailor Quartet also act as guardians, but to Small Lady. Luna, Artemis, and Diana live in the palace as well. The Black Lady Musicals (but no other canon) show that the Outer Senshi are around during this time and help the Senshi of the present fight the Black Moon Clan.

At the center of the kingdom stands the Crystal Palace, where the Royal Family and the Guardian Senshi live. The manga depicts it over water, while in the anime it has another palace, Serenity Palace, located at the top middle spire. It is particularly shown in the beginning credits for the second opening sequence of Sailor Moon R, and is seen in a flashback where Chibiusa thinks that the Guardian Senshi and her parents have forgotten her birthday. Later, the interior is shown, indicating that this is the part of the Crystal Palace where the Royal Family and their protectors live.

Exposure to the Silver Crystal renders all of Earth's inhabitants functionally immortal. Anyone not born in Crystal Tokyo becomes essentially locked at their current physical age, as shown by the Queen and King Endymion and the Sailor Guardians , who all appear as if aged in their early twenties. Anyone born in Crystal Tokyo has a slow growth-rate – Small Lady, for example, is stated in the manga to be over 900 years old, yet has the body and mind of a child. According to her parents, such an extremely slow growth is irregular, and Chibiusa's extended childhood is an important part of the fourth plot arc.

Like the first Silver Millennium, the second Silver Millennium also got attacked, this time by the Black Moon Clan. After Neo-Queen Serenity expelled the Black Moon Clan to the fictional planet Nemesis, the tenth planet in the Solar System, Wiseman took this as an opportunity to achieve his goal of bringing total darkness to the world and unleashing the full power of the Death Phantom. He manipulated all members of the Black Moon Clan to unknowingly support his self-interest, encouraging them seek vengeance on Neo-Queen Serenity and destroy Crystal Tokyo.

The Black Moon Clan launched an attack on Crystal Tokyo. Sailor Pluto sent the daughter of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion to the past for safety. Chibiusa was followed by the Black Moon Clan but was protected by the Sailor Senshi of the 20th Century. The Sailor Senshi learn of their futures when traveling to 30th Century Crystal Tokyo and defeat the Black Moon Clan in the present day, restoring the future.

Though Serenity has taken her place as Queen on Earth, Takeuchi leaves it unclear whether she returns to the Moon as Neo-Queen Serenity to re-establish herself as the new monarch of the Moon Kingdom itself. Although Crystal Tokyo was decimated thanks to the princess foolishly taking her mother's crystal, Small Lady was not banished or sentenced to death for the theft.

Key FiguresEdit

Queen SerenityEdit

Queen Serenity was the ruling monarch of the Moon Kingdom and mother of Princess Serenity (during the first Silver Millenium) and maternal grandmother of ChibiUsa (Small Lady). Queen Serenity occasionally appears as a guide to help the Sailor Guardians to remember who they are through Luna. She states that the people on Earth knew her as the Moon goddess Selene.

She was a wise and good ruler. Having physically perished long ago, she appears only in spirit, as a sort of hologram. She tells the Senshi about their past lives, and about the history of the Moon Kingdom. In flashback, she is shown speaking the name of the Crystal (or, in the dub, "Cosmic Moon Power") to send her daughter and the others to be reborn in the future; she also uses Moon Healing Escalation, a power inherited by Sailor Moon. After this encounter, she appears just once more to give Sailor Moon a new transformation brooch and rod.

Queen Serenity first appears in Act 10 of the manga. As in the anime, she appears as a hologram, and specifically mentions having saved her spirit within the Eternity Main System in order to preserve her will. The Sailor Guardians begin to remember their past as she describes them, and tells them that they must find Metalia, who has escaped the seal placed on her and gone into hiding on Earth. Later, Queen Serenity's spirit appears in the reconstructed Moon Kingdom, telling her daughter to find happiness with the one she loves. She appears three times more, all in flashback: once in Sailor Pluto's memories, after the birth of Princess Serenity; confronted by Queen Nehelenia, and visiting the Galaxy Cauldron.

It is unclear where she is from although it is known that she is not from the moon but a distant universe, the same from which Queen Nehelenia came from.

Queen Serenity does not appear in the live-action series but does appear in its "Special Act".

Prince Endymion Edit

Prince Endymion of earth is the only known male associate of the Silver Millennium, during which he first developed a relationship with Princess Serenity. During the reign of Crystal Tokyo, he would claim the title as King Endymion.

Sailor PrincessesEdit

Act 41 of the manga reveals the Sailor Guardians as princesses of the Solar System. Each one had her own castle, which she can call upon late in the series for power. This act first enables Sailor Moon to transform into Eternal Sailor Moon. The castles are named after moons of the respective planet, except for Mercury's and Venus'. Venus' castle is introduced long before the others', in the Sailor V manga, but she never mentions this to them.

In Act 45, Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto actually visit their castles — huge structures orbiting around their respective planets. Each castle features viewscreens, forcefields, comm systems, and other forms of high technology and comes under the protection of a Power Guardian, who appears as a miniature version of the Senshi she serves. Sailor Pluto states that the castles were given to all the Senshi by Queen Serenity at the time of their birth.

Takeuchi's Materials Collection artbook shows the detailed design of each princess's unique gown. The Sailor Guardians wear the gowns at key moments in the Stars manga, and also in the Original Picture Collection Volume IV. Flashbacks to the Silver Millennium, however, always show them dressed in their ordinary uniforms.

Sailor Power GuardiansEdit

In the manga only, the Sailor Power Guardians look like sprites— tiny versions of the Guardian and Outer Sailor Senshi who live in their respective castles. The series shows only the Guardian and Outer Senshi as having Power Guardians, and although all eight are shown, only three of them are referred to by name: Guardian Uranus, Guardian Neptune and Guardian Pluto. The rest of their names appear in cast drawing in one of the art books. The Sailor Power Guardians are responsible for keeping the Castles safe while the Senshi are on Earth, and provide some of the Senshi with their Sailor Crystals during the Dream arc.

Each Power Guardian communicates with her respective Senshi by calling on the power of that Senshi's Sailor Crystal. The Power Guardians can help the Sailor Princesses call on the power of their Castles to produce a new transformation. Thus they upgraded to new forms and poured this great, holy power into the Rainbow Moon Chalice, which in turn allowed Usagi to evolve into Eternal Sailor Moon for the first time.

The Sailor Power Guardians disappear in the Stars arc around the time of the killing of the Senshi they protect. The exact nature of their fate remains unclear, although the Senshi themselves later undergo rebirth.

The Silver CrystalEdit

Main article: Silver Crystal

MythologyEdit

In Western myths and legends, silver has long been associated with the moon and femininity, especially after the 1500's and the alchemists. It was the alchemists who assigned the traits we are most familiar with in astrology to the planets. In many world mythologies, Greek, Roman, Indian, and some Native American, silver is the second age of man, coming after gold. Humans are not as peaceful, and life is slightly harder than the age of gold.

According to Hesiod, there are five ages of man: gold, silver, bronze, age of heroes, and iron, which is the age we are in now, and each age gets progressively worse.  It is fitting considering the characters, that the "golden" age was called the Silver Millennium, but Naoko Takeuchi is a little off in her construction.

TriviaEdit

  • Serenity’s Palace very closely resembles the architecture of the old Moon Kingdom.
  • The manga reveals that the Crystal Palace is home to one of largest libraries in the world; the majority of the information is stored on microchips. 
  • The manga implies that the restored Moon Kingdom is part of Crystal Tokyo; Neo-Queen Serenity is shown telling Chibiusa that she will be taking lessons at one of the Moon’s castles, suggesting that the Moon Kingdom is still in use (as it was restored at the end of the first arc)
  • The DIC dub states that the Moon Kingdom existed one thousand years ago, but the original manga made it prehistoric.
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