The Art of Sailor Moon

Naoko Tekuchi created Sailor Moon for publication in 1992. It was the follow up to the short manga Codename wa Sailor V. The revised versions of both started coming out in 2011. In the summer of 2013, Toei plans on releasing a brand new anime adaptation of Sailor Moon for a simultaneous worldwide release… I suppose just in time for her 21st anniversary?

I was a huge fan of Sailor Moon back when it aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, and I can not wait for the new anime. I am, however, hesitant to jump on this new coat of paint. It hasn’t been announced if this new series will follow the original manga, be a brand new story, or what exactly. When the show had originally aired, America was denied the last season of the show, Sailor Moon Stars due to controversial content. Starting from scratch might be the best thing, but for the fans of the first 4 original seasons? What about them? They hoped and prayed for so long, and now they will definitely never get a chance to see the ending of their favorite show from childhood concluded. Probably. Unless, you know… they watched the VKILL subs on vhs like I did, or bought bootleg DVD’s of it like I did… or you know… DOWNLOADED/YOUTUBED it years ago.

I would like to take a moment, and look back on some of the good things from Sailor Moon that many of us North Americans never had the perk of enjoying, except maybe in a different form. This week? The Sailor Moon Art Books.

Four of them were made by Takeuchi-san, and these four are highly prized for anyone who has had the opportunity to own even one of them. Unlike Ranma 1/2 or Dragon Ball, these art books never made it here. Here are some of my favorite images from them. Please enjoy these images from the internet!

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Apparently, I really like Luna. Huh.

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