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A Year in Comics - March 15th

Luna, Sailor Moon & Tuxedo Mask - Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon


Naoko Takeuchi was born on March 15th 1967 in Kōfu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.  Attending the Kofu Ichi High School, she wore sailor suit uniforms and joined the astronomy and manga clubs.  Despite her aspirations of becoming a mangaka, her father suggested she should find another profession in case she didn't become an artist: as a result, she followed chemistry at the Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy, receiving a degree and becoming a licensed pharmacist.  Her senior thesis was called "Heightened Effects of Thrombolytic Actions Due to Ultrasound".

Another unusual step in her becoming a manga artist, was a spell working as a miko - a shrine maiden - at the Shiba Daijingu shrine near her university.  After graduating, Takeuchi submitted her first manga, Love Call, aged 19: for this she received the 1986 New Artist award.  After a number of one-shots, her first serial was Maria, which ran from early to mid 1990.  Her following serial was The Cherry Project, an ice-skating series which ran from late 1990 to 1991.

However, during The Cherry Project, Takeuchi discussed doing a series on outer space and girl fighters with her editor, who suggested the aspect of Sailor uniforms.  This formed the basis of her one-shot Codename: Sailor V, which was published on August 3rd 1991, and which would form the basis of both a later serialisation (Codename: Sailor V, running from 1993 to 1997), and a derived series, Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, which ran from December 1991 until February 1997.  While a planned anime adaptation of Codename: Sailor V was cancelled in 1997, Sailor Moon was adapted into two anime series, Sailor Moon (1992-1997) and Sailor Moon Crystal (2014-2015), a live-action series (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, 2003-2004), musicals, video games and various others.

Following the ending of both Sailor series, Takeuchi encountered a creative slump, about which she later wrote a manga series (or rather, a collection of shorts) titled Princess Naoko Takeuchi's Return-to-Society Punch!!, chronicling her post-Sailor Moon career, which included her 1999 marriage with fellow mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi of YuYu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter fame.

In 2001 she published Toki☆Meka!, a one-shot which was later serialised in 2005-2006.  She also published Love Witch in 2002, which was cancelled without explanation after only three chapters.

Takeuchi's Sailor Moon is considered to have redefined the genre of magical girls, as well as having boosted the popularity of Japanese animation in the Western world in the 1990s.

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SoyaBeans Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was hoping Takeuchi and Sailor Moon would make it on here. it's one of my favourite series!
Very informative as usual! :)
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind words, I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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SoyaBeans Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! ~ :hug:
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Xchovenei Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Woah! I'm glad you composed this snippet : 3 Just enough information in bite size to really appreciate the artist : )
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kanyiko Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind comment!! ^_^
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Katsura-Cosplay Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was the first anime serie I have ever seen when I was a child.
I think my interest in manga and anime came was because of this series.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember seeing these on TV back in the... gah, is it already 20 years ago? o_O
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benitezdk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
... Great to us!  Her creative slump didn't became permanent!  :squee:
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always hard to follow up a massive success, especially when everybody uses it as a yardstick to measure up any of your later work...
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NavJAG Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've never been much of a Sailor Moon fan, but it's impact in the U.S. has been powerful.  I think much of my own interest in anime is indirectly related to this series - it's one of the first that I was aware of.

Great history about the talented young artist who created such an amazing work of art!
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ElementalSunburst Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Another great job, I didn't know the series had such an interesting history. :)
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kanyiko Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :hug:
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burstlion Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic entry!!  Very thorough research, and Magical Girls for the win!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :glomp:
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