|I took this interview to
Takeuchi Naoko from the magazine 'Animerica' Vol 6 # 11. Enjoy!
Welcomed with a standing
ovation by an enthusiastic audience, Sailor Moon's creator, Naoko Takeuchi,
appeared at her first American convention, San Diego Comic-Con International
1998. Takeuchi explained a little bit about her early career, beggining
with her first ambitions of becoming an artist. "It's very common for boys
and girls to want to become artists, and that was my dream as a little
girl," she said. "Also, there are a lot of comics in Japan, even in textbooks."
She went on to describe the creation of her serial Sailor Moon as the result
of a discussion with her editors at Nakayoshi, the magazine where she had
previously published stories, to decide what her next story would be. Since
she had been a fan of sentai (live-action costumed-hero) shows as a child,
she wanted to create a female version. She went on to answer detailed
questions about the series' characters. Her own favorite character, she
confesed, is Sailor Moon, because she'd created Sailor Moon to be closest
to her own personality.
"Why isn't there a Sailor
Earth?" one fan wanted to know. "That would be Tuxedo Kamen," Takeuchi
answered, going on to explain that his surname, Chiba, is written in Kanji
for "Earth." Tuxedo Kamen is indeed her ideal man, she said, because "I
like men I can't rely on."
The Sailor Starlights provoked
particular interest, as questioners tried to figure out the gender of the
mysterious singing group that appears in SM Stars. She explained that in
her manga, the Starlights were women, but in the anime their gender was
made to change from male when they are in their civilian identities to
female as the Starlights. Apperently, Takeuchi hadn't been terribly pleased
with this decision, the reason for which became clear in answers to questions
about Sailor Uranus, whose relationship with fellow Sailor Neptune had
always been a matter of conjecture. "All the Sailor Senshi are girls,"
Takeuchi said firmly. "Haruka has always been a girl and always will be."
She also confirmed that the pair were indeed intented to be seen as lovers.
"Uranus has the heart of a man, while Neptune is more girlish," she said.
When asked if the series
would continue, she confirmed that the story of Sailor Moon was indeed
finished :( as of the end of the 18th compiled manga volume. As the SMSStars
animation had stopped a bit short of her own ending in the manga, Takeuchi
confessed that she'd been a little disappointed in the series' ending and
that she shared the fans' desire to see more animation produced, either
in the form of movies of OVAs. "But it's not my decision," she said with
One audience member pointed
out that Sailor Moon was introducing a new artform to America and asked
how Takeuchi felt about that. She replied, "In Japan, many shows are for
girls, and I would like to see that become a trend in the rest of the world,
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