- Mar 8, 2012
According to Osabu (and Naoko), with Sailor Moon there were frequent meetings to discuss the story where Nakayoshi, Toei, and Bandai all had a lot of input in things like story direction and designs, so Naoko didn't have a lot of creative freedom, and the rushed schedule also made writing the manga a challenge for her. However, also according to Osabu, the Sailor V manga didn't have those *interferences* so Naoko did get her creative freedom there and it's more unfiltered Naoko. Like the Sailor V manga, the PQ Angels manga is light-hearted and very episodic. A lot of fans say they like the anime more because the 'filler' episodes give the characters space to develop, whereas the plot-focused manga is weak in that regard. Some point to that as evidence that Naoko isn't a good writer, but the reality seems to be the opposite: if it were up to Naoko, the Sailor Moon manga would probably have been more episodic and thus had more room for character development. Perhaps what some consider to be Naoko/the manga's biggest weakness (its poor character development) is actually due to all that creative interference from Toei, Bandai, and Nakayoshi!