Naoko's Manga Sketches

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Mar 8, 2012
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There probably wouldn't be a ton of demand for this, but I would love a release of the manga that was just all of Naoko's original sketches / rough drafts. I think that would offer an invaluable insight into her creative process and the development of the series. It would be so fun and fascinating to compare the earliest drafts of the manga with the finished product.

Now, after so many years, it's quite possible Naoko no longer has a lot of those first drafts, so perhaps only a single volume art book would be possible, but even that I would happily take. Fortunately, Naoko has shared a few draft images with us over the years, like these from Princess Kaguya's Lover:




These draft pages from the final chapter of the manga, which she included in the Infinity art book, offer a look at the paper she used and hint at how much she might have drawn outside of the margins:




This page (shown below) is the most intriguing to me. It's also supposedly from the final chapter of the manga, but from what I can tell, the dialog doesn't seem to quite match up with what's in the end product (can anyone translate it? I really can't make out most of Naoko's handwriting). (I think it might be the scene where Usagi senses she's pregnant?) What's particularly interesting is that panel of a cat's head facing the sunset (or sunrise?), suggesting perhaps that Luna (and Artemis) were originally meant to appear at the end of the manga, thus clearing up the question of what their ultimate fate was.

 

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#2
There probably wouldn't be a ton of demand for this, but I would love a release of the manga that was just all of Naoko's original sketches / rough drafts. I think that would offer an invaluable insight into her creative process and the development of the series. It would be so fun and fascinating to compare the earliest drafts of the manga with the finished product.

Now, after so many years, it's quite possible Naoko no longer has a lot of those first drafts, so perhaps only a single volume art book would be possible, but even that I would happily take. Fortunately, Naoko has shared a few draft images with us over the years, like these from Princess Kaguya's Lover:




These draft pages from the final chapter of the manga, which she included in the Infinity art book, offer a look at the paper she used and hint at how much she might have drawn outside of the margins:




This page (shown below) is the most intriguing to me. It's also supposedly from the final chapter of the manga, but from what I can tell, the dialog doesn't seem to quite match up with what's in the end product (can anyone translate it? I really can't make out most of Naoko's handwriting). (I think it might be the scene where Usagi senses she's pregnant?) What's particularly interesting is that panel of a cat's head facing the sunset (or sunrise?), suggesting perhaps that Luna (and Artemis) were originally meant to appear at the end of the manga, thus clearing up the question of what their ultimate fate was.

Woah! These sketches are nifty!