New Naoko Interview in FRAU

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For the December issue of FRAU, a women's magazine, manga artist Waki Yamamoto interviewed (was interviewed along with?) Naoko Takeuchi. Miss Dream has scans of the magazine on their website:

https://missdream.org/raw-sailor-moon-d ... mber-2017/

(Larger scans available at: http://paper.wildmushroomland.com/frau-december-2017/ )

No word yet as to whether or not they plan on translating it, so I thought I'd post the link here in case anyone on here wants to read it and see if Naoko reveals anything new/interesting.
 
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I've tried to translate some of the interview (page 2, to be exact) using an OCR and Google, so take this with a grain of salt, but from what I can make out so far:

What inspired "Sailor Moon"?

Naoko reveals that she started out drawing ordinary romance manga but found that boring (and was possibly finding it hard to work with her editors at the time?). But then Osabu became her editor and asked her what her favorite thing was, and out of that conversation the idea for "Sailor Moon" was born.

Why did she put her heroines in sailor suits?

Naoko says she was a fan of manga series coming out at that time, like "Sukeban Deka," that featured characters in school uniforms, so she thought it would be interesting to do the same.

Why a team of superheroines?

Naoko confesses that during elementary school, she was addicted to shoujo manga and anime and tokusatsu. She especially liked "Majokko Megu-chan," "Sally the Witch," "Chappy the Witch," and "Hana no Ko Lunlun." She was also a huge fan of the series "Devilman" which she watched when she came home from kindergarten. She was shocked by how sad and intense the story was and went on to include such elements in "Sailor Moon." In fact, Eternal Sailor Moon's wings are a bit of an homage to Devilman's wings!

- Naoko also notes that she never expected to do a fantasy series herself and never thought of a typical pattern of fantasy stories or characters. As she increased the number of Sailor Soldiers, the manga became harder to draw.

- Mentions Sailor Moon's iconic hairstyle was inspired by her own as she used to be an odango-atama herself. She gave Usagi long hair because she feels long hair is girly and that a woman can uniquely express her emotions through her hair.

- Says something about wanting to do a reverse harem love story with lots of handsome men? (I can't really get Google's translation for that part to make sense, so hopefully someone does a proper translation soon.)

- Says "Sailor Moon's" popularity with nerds/otaku was unexpected, but she loves seeing all the fan comics and parodies and is blown away by how talented the fans are.

- She says the manga was tough to do but nothing compared to the tremendous effort involved in making the anime at the same time.

- Mentions Medvedeva (the figure skater who does routines dressed up as Sailor Moon) and how she can't get over the impact Sailor Moon still has.
 
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They let kids watch Devilman in Japan or did she sneak and watch it? Lol and iM surprised I didn't see any Cutey Honey reference in there somewhere.

Is Naoko's mind really blown Sailor Moon is still popular or is that the wind from her speeding in her Porsche?
 
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As a bit of an aside, this magazine also includes a section of Sailor Moon inspired horoscopes by Ivy Akane, and I thought this was a bit funny/interesting:



"Sailor Ouranos." Typo? Intentional new spelling? :P
 
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MementoNepenthe said:
"Sailor Ouranus." Typo? Intentional new spelling? :P
After some googling I think that's the way its spelt in the old days. ^_^

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranus_(mythology)

Uranus (/ˈjʊərənəs, jʊˈreɪnəs/; Ancient Greek Οὐρανός, Ouranos [oːranós] meaning "sky" or "heaven") was the primal Greek god personifying the sky.
I personally think its better spelt that way as some english speakers laugh at mentioning or pronouncing UR ANUS. :googly:
 
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I'm aware that "Ouranos" is an alternative / older spelling; it's just never been used in the context of Sailor Moon before (as far as I know) so I found it interesting. I feel like it does match the way her name is pronounced, so I wouldn't mind if they continued to use that spelling. :)

Anyway, I've ~translated~ a bit more of the interview. It seems very interesting so I do hope someone (whether Miss Dream or someone else) does a proper translation soon. For all I know, everything Google has said is completely wrong.

From the last page of the interview (page 3):

- Naoko says she likes reading stories that are dark and sad. Compared to Yamato's work, she feels her own stories are shallow.
- Yamato says she's read Sailor Moon many times and Takeuchi gets embarrassed.

-Naoko says something about how it was hard for her to incorporate deeper/more complex moral elements into the story because she'd never written such a story before, and she cried a lot in frustration??? (Google's translation for this part was very garbled so I hope I'm getting that right.)
- She felt that "it shouldn't be easy to defeat evil." Her editor told her that her work was dark or too serious at times, but she (Naoko) said there had to be dark parts since the girls were facing serious troubles. Without darkness, stories would have no depth.
- She admits though that since "Nakayoshi" is a magazine targeting a young demographic, she may have gone too far, but she likes stories where heroes suffer and grow from that.
- Says there were many times when she thought she should have just done another ordinary romance.

- Naoko says she was frequently asked in interviews, "Sailor Moon depicts the independence of a woman. Should a woman be strong?"
- Yamoto says the answer is obvious; surely women think women should be strong.
- Naoko agrees. Says she was very puzzled about that, and after she got married and started raising her children, she really began to feel that women are tough. She concludes by saying she feels the world is finally ready for strong women.


So once again I'll add my disclaimer that I don't know Japanese and did this via an OCR and Google Translate, so who knows how much of this is accurate. Hopefully a proper translation will be completed soon. But based on this my impression of Naoko is that she is sweet, funny, humble, and super dorky. Definitely not that materialist control freak some would have us believe her to be.
 
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MementoNepenthe said:
- She felt that "it shouldn't be easy to defeat evil." Her editor told her that her work was dark or too serious at times, but she (Naoko) said there had to be dark parts since the girls were facing serious troubles. Without darkness, stories would have no depth.
How I wished those Stars writers had this mentality for the filler MOTD episodes. :roll:
 

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rgveda99 said:
I personally think its better spelt that way as some english speakers laugh at mentioning or pronouncing UR ANUS. :googly:
Well, not like "OUR ANUS" sounds better tbh, although it's certainly more inclusive.
 
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It's "Ouranos" not "Ouranus" actually (my bad for the typos in my comments), pronounced "uhr-ah-nohs" not "our anus." :cool: So the new spelling definitely would avoid such unfortunate wordplay.
 

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MementoNepenthe said:
It's "Ouranos" not "Ouranus" actually (my bad for the typos in my comments), pronounced "uhr-ah-nohs" not "our anus." :cool: So the new spelling definitely would avoid such unfortunate wordplay.
Could that be their actual reason for changing to that new spelling? :lol:
 
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I really love how Naoko came across in this interview, so I hope your attempted translation isn't too far off the mark, MementoNepenthe. :smug: Fingers crossed someone can double-check the accuracy here soon.

Never expected Devilman to have been an inspiration for Sailor Moon, but it does explain a lot. Suddenly all those nightmares of things like flesh melting off people's faces make a lot more sense. :lol:

MementoNepenthe said:
- She felt that "it shouldn't be easy to defeat evil." Her editor told her that her work was dark or too serious at times, but she (Naoko) said there had to be dark parts since the girls were facing serious troubles. Without darkness, stories would have no depth.
- She admits though that since "Nakayoshi" is a magazine targeting a young demographic, she may have gone too far, but she likes stories where heroes suffer and grow from that.
My kind of creator. :love:
 

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Say what, The Blizzard Prince?! DevilMan was an inspiration for Sailor Moon! My goodness. That was one of the most intriguing things I got from this interview. :shocked:
 

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"Devilman"

*rolls eyes*

Will she ever talk about "Bishoujo Kamen Poitrine" (well, she did, but only once), the "Silver Crystal" Swarovski candle holders. the CHANEL clothes, and everything else that actually influenced the making of "Sailor Moon"?
 
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I'd never heard of "Devilman" before, but reading about it on Wikipedia, it's interesting how its development mirrors Sailor Moon's. Toei approached Go Nagai about turning his "Demon Lord Dante" manga into an anime which lead to the creation of "Devilman" (similar to how "Codename Sailor V" led to "Sailor Moon"), and the "Devilman" manga began a month before the anime adaptation premiered (again, similar to how the "Sailor Moon" manga began a month before its anime adaptation premiered). It's funny how some things work out.

Clow said:
Will she ever talk about "Bishoujo Kamen Poitrine" (well, she did, but only once), the "Silver Crystal" Swarovski candle holders. the CHANEL clothes, and everything else that actually influenced the making of "Sailor Moon"?
*rolls eyes*
I love you Clow, but build a bridge! Your endless harping on about Poitrine is about as stale as the sports car jokes around here. ;)
 

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To be fair, I never heard of Bishoujo Kamen Poitrine before Clow mentioned it. Then again, my familiarity with the non-Sailor-Moon sentai genre is largely limited to Spiderman: