Sailor Moon manga art - similar style?

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(I hope this is ok in SM general discussion)
Naoko's art has been pretty consistent in all her series. In fact, some of her characters look almost exactly like others (for example SM Ami and Rena from her earlier short story). I often read from fans online that "the art style in Sailor Moon is typical 90s shoujo one", but have never actually found any other shoujo manga with such art. Megumi Tachikawa's is a bit similar, but still not close enough. Can someone tell me what other manga have similar art? I don't care about the plot, I am just looking for such style
 
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Maybe a little bit Mika Kawamura style, she is famous outside japan too because of the manga/anime Ufo baby (daa! daa! daa! is the original title).
worth a try too Megumi Mizusawa (Hime chan no ribbon).
I often read from fans online that "the art style in Sailor Moon is typical 90s shoujo one", but have never actually found any other shoujo manga with such art.
I think each manga artist has its own unique style, the base may look similar but there are many details that make a difference.
Naoko Takeuchi has an almost unique style, no other artist has developed a very similar or identical one.
 
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Maybe a little bit Mika Kawamura style, she is famous outside japan too because of the manga/anime Ufo baby (daa! daa! daa! is the original title).
worth a try too Megumi Mizusawa (Hime chan no ribbon).
Thanks ^^ In the meantime I found Nami Akimoto, in case someone else is looking for such artists.

Naoko Takeuchi has an almost unique style, no other artist has developed a very similar or identical one
That's what I thought, but why do fans have to spread unconfirmed information...
 

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"the art style in Sailor Moon is typical 90s shoujo one"
I think what they're talking about is the flowy hair, spindly long limbed aesthetic and not so much Naoko's specific design quirks. There's a clear demarcation between the '90s shoujo aesthetic, where characters tend to look more mature and refined, to now where shoujo is way more girly and vibrant like this.

But in terms of artists with similar art to Naoko, I'd nominate:

Minako Narita (author of Cipher)
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An '80s mangaka, but her work really resembles Naoko's art pre-Sailor Moon / Dark Kingdom-era Sailor Moon. The way Narita draws her men feminine is pretty similar to Naoko.

Reiko Shimizu (Moon Child)
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Not an exact match, but there's a certain weight and delicateness the characters have that reminds me of Naoko.

Chiho Saito (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Kanon)
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An obvious one, since Utena already looked quite a bit like Sailor Moon (which was probably on purpose considering who directed it). Aside from the eyes, this is probably the closest you'll get to a replication of Naoko's style.

Nami Akimoto (Miracle Girls, Ultra Cute)
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Unlike the other artists mentioned above, Akimoto actually draws younger looking characters. But I think the eyes, mouth and head shapes are very similar to Naoko.
 

Seira Hazuki

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For me the style of Arina Tanemura is very different from that of Naoko.
But Arina Tanemura has often designed the sailor senshi in her style explaining how she likes the series.
Agreed. I will say though that Arina Tanemura has a very iconic style and I kinda wish Naoko was a bit more of a prolific artist like her.
 

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I feel like Arina Tanemura's work has been taking a weird turn lately though.

In one series Haine couldn't choose between the twins, so ... both. Awkward.

In another a major character was sleeping with someone who looked exactly like his little sister. Yikes.

One I haven't read but has gotten a bit infamous was one with a will-they-won't-they with her cousin which is yikes enough already but there's also the fact that there's a very major age difference.

And now in a current one which started off promising, the 30 year old who transforms into a 15 year old looks like she's going to be getting together with another 15 year old.

X_x

I always loved her series and considered myself a huge fan of hers and had been faithfully following her since like 2002ish, but I have to admit I'm being put off lately.

Mistress Fortune had been an excellent return to form but unfortunately it only lasted one volume and then the weird started returning again in her series that followed.
 
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Agreed. I will say though that Arina Tanemura has a very iconic style and I kinda wish Naoko was a bit more of a prolific artist like her.
I've always hoped so too, however, saw the difficulties she has encountered in serializing Sailormoon. I prefer that she be less active at work and happier and more relaxed in life.
I feel like Arina Tanemura's work has been taking a weird turn lately though.
the only manga i've read of Arina Tanemura are kamikaze kaitou jeanne and full moon wo sagashite.
Since you don't like the inclination that her stories have taken, you are right to leave them aside.
I hope she come back to do works without weird things inside them.

Naoko have really liked Candy Candy manga so, maybe she took ispiration from Yumiko Igarashi drawings for her own style.
 

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the only manga i've read of Arina Tanemura are kamikaze kaitou jeanne and full moon wo sagashite.
Since you don't like the inclination that her stories have taken, you are right to leave them aside.
I hope she come back to do works without weird things inside them.
Yes, those are my favorites from her for sure, and the ones that had made me start following her other works in the first place.

I hope so too ;_; Part of the problem was those ones with the weird, most of them the weird started late (if not right at the end) so I had already been happily reading them and enjoying and then going X_x when those parts happen. At least the cousin one it was obvious immediately it was going to be weird so I just never started it in the first place.
 
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I think what they're talking about is the flowy hair, spindly long limbed aesthetic and not so much Naoko's specific design quirks. There's a clear demarcation between the '90s shoujo aesthetic, where characters tend to look more mature and refined, to now where shoujo is way more girly and vibrant like this.

But in terms of artists with similar art to Naoko, I'd nominate:

Minako Narita (author of Cipher)

An '80s mangaka, but her work really resembles Naoko's art pre-Sailor Moon / Dark Kingdom-era Sailor Moon. The way Narita draws her men feminine is pretty similar to Naoko.
From the images I've seen, Narita's faces look like a fusion of Naoko Takeuchi and Yoshitka Amano, but with her own unique fashion sense.

Reiko Shimizu (Moon Child)

Not an exact match, but there's a certain weight and delicateness the characters have that reminds me of Naoko.
Agreed here. While the character design is different, the poses and other choices in terms of touch are similar to those that Takeuchi used.

Chiho Saito (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Kanon)
I'm on the minority in that the art only seems vaguely similar to me.

Nami Akimoto (Miracle Girls, Ultra Cute)
Akimoto seemed like a Naoko clone with the exception of the hair, but if this site is any indication, she seems to have graduated from shoujo and just publishes adult stuff now.
 
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