The Early Days of Sailor Moon

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^ Yeah, after I posted my initial colorings, I decided I didn't really think Venus's and Jupiter's regular hair colors quite worked with the new colors of their uniforms, so I gave Jupiter gray hair (since Jupiter is also associated with tin) and I made Venus's hair a light chartreuse to better go with her emerald green outfit.

 
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I know that this has gone completely off-topic now, but I had to finish up the set, now hadn't I?

Here's Moon colored in argent (silver), with some mulberry and tawny (the colors associated with the lunar nodes) so as not to look too plain:



And here's Saturn colored in black and white (diamond):



Since Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto aren't classical planets, they have no traditional color associations, so I've skipped them for now.
 
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According to her end notes from volume 7 of the tankoban, the idea to make Haruka a race car driver was inspired by a day out with her friend, fellow manga author Satoshi Ikezawa:

My friends often ask me about the mysterious character that is Haruka Tenoh. He is also very successful. I will tell you why I made him a racecar driver. This idea dates back to the winter of 1993, when a pilot friend, Satoshi Ikezawa, took me for a spin on the Fuji Highway circuit. Satoshi drove a Porsche RSR. A real bomb! He did several laps at a crazy pace. I was very appreciative. Unfortunately, as it was raining that day, I couldn't drive myself, too bad... To console me, Satoshi took me for a ride in his most beautiful car, a Ferrari F40! It makes me want to have a new one! And I absolutely want to drive on a circuit!​
 

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Since MementoNepenthe mentioned the possible Sailor V OVA that unfortunately canned I remember that Naoko Takeuchi posted in The Infinity Artbook two pages for the proposed Sailor V OVA. I would love it if someone could one day translate the full thing. I would love to know what this unknown piece of Sailor Moon history could finally be known in the West.

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Regarding Sailor V!Usagi, I came across a very interesting page in the Materials Collection translated by Miss Dream:

Even though it’s an early storyboard for Sailor Moon’s Transformation done by Naoko, right next to Sailor Moon’s finishing Pose, Moon announces herself as “Codename Sailor V, I am the pretty sailor suited soldier of love and justice, Sailor Moon.”

Now take a look at this page from the Codename: Sailor V manga:

Not only is Moon announcing herself the same way as Sailor V (with the exception of calling herself Sailor Moon instead of Sailor Venus) it’s clear Naoko even lifted the final pose from Sailor V as well. This leads me to believe that this storyboard was created while the Sailor Moon series was still entitled Pretty Soldier Sailor V.

Perhaps in Pretty Soldier Sailor V, Usagi would still have transformed into a character named Sailor Moon, but she would also use the Codename of Sailor V. This is similar to how Minako refers to herself as both Sailor V and Sailor Venus. Perhaps the same would have applied for Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. Venus could then easily exist as a separate character as well. Maybe Naoko was going to retcon the meaning behind the letter V to stand for the Roman numeral V?

Of course, Usagi could still have been a retooled Minako/Sailor Venus at one point before becoming her own character since she’s shown with Artemis. But it’s still fascinating to see the incremental development of the whole series from Sailor V to Sailor Moon.

I would love to see the original Japanese version of this page, since the accuracy of Miss Dream’s translations have been sketchy. But it seems to line up with everything we know about the prototype concepts.
MD just posted new HQ scans of the Materials Collection and Usagi does indeed call herself "Codename Sailor V" etc.
 
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^ So for people who haven't followed along, this pretty much confirms that when Naoko was going with the original title of "Pretty Soldier Sailor V" for the Sailor Moon series, she envisioned Usagi referring to herself as both Sailor V (as a codename) and Sailor Moon as her actual name. This implies that Mercury, Mars and Jupiter would have also shared the same codename (since their prototype designs also look way more Sailor V-esque). It also implies that Minako would have existed in this story as well, despite Usagi "taking over" as Sailor V.

The fact that these were storyboards Naoko submitted to the anime team might also suggest that the anime was also going to be entitled Pretty Soldier Sailor V.
 
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Throughout the run of the first four arcs in Nakayoshi, Sailor Moon was always billed as "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon" and was followed by a news page called the "Sailor Moon Information Bureau."

When the Dream arc ended, the final page had the usual "To be continued" message at the bottom, but there was another message along the side of the page:

ご愛読ありがとう!!​
第四部, ついに完結。​
来月号からはじまる,新シリーズをおたのしみに!​
Thank you for reading!​
Part 4, finally completed.​
Starting with next month's issue, please enjoy the new series!​

Rather than a new "arc," Stars is referred to as a new "series."



It's hard to make out, but the announcement in that issue's Information Bureau seems to say Sailor Moon is being "born anew" as "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Sailor Stars," though the word "arc" ("hen") is used.

Thereafter, Sailor Moon is billed as "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Sailor Stars" and even the "Sailor Moon Information Bureau" became the "Eternal Sailor Moon Information Bureau."

Given this, I wonder whether "Sailor Stars" was really envisioned as a fifth arc or as a spin-off. Certainly given the way the "Sailor Stars" 'subtitle' overshadowed the "Sailor Moon" part of the name, and how the anime used a different theme song and slightly different art style, it feels like the latter would be the case, as has often been rumored.
I've just now noticed that the title page for the first chapter of "Sailor Stars" identifies the arc as the "Shocking!! Final New Series." This indicates that it wasn't potentially intended as a spin-off, but that from the very beginning it was indeed meant as the last arc.