Naoko Takeuchi's Recent Artwork

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One thing that would definitely be nice would be if the “Sailor Moon” museum exhibit became a traveling exhibit: the artifacts would travel from one city to another, so that all fans could visit the museum without having to go to Japan.

Fine artists like Rodin and Yves Saint Laurent had their pieces shown all over the world. Why not “Sailor Moon?” Make it a global celebration.
 

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I think Naoko has all the right to stop working if she feels like it, the problem is having such a historical franchise in your hands and being so stubborn over controlling it when you don't want to put in the needed efforts.
I mean, you’re right; she has every right to. But in that case she (or Osabu) shouldn’t be promising art books or dangling the prospect of new art if she’s not actually going to keep good on her word.

She seems to have time to poke her nose into dictating the rules for every Sailor Moon dub under the sun but not publishing a few sketches or piece every now and again.

Sorry; I know it seems like I hate the woman, I honestly don’t. I just find her handling of the franchise incredibly frustrating.
 

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I mean, she has produced new art, and we have no clue what's holding up the long-promised art books. The 2023 calendar was just advertised as using "Naoko Takeuchi's original artwork" --- original, not new. It would have been preferable for it to have used brand new creations, don't get me wrong, but there's no false advertising here, and I'd rather these formerly unreleased pieces be trotted out for a random calendar than left unseen forever.

I agree that the handling of the franchise is frustrating and baffling, but that goes for all involved parties - Naoko is free to do as she likes with her time, but it is a little disheartening that she doesn't produce more (and more varied) artwork (which doesn't feel like a big ask); Kodansha's handling of the color manga makes no sense to me, nor does the random novelization of the DK arc they put out several years back; Nelke really dropped the ball by not producing cast recordings for all the new musicals, and I don't know why they still haven't done a better job of making their musicals officially available internationally; and do we really need to go into all the ways Toei is a mess right now?
 

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Extremely lazy. She no kidding when she says she most like of Usagi/Sailor Moon. Laziness and procrastination is her traits! LOL
I even think such calendar is a re-release of a 2004/2005/2006 one. Perhaps I'm completely wrong but I wouldn't doubt it.

Naoko is making money off it. The least she could've done is make just one new illustration at least.

If she's going to keep it this way, she should release the new artbook with all of her old & "new" artwork and call it a day. She can still milk Togashi fans.
 
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How many artists from that time still do illustrations today? Akira Toriyama hasn't done anything for a long time.
How many did CLAMP do before the new Sakura arc?
If you count the colour mangas covers, the perfect edition and the museum and birthday illustrations, she’s done more illustrations than most mangakas whose work ended more than 20 years ago.
 
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How many artists from that time still do illustrations today? Akira Toriyama hasn't done anything for a long time.
How many did CLAMP do before the new Sakura arc?
If you count the colour mangas covers, the perfect edition and the museum and birthday illustrations, she’s done more illustrations than most mangakas whose work ended more than 20 years ago.
Actually, Mokona, CLAMP's illustrator less frequently does illustrations of their finished series on her own that were assigned to her aside from Card Captor Sakura.
 
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CLAMP is still writing and developing stories. xxxHolic Rei (currently on hiatus) will continue next year.

But my impression is that the members of CLAMP have fully embraced their jobs as mangakas. They have never stopped working, as far as I am aware.

Naoko didn’t want that for herself, I suspect. And if she doesn’t want to write and draw, then that’s her right.
 
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If Naoko is protective about her work, CLAMP likes hiding their legal issues especially with their former members.
What legal issues?

I am aware that there were some problems with the characterization and attire of the characters depicted in the “Tokyo Babylon” anime (now canceled).

Are there other legal issues?
 
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Some of the designs of the RG Veda characters are from their former members(Leeza Sei, Sei Nanao, and Tamayo Akiyama) and the status of Combination and Cluster which was continued by their former members outside CLAMP.
Yeah, that is not surprising because CLAMP originally had 11 members.
 
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Sounds like an idol/pop group of the manga industry. lol
It originally started as a group of 11 women that published doujinshi in the 80s.

Things started to get serious in the mid-80s and if memory doesn’t fail me, CLAMP’s first original work was RG Veda, published in 1987.

As time progressed, many members left and the CLAMP that we know now (responsible for hits like “Cardcaptor Sakura” and “xxxHolic”) is composed of 4 women. They created a multiverse and all of their works are beautifully and masterfully connected.