This, I’m surprised she hasn’t been mentioned yet considering what a big fan of Sailor Moon she is, logically either she or CLAMP would be the optimal choice, but I’d also like to see the takes from either Natsuki Takaya or Yuu Watase - Takaya would be especially intriguing since there’s some plot elements in Fruits Basket that are low-key similiar to Sailor Moon that makes me wonder if she was also inspired by it.
From a shonen perspective I’m surprised no one has yet to mention Rumiko Takahashi. I’m not sure if a franchise like Sailor Moon is really “her style” but I feel she’d be the best bet to maintain that great balancing act of a gender neutral tone that the original 90’s anime and manga were so well known for. While her works are all technically Shonen/Seinen, there’s no denying her woman’s touch has managed to attract a large peripheral female fanbase, she’s really the best example of a mangaka whose work speaks to everyone
, across gender lines.
As for what the sequel should be centered around, there are really only 4 avenues to go for a direct sequel:
- Strictly following manga canon and exploring the future Cosmos came from
- The adventures of an All Grown Up Chibi-Usa and her Senshi team ft. Saturn.
- The creation of Crystal Tokyo and the lead-up to it.
- Exploring the girls as Senshi while now also being adults, something the Mahou Shojo genre is in desperate more need of (seriously why aren’t there any Adult Magical Girls? Why should being a Magical Girl only be confined to your teens?) If Sailor Moon as a franchise is now really aimed at an adult woman audience then let the IP grow up with that audience and explore the trials and tribulations of adulthood while juggling being a super-hero. Would also be a nice bookend continuation to the franchise’s original take as a “Coming of Age story.” Well everyone is now “of age,” so now what? How does this change their perspective on things as well as their Senshi jobs?