Q: I have heard of an unused plot for Sailor Moon SuperS involving a black Pegasus as well as a white one. Was this a real plot idea, or something made up by fans?
A:That was a real plot I had thought up. I was once up to directing the Sailor Moon Super S Movie. It was going to be a story in which Uranus and Neptune were the main characters. It was going to be a story independent to the TV series and this was going to be the first appearance of Uranus and Neptune. And Sailor Neptune was going to be in a 1000-year sleep at a place called “The End of the World”. And Sailor Uranus was needed to steal the talisman from the Sailor Scouts and use that to awaken Sailor Neptune. And Uranus was going to be riding the black pegasus. And the story was going to be that Sailor Moon would ride Pegasus to chase Sailor Uranus riding the Black Pegasus to the “End of the World”. And the climax of the story would’ve been the rodeo scene between Sailor Moon on white Pegasus and Sailor Uranus on Black Pegasus. And so this was kind of story I had in mind. But before production began, the producer walked off Sailor Moon. It would’ve been possible for me to make the story still, but since I came up with the story with the producer, I also walked off. But I had an attraction to the idea of “The End of the World” which I thought up for this plot. So the same thing in Utena comes from the Sailor Moon plot.
Interview with Revolutionary Girl Utena’s Director Ikuhara (Utena Spoilers)
Kunihiko Ikuhara was the series director for Sailor Moon from episode 60 through SuperS. An unused idea for a Sailor Moon movie became the basis for his highly recognized series Revolutionary Girl Utena. The 39 episode series about fairy tales and the fallibility of memory makes the influence of the director’s previous work known (super spoilers). The series also received a movie, which is generally regarded as a compressed version of the messages and metaphors of the series.
Revolutionary Girl Utena is licensed in america, and the english dub is available to watch legally on youtube.
RGU contains some material that may not be suitable for all audiences including but not limited to: incest, suicide attempts, rape, abuse, physically abusive relationships, emotional manipulation, pedophilia (primarily in the film), statutory rape, animal death, homophobia and general misogyny.
The series is also notable for: princes, princesses, witches, shadow girls, monkeys, a boxing kangaroo, a greek chorus, stock footage, really good music, a lack of heterosexuals, canon lesbian relationship, roses, metaphors, cars, stars, frogs, a girl turning into a cow, the same girl laying an egg, and (in the movie)- SPOILERS- the main character turning into a car.
Sailor Moon Crystal also (as can been seen above) has taken some artistic direction from Utena, bringing us full circle.
"Taeko Asano has stated that Michiru and Ruka were not based on Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon characters Michiru and Haruka despite rumors."
"The series follow the life of Michiru Aida, a beauty parlor assistant who returns to Tokyo after 4 years. … she is reunited with her best friend during high school, Ruka Kishimoto, a skilled motocross racer."
Trivia: The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens that is visited in the Sailor Moon R Movie seem to be the Jindai Botanical Gardens in Chofu, Tokyo or at least modelled off it, not too far from Minato. Jindai is Tokyo’s oldest Botanical Garden.
Let’s talk a bit about Moon Kingdom architecture. This one is a pretty obvious and easy topic because everyone knows about the Taj Mahal in India, and the general aspect of Islamic architecture. For those of you who need reminding, however, here is the Wiki article on the Taj: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal
It seems to have been Naoko’s inspiration for one (and the most well-known) design for the Moon Kingdom palace. I say one of them, because the Moon Kingdom has changed silhouette or architecture in different parts of the manga and/or anime. The Islamic influences are also visible in the scene showing the garden and a side of the palace. Also, notice the lace-like designs which flow nicely with the feminine, more elegant images, such as Serenity’s dress (the upper part), or all of the lacey background images in the manga… or even the girls’ clothes in some color artwork by Naoko.
However, the ruins of the Moon Kingdom resemble the ruins of Ancient Greek architecture more than Islamic architecture. The ruined kingdom seems to be a version of the Athens Acropolis rather than what Islamic architecture would look like if in that state of decay… Notice the columns (in the distance there’s some Doric Order, and in the close-up with the Queen in a bubble you can clearly see Corinthian Order). Also, note that scenes taking place in interior spaces or on balconies suggest Palladian architecture or Neoclassicism. So one might say that the interiors are an anachronism, considering that they exist simultaneously as the style that came before them and which led to their birth. But the again, this is fiction… so suspension of disbelief is to be expected :)
(none of the images in this post belong to me)
Not fashion related but I was pleasantly surprised to read about Naoko’s inspiration of the Moon Kingdom ruins taken from the city of Palmyra.
Being half-Syrian myself, this city was always one of my favorite places to visit when I was younger whenever my family went on vacation to Syria and I can vouch for how breathtaking it looks in person, despite how chaotic and sad it might appear.
I’m also currently writing a mini-thesis on a book about Queen Zenobia of Palmyra, who is also a bamf like the ladies of the Moon Kingdom. :)
Naoko’s drawing is from the BSSM Artbook Volume 2
Clothing Suppliers for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
Some of the suppliers are now defunct, but here is a partial list of list.
Snow Dancers from the Sailor Moon S movie and the art deco figure manga-ka Naoko Takeuchi based them off of.
sailorfailures mentioned in her tag about a source.
There’s a note thing in the back of the 11th original manga called “antique talk” where she talks about seeing this statue as inspiration with a drawing. Someone was super awesome and found the actual statue.
Thank you for the clarification! I forgot about getting a manga source. I was curious mostly about the source of the statue/photo itself, and apparently it’s ‘Bailarina’ by Theo Vos. Hutschenreuther.
Albert Mayer, hand mirror, beginning of the 20th century
Naoko Takeuchi, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
This mirror was designed by the influential sculptor/designer Albert Mayer for the well known German firm WMF. The Würtembergische MetalwarenFabrik was, around 1900, the world’s largest producer and exporter of household metalware, mainly in the JUGENDSTIL style.
He’s well know for this mirror.
The knives you see above are called “bolines” or “bollines”. They are used in the practice of Wicca; for cutting cords, plants, herbs, candles and other such things. For more info on what Wicca is and what it ISN’T, click here: LINK. Traditionally, the boline has a white or light-colored handle, especially if it is intended to be used for white magic.
"This crescent shape is reminiscent of the sickle described in the Key of Solomon, a medieval grimoire which is one of the sources for modern Wicca.. Confusingly, an Italian version of the Key of Solomon has a hook-shaped knife called an artauo (a possible root for athame) and a straight, needle-shaped blade called a bolino. When the name ‘boline’ was first used to describe the crescent-shaped blade is not clear. In The Book of Ceremonial Magic published by Arthur Edward Waite in 1911, Waite references a number of early works on magic which mention the bolline or sickle, saying "Among the necessary properties mentioned by the Book of True Black Magic are the sword, the staff, the rod, the lancet, the arctrave or hook, the bolline or sickle, the needle, the ponaird, a white-handled knife and another knife, with a black handle, used to describe the circle. The most important to make is that called the bolline…."
The similarities between the boline and the Crescent Moon Wand are undeniable, but whether or not they are intentional remains unknown. However, this would not be the first instance when objects used in magick or occult practices are used in anime and manga, and not even in Sailor Moon. Later on I’ll post about the triple goddess and how that arguably connects to the royal ladies in SM. One should also take into account the way that different gemstones are a part of the Sailor Moon universe - as that, too, is more or less part of such practices. Every stone has its own symbolism and supposedly its own energy :).
This isn’t a negative thing, however. Nor should it be taken as “Satanistic” or be given whatever other negative connotation. We’re not on a witch-hunt here, we’re not here to judge… we’re just looking at the cultural influences in our favorite manga-anime series :)
I apologize for the nightmare fuel. I was trying to prove that the Dark Kingdom lair has a creepy underwater theme going on, and I ended up spooking myself out with the images of those horrible fishies. And trust me, there’s loads more where those came from! :))
But yeah. In the first example you have the throne room being creepily similar to the awful deep ocean fishies. And in the second you have those Negaverse structures that look like some form of shells.
The second example reminds me of the “Sagrada Familia” cathedral, by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. However, more on that later, as the “Sagrada Familia” itself shows up in later episodes of the anime :)
The cel with Beryl’s throne is taken from LINK.
Saw this Sailor Moon knitting book for sale on etsy for 50 bucks and thats too expensive for me so I googled and found that someone was nice enough to scan the entire book! Take a look here!!
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Kanzenban Edition 10 Cover
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Kanzenban Edition 9 Cover