Bishoujo Senshi Original Picture Collection: Vol. Infinity

This hardcover tribute artbook was self-published by Naoko Takeuchi as a doujinshi on June 30, 1997 and distributed in small numbers at Japan’s Comiket 1997 (Summer). Scans of this volume were first made available on mahoushoujo.net and were online from 1998-2004, at which point that website went offline. These are the scans and translations of the text/notes as they appeared on mahoushoujo.net. The scans jump from page 63 to page 84; the pages between contain the liner notes. The Infinity artbook occasionally appears on Ebay and usually goes for a few hundred dollars (at least!). It’s not easy to obtain! I was lucky enough to be given one by my friend and former web host, David :)

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  • Front Jacket
  • Model: Sailor Moon
  • Art by: Takeuchi Naoko, the original creator of Sailor Moon.
  • Comments from Naoko:

"Is it okay to talk in the way I always do? I had been determined to use this picture for the jacket of this book for a long time. Not smiling, sexy Usagi-chan, alone, and this pose. I dedicate this picture to the artists of Sailor Moon AAAND all the actors and actresses AAAND mastery manga arists (!) AAAND my precious, precious friends and acquaintances who gave this book super, super powerful (!!) super, super special (!!!) super, super rare (!!!) illustrations AAAND messages. Everyone, I really, really appreciate it."

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  • Back Jacket
  • Model: Sailor Chibi Moon
  • Art by: Takeuchi Naoko
  • Comments from Naoko:

"So many years have already passed since I decided “I will draw a color picture of CG!” when a certain Mr. Apple gave me Apple-ko-chan (my Mac-chan)… This Chibiii is just a color copy of the one I had my designer paint colors on (laugh). Someone pleeeease teach me how to do CG by holding me by the hands and feet!"

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  • Model: Usagi in transparent lingerie
  • Art by: Takeuchi Naoko
  • Comments from Naoko:

"I wanted to draw a color picture of her in underwear once. I kinda like it. I wondered if it might be severe, but I heard that Saito-kun, the one in charge of Sailor Moon from K-sha [Kodansha], was surprised to death and upset."

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  • Model: Usagi topless
  • Art by: Takeuchi Naoko
  • Comments from Naoko:

"I wanted to draw a color nude once. I like it quite a bit. Wondering “It might be a bit extreme”, I was expecting some response, but neither the one in charge from K-sha or my staff-chan-tachi told me a word about it (sob). I’m still soft, aren’t I? But a nude is gooood. It’s good ’cause it’s easy! How QUICKLY the picture is completed! I’m impressed!"

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art by: Takeuchi Naoko
  • Comments from Naoko:

"This is the same one as the picture I gave to the fanclub of my dear Kadomatsu Toshiki-samaaaa who colored my college life like in the 80s. (That time, I didn’t like this picture and redrew another one.) Kadomatsu-sama! Please sing!! And, pleeease let’s carry on the idea we go for drink! But I’m not Succhii, so maaaybeee it’s hopeless (laugh)."

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art by: Tadano Kazuko, the original character designer of the Sailor Moon anime.

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  • Model: Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars
  • Art by: Matsushita Hiromi, key animator of the Sailor Moon anime.

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  • Model: Sailor Moon
  • Art by: Matsushita Hiromi, key animator of the Sailor Moon anime

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  • Model: Sailor Star Fighter
  • Art by: Tamegai Katsumi, key animator of the Sailor Moon anime

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  • Model: Sailor Moon
  • Art and Text by: Mitsuishi Kotono, voice for Usagi.
  • Text reads:

"Tsukino Usagi-chawan"

"Since I met you, I put a great energy into you. And I got a great energy from you. Thank you. I love you too much for words.

[Luna is saying 'Usagi-chan!']

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  • Model: Tuxedo Kamen
  • Art and Text by: Furuya Toru, voice for Mamoru.
  • Text untranslated

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  • Model: Ami
  • Art and Text by: Hisakawa Aya, voice for Ami.
  • Text reads:

"To Naoko-sensei
I’ve been doing a fine job for a long time!!
Ami-chan gave me a lot of encounters and works.
I was raised by Ami-chan.
I was really, greatly happy to meet Ami-chan.
To Sensei who game me various memories, and Ami-chan, thank you from my heart."

"I really like the Ami-chan floating in the swimming pool in the original art collection."
Ami Mizuno
(Sailor Mercury)

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"The work “Sailor Moon” was exactly like “magic” for me.
A lot of dream
Full of love
A flood of power
Really… Really.. Thank you!!"

"First the original creator Takeuchi Naoko-sensei, all the staff, all the actors… and all the fans supporting for a long, long time, I, now again, am full of my thanks.

Lastly, my beloved Hino Rei-sama
I will never forget forever … I love you."

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" ‘Sailor Moon’ produced a lot of encounters. I was really, really happy for these five years. Mako-chan, Naoko-sense, thank you. And you’ve done a fine job… "

Sailor Jupiter
Kino Makoto

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  • Model: Minako
  • Art and Text by: Rika Fukami, voice for Minako.
  • Text reads:

"I love you, MinaP!!
Thank you."
Fukami Rica

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  • Model: Haruka and a self portrait of Megumi Ogata
  • Art and Text by: Megumi Ogata, voice for Haruka and Petz.
  • Text reads:

"For a really long time, thank you very much. Looking back, I first played “Vampil!! (laugh)” in the beginning of “R”, then I played Petz of “Ayakashi the Four Sisters”, Mamo-chan in his childhood, and Haruka, as if I was a successful fish (laugh). A special experience that’ll never happen!! To participate in this work made by all the enthusiastic staff, I was really, really happy. Thank you very much. My only regret is “to part from Michiru… (laugh)” Sensei, and all the fans, thank you so much!"

"See you again, cute kittens!"

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  • Model: Michiru
  • Art and Text by: Masako Katsuki, voice for Michiru.
  • Text reads:

"The thought for the universe is the thought for you."
Sailor Neptune
Kaiou Michiru

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  • Model: Sailor Saturn
  • Art and Text by: Yuko Minaguchi, voice for Hotaru.

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  • Model: Chibiusa
  • Art and Text by: Kae Araki, voice for Chibiusa. ([HD] [OFC])
  • Text reads:

"Thank you…"
Chibiusa
Sailor Chibi Moon

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  • Model: Luna
  • Art and Text by: Keiko Han, voice for Luna and Beryl.

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  • Model: Artemis (and Takato himself???)
  • Art and Text by: Yasuhiro Takato, the voice for Artemis

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  • Model: Diana
  • Art and Text by: Kumiko Nishihara, voice for Diana. ([HD])
  • Text reads:

"I like fish…
Supposed to be Diana-chan"

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  • Model: Princess Serenity
  • Art by: Kia Asamiya (manga artist for “Silent Moebius”, etc.)

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  • Model: Usagi, Luna, Hotaru
  • Art by: Miwa Ueda (manga artist for Peach Girl, etc.)

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  • Model: Ami
  • Art and Text by: Jiina Kyoto, graphics designer.

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  • Model: Haruka, Michiru, Hotaru, Setsuna
  • Art and Text by: Hiroyuki Utatane (manga artist for “Seraphic Feather”, etc.)
  • Text reads:

"Takeuchi-sensei, and all those concerned…
You’ve been doing a fine job for such a long time.
After you take enough recreation, please make a good work again!
(I’m sorry for not being able to draw a new one this time…)"
Utatane Hiroyuki 1997

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art by: Aya Kadoi, illustrator, original character designer of the video game “Kakyuusei”.

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art and Text by: Ami Shibata (manga artist)
  • Text reads:

"To Takeuchi Naoko-sensei"

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art by: Yun Kouga (manga artist for “Earthian”, etc.)

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  • Model: Sailor Moon
  • Art by: Tatsuneko, manga artist (and Yun Kouga’s husband)

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  • Model: Usagi, Mamoru, Ami, Rei, Makoto, Minako
  • Art by: Bright, illustrator

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  • Model: Sailor Moon, Sailor Uranus
  • Art by: Naoko Mikuni, illustrator(?)

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  • Model: Sailor Mars
  • Art and Text by: Hikaru Yuzuki (manga artist)

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  • Model: Sailor Saturn
  • Art and Text by: Hikaru Yuzuki

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  • Model: Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus
  • Art and Text by: Hikaru Yuzuki

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  • Model: Sailor Mercury
  • Art and Text by: Hikaru Yuzuki
  • Text reads:

"As you notice from the pictures, I became a fan from the anime. (Oh, I do have the comics though I can’t say all (^^;)

When I saw it on TV for the first time, I thought “What an embarrassing anime”, but like many other people, this became my habit… I’ve been purchasing the LDs as soon as it comes out. Since I myself am a comedy manga artist at bottom, I love episodes where Minako of Fukami Rika-sama among the “SM” characters does slapsticks, such as EPS78, 109, and 141! (Hisakawa Aya-sama, I’m sorry(^^; I love the movie “Ami-chan’s First Love” as well, so… But Mercury is awfully “hard to draw”!)

The time when I began to watch this anime and the time when I began to use BBS just overlap, and thanks to that, I went to voice actress related entertainments and stuff with my children, and I’ve been enjoying otaku-feelings at my age. Speaking of which, my oldest daughter (a medical student) is a fan of Uranus and I bothered Kamiya Akira-san [the voice for Professor Tomoe], who I became aquainted with at Mac Expo, to give me Ogata-san’s autograph…

This work which has been entertaining us by means of the original manga and the anime for five years, is finally meeting its end. Takeuchi-san and all the anime staff, thank you very much."

"See? I can’t make it look like her."

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  • Model: Sailor Saturn
  • Art and Text by: Wataru Yoshizumi (manga artist for “Marmalade Boy”, “Mint na Bokura”, etc.)
  • Text Reads:

"You’ve done a fine job on the completion of the serialization!!"

"When Takeuchi-san and I took a trip to New York in fall ’95, we visited my sister’s house (who was living over there due to my brother-in-law’s business). For the two nieces of mine who loved Sailor Moon, Takeuchi-san took a whole bunch of merchandises as souvenir for them in a large bag of Kodansha (Even though it was very heavy!) Thank you for that time. I really think it was super fortunate for my nieces that I am Takeuchi-san’s friend. (Still their rooms are all full of Sailor Moon!) It’s sad that it’s ending, but it’s such a big hit that it sure will revive again some day, right?

By the way… I’ve been getting a lot of culture shocks, since I got to know Takeuchi-san well. Managing that much work load, she’s still got that power to play so hard! Her room is so decorative that I can’t help but fear what to do if an earthquake happens! And she spends money with such a kingly zest that I feel so good!! It’s really fun watching you (laugh). Be my good friend from now on as well (laugh)."

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  • TOP
  • Model: Chibiusa
  • Art and Text by: Wataru Yoshizumi
  • Text reads:

"I said that I’d draw Usagi-chan in the profile of the memorial book, but there wasn’t a space, so I tried drawing Chibiusa on another paper. But… I made a mistake! The hair color! Ah, I wanted to draw it pink! But since I’ve taken the trouble to draw it, I’ll give it to you anyway."

  • BOTTOM
  • Model: Wapiko (of “Kingyo Chuuihou” by Neko Nekobe)
  • Art and Text by: Naoko Takeuchi
  • Text reads:

"Sexy Wapiko
Wah!
Neko-san
Sorry!
I love you!"

"Comments from Naoko"

"As for this picture, for a project of a certain NAKAYOSHI’s illustrations, a project that manga-artists drew someone else’s works each other (and praised each other?), I, who loved KinChu, drew thiiis awkward Wapiko. I’d never even dreamed I myself would do anime after KinChu. Back then, it was really good old days for NAKAYOSHI… And in ’92, NAKAYOSHI plunged into a warlike period."

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  • Picture: in the living room of Naoko Takeuchi’s house.
  • Text by: Makoto Hanmatsuura, the insane guy who won a bid for the right to appearing in the Sailor Moon manga as himself in a TV show of charity auction for Kobe Earthquake Disaster. The bid price was 2 MILLION YEN!! (About $20,000) Check out the Sailor Moon manga Vol.17 pp.131-169.

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  • Text by: Sukehiro Tomita, writer, scenario writer of the “Sailor Moon” anime, “Macross”, etc., the original creator of “Wedding Peach”.
  • Text reads:

"Stars in the universe are moving every moment while raising lives. We were given lives on the planet called Earth. Certainly they may be such small lives, but I want to continue to cherish and raise these lives."
Tsukino Usagi
Tomita Sukehiro

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Text by: actors, actresses, and other staff of “Sailor Moon the Musical”

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Text by: actors, actresses, and other staff of “Sailor Moon the Musical”

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Text by: actors, actresses, and other staff of “Sailor Moon the Musical”

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  • Model: Sailor Moon, Ferrari F355 Spider, (and who’s the guy?)
  • Art and Text by: Satoshi Ikezawa (manga artist for “Circuit no Ookami”, etc. Has a car museum.)
  • Text reads:

"You’ve done a fine job on Sailor Moon!!
I want to drive with a girl like Usagi-chan in the next seat!
When Naoko-san rode in my car, her looking took my breath away…!
Ferrari F355 Spider, that everybody wants
Next time, let’s draw “Circuit no Usagi to Ookami” [Rabbit and Wolf of the Circuit]!"

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  • Model: Hotaru
  • Art and Text by: Keiko Okamoto (manga artist, her series run in Nakayoshi)
  • Text reads:

"S. Moon
Congratulations for completion."

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  • Model: Usagi, Chibiusa, Chibichibi
  • Art and Text by: Michiru Kataoka (manga artist, her series run in Nakayoshi)
  • Text reads:

"To Takeuchi-sensei
You’ve done a fine job on the long serialization. I’m looking forward to your next work. I drew Usagi-chan, Chibiusa-chan, and Chibichibi-chan. Do they look like them? See ya! When I see you next time, please be a good friend, okay?
From Michiru"

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art and Text by: Marie Koizumi, novelist, creator of “Mermaid Panic”, etc.

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art and Text by: Chie Kobayashi, hair designer or makeup artist

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  • Model: Sailor Moon, Princess Serenity
  • Art by: Miki Takai, manga artist

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  • Model: Sailor Moon, Sailor Chibi Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Pluto, Tuxedo Mask
  • Art and Text by: Izumi Takemoto (manga artist)
  • Text reads:

"Takeuchi Naoko-sama
You’ve done a fine job. Especially later in the series, every time I see pictures where all the characters are appearing in Nakayoshi’s color opening pages and supplementary color arts, it almost drove me crazy. (Even if you would have seemed to be so busy without that, you shouldn’t have had to draw everyone…)
So many people…
by Takemoto Izumi"

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  • Model: Usagi, Mamoru
  • Art and Text by: Satoru Hiura (manga artist, her series run in “Bessatsu Friend”)

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  • Model: Sailor Moon
  • Art and Text by: Kosuke Fujishima (manga artist for “You’re Under Arrest!”, “Ah My Goddess!”, etc.)
  • Text reads:

"Farewell Sailor Moon
Warriors of love
Satruday, 7 o’clock, TV Asahi:
I can’t forget the shock I got when I watched it for the first time. I thought that “They beat me to it.” At that point, I didn’t imagine that I’d become aquainted with the person who “beat me to it.” And now, the curtains are closing with a grand applause. We know that, if the beginning exists, the end also exists, but still parting is so sad. However, from that moment on, people start making their memories more vivid. And they call it a legend."

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  • Model: Sailor Venus, Sailor Moon
  • Art and Text by: Neko Nekobe (manga artist for “Goldfish Warning!”, etc.)
  • Text reads:

"Takauchi-sensei
You’ve done a fine job on the serialization!!
Drawing Sailor Moon is so difficult.
Especially this…
Eh?
Difficult front hair
Difficult clothes
Something’s wrong…"

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  • Model: Momoko, Kyuusuke
  • Art and Text by: Akira Momohara, film comics designer and editor, editor of the anime comics “AKIRA”, “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”, “3X3 EYES”, etc

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art and Text by: Yurika Kimishima, former secretary of Naoko Takeuchi

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  • Model: Usagi, Chibiusa, Chibichibi
  • Art by: Kumiko Kinjo, an assistant artist of Naoko Takeuchi

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  • Model: Makoto
  • Art by: Oboro Minase, an assistant artist of Naoko Takeuchi

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  • Model: Seiya, Taiki, Yaten
  • Art by: Midori Honma, an assistant artist of Naoko Takeuchi

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  • Model: Usagi, Chibiusa
  • Art by: Sho Izumi, an assistant artist of Naoko Takeuchi

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art by: Nyanko Kanashiro, manga artist

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  • Model: Usagi
  • Art by: Hachiya Yoshimoto, manga artist, the creator of “Usa Usa Nyan Nyan”, etc

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  • Model: Sailor Moon
  • Art by: Mika Kawamura (manga artist for “Daa! Daa! Daa!” etc. Her works run in “Nakayoshi”.)

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  • Model: Sailor Moon
  • Art by: Naoko Takeuchi
  • Comments from Naoko:

"This is probably the first color illustration of Sailor Moon. It’s a rough painting on trial of the opening page of chapter one."

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  • Project proposal document of the anime series “Codename wa Sailor V” (which was modified to be “Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon” later)
  • Art by: Naoko Takeuchi
  • Text by: Osabu
  • Text reads:

Title: “Codename wa Sailor V”

Original Creator: Takeuchi Naoko (Serially published in Kodansha’s “Runrun” since July 1991!)
Genre: Pretty girls transformation action
Target: Little girls (little boys and families)

"The Intent of the Proposition"

"The times are really led by girls now. The situation is that both boys and girls jump to what girls have found first. Supported by active girls, comics circles have succeeded to send out unconventional works one after another, which include “Kingyo Chuuihou” [Goldfish Warning]

In a tide like that, what has finally appeared is the full-dress transforming pretty girls action “Codename wa Sailor V”.

Sailor suited pretty girls will heroically drive the 90s, and they will come in mode, also involving boys and adults. We can say that this is the birth of a new hero of the end of the century that has been longed for.

We propose this because we want her to make it to everyone’s home as soon as possible!"

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  • Project proposal document of the anime
  • Art and Text by: Naoko Takeuchi
  • [Text is untranslated, but it is shown on this page that in the original proposal, there was no Usagi. Sorano Hikaru and Amano from “Sailor V” appear. Rei’s name was “Yoruno Miyabi”. Makoto’s name was “Chino Mamoru”, and the fifth girl’s name was “Artemis”.

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Preview pages of the next issue in the January ’92 issue of “Nakayoshi”. There have been some changes: that the girl is now Usagi, the cat is Artemis, Usagi’s outfit looks like Sailor V’s, and the name of the manga is “Bishoujo Senshi Sailor V” [Pretty Soldier Sailor V]. These had changed by the time the first chapter appeared, in the following month’s issue.

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A rough draft of the final chapter of the Sailor Moon manga.

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A rough draft of the final chapter of the Sailor Moon manga.

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A rough draft of the final chapter of the Sailor Moon manga.

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A rough draft of the final chapter of the Sailor Moon manga.

Text in the middle reads:

"(You’re) a star that shines most beautifully and eternally."

Text at the bottom reads:

"This is the final, infinite, original art collection of Sailor Moon that I, Naoko, most wanted to make. To all the people who cooperated on this book, and you, with my love, I really thank you, and I appreciate it."
1997.6.30 Naoko Takeuchi