Naoko French Interview in Animeland 1999

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Hey guys,
I thought this might be deserving of its own thread. A couple of you asked for a translation of Naoko Takeuchi's interview with the French magazine Animeland from April 1999. It's a pretty long article followed by an interview. I'll start with just the interview and may go back to the article later. I don't have a scanner but I' can take some screencaps later if anybody is interested. As a side note, I was wrong about a wedding OAV planned. My memory must have mixed that up with PGSM. Anyhow, here's the interview:

Animeland: How did you react when you first learned that the Sailor Moon manga was becoming an anime?

Naoko: This news made me extremely happy seeing as I really like animation and, especially, the perspective of seeing my characters brought to life delighted me.

AL: Your comic was far from being finished when the anime first started. Did you watch it, and did it influence you to draw the rest of your manga?

N: The anime is very focused on comedy and humor, and because my drawings tend to be darker, maybe the series pushed me to do some lighter and happier things.

AL: In your opinion, what did the anime writers bring to the series, and what would you have never thought of?

N: You need to understand that most of the writers were men, and because of that, everything from the plot to the look of the heroines changed completely. A "feminine" look is not at all the same when treated by a man or a woman, and this new outlook brought a new tone to the story.

AL: On the other hand, did some things disappoint you? For example. the ending of the anime which isn't much of a conclusion?

N: Sure enough, I was more than surprised by the ending. What shocked me the most was the need to kill off the characters (even if they get revived later), cause it didn't seem necessary. Furthermore, the fact that the Sailor Starlights were men when they became the Three Lights, which was not the case in what I had done, seemed very different to me.

AL: Is it possible for the show to continue one day?

N: I've received many offers, but they were mostly for theatrical movies, live ones..

AL: A few years ago, a series of OVAs for Sailor V was announced. Since then, we haven't heard any news about it. Can you tell us more?

N: Yes, I had been told about this project for video. I don't actually know where they are with it today,
but I'd really like for them to start.

AL: As a kid, did you watch anime, and which ones influenced you?

N: I watched many, but I loved Devilman and Candy-Candy.

AL: And now, do you go see animated movies, in theaters, for example?

N: I try to go see most of the movies that come out in Japan, both the Japanese ones and Disney ones.

AL: There are so many websites dedicated to your works, do you have time to check them out?

N: Yes, I've visited a few. I'm always so impressed to see how much fans know about what we do.

AL: Is this the first time that you meet fans outside of Japan?

N: Not exactly since last year I was invited to a convention in San Diego in the US. Prior to that, I had been to Hong Kong, but this is my first time in Europe.

AL: What would you be if you hadn't been a manga artist?

N: I would be a housewife (laughs) !

AL: On that note, did your husband come with you?

N: No, he didn't come!

AL: Given that he's also a manga artist, do you give opinions on each other's work?

N: Yes, of course! We do it all the time! But actually, I always tell him that in his mangas, there are never any pretty girls with interesting personalities, and he always tells me that in mine, I never have male characters who are classy, who stick out.

AL: In the end, to avoid problems, you're both better off working separately...

N: (Laughs) It's true that we both have very different styles which would be hard to combine...

AL: Any plans for an anime adaptation of any of your other mangas?

N: I've received a few propositions, but at the moment, it's just the beginning stages and I can't tell you anymore.

AL: Thank You!
 
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I find it interesting Naoko's thoughts towards the 90s anime seem more complicated than fans make it out. While there's obviously issues she had with the 90s anime, it doesn't seem like she hated it completely like fans try to claim, and she even admits to being influenced by the lighter comedic tone of the anime. I hope Naoko is still enthusiastic about a Sailor V anime and that we could get one made one of these days.
 
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Naoko's shocked by anime killing the characters in the final. She thinks it was unnecessary.
She did the exact same thing.
Come on Naoko.

Sailor V plans were clearly scrapped. Maybe this time around we'll get it?
That part struck me as odd, too. I wish the interviewer would have asked her to expound on that.

At least in the anime, their "deaths" (though I think whether or not they truly died in Sailor Stars is debatable) only lasted a few episodes. Their deaths in the manga lasted almost the whole arc and felt more morbid.
 
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Naoko's shocked by anime killing the characters in the final. She thinks it was unnecessary.
She did the exact same thing.
Come on Naoko.

Sailor V plans were clearly scrapped. Maybe this time around we'll get it?
I mean... She says she's shocked by the anime's killing the characters because it didn't seem necessary. Perhaps she feels that her killing them off was necessary? In the manga, everyone's getting killed isolates Usagi early on and forces her to really grow as a person and as a Sailor Guardian, and then she has to confront and battle their evil zombies, so their deaths have a larger impact on the overall story. But killing off the Inners and Outers (yet not the Starlights) in the last two or three episodes before the finale didn't really serve the same purpose. So I can sort of understand her feelings, but it would have been nice if she had elaborated a bit.

I also hope she's still interested in doing a Sailor V anime...
 
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She says she's shocked by the anime's killing the characters because it didn't seem necessary. Perhaps she feels that her killing them off was necessary? In the manga
I was a bit puzzled by that too... but I suppose I see her point. It’s not like the anime left Usagi completely alone, as the Starlights were still alive.. which also didn’t serve any purpose in the end. They could have left the inners and outers alive as well, it wouldn’t have ultimately made much of a difference.

On another note, I wonder what other manga of hers they were considering adapting into an anime? I don’t think she’s written anything else that was quite as long as Sailor Moon that could fit an episodic format.. and this interview was before Love Witch has come out. Maybe PQ Angels?
 
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That still doesnt much sense to me. Galaxia was very dangerous and merciless in the anime. In both scenarios she was supposed to be the strongest senshi out there and yet people think it would be ok if no one died in one scenario and everyone died in the other one?

Not to mention in the manga both ChibiChibi/Cosmos and Asteroid Senshi didnt die so Usagi wasnt all alone either. In the anime Starlights were rather hostile and didnt want to work together almost till the end so its not like Usagi didnt felt isolated

Plus i think shock from losing friends in bothe cases is a lot more important and impactful than Usagi feeling isolated because in both cases there are still people around her till the very end
 
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Anime!Galaxia is presented as a Sailor Soldier who was originally good but then became possessed by Chaos after trapping it inside of her. She dispatches her subordinates when the anime is ready to introduce new ones. She's cold and calculating, but not especially more so than any other final boss/big bad in the series. Manga!Galaxia was always selfish and evil, her subordinates were just as selfish and devious (sans Mnemosyne and Lethe, whose situation was rather different from the other members of Shadow Galactica), she constantly preyed on Usagi's mind throughout the entire arc, and she and her subordinates proved how dangerous they were by quickly taking out Usagi's allies. I think manga!Galaxia is the more nefarious adversary, especially because of how she toys with Usagi psychologically from the very beginning. (In the anime, she doesn't really interact with Usagi until the end.)

Anime!Galaxia's killing of the Inners and Outers at the end of the season feels almost like an afterthought, like a rushed attempt to throw in another plot point from the manga. It doesn't make her seem especially threatening; she's basically just copying what the D&D Girls did. It adds a little drama, gives Usagi some emotional moments, but I don't know that it really added anything significant to the story. I mean, Anime!Galaxia's objective is to take all the Sailor Crystals, so of course it makes sense that she would take the Inners' and Outers'....but then why does she leave the Starlights alive? Why does the anime? They're alive, yes, but they're also sidelined. The Inners and Outers could have just as easily been sidelined. As for the manga, it's true that ChibiChibi and the Sailor Quartet are still with Usagi at the end, but she hardly has a relationship with the Quartet and her closeness with ChibiChibi isn't that great given they haven't known each other very long and can't know each other very well given ChibiChibi's inability to really converse. Besides that, they serve a narrative purpose: to witness Eternal Sailor Moon's final act, to comment on it, and (in ChibiChibi/Cosmos's case) to grow from it. The Starlights don't serve a narrative purpose by remaining alive in the anime.

Not trying to say Naoko's remark isn't kind of weird or flawed, or that one version is necessarily better or worse than the other; I'm just trying to put myself in Naoko's mindset and work out why she might consider the two very different situations.
 
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I dont think Galaxia left Starlights alive on purpose, she was trying to kill them too but Usagi stopped her. I also think Starlights were left to live as the whole theme of the season was Starlights losing hope and become very selfish (less Seiya, more Taiki and Yaten). Usagi, Inners and Outers showed them they cant lose hope and that they cant focus just on their own tragedy. They also werent outsiders anymore. For usagi and Inners Starlights were friends. Finally they realized that and decided to fight and protect Usagi and earth. They believed in her. I think they were left to live by the anime staff so they could witness Usagi proving them wrong.

I also dont think killing inners and outers was an afterthought in the anime considering we spend on this 3 separate episodes and had a pretty big impact on Starlights
 
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As much as I enjoy the anime and I think the emotional beats of the Sailor Stars finale are well done, the way the Sailor Senshi are killed in the Stars finale of the anime is kind of contrived. Pluto and Saturn don't even put up a fight before Galaxia kills them off even though Saturn has the power to destroy the planet and Pluto has the power to stop time. The Inners don't even bother to use Sailor Planet Attack against Galaxia which is their most powerful attack. Haruka and Michiru were the only ones with an actual plan but again I just don't understand why everyone didn't at least try combining their most powerful attacks against Galaxia.
 

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N: Yes, of course! We do it all the time! But actually, I always tell him that in his mangas, there are never any pretty girls with interesting personalities, and he always tells me that in mine, I never have male characters who are classy, who stick out.
Although most pretty girls in Togashi's comic were not that special, I felt that Genkai was the most interesting female character. She's old and all, but she did show her younger face once.
Some of the villains (especially Diamond) were quite entertaining too.

Just my opinion.

AL: Any plans for an anime adaptation of any of your other mangas?

N: I've received a few propositions, but at the moment, it's just the beginning stages and I can't tell you anymore.
If that happens, I would like to see an anime adaptation of Sailor V and Maria ( a one shot).
 
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f that happens, I would like to see an anime adaptation of Sailor V and Maria ( a one shot).
I mean.. the interview’s almost 20 years old. I doubt they’re still interested in any of her other works at this point. Sailor V could still be a thing though once they’ve run out of Sailor Moon content to adapt...
 
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I mean.. the interview’s almost 20 years old. I doubt they’re still interested in any of her other works at this point. Sailor V could still be a thing though once they’ve run out of Sailor Moon content to adapt...
Yeah, while "Sailor V" could still get an anime adaptation once Crystal wraps up its take on Dream and Stars, I don't think any of her other work will get adapted unless she makes an effort to get them back in print and introduced to a new generation of readers. I mean, if she would get around to finishing PQ Angels or Love Witch, they could potentially get turned into anime. Same with Toki*Meca! if she/Kodansha would re-release the first tankouban (which I'm assuming is out of print by now) and give the remaining chapters a tankouban release (which for some reason never happened back in the day; perhaps the first volume didn't sell well?). Similarly, if she/Kodansha were to re-release some of her other manga, like the Cherry Project, I could see them getting live action drama / film adaptations. But it seems like she's only interested in Sailor Moon.
 
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For anyone interested, the Codename: Sailor V OVA was announced in the September 1995 issue of RUNRUN. Since MissDream doesn't have scans of that issue, here's an ad about it from the October 1995 issue of Nakayoshi:



るんるん9月号で、「コードネームはセーラーV」がビデオ化も決定したゾ!!
 まえまえからリクエストのおおかった、
「コードネームはセーラーV」が、ついに復活しました!
 いま発売中のるんるん9月号で華麗に登場しているのv
 るんるんは、この9月号からパワーアップ!
 セーラーVのオリジナルビデオ化の情報や、
 全員サービスのテレホンカードなど話題がいっぱい。よろしくね
Via Google Translate:

In the September issue of RUNRUN, a "Codename: Sailor V" video was announced!!
It was bigger than before, "Codename: Sailor V", is finally resurrected!
It is appearing brilliantly in the September issue of RUNRUN now on sale.
RUNRUN is powering up from this September issue!
Information on the Sailor V original video.
There are lots of topics such as telephone cards for everyone. Thanks.
I wonder what happened that caused them to shelve the project after announcing it?