What Did Naoko Actually Say?

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Sep 8, 2011
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I think her problem may be (and I'm guessing) that the Starlights were made prominent characters and the main faces of Sailor Stars. Usagi and Minako disguise was a one off but we are taking three minor manga characters and sticking them in front and marketing them like dudes, and not only that, lets kill Naoko's dream man so we can ship a Sailor Senshi from another Galaxy who is disguised like a dude as her new potential love interest. If I was the creator, I'd be a bit surprised and irritated by this as well. Granted, Usagi doesn't give in, but still, it's annoying.

There is nothing wrong with them using this disguise to elude enemies but the way the anime blasts the Starlights as if it's their show is a bit of a meh.

Either way, the last few episodes of Stars were great!
But all of that are- more or less -Naoko's ideas. She killed Mamo-chan early on (the anime keeps it vague till the final battle), she made Fighter fall for Usagi (Seiya even kisses Usagi). The 90s anime ended before manga and its obvious that the creators worked in advance which means they had about half of the manga material to work wth. And in the first half of the manga Starlights are very prominent so its not surprising that the 90s anime made them so important. Naoko gave them transformations, introductions and unique attacks - things previously reserved only for big characters.

Usagi,and Minako crossdresser as men.The starlight s were physical men.That's the big difference !
From what we know Usagi and Minako did use magic to change their gender. Same with Nephrite. Its never stated as a dress up. On top of that -correct me if im wrong- the manga NEVER states if Starights just dress up or use magic to pretend boys. I think only TinNyanko implies they're dressing up as boys but its never confirmed by the manga itself. Only Naoko herself later on said it. So its possible the anime creators thought they were supposed to use magic before it was too late and Naoko said they were supposed to just dress up.

Magic makes more sense in so many ways though.
1. They were supposed to be a boyband, surrounded by many fans and many people in general, being in the spotlight the whole time. Thats already risky
2. Naoko send them to school where they were surrounded by all their fans at all times (!). Can you imagine if Justin Bieber suddenly started going to a regular school? Young fans would go nuts. The risk of Starlights real gender being exposed by other people was HUGE. Specially druing PE.
3. As previously stated Naoko was using magic to play with gender swap in the past so using her own idea just seems pratctical.
 

Clow

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Jul 29, 2012
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I have not read the "Sailor Moon" manga in a long time, but if memory doesn't fail me, male characters are poorly developed and Naoko focuses all of her writing on women. What I got from the manga is that women can be and do anything, including being lovers and crossdressing as men, but they are still, biologically, women. It is a manga about women.
 

Rika-Chicchi

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May 7, 2009
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I have not read the "Sailor Moon" manga in a long time, but if memory doesn't fail me, male characters are poorly developed and Naoko focuses all of her writing on women. What I got from the manga is that women can be and do anything, including being lovers and crossdressing as men, but they are still, biologically, women. It is a manga about women.
Agreed - it's a shojo, not shonen, manga afterall & that's precisely why. :)