Naoko Takeuchi: Why she kicks ass
- She is a Japanese manga artist, whose works have a wide following among anime and manga fans worldwide. Her most popular work, Sailor Moon, rose to become one of the most recognized manga and anime products of all time.
- Seriously, all hail the Queen of Awesome.
- She graduated from Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy, where she received a degree in chemistry. (Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy merged with Keio University in 2006.) She became a licensed pharmacist. Her senior thesis had the title “Heightened Effects of Thrombolytic Actions Due to Ultrasound”
- At the age of 19 she published Love Call, which received an award. She worked steadily on one-shot pieces until writing Maria. She based this work, her first serial comic, loosely on Daddy-Long-Legs and on her friend Marie Koizumi, who helped her write it. She also had another serial call The Cherry Project, which ran for three volumes and dealt with skating.
- Upon completing The Cherry Project she wanted to do a manga on outer space and girl fighters. Her editor Fumio Osano (nicknamed Osa-P) asked her to put the fighters in sailor-suits, and thus began Sailor V. When plans began to turn Sailor V into an anime, she reworked the series and added four other Sailor Soldiers. This became Sailor Moon, which proved a hit. While she worked on Sailor Moon she also simultaneously worked on Sailor V.
- Takeuchi established a company, “PNP” which stands for “Princess Naoko Planning”, to manage her properties, mainly Sailor Moon. Later this encompassed Yoshihiro Togashi’s work as well and showed up in the credits for such anime as Level E and Hunter × Hunter, and on several musical credits such as Shin Kaguya Shima Densetsu. Takeuchi runs the company herself.
- After production of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon ended, she worked on Toki*Meca. During Toki*Meca Fumio Osano returned and became her editor. At the same time she worked more closely with managing PNP and gave talks to college students.
- Simultaneously she wrote a children’s book titled Oboo-nu- to Chiboo-nu- as a birthday present to her son. (Her husband illustrated the children’s book. She made mention of it in the back of volume 1 of Toki*Meca.) She still works on the website, updating it about once a month with new flash animations or profiles.
Love this woman for creating SAILOR MOON!
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