In fresh Sailor Moon fan art, Usagi Tsukino is given a dark side makeover that ostensibly alludes to one of the most well-known plot points.
The artwork, which was published on the Sailor Moon Unlimited Facebook page, shows the blonde with a leering grin on her face, a black moon symbol on her forehead, and a revealing black dress. The Black Lady (also known as Wicked Lady in some anime dubs) from the Black Moon Clan story arc, in which the nefarious and evil Wiseman corrupts and transforms Chibi Usa, is strikingly similar to this dark Usagi.
Between 1991 and 1997, 52 chapters of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga by Naoko Takeuchi were published in the shojo magazine Nakayoshi published by Kodansha. The narrative centers on Usagi, a bumbling middle school student who is endowed with mystical skills by the Legendary Silver Crystal, a shrouded artifact to which she feels a deep connection. Usagi battles the evil forces attempting to rule or destroy the Earth by using her newly acquired powers. Throughout her adventures, he meets and befriends a number of companions who also adopt the title of Pretty Guardian.
Global Influence of Sailor Moon
Beautiful Guardian With over 35 million copies in print worldwide, Sailor Moon ranks among the best-selling shojo manga of all time and gave rise to a huge and well-known multimedia franchise. Takeuchi's tale was transformed into an anime series by Toei Animation, which went on to become one of the iconic animated programs of the 1990s and generate $1.5 billion in merchandise sales in just the first three years. The series also features a ton of companion films, spin-offs, and sequels, as well as board and video games, stage productions, and theme park attractions.
Moonies Create to Demonstrate Their Love for the Franchise
The ongoing production of impressive fan-made content demonstrates the Sailor Moon franchise's enduring popularity, and Usagi isn't the only character from the series to serve as an inspiration for fans. Of course, the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga and the Sailor Moon franchise as a whole. Other recent examples include a stunning Sailor Saturn cosplay by master costume maker Jahara Jayde and a stunning Sailor Jupiter watercolor painting.
Sailor Moon fans have more reasons to be thrilled than just new fan art, too. The Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi Collection's first volume and a new figurine were included in a special bundle that was just revealed by Kodansha USA. The bundle, which should go on sale this month, costs $39.99.
Takeuchi's manga is distributed in North America by Kodansha Comics, and the original Sailor Moon anime is available to stream on Hulu.