In Naoko Takeuchi’s original concept designs of the Sailor Senshi, they all had masks. This was probably going to be used as the explanation as to why nobody could recognize the Senshi once they were transformed.
Naoko Takeuchi personally published the “Volume Infinity” artbook, an extremely rare artbook featuring Sailor Moon artwork by her friends, other mangaka, staff members, and others. It doesn’t even have an ISBN, just “USAGI-00-000000-0” where the ISBN is usually printed.
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An original idea of Naoko-san’s was to have the Inner Senshi barefoot.
Including Princess Serenity:
At the last minute, though, she decided to scrap the idea. Although, luckily enough, the artwork was not entirely scraped as it landed its way into the manga and the Sailor Moon Art books; this is also true for their civilian forms as well.
Pictures are from mangastyle.net
~submitted by sailor-kitty-moon
Ooh, that’s really interesting! I definitely did not know that! Thanks for submitting! ~Silvermoon424
The Codename: Sailor V manga features a mangaka named Marie who created a super popular series named “Aurora Wedding,” a romantic comedy that clearly draws a lot of inspiration from Sailor Moon (and acts as an awesome nod to the main series)
In fact, the 10 sisters are based on the 10 Senshi (including Minako herself)
Finally, Linda, the main character, is seen holding Chibi Moon’s Crystal Carillon.
In the manga, Minako has a very distinct transformation pen that is completely different from Mercury’s, Mars’s, or Jupiter’s. It is a carryover from her old days as Sailor V. In addition, it had magical powers when used for writing; Minako occasionally used the pen to get perfect scores on tests, something Artemis heavily disapproved of.
The phone booth the Sailor Animamates use to get around in Sailor Stars is likely a reference to the TARDIS from Doctor Who.
Sailor Moon’s “Tsukini kawatte, oshiokiyo!” speech might have some factual basis!
In martial arts, you must introduce yourself before attacking. Not introducing yourself is akin to stabbing someone in the back and is considered dishonorable. Thus, Sailor Moon might feel the need to introduce herself before engaging in battle.
Tuxedo Mask was originally supposed to have the codename “Mysterious 2098 Face.” Naoko herself later expressed bewilderment at the idea.
In the Materials Collection, Naoko Takeuchi states that Ami is meant to resemble Noriko Sakai, a Japanese pop idol who was very famous in the 90s.
In the Sera Myu musicals, there was an additional Sol System Senshi named Sailor Astarte. She is based off of (and is actually the incarnation of) the ancient Phoenician goddess Astarte, who was the goddess of fertility, sexual love, and war. She corresponds to the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess Ishtar and later became identified with the Egyptian Isis, the Greek Aphrodite, and others.
Sailor Astarte’s attacks included Solomon Jihad and Solomon Birth. She only appeared in Kessen/Transylvania no Mori - Shin Toujou! Chibi Moon wo Mamoru Senshi-tachi and its revision, Saikyou no Kataki Dark Cain no Nazo. Sailor Astarte also seems to correspond with a minor planet that shares the same name.
In the Codename: Sailor V manga, Minako’s best friend, Hikaru Sorano, bears a striking resemblance to Ami Mizuno.
In the original proposal for the Codename: Sailor V anime series, Makoto Kino was to be named ”Chino Mamoru.” Rei Hino was also going to be named “Yoruno Miyabi.”
In addition, there was no Usagi and Minako’s best friend, Hikaru Sorano, and her classmate, Amano (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Umino) would have also been characters. Also, the fifth girl (on the right) was named Artemis; she ultimately was scrapped. The proposed anime series would later evolve into Sailor Moon.
In the manga, the Senshi each have their own castle orbiting their respective planets. Each castle is named after a moon of said planet (Mars has Phobos-Deimos Castle, Jupiter’s is Io Castle, Saturn’s is Titan Castle, Uranus has Miranda Castle, Neptune’s castle is named Triton Castle, and finally, Pluto has Charon Castle.)
The only exceptions are the castles of Mercury and Venus, which are named Mariner Castle and Magellan Castle, respectively. This is because Mercury and Venus have no natural satellites. Instead, their names are derived from space probes: the Mariner 10 was sent to explore Mercury in the 1970s and Magellan was sent to explore Venus in the 1990s.
In addition, only four of these castles are shown in the manga: (From left to right) Triton Castle, Miranda Castle, Charon Castle, and Magellan Castle (actually shown in Codename: Sailor V in both the first and last chapters).
In the manga, Sailor Pluto wore a chain of keys around her waist. Chibiusa stole one of these keys in order to travel back in time.
The Tau Nebula, the dimension that the Death Busters were originally from, may be based off of a real-life sun some 12 light-years away, Tau Ceti. There is some speculation as to whether or not the planets orbiting Tau Ceti may be capable of sustaining life, leading it to be listed as a target for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).