Illustration: Kazuko Tadano (只野和子)
HUGE news!!! So the obscenely fabulous Three-Lights (seriously, their stuff is AMAZING) has finally gotten their hands on the extremely elusive genga artbook, Final Sailor. Final Sailor was created and published by Kazuko Tadano, who was in charge of character design for the first two seasons as well as the Sailor Moon R Movie. She was also a prominent animation director.
These are just a few samplings of what’s available! I’m honestly in shock that we can finally read this artbook!
Illust: Kazuko Tadano (2013)
Kazuko, wherever you are, if you are the main animator for the relaunch, let nostalgia begin. <3333 X3
KAZUKO drew this??? Omg, that’s awesome! It would be so great if all the old animators did pieces like this! <3
[EPISODE] 88. The Final Battle Between Light and Darkness! Love Sworn to the Future.
Japanese name: 光と闇の最終決戦! 未来へ誓う愛
Romanized name: Hikari to yami no saishuu kessen! Mirai e chikau ai
Original Airdate: 3-5-1994
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Writer: Sukehiro Tomita
Animation Director: Kazuko Tadano
Synopsis: The Sailor Senshi and Tuxedo Mask race to save Chibiusa as well as stop Death Phantom.
- There was no monster-of-the-day.
- This episode featured the final appearances of Moon Crystal Power, Black Lady and Wiseman/Death Phantom.
- This was Kazuko Tadano’s last episode as animation director.
- The background song for the battle between Death Phantom and the Sailor Senshi, “La Soldier”, is originally from the 1993 Sailor Moon musical Alternate Legend: Dark Kingdom Revival Story.
- In the R Movie, the Silver Crystal was lotus-shaped. Here, the Silver Crystals are small and orb-like.
- As Sailor Jupiter invoked Jupiter Star Power, the stripe style on her collar changed.
- In the English version (“Final Battle”), Tuxedo Mask and the Sailor Scouts encouraged Serena (as Neo-Queen Serenity) to fight Doom Phantom. However, the original showed the opposite - the Sailor Senshi and Mamoru pleaded with Usagi to stop because she could die if she continued to use the Silver Crystal in her weakened state.
- As Chibiusa approached her parents and the future Sailor Senshi on the hill, Sailor Mercury was missing her tiara.
- This was the last episode shown in both mainland China and Sweden’s respective dubs.
[EPISODE] 39. Paired with a Youma? Ice Queen Mako.
Japanese name: 妖魔とペア!? 氷上の女王まこちゃん
Romanized name: Youma to pea!? Hyoujou no joou Mako chan
Original Airdate: 1-9-1993
Director: Kazuhisa Takenouchi
Writer: Megumi Sugihara
Animation Director: Kazuko Tadano
Synopsis: The Sailor Senshi receive free lessons from professional ice skating duo Misha and Janelyn. The Dark Kingdom agents’ plan goes awry when Makoto is mistaken for Sailor Moon.
- There were two monsters-of-the-day. Their individual youma names might be the same as their civilian ones, but in the episode itself, they referred to themselves as “Zoyrin Geller”. The Sailor Moon Nakayoshi Anime Album 2 did not mention the moniker “Zoyrin Geller”, but it did appear in the Sailor Moon Memorial video. The unofficial romanization is derived from ADV’s translation. Another rendering is “Doringelars”.
- The most popular sport in the Silver Millennium was ice skating.
- Princess Serenity was an excellent ice skater. Artemis mentioned that Jupiter was considered to be as good as the Moon Princess. This was one of the rare instances where a Sailor Senshi’s past life trait was explored.
- Skate blades formed on the soles of Sailor Moon’s boots during the fight with the youma. This or any kind of impromptu uniform modification (outside of a power advancement) would never happen again in the anime. A possible exception would be Sailor Venus posing as a fake Sailor Moon in episode 102. However, she used the Hensou Pen to accomplish this.
- Sailor Moon was able to execute a successful quadruple axel. The first ratified quad jump in competition was performed by Kurt Browning in 1988.
[ANIMATION: CHARACTER] Sailor Mars (I).
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[ANIMATION] Hiromi Matsushita.
The very first anime episode featured animation directed by Hiromi Matsushita. He only worked on one more episode, “Protect the Children’s Dreams! Friendship Linked by Anime”, and he partnered with Kazuko Tadano.
The pilot heavily mirrored the first act of the manga in terms of story and scenes. Usagi’s short stature was made apparent in the animation, and her head was a bit larger than depicted later. A goof that was never corrected until later was the location of the back bow during Sailor Moon’s stock pose. It’s supposed to be attached to her hip roll, but it’s drawn on her back below the bust line. Another goof was part of her bow being left uncolored in the fight scene.
Kazuko worked with Hiromi on episode 21, and her influence was very strong. The animation in this episode went into great detail with the youma duo’s creation, the Sailor V sketches, and the parodies of Sailors Mercury and Mars’ attacks. The girls’ pre-henshin scenes were elaborate as well. Nephrite’s victim Hiromi was based on Matsushita, and her friend Kazuko was based on Tadano. The director Asatou was based on director Junichi Satou. The place the characters work at, Studio Dive, was based on Hiromi and Kazuko’s own Studio Live.
Episodes directed: 1, 21.