I honestly am not thrilled that Naoko Takeuchi is working on Sailor Moon Crystal. I dislike a lot of the radically feminist tones of Crystal (I.e., the very blatantly feminist theme song, Tuxedo Mask being written out whenever possible), which I can only assume were her doing.
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I am legit crying with laughter.
Like, who has EVER looked at Sailor Moon and thought “nope, nothing feminist about this here story all about women who are strong and capable and kick ass in heels and nail polish.”?
The vast majority of North American Japanese Studies / Cinema Studies / Media Studies scholars who have written about Sailor Moon have argued that it’s stridently anti-feminist. Something about short skirts and the “make up” part of Usagi’s “Moon Prism Power Make Up” henshin battle cry.
I would argue in response to this particular line of inquiry that the point of scholarship is to look beyond the surface of a text in order to better understand how the visual imagery relates to the story, to similar stories, to the history and development of genre conventions, to the history and development of feminism in Japan, to contemporary Japanese society, and to the interpretations of international fandom cultures.
When I pointed this out to a professor friend (whose PhD advisor was one of the first people to publish an academic book about anime in English), her reply was something along the lines of, “As someone trained in Cinema Studies, I can’t just ignore the image in favor of the story and the historical context.”
Be that as it may, as a feminist, I can’t just reduce a woman to her appearance while disregarding everything else about her.
This is one of the reasons why I’m looking forward to the day when people in my generation start publishing their own books and articles.