- Full title: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Genga-shuu (“Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Original Picture Collection”) Vol. V
- Original art and text © Naoko TAKEUCHI
- Published September 25, 1997
- ISBN 4-06-324522-5. 2200 Yen.
- English translation © 2002 David Jao. Used with permission.
“Today, after I drew the cover for this book, I read a couple of fan letters. One letter was from Jakarta. From the Indonesian island of Java. Another letter was from Reunion island. An island that broke off from the Seychelles. Immediately I opened my massive blue National Geographic atlas. (Until they come out with a map of the universe, this is the book for me ^^)
And there it was. Floating in the Indian ocean next to the Republic of Madagascar, a little island! All this time, I had thought there was nothing on either side of it.
In such a far away unknown place, to find supporters of Sailormoon manga and anime… I was astonished! And two of them to boot (both teenage girls). The power of Japanese manga and anime must be amazing!
As I was reading all the fan letters from far away places, tears of happiness came to me. (Naoko is very prone to tears.) From this day forth, let’s live life to the fullest! That’s right. If there is that much happiness in it, then I will start to draw Sailormoon with that in mind.
Sailormoon manga was, at first, a creation of my own humble mind, nothing more than a personal fantasy world. Then, thanks to the power of countless people throughout the world, a great many fans of the series were born. I still can’t believe it myself, but it’s true.
The people of the world, all of them, whether it is the wrong race or the wrong language or the wrong lifestyle, tend to only think about what we cannot share. But our brains are all the same. We are the same people. With everyone’s strength, we can all share the same feelings. That much is obvious. But it won’t come easily.
My dream is (and I have many dreams), someday, to go out into the cosmos and gaze back at the Earth. Right now, even while at my desk (or lounging in my bed), I picture myself looking at the Earth while piloting a spaceship from far above.
We only have one Earth.
To be able to feel such joy is true happiness.
For being able to draw Sailormoon, I am truly grateful. To everyone, my deepest thanks.
–In this book, to all the fans of Sailormoon around the world, I enclose my love.
Please accept, in the name of happiness everywhere.”
1997.5.23 Naoko Takeuchi