Editor in Chief here. It has been brought to my attention that a recent viral post our social media team shared does not reflect the true history of the subject in question.
The post for reference:
Concerned fans have shared with us an actual interview with Sailor Moon’s creator, Naoko Takeuchi, via an issue of Animerica (1996) that contradicts the content of the image in question.
You can read the interview here:
As stated in the interview, she did have friends who also helped inspire her creation of Sailor Moon. Additionally, Takeuchi received an award for her work on Love Call as well as working on Maria and The Cherry Project before starting on Codename: Sailor V which debunks the claim that she was struggling at the time.
While we strive to be informative and fun in the sharing of our love of fandom, there will be times where content that was meant to be uplifting and positive turns out to be a misrepresentation of the subject. Though the original image was not of our creation, in this case, we got ahead of ourselves and shared content before sourcing its claims for which we apologize to our followers as well as to Naoko Takeuchi herself.
In regards to our post in question, due to its virality, we have decided to leave it up with this link attached so the image will have a proper source moving forward.
Thank you to those of you that have reached out to us about this. We’ll be more mindful in sourcing the content we share more properly in the future.