Usagi Tsukino and her friends and enemies are not short on fans. Originally coming onto the scene back in 1991 as a manga series, Sailor Moon has been adapted, re-adapted, re-imagined and relaunched in numerous graphic novels, TV shows, and movies, and gained acclaim and praise across the world. It pretty much established the magical girl formula with its use of lavish transformation scenes turning common everyday people into champion of justice.
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions.
In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
We're only a few weeks away from the debut of a brand-new Sailor Moon Crystal animated series, and folks, I could not be more excited. I love Sailor Moon, ever since I saw the original anime during its run on Cartoon Network when I was a kid, and I've been looking forward to the debut of Crystal from the moment it was announced. In fact, in order to prepare for the debut, I've even gone back and started reading through the manga.
The thing is, while I've read a lot of Sailor Moon, there's one piece of the franchise that I've never been all that familair with: Naoko Takeuchi's Codename: Sailor V, which I only picked up recently. And it is fantastic, if only for the story where Sailor Venus beats the living crap out of some MRA gamer dork at the local arcade.
Yet another of Sailor Moon's Sailor Senshi is set to get immortalized action figure style in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line. Sailor Venus is set to follow Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter with a new action figure in May, complete with her white cat Artemis and her alternate masked "Sailor V" ensemble.
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that the two most influential creators of female characters in the 20th century were Sailor Moon's Naoko Takeuchi and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! director Russ Meyer. So really, it was only a matter of time before those two aesthetics combined, and when artist Babs Tarr finally drew the Sailor Scouts as a bosozoku gang (a Japanese term for biker gangs that literally translates as "violent running tribe," which is amazing), it was every bit as great as we all wanted it to be.
Now, we have seen the next step: A group of incredible cosplayers made up of Michelle Nguyen, Mandie Bettencourt, Ruby Rocket, Yume Ninja and Jennifer Newman have brought the violent, bike riding take on Sailor Moon to life.
Following a few prototype displays at conventions such as SDCC 2013 this past summer, Bandai has rolled out official full-color images of its ever-expanding S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon line on the Tamashi Nations site. Joining the previously-seen Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury figures are Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus and Sailor Mars.