Naoko Takeuchi

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Naoko Takeuchi

Naoko Takeuchi (武内直子), real name Naoko Togashi (冨樫直子), also known as Sumire Shirobara, born March 15, 1967, in Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan, is a manga writer and artist who created Sailor Moon and Codename: Sailor V. Her other series are Prism Time, Chocolate Christmas, Maria, The Cherry Project, Miss Rain, PQ Angels, Princess Naoko Takeuchi's Return-to-Society Punch!!, Toki*Meka, and Love Witch.

Personal Life[edit]

Her parents are named Kenji and Ikuko, and she has one sibling, a younger brother called Shingo (she named Usagi's immediate family after her own). She is married to Yoshihiro Togashi, the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter. They have two children, a daughter and a son whom she refers to as "Petit Ouji" (プチ王子; Small Prince), a reference to her husband's nickname. When drawing herself in her author notes sections and other places, she usually represents herself as a little bunny or sometimes as a human with rabbit ears, and she draws her husband as a dog, her son as a puppy, and her editor and friend Fumio "Osa-P" Osano as a pig.

Sailor Moon Career[edit]

As well as creating the Sailor Moon universe, she was responsible for writing the lyrics to several songs for the anime, Crystal, and the live-action series.

Current Career[edit]

Because of the dispute about PQ Angels losing seven pages of manuscript[1] and the refusal to release the Materials Collection, Takeuchi temporarily left Kodansha. She reported that she went on vacation, traveled the world, and did the Punch! series. She returned to Kodansha to do the one-shot Toki*Meka, then went on to do Love Witch. However, this did not continue when she helped with the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series. She returned to do Toki*Meca, which was based on the first one-shot, though it was a whole new series, and completed it. However, the second tankoubon has yet to be released. It is not known if it will be released in the future. Her last full manga release of tankoubon was Codename: Sailor V, which finished after Sailor Moon.

Recently, she has been spending time with her son and husband, and has co-released a children's book, Big Boomee and Little Boomee, with her husband. She wrote and designed the book, which her husband illustrated,[2] intending it to be a birthday present to their son.

Songs Written[edit]





  1. PQ Angels, the Story - Mako-chan
  2. Review: Takeuchi's New Picture Book, "Big Boomee and Little Boomee" - Jay Navok, Genvid

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