[Manga Comparison] Act 3 – Rei (Sailor Mars)

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What is the Manga Comparison Project?

Since its initial release in the February 1992 issue of Nakayoshi, the Sailor Moon manga has gone through four major reprints in Japan – the original Nakayoshi print, the compilation tankobon print (early 90s), the re-mastered ‘shinsoban‘ reprints (early 2000s), and the ‘kanzen‘ (early 2010s). What you may not know, though, is that Ms. Takeuchi has made changes to the art and text with each release.

This project is dedicated to compiling a list of what’s changed with each release to help us better understand how Sailor Moon has evolved over its past 25 years.

While many of these changes are minor, I think they’re worth pointing out since Ms. Takeuchi felt it was worth making these changes. Please note, though, that when a change is made in one version and is retained in the rest, I will only point out the version when the change is made.

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Without further ado, let’s get started!

Act 3 – Rei (Sailor Mars)

The versions we’re looking at are:

  • Nakayoshi magazine – Published April 1992 (released to stores in March 1992)
  • Original tankobon – Published July 6, 1992
  • Remastered tankobon – Published September 22, 2003
  • Perfect tankobon – Published November 29, 2013

Note: There were few differences between the Remastered and Perfect editions, so for the sake of simplicity, I will only discuss the Perfect version when there are changes. Also, I didn’t bother to point out non-substantive changes, such as Ami’s name being changed throughout from hiragana (あみ) to kanji (亜美) in the transition between the Original and Remastered, as well as changed or rewritten sound effects.

Let’s get going!

Act Opening

Act 3 Cover – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster, Perfect

Act 3 Cover – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster, Perfect

As we’ve already seen in previous issues, it seems that Naoko doesn’t really make any changes to her color artwork, with the exception of some unnecessary updates in the Remastered version of Act 1.

As an aside, though, I really like how this picture showcases that Sailor Moon’s design wasn’t finalized for quite some time (note the yellow arm bands and boot colors). Also, this image really drives home that her boots are inspired by an ice skater’s boots. Nice to see!

Page 1

Act 3, Page 1 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 1 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

The most obvious change between the Nakayoshi to Original releases is that the Original removed the story summary (explaining what happened in the previous Act and introducing our cast of characters) and filled out the missing parts of the page. To be honest, I’m not sure if it was added in later, or if this “Last time on Sailor Moon…” box just cut out the material. If you look at these three panels, they have no bottom border, which is a bit weird.

In the Remastered version, Queen Beryl’s design has been updated a bit (she’s a little slimmer up top and her face has been redrawn a bit), some dark borders added to the top and bottom, and there’s some more definition in the background behind Jadeite to the left.

Page 2

Act 3, Page 2 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 2 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Very minor changes on this page, with Nephrite getting some more hair in the top-left panel and shading being filled out in the bottom-right from the Remastered edition. Also, more of that tacky black spray-paint effect throughout to make the Dark Kingdom… dark.

Page 3

Act 3, Page 3 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 3 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Once again, only minor changes from the Remastered version, with the right-panel being redone and the border over Queen Beryl’s head at the top left being replaced with that “awesome” black spray paint.

Page 4

Act 3, Page 4 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 4 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Quite a few small changes here in the Remastered: The shrine in the background in the top-left panel is redrawn and more detail added to the girls’ uniforms, the bus and the background behind it have been cleaned up (shading added?), and Mii-chan’s bizarre claw-like hand is now cut off at the middle panel, so it looks less bizarre and claw-like.

Page 5

Act 3, Page 5 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 5 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Starting from the Original edition, there were a few small changes, such as a background being added behind Rei’s face in the top-left, and black shading behind her hand in the lower-right. By the way, look at that pinky. Ouch! Surprisingly, no further changes as further editions were released.

Page 6

Act 3, Page 6 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 6 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Wow, looks like Naoko was taking a day off with this issue. In the Original, Usagi’s been filled out a bit (the bottom of her uniform wasn’t drawn), and Luna’s was updated in the Remastered edition in the middle and bottom-left panels.

Page 7

Act 3, Page 7 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 7 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Starting with the Original version, a screentone was added over Haruna in the top-left to add some shading to her. For Usagi, her odango and hair have been redrawn in the bottom panel to give them more volume and make the odango more round. In the bottom-left panel, the jewels were colored in.

With the Remastered, Luna in the top-middle panel was slimmed up a bit, some of the decorations around Haruna’s speech bubble in the top-left are moved, and Usagi’s been touched up quite a bit in the bottom panel. Changes include:

  • odango and hair being touched up
  • her left ear is redrawn
  • the angle of her neck is changed and left shoulder filled out
  • left arm is touched up
  • brooch is redone in the new style

Also, the decorative background stars have been moved around, some tiny ones added in behind Sailor Moon, and Sailor Moon’s right leg has been drawn in.

Page 8

Act 3, Page 8 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 8 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

There are only three small changes on this page, starting in the Remastered version: the Crown Game Center has been totally redrawn in the top-right panel, Sailor Mercury’s bow has been changed from grey/colored-in to white, and the controls on the arcade games are made more detailed in the bottom-left panel.

Edited to add: two observant readers pointed on that, also in the Remastered, Usagi’s makeup under her left eye in the center panel has been touched up and Ami has been given her choker, that Naoko seems to have forgotten up until then. Thanks Lauren and Manuel!

Page 9

Act 3, Page 9 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 9 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Starting with the Original, Luna’s head in the center panel is slightly redraw – specifically her ears.

Once we get to the Remastered version, Luna’s body is also redrawn. Further, there were some design edits to the top-right, top-center, and middle panel regarding their backgrounds. Finally, Usagi’s right odango was missing, so it was finally added from this version in the bottom-center panel. The border around Ami in the lower-right has also been updated.

Page 10

Act 3, Page 10 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 10 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

As an aside, you know, I totally forgot that Luna actually modified the watches to be communicators in the manga. I always assumed they were magical communicators from the start, like all the other magical items. Weird.

Anyway, there are a few changes starting with the Remastered edition. The changes include:

  • in the top-right panel, the exclamation marks surrounding the watches have been changed to glowy star… balls
  • the musical note has changed to a bunny so you know who’s speaking and the text bubble has been updated to not extend beyond the border
  • in the top-center panel, some glow… ball… things are added
  • in the top-left panel, Luna has been redrawn, the heart next to her redone, and the watches are more detailed
  • also in the top-left, Usagi’s hand has been touched up to look like a claw and her shoulder dropped
  • in the middle-right panel, the border used to cross Ami’s forehead and has now been removed and her hand is redrawn slightly
  • Ami’s left speech bubble extends beyond the top border
  • the middle-left panel Luna is redown, and her background changed
  • in addition to some little decorations in speech bubbles, in the bottom-center panel, じゃ (ja; hey…, so…) has been removed from Ami’s speech bubble

Page 11

Act 3, Page 11 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 11 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

In addition to the typical changes to make use of advertising space (which was turned to liner notes in the Original and a cute Rei sketch in the Remastered) there are a few other small changes.

From the Original, the word バス (basu; bus) has been added to the middle panel (next to the rabbit) to give extra context. In the Remastered edition, the rabbit in the top-right panel has been redrawn, Umino’s head and hair are cleaned up, and in the middle panel again Umino has been updated (including his spiky hands) to look less like a monster.

In the same panel, Usagi’s school uniform has been updated to add the bow at her lower back, and in the panel below that, Usagi’s odango and shoulder have been cleaned up. Ami, to her right, has had her bow added as well.

Finally, at the very bottom, the flower in front of Rei’s face has been redrawn.

Page 12

Act 3, Page 12 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 12 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

From the Original, you can see in the top-center panel that she forgot to add in the bus sign, which is now there, in addition to a screentone being put over Usagi trying to murder negotiate with Luna.

Moving on into the Remastered edition, the glowing bubbles have been changed to hearts in the top-right panel. In the top-center, there’s a very minor change to the background behind the bus, and in the top-left Luna has been redrawn and the bus updated to makeup for Luna being moved. Usagi’s face is also slightly revised, and a tree added behind her in the same panel.

In the center panel, the entrance to the Hikawa shrine has been completely redrawn, which looks pretty nice. Finally, Luna’s face at the very bottom has been cleaned up a bit.

Page 13

Act 3, Page 13 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 13 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

In the Remastered edition, Rei’s pose in the top-right panel has been changed quite a bit. In the original, it looks like she was kneeling, but now she’s standing and seems like her heart-rate has picked up. Below that, when Usagi is being attacked, some trees are added to the background and her bow is now colored.

Other than that, her left sleeve has been redone in the top-left panel, her sleeves and hair redone in the middle right panel, the ofuda slightly redrawn in the lower-right panel, and in the left-panel, her left sleeve and the ofuda have been touched up.

Page 14

Act 3, Page 14 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 14 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Minimal changes on this page. From the Original edition, the only change was adding a screentone over Luna and Usagi on the middle panel. From the Remastered, Usagi’s hair has been updated in the top-right panel, and some stars were added over her odango, in addition to the bunny in the top-center being redone.

Page 15

Act 3, Page 15 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 15 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Only a few minor changes in the Original version, which include shading and cleanup being done to the shrine in the top-right, some… grey blobs being added behind the woman in the panel in the center of the page (presumably these are parts of the shrine in the background?) and some more shrine cleanup/shading in the lower right, behind Rei and Usagi.

From the Remastered, a few art changes were made and a few text changes. First, the art:

  • both appearances of the shrine have been further touched up and are more detailed
  • Rei’s hair has been redone slightly in the top-left panel (her top-left side)
  • Rei’s shoulder has been removed from the bottom-left panel

As for the text changes:

  • across this page, the word ぶっそう (bussou; trouble, disturbance) has been changed to kanji (物騒) for some reason
  • some clarification was added to the woman’s comment in the lower-right panel, where she used to say “Rei, at the Hino Shrine” now says “Rei, and Grandpa Hino’s Shrine
    • I guess this is to make it clear that the shrine isn’t run by Rei’s father?

Page 16

Act 3, Page 16 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Ever look at a page and then guess what’s going to change? I’m pretty sure you can probably figure out what’s going to change here just at a glance, but I’ll still go through it, just for fun.

First off, from the Original version, the street sign in the lower-right panel was updated, because it was unreadable in Nakayoshi (looks like it was taken from a photo).

From the Remastered edition, Rei’s hair was slightly cleaned up in the top-right panel, Luna was redone in the top-left and in Usagi’s arms, and Usagi’s hair, face, and left arm were redone. Surprisingly, her brooch was left alone!

Page 17

Act 3, Page 17 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 17 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

One small change from the Original, with a wisp of hair being added to the right of Usagi’s face.

Once we move into the Remastered, Rei’s hair gets more filled out and colored in, with some flowers added between her and Usagi. In the same panel, Usagi’s mouth is slightly redrawn.

Once we get to the Dark Kingdom, we’re back to Naoko’s favorite new spray-paint tool, adding black shading to the top of every box. Closing out our visuals, the girls’ designs have been cleaned up, and a tree has been added to the lower-left panel.

As for text changes, Jadeite’s evil cackle has been removed from two speech bubbles (why??) and there were two small text changes in the lower-right panel. However, there’s no change to the meaning.

  • Original: コイツらはパワーをすいとるなどせず
    • We won’t take their power or anything like that…
  • Remastered: コイツらはパワーをすいとらず
    • We won’t take their power…

Maybe Naoko felt the “or anything like that” sounded kinda creepy coming from two men talking about kidnapped girls?

Page 18

Act 3, Page 18 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 18 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

No changes from the Nakayoshi release, but once we hit the Remastered, there are a few. Namely:

  • the left-most girl in the top panel’s fingers have been cleaned up
  • Usagi’s hair has been added as seen through a gap in her right hand in the middle panel
  • Umino’s hair is cleaned up
  • all three Lunas at the bottom have been cleaned up
  • Usagi’s odango and hair have been adjusted at the bottom
  • a small note written by Naoko next to Luna in the lower-left saying ルナってでぶ(“Luna’s kinda fat…”) has been removed
    • to be fair, she wasn’t wrong…
    • this could have been a comment by Usagi (insinuating Luna’s heavy?) but removed due to the rudeness of the comment?

Page 19

Act 3, Page 19 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 19 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Once we hit the Remastered edition, we get a few visual updates. Specifically:

  • Rei’s hair in the top-right panel no longer covers the text bubble
  • in the top-left, Usagi’s bangs and both odango have been redrawn a bit
  • Luna has been redrawn in the top-left and in both appearances in the bottom-left (but not in the bottom-right)
  • the Luna and rabbit images in the middle panel to denote the speakers have been redone
  • Usagi’s brooch is redrawn
  • Usagi’s odango were touched up in the lower-right

Page 20

Act 3, Page 20 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 20 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

There’s something about this page I just absolutely love. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s just so absurd and shows Naoko’s penchant for comedy. But anyway! No changes in the Original version, but several from the Remastered.

These changes include changes to Luna in the top and bottom panels, Mamoru’s hair is filled out in both panels, the street view behind the bus in the top panel is filled out a bit more, stars are added to Usagi’s text in the middle-right panel, and her skirt is colored-in in the middle-left. Finally, Mamoru’s ID has been changed a bit, with the logo in the top right changed and a background added behind his photo, in addition to Usagi’s bow in the bottom panel getting colored in.

Page 21

Act 3, Page 21 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 21 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Huh, looks like we’ve got a few errors here in the Nakayoshi release, which were later fixed in the Original version. Specifically, the collar of Usagi’s uniform wasn’t originally colored in, and Mamoru (in the top-left) had white backdrop behind his head, which cut off the background (probably a layering issue.

Onto the Remastered edition, Mamoru’s hair in the top-left is cleaned up a bit (shading), the background behind Usagi in the middle panel has had the contrast kicked up, proper bubbles were drawn around the text in the lower-right panel, and some more of those… light… bubbles (?) Naoko is so fond of were added to the lower-left.

Page 22

Act 3, Page 22 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 22 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

As we move into the Original release, there was one addition – a polka-dot background added to the top-left panel.

In the Remastered, Usagi’s shoulders are cleaned up in the top-left to make them less billowy and Mamoru’s hair is filled out and cleaned up a bit. In the middle panel, the rabbit and Luna icons (denoting the speaker) have been touched up. Finally, at the bottom, the scene at the computer with Luna (in the bottom-center panel) appears to be updated slightly – specifically the textbox outlines and the computer screen – and in the bottom-left, the Hikawa shrine background has been redrawn and the marker at the gate redone.

Page 23

Act 3, Page 23 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 23 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

No changes until we hit the Remastered, but the changes from there are quite interesting:

  • the text in the top-right pane was re-written… kinda. Basically, the words are the same, but the way they were written has changed, much like Ami (あみ to 亜美). Specifically, ウチ became うち (uchi; my/my family) and ムスメ became 娘 (musume; daughter).
  • also in the top-left, Rei’s hair has been filled out
  • the text bubbles in the top-left have been edited/resized to appear behind Rei’s head
  • in the bottom-center panel, Rei’s hakue (the white top portion of her uniform) has been redrawn and the hibakama (the skirt-like portion) has been lowered
  • still in the bottom-center panel… wow, some text re-writes!
    • in the Original version and earlier, the concerned mother accuses Rei of doing some sort of bizarre Shinto ritual, but this has had some text added to it in the Remastered version and the mother notes that she hasn’t seen Rei’s grandfather around lately.
    • we have another case of ウチ/うち and ムスメ/娘
  • Rei’s sleeve and shoulder are redrawn in the bottom-left

Page 24

Act 3, Page 24 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 24 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Only one, tiny change in the Original version: Luna gets a mouth in the middle, right-hand panel. Yay!

Starting with the Remastered edition, we have a few changes. First off, Luna has been cleaned up in nearly every panel… as she should be.

In the top-right, Usagi’s hair has been cleaned up (specifically, her right odango and left pigtail) and the background has been cleaned up a bit.

In the middle-right panel, Luna’s text has been rewritten:

  • Original: 「幻の銀水晶」をさがしてるハズなのに今回の行動は
    • (If she’s an enemy…) she must be looking for the silver crystal, but her behavior…
  • Remastered: 「幻の銀水晶」をさがしてるはずなのに行動がよめないわ
    • (If she’s an enemy…) she must be looking for the silver crystal, I can’t get a sense for what she’s doing.

This rewrite makes sense, and honestly even in Japanese Luna’s thought sounds incomplete (which is usually okay in Japanese but even here it’s pretty bad).

Finally, Jadeite goes from… caressing Usagi’s cheek (?!) in the bottom-left to full-on choking her. I don’t know which is better, but I guess no one asked my opinion.

Page 25

Act 3, Page 25 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 25 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Wow, very few changes here. From the Remastered version, Usagi’s speech is revised ever-so-slightly (モノ (mono) added), but it doesn’t change the meaning.

Other than that, in the top-left panel, Tuxedo Masks’s had has been colored in to remove some of the shine. Finally, in the lower-left, the bus has had some shading added.

Page 26

Act 3, Page 26 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 26 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Yet another page that seems to have few revisions. The only two that stand out to me are the change to the top-left panel in the Remastered edition, where the surprise lines have been added around Rei’s head and her panel properly squared off, as well as the change to Luna in the lower-left. Her face is touched up a bit, and the left text bubble now covers her ear.

NEXT!

Page 27

Act 3, Page 27 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 27 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Starting with the Remastered, Usagi’s eyebrows have been changed in the top-left and, in the bottom-center, Usagi’s text has been removed to show the action off better.

Also throughout the page, there are some glow bubbles, etc. added around the Disguise Pen that Naoko was so fond of at this time, together with some changes to the white marks on Usagi’s skirt on the right.

Page 28

Act 3, Page 28 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster, Perfect

Act 3, Page 28 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster, Perfect

Once again, we’ve got a page that changes quite a bit across the generations. From the Remastered edition, the top panel has been changed to show a different transformation design… but probably more noteworthy is that Usagi’s text at the very top has been straightened out and rewritten, saying 「スチュワーデスにへんしーんっ!」(“Transform into a stewardess!”) in the Original to 「スッチーにチェーンジ!!」 (“Change into a succhi [shorthand for stewardess]!!”) in the Remastered.

Luna has been revised in the lower-right (specifically her tail) and some more glow bubbles have been added around the page.

What’s even more interesting, though, is that this was revised yet again in the Perfect version: Usagi now says 「CAにチェーンジ!!」 (“Change into a CA!!”; CA being an abbreviation for “cabin attendant”) and Luna’s text in the lower-right has also been updated to reflect this.

As for how and why this happened, your guess is as good as mine. My guess for removing “stewardess” is probably due to changes in Japanese society and wanting to remove the gendered nature of the term. Across the board, CA is the term used everywhere nowadays, so it makes sense.

I’d really like to know why the succhi shorthand was added in the Remastered version. The only thing I can think of is that it was Naoko’s original attempt to get around the gendered term and choose something that applies to both stewardesses and stewards, but since the term succhi is no longer used, it had to be removed.

Incidentally, the uniform – or at least the hat – seems to be based off of All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) then-current uniform. See here.

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Act 3, Page 29 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 29 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Only two small changes I can see in the Remastered version here: Tuxedo Masks’s hat in the top-right panel gets colored in to remove the harsh reflection, and the white box with behind the text in the lower-right has been removed to draw in more of Usagi.

Page 30

Act 3, Page 30 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 30 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Lots of small changes here. Moving into the Original edition, some design elements have been added behind Tuxedo Mask’s text and under his chin on the right-hand panel. From the Remastered, Luna has been touched up in every panel to make her look less like an ink blob on paper and more like a cat. Also, in the top-left panel, once again Tuxedo Mask’s hat and clothes are shaded in. Lastly, Ami’s computer gets updated… for whatever reason (it still looks old).

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Act 3, Page 31 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 31 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

I know I don’t usually do commentary on the stories here, but I absolutely love this scene for its absurdity, where the blip Ami is following literally drops off the screen and onto the floor. It reminds you that this really is a children’s story.

As far as changes go, once again, very minor. In the Remastered, there’s a very minor change to the bottom-right panel: the Luna icon has been changed ever-so-slightly (the whiskers?) and Usagi’s hand in the foreground redone.

Page 32

Act 3, Page 32 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 32 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Wow, Luna’s headphones in the top-left… fancy.

There are a few changes in the Remastered version, which includes adding shading to Ami’s hair in the top-left, redrawing the glow around the transformation pen also in the top-left, redrawing the backgrounds behind Ami and Usagi’s transformation panels at the bottom, and also redrawing Ami’s skirt in the bottom-right (mostly shading).

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Act 3, Page 33 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 33 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

From the Original, a change was made to Ami’s panel on the left, adding a background and a screentone over Usagi’s hand.

Once we move into the Remastered edition… wow! Usagi is totally redrawn. While the brooch in particular stands out, another big change in her basic design is the… um, low-cut collar on the original Sailor Moon design. You can still see this on Mercury, since she wasn’t redrawn.

The screentone was removed from Usagi’s hand in the left panel and the backgrounds in both panels redone.

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Act 3, Page 34 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 34 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Wow, Jadeite… choking a 14 year old girl?

There are a few changes from the Remastered edition on this page. Namely, Sailor Moon’s design has been cleaned up in the top-right and lower-right panels. In the lower-right, specifically, her odango have been moved and hair touched up, her chest size… umm… reduced, a moon added to the background (which is kinda weird when you realize that this is underground), and in the lower-left text bubble, Usagi’s speech has been changed to read “I, Sailor Moon…” instead of just her phrase about punishing in the name of the moon.

Not one to be left out, Rei’s hair is shaded for both of her panels to remove the glossy reflection. Also, Mercury’s attack phrase (Mercury Aqua Mist!) has been added to the lower-left, where she didn’t call out her attack in the Original.

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Act 3, Page 35 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 35 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Starting with the Remastered, we once again have quite a few differences:

  • Top-left panel:
    • Mercury’s skirt is updated to be less flow-y (?) and shorter
    • Moon’s odango and hair have been redrawn, as have her collar, hands, and body
    • her skirt has also been redrawn
  • Luna’s paws and ears have been redone in the lower-right panel
  • Sailor Moon has been cleaned up in the bottom panel, specifically:
    • her chest has been “pulled-in,” so-to-speak
    • her right (reader’s left) shoulder has been drawn in
    • her right (reader’s left) earring has been reduced in size
    • the choker has been reduced in size
  • Luna’s text in the bottom left has been changed from “Usagi, use the Moon Frisbee!” to “Usagi, attack with your tiara!”

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Act 3, Page 36 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 36 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Ooh, a few small changes from the Original version for once! The “Moon Frisbee” text in the upper-right balloon has been adjusted so it’s no longer diagonal, and it also looks like she forgot to color in the odango ornaments and include the feather hairpins in the Nakayoshi release. Also, Usagi’s hair is redone a bit in the top-right.

Continuing with the Original, some motion lines have been added to the bottom-right panel with Jadeite.

Starting with the Remastered edition is when things get interesting again. Usagi’s text ha been changed to “Moon Tiara Boomerang,” and her hair has once again been touched up in the top panel, specifically moving her odango up. The Moon Tiara Boomerang has also been redrawn, which is kinda obvious, since it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Finally, emphasis lines and more motion lines have been added to the Jadeite panels in the top-left, bottom-right, and middle panel beneath the boomerang. In the bottom-left, Ami, Usagi, and Rei’s hair have all been touched up a bit.

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Act 3, Page 37 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 37 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

And yet more changes from the Nakayoshi version! The Mars symbol was added to Rei’s forehead as well as to the top-left of the page. Some background decorations were also added to the page.

For some bizarre reason, the Mar symbols were redrawn in the Remastered edition, in addition to a change to Luna’s design in the top-right panel, some glow-y balls added around the transformation pen, and the glowing circle around Rei’s pen being enlarged and changed.

Also, for some odd reason, Ami’s arm was removed (moved down to be covered by her body?) in the lower-right panel. Honestly, it looks unnatural in the Remastered version compared to the Original.

Page 38

Act 3, Page 38 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 38 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

So, one small change after the Nakayoshi version: Rei’s skirt has had some shading added in the bottom-left cell.

Once we hit the Remastered version, we get a few more changes:

  • in the right panel:
    • The glow at the top and bottom has been redone
    • Sailor Mars’ left leg is redone
    • her hair is shaded better
    • her torso and chest protector have been redrawn
  • in the top-left panel:
    • a flame has been added in the middle of the circle
    • her eyes have been redrawn
  • in the bottom-left panel:
    • flames have been added around Jadeite

Page 39

Act 3, Page 39 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 39 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Looks like mostly cleanup edits on this page from the Remastered version. Luna’s ears are made smaller in the middle panel, with her right (reader’s left) ear now being cut off by the top border. In the lower-right panel, the Sailor Soldiers and the girls they’ve saved have been moved lower and designs touched up. In the lower-left as well, the girls’ designs are again cleaned up.

Page 40

Act 3, Page 40 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 40 – Nakayoshi, Original, Remaster

Much like with Act 2, a whole extra page was added from the Original, so there’s quite a difference from the final Nakayoshi page. Specifically:

  • top-right panel:
    • the panel was extended down and more of Rei was shown
    • the ribbon on her chest is now colored in and so is the jewel
    • the ribbon on her lower back is now on the left side instead of the right
    • a background mist has been added
    • from Remastered:
      • Rei’s hair is filled out even more in the background
      • the jewel and ribbon on her chest have been redone
      • the background mist has been replaced with stars
  • top-center panel:
    • it’s been extended down
    • from Remastered:
      • the background is darker and Mars symbol redone
  • top-left panel:
    • in addition to being extended down, Luna has been totally redrawn
    • from Remastered:
      • Luna’s speech in the left-hand bubble has been updated slightly to add あなたも (anata mo; you too) to her remark to now read “You’ve also been chosen as a Sailor Soldier!”
  • middle-right panel:
    • this is now moved to the bottom-right
    • Rei’s remark of うそ (uso; ‘that’s a lie,’ ‘no way!’) has been removed
  • middle-center panel:
    • this was extended to now be the bottom panel
    • Ami has been moved to the left of Usagi
    • Usagi’s mouth is now open and the charm added to her choker
    • Ami is totally new
    • from Remastered:
      • Usagi and Ami’s skirts have been redone
      • Usagi’s hair and odango is redone
      • Usagi’s arms, ribbon, collar, choker, and torso are redone and less exaggerated – basically, Usagi is totally redone
      • Ami’s hair is redone and chest is less emphasized
  • middle-left panel:
    • this panel was removed in later versions
    • however, Rei’s speech here (“Does that mean… that my powers were due to being a soldier?”) is used on the following page
  • bottom-panel:
    • this panel was moved to the following page in later versions

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Act 3, Page 41 – Original, Remaster

Act 3, Page 41 – Original, Remaster

As mentioned above, there was no equivalent in the Nakayoshi release. However, there are a few differences from the Remastered edition, such as Luna and being redrawn in the top-right panel in addition to Usagi’s mouth being re-touched along with her bangs in the upper-right, the Mars symbol being redone and shading added to her bow in the top-left panel, and the three Soldiers being cleaned up and distorted to look like they’re magnified in the crystal ball in the middle panel.


And that concludes my review of Act 3, the third chapter in the story of Sailor Moon. I hope you enjoyed it!

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4 comments

  • Page 8 you missed a change: the remaster has changed the shape and position of Usagi’s bottom lid in the bottom right panel. It’s now closer to the edge of her face and longer.

  • I can’t edit that last comment but I stumbled accidentally onto this page and I love it! I knew the art has been changing over time, but this is a beautiful way to explore it. I own two different versions, but I’ll likely never get to see the original printings, so this is really fun for me 🙂

  • Hi, love all your hard work, glad to be a Patreon. 🙂 I’d like to know, is there anywhere possible to see translations or scanlations of these small Naoko notes? (Page 11) I only seem to find these http://shojopower dot com/naokos-notes/, scanlations I find are from the remaster edition. Thank you for any info!

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