Naoko Takeuchi Biography

Naoko Takeuchi is a renowned manga artist, most famous for creating the manga series ‘Sailor Moon’. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: March 15, 1967

Nationality: Japanese

Famous: Japanese Women Women Artists & Painters

Age: 53 Years, 53 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Pisces

Born Country: Japan

Born in: Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Famous as: Manga Artist

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Yoshihiro Togashi (m. 1999)

father: Kenji Takeuchi

mother: Ikuko Takeuchi

siblings: Shingo Takeuchi

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education: Kofushi Ritsukita Junior High School

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Naoko Takeuchi is a renowned manga artist, most famous for creating the manga series ‘Sailor Moon’. One of the most popular manga comics of all time, ‘Sailor Moon’ has become a pop-culture phenomenon. Some of the most popular TV series based on the manga are ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ and ‘Sailor Moon’ etc. It has also inspired the live-action movies ‘Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: The Movie’ and ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Special Act.’ Although she started off as a creator of short manga comics Naoko transitioned to serialized comics with ‘Maria’. Since then, Naoko Takeuchi has gone on to create some of the most beloved manga comics of all time. These include ‘The Cherry Project’, ‘Codename Sailor V’, ‘Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon’, and ‘Toki☆Meca!’ to name a few. In addition to that, she has also written the lyrics for some of the most popular anime songs. These include, “Gekko (Moon Rainbow)”, “Rashiku’ Ikimasho”, “I am Sêrâ Mûn”, and “Purinsesu Mûn”, etc.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Early in her life, she was a “miko” or shrine maiden at the ‘Shiba Daijingu’ shrine. Naoko Takeuchi started her career as a manga artist at the age of 19, when her work ‘Love Call’ (1986) was selected by ‘Kodansha Ltd.’. She then continued to work on one-shot pieces and gained experience.
  • Her first major work was ‘Chocolate Christmas’ (1987 – 1988). The manga was about a girl falling in love with a DJ during Christmas. She followed that up ‘Maria’ (1989 – 1990).
  • From 1990 until 1991, she wrote ‘The Cherry Project’. In 1991, Takeuchi created ‘Codename Sailor V’. It depicted the adventures of a costumed magical protagonist Minako Aino, or Sailor V. It was released in three volumes until 1997. The popularity of the series and character also became an inspiration for the creation of ‘Sailor Moon’.
  • From 1992 until 1997, Naoko Takeuchi gained international fame for her creation of ‘Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon’. The iconic manga captures the story of Usagi Tsukino, a reincarnated celestial heroine.
  • ‘Sailor Moon’ renewed interest in manga culture. It also inspired a series of animated works. It’s first on-screen adaptation was ‘Sailor Moon R: The Movie: The Promise of the Rose’ (1993). That was followed by ‘Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S: Usagi - Ai no senshi e no michi’ (1994).
  • In 1995, ‘Sailor Moon’ was adapted into the animated movies ‘Bishôjo senshi Sailor Moon Super S Special’, ‘Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie: Black Dream Hole’, etc. But it’s most popular adaptation was the animated manga series ‘Sailor Moon’ or ‘Bishôjo senshi Sêrâ Mûn’ (1992 – 1997).
  • Another series ‘Sailor Moon’ (1995 – 2000) also gained massive popularity. In 1997, Takeuchi created the manga ‘PQ Angels’. However, it was discontinued after four chapters, as publishers ‘Kodansha Ltd.’ lost many pages of the manuscript.
  • Some of Naoko Takeuchi’s other notable manga works have been, ‘Prism Time’ (1996 – 1997), ‘Princess Naoko Takeuchi's Return-to-Society Punch!!’ (1998 – 2004) and ‘Toki☆Meca)!’ (2006).
  • In 2003, ‘Sailor Moon’ was made into the live-action series, ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon’. It was followed by the live-action movie ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Special Act.’ (2004).
  • In 2014, the live-action, ‘Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: The Movie’ was a hit. From 2014 to 2016, Naoki Takeuchi was involved with the animated series ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’. Her latest project is the upcoming manga movie ‘Sailor Moon Eternal’ (2020).
Major Works
  • Naoko Takeuchi is best-known as the creator of the manga comics ‘Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon’ (1992 – 1997). It has become a cultural phenomenon, giving rise to multiple anime series like ‘Sailor Moon’ (1992 – 1997), (1995 – 2000), ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ (2014 – 2016), etc. It has also generated millions in merchandise sales, movies, games, etc.
Awards & Achievements
  • Takeuchi was awarded the ‘2nd Nakayoshi Comic Prize for Newcomers’ in 1985 for ‘Yume Ja Nai no Ne’. ‘Love Call’ also won her ‘Nakayoshi’s New Artist Award’.
  • In 1993, Naoko was awarded the prestigious ‘Kodansha Manga Award’ for ‘Sailor Moon’ in the Shōjo category.
Family & Personal Life
  • Naoko Takeuchi met manga creator Yoshihiro Togashi at a ‘Weekly Shōnen Jump’ meeting. The two fell in love and got married on January 6, 1999. The couple has two children together, a son (born January 2001) and a daughter (born 2009).

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