I had already been watching anime in the late 80s (Vampire Hunter D was my first one that understood to be anime which I saw in about 1988/89). I was made fun of in 5th grade for my obsession. However in 1997/98 when I was in 8th grade, it started to air on Toonami after school (which I didn’t watch T.V. so I didn’t watch it other than on my taped episodes) so finally all the kids that made fun of me for it stopped because they started to enjoy and watch it themselves (stupid kids!!). However, by that time I had seen many other anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion and my favorite ever Armitage III, so I became sorta old school by 14 years old (since most kids only knew what they saw on T.V. and I had already had a collection of Japanese fan-subbed VHS tapes I was buying from people). It was through doing this that I found out how BUTCHERED the U.S. version was of the original. I can now only watch the unedited Japanese version with English subtitles (which you can buy here for far too much money but I bought for $20 when it was released) because the English Dub cut out a LOT which is why they made it have “Sailor Says” announcements at the end (which was not in the Japanese version at all). I do own all 200 episodes on DVD (Stars season was fan-subbed).
Now about these pants and the shirt. I don’t know how many of you get the Alloy catalog at all (which is owned by Delias, but I don’t think it was when I found out about them, but I don’t know for certain) . . .but in 1996 I started to get the Alloy catalog which was for girls and guys offering skate and surf styles. Now it doesn’t have any of that at all, but I used to buy a lot of things from them. I bought this Sailor Moon shirt from them in 1997. The pants I saw in a ’97 catalog of theirs as well and I cut it out to add to my fashion loves scrapbook (no longer own any of them though – got rid of it at age 20 or 21). I’ve mentioned before that I like big pants like bell bottoms and larger. In high school there was a girl who saw how I dressed and said she had a pair of pants for me that she thought I’d like that didn’t fit her. She gave them to me and I was in such delight because I had wanted the pants three or four years earlier. Well. . here they are! My rocket pants.
I drew this when I was 13 while looking at a small Japanese release sticker I had (because I can’t draw without reference, sadly. . wish I could). Vicki O’Leary was my pen-name for 6 years (I hate being called Vicki by the way, but used to hate being called Victoria at that time). It was the second anime drawing I did ever. For a 13 year old, I was very happy with the outcome (unfortunately sailor scouts aren’t too modest!).
I had a really hard time drawing Usagi/Serena’s hand here. . but I was 14 when I drew this. I think I was in a rush because it’s really messy. This was from an image in the original manga (comic) if you want to see what the true version looks like (and see how horrible mine is in comparison).
This one was a bit easier for me (I’m better at just portraits in general). I don’t think my skills have improved much over all these years out of practice.
I had a lot of fun with this entry!!!!