Ever since the #sailormoonredraw gained steam on social media, we’ve been seeing a lot of mega creative interpretations of the beloved magical girl. According to a post by Sailor Moon Philippines, the source material for the redraw is a still from Sailor Moon S Episode 125 drawn by the artist Ikuko Itoh.
Artists have been interpreting the screenshot in different ways, with some using their signature art styles, others redrawing using existing animation styles, and others putting their own spin on the classic ‘90s anime. One of our favorite takes that have emerged from the redraw is Sailor Moon in traditional Filipiniana garb.
Three artists who took on the Filipiniana Sailor Moon challenge, Marian Hukom, Natasha Ringor, and Jap Mikel tell us more about their creations below:
My take on #sailormoonredraw!! 💫🌙✏️ What if she was a rebellious dalagang Filipina who fights crime (and misogyny ✊) in her local barrio? 💥 Anyways, I just wanted to draw her in a baro't saya 🥺#sailormoonredrawchallenge #artph #illustration pic.twitter.com/oWzG769DZR— ❀Marianie❀ (@satellite_earz) May 20, 2020
Sailor Moon has always been a strong icon for girls globally. Meanwhile here, we have Maria Clara which is kind of outdated but has her good points (values etc).I decided, why not combine both? So now, we have a rebellious magical girl/ dalagang filipina who goes against the stereotypes of her time AND fights crime. I just thought it’d be a fun and inspiring concept for Filipinas and Sailor Moon fans everywhere!
Everybody added their personal touch to this drawing challenge so I wanted my own take on it as well. Also, I thought Sailor Moon in a terno style suit would be lovely 🙂
My works are inspired by Filipino history, myth and folklore and I tend to Filipinize fanart to promote our own culture (which I think is equally cool as foreign ones). Since Sailor Moon is associated with the moon, Filipinizing the character inevitably led the concept to the Tagalog moon goddess, Mayari, wearing the terno with embroideries of Dama de Noche (“maiden of the night,” a fragrant flower that blooms at night). Her night black hair highlights her pearl and crystal embellishments, which were inspired from the Carnival Queens of Manila during the American colonial period. And of course, she has to be morena to empower the beauty of the brown Filipina.
Header art by Kitty Jardenil
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