When I was about 10 years old, I went to a band camp. I was watching tv with my roommates, and I got to know a series called Sailor Moon.
I remember how excited I was watching the series for the first time, after school, when I was alone at home. I remember the suspense about the moon princess, the cathartic revelation of the secret identities of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, the weirdness of Zoisite and Kunzite’s behaviour who were supposed to be brothers, the heartbreaking death of Nephrite, and the struggle to have Endymion regain his memories.
I remember how happy I was when they started the Death Busters Arc (and my confusion about Haruka, who for some weird reason had a male voice when untransformed, leaving me and probably many other children my age totally puzzled), my sadness when it was stopped, and all my uncertainty while the series kept appearing and disappearing from the tv program.
I remember my happiness when I first saw the Sailor Moon magazine in a window one day while going to the elementary school. Also, when I got my Sailor Moon nightgown (that I still have and occasionally wear at home).
I can vividly recall sitting by the window and tracing my Sailor Moon magazine, my first attempts at drawing at about the age 13-14. I had created a huge pile of drawings in about 2 years, most of which I’ve destroyed one day. How I wished many times since that I hadn’t done that! It would be so great to see the progress I’ve made...
The end of the story you already know, I kept on drawing Sailor Moon and sometimes other stuff too, with recurring hiatuses, but never fading commitment, and here I am, 17 years older, and find myself waiting for the new Sailor Moon episodes with the same excitement I had all those years ago.
It is because of Sailor Moon that I can now draw the way I can, that I have experience in using the computer for many different kinds of things, to some extent that I can speak English and that I still remember how to enjoy my life even when most things go wrong. And I’m thankful for that.
Two days to go until the next Sailor Moon Crystal episode. Bad anatomy and lame CGI can’t let me down now. (Jadeite’s yaoi voice, omg! )