Warrior Maidens (Sailor Moon)
print type: giclee on handmade japanese paper
edition type: open edition / signed by the artist
print size: 31.5 x 43 cm (approx)
frame size (standard): 47 x 60 cm (approx)
standard frame: black mini retro / view framing style
** only available framed
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Note from the artist on this work:
Most of my print designs feature male characters - a pattern that sometimes feels a little stale. By contrast, it was such a fun experience to redesign these strong young women in a premodern style. Instead of jagged lines, I tried to use smoother, more elegant shapes. I based the costume designs primarily on Chinese myths of the Moon Princess, Chang'e, since the original manga and anime also share the same cultural roots.
The top left cartouche reads 月星之武, prounounced 'gessei no tsuwamono', which means 'Warriors of the Moon and Stars'.
The bottom right cartouche is inscribed with
此若者天賦の力を授るハ唯世を護重荷に被潰為耶 正当ならんや 如何ならんや,
and can be read as, 'kono wakamono tenpu no chikara o sazukaru wa tada yo o mamoru omoni ni tsubusareru tame ka, seitō naran ya, ika naran ya'. A rough translation can be interpreted to mean: