I’m finally calling bullsh*t on the whole “Usagi is supposed to be chubby” arguments. I just don’t buy it, not even from Naoko. Her artistic skills improved but she didn’t make any alterations to Usagi’s figure in the reprint manga - not even ONE image… not even in her new color illustrations. There is no version of Sailor Moon where she looks even remotely chubby so in my mind, Usagi wasn’t ever chubby. The SMC art was the final nail in the coffin, imo. It would’ve been nice, though…
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The only reason Usagi is so skinny is because Naoko’s art style seriously lacked in the body type department. By words of god (excuse the tvtropes talk), Usagi is supposed to be chubby.
The thing is, Usagi is representated skinny because of the image her early art gave of her. If she had drawn her in the old manga’s style, you have no idea how many dudebros on image boards would have yelled at her.
You can clearly see she is rounder in the early chapters of the manga. Also, nothing prevents you from having your headcanon. Just don’t say there isn’t a single evidence of this.
Yeah, okay, that’s a load of shit, and I’m kinda sick of seeing people jump to Naoko’s defense every time this comes up, because the confessor is absolutely correct.
Not even in the earliest
of the earliest
of the absolute most ancient of earliest
of manga pictures, is Usagi ever drawn chubby. Not in chapter 1, not even in that picture you provided, never. All the girls have the exact same body types throughout the entire series, only differencing in height and eye shapes.
Drawing a bunch of skinny girls and pointing arrows at them saying “chubby” or “muscular” doesn’t suddenly make them not skinny.
And the old “her art style wouldn’t allow it” excuse is also shit, because an art style isn’t sentient, nor is it absolute, unchangeable or unadaptable. An art style can’t be blamed for how art looks, the artist is to be blamed. Naoko never made even a small attempt to draw different body types for the girls. That’s not to say she was unable to, because she did draw a couple of minor characters chubby, but guess what, they were always portrayed as jokes. Heck, she even made the very idea that Sailor Moon would be chubby into a joke.
So yeah, Naoko calling Usagi chubby while never drawing her as anything but thin? Pretty awful. And what’s even more awful are the fans who not only defend her, but actually go praising her for her “desire for body diversity” or whatever, ew.
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