Naoko Takeuchi (武内直子 | Takeuchi Naoko, born March 15, 1967) is a Japanese mangaka. Her series Sailor Moon is arguably the most recognisable manga and anime in the world.

Life and careerEdit

Takeuchi wanted to become a manga artist from a young age, although with her father's encouragement she studied chemistry at the Kyoritsu University of Pharmacy, becoming a licensed pharmacist after graduation. While studying, she worked as a miko (shrine maiden).

From the age of 19 Takeuchi worked at publishing company Kodansha, where she published her first manga, Love Call. Kodansha published many of her one-shot manga, and serials The Cherry Project, Sailor V, Sailor Moon, and PQ Angels.

Takeuchi married her husband, fellow mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi, in 1999. The couple have two children and live in Tokyo.

Sailor MoonEdit

In 1991 Takeuchi began her series Sailor V. When she was approached to develop it into an anime, she designed four additional characters and launched the series Sailor Moon. Many of Takeuchi's own interests and life are referenced in the stories, including astronomy, her own sailor-style school uniform, her work as a miko, and her family - Sailor Moon's parents and brother are named for Takeuchi's own.

As well as the Sailor Moon anime, the series spawned various musicals and a live action series (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon). The anime proved to be hugely popular not only in Japan, but internationally - Takeuchi herself visited San Diego Comic Con in 1998 where she answered questions from fans.

The series is noted for having one of the most recognisable lesbian couples in anime and manga; however, when the series was originally translated to English for American audiences, the couple's closeness was explained as them being cousins, erasing their sexual and romantic relationship.


  • Nakayoshi Comic Prize for Newcomers, Yume ja Nai no Ne (1985).
  • Nakayoshi's New Artist Award, Love Call (1986)
  • Kodansha Manga Award for Shōjo, Sailor Moon (1993)



  • Chocolate Christmas
  • Maria
  • The Cherry Project
  • Codename: Sailor V
  • Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
  • Miss Rain
  • Prism Time
  • PQ Angels
  • Princess Naoko Takeuchi's Return-to-Society Punch!!
  • Toki-Meka!
  • Love Witch
  • Toki-Meca!

Illustration workEdit

  • Mermaid Panic Volumes 1-3 (written by Marie Koizumi)
  • Atashi no Wagamama (written by Marie Koizumi)
  • Zettai, Kore o Ubbatte Miseru (written by Marie Koizumi)


  • Oboo-nu- to Chiboo-nu- (illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi)