Monday, September 28, 2015

Fighting Evil By Moonlight


I've finally finished the gang! 

I'm not much of an anime fan. I've tried to get into other shows, but I've never really been able to stick all the way through to one. Well, except for Gankutsuou, but I that's just my love for The Count of Monte Cristo and the fact that it's only 24 episodes.

Sailor Moon however, Sailor Moon is my life! I remember being super tiny and getting up early to watch Sailor Moon. I getting a Moon Stick shaped popsicle from the ice cream truck, and crying when my dad bit off most of it.

In high school, I went through a period where I rediscovered my obsession. I watched fansubbed Japanese episodes of the anime for the first time, and I read fan translations of the manga as well as some of the original English translations that called Usage "Bunny."

In college, Sailor Moon Crystal was announced for the twentieth anniversary, and I became obsessed once again. While I quite liked Crystal and the original anime is obviously iconic, I have to say that my favorite adaptation is the live-action series. I was so sad when I watched the last episode knowing that there was nothing more. And "C'est la vie" is such an earworm….

According to Ravelry, I've been working on these girls since April 1st. Although I've been working on prototypes since November.  I made these in the order that they first appear in the anime/manga: Moon —> Mercury —> Mars —> Jupiter —> Venus. I've featured them here before, and mentioned what I've liked and what's been difficult. Like hair. Hair was so hard! Sailor Moon's was probably the easiest of all people! That said, I'm quite proud of how the final two turned out. Sailor Jupiter's hair is easily my favorite, and the only one in which I managed to cut the bangs the perfect length. After two other attempts at making Sailor V's, I think I finally got Minako's hair just right for Sailor Venus.

Overall, I think I became way more skilled over the past five months. The final two girls are the best for a reason. I have a better understanding of how the colors are going to look so, for example, their necks don't look literally choked by their chokers (tip: switch colors after a row of all single crochet's and not after the last row of head decreases!). I also think I perfected the sailor collars, and I am hugely resisting the urge to redo the first three completely.

I have a lot to say about each of them to be honest, so I will split it up between the next few posts.

I'm also debating as to whether to continue to make the rest of the team (including Sailor Chibi-Moon and Tuxedo Mask). I'll probably take a break for a while and do the outers once I have a reason to get super obsessed with the series again. Oh, if only Toei would renew Sailor Moon Crystal….

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