Happy 50th Birthday, Ryu!
OKAY SO i basically understand why the Sailor Senshi are all drawn with exactly the same face and body type and outfit. It’s animation, right? So it’s much easier to draw a thousand times if everyone is based on the same basic paper doll. And I guess I understand why fan artists keep it that way— it’s on-model, and it’s appealing to have synchronized bodies, pretty maids all in a row.
I think, however, that it’s a shame to take these distinct female characters with their own lives and personalities and give them totally interchangeable character designs. It ties into making women and girls in media seem like fungible commodities, doll blanks.
This is my reading of the girls of Sailor Moon in the styles they brought from home, my lines and pixels, my styles, my fandom. And if you steal my thunder, in the name of the Moon, I’ll punish you.