As I was searching for Sailor Moon images – something which is still fun even after all these years – I stumbled upon this super adorable fanart by “Kobeya” of Sailors Mercury and Jupiter swapping uniforms.
I don’t have a picture of Ikuko Itoh, but above you can see some of her work. Itoh is one of my favorite character designers, and also one of the inspirations for my own character drawings. Her style is very distinct, particularly the expressive round eyes which are probably the most identifiable trait of her characters.
My favorite of the original five characters in Sailor Moon is Ami Mizuno – Sailor Mercury. It didn’t start out that way, though. When I first saw the series years ago, my favorite character was Makoto (Sailor Jupiter). Of course I still like Mako, but over the years the kinds of characters I gravitated towards changed little by little, and the gentle Ami known for her book smarts became my favorite of the Inners.