Naoko Takeuchi, born March 15th, 1967, is a Japanese manga artist and the creator of Sailor Moon.
Naoko was inspired to create Sailor Moon based on her own experiences in junior high. The series debuted in 1991 and follows the adventures of a schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino as she transforms into Sailor Moon to search for a magical artifact along with hee Sailor Scouts. The series encompasses friendship, romance, fantasy and female power!
Sailor Moon was groundbreaking for its time, thanks to Naoko's unwillingness to tailor the story to her editor's liking. In her own words, she exclaimed that she wouldn't let "old men" decide how a story for young girls should be written.
Today, Sailor Moon has become one of the most popular and successful manga around the world, with over 35 million copies sold worldwide.