A "doujinshi" that has long puzzled Sailor Moon fans is Selenity’s The Act of Animations. It comes up on Ebay from time to time, with a really expensive price tag attached. It is a book that was published by the actual animators of Sailor Moon, and contain real sketches that was used for the anime series. Because of this, many have wondered why this book is categorized as a doujinshi. Why isn’t this book an official Sailor Moon item…?
The animators released this book independently from Kodansha and Toei Animation, through a doujinshi publishing company named Hyper Graficers. The animators basically brought their work to Hyper Graficers, who helped designed the book, and published it. By doing this, it acknowledges that the works presented in the periodical was authored by the actual authors.
Self-publication is the embodiment of the term "doujinshi." Even Takeuchi Naoko’s rare and popular Sailor Moon Infinity Artbook is considered a doujinshi, because it was a self-publication by her away from the official franchise of Sailor Moon.
Selenity’s The Act of Animations is the 3rd volume from a series of four books that was released by the animators of Sailor Moon through the company Hyper Graficers. The other volumes are titled: Lunatic Soldier (4th), Small Soldier (2nd), and Soldier IV (1st). Animator Hasegawa Shinya also independently published a book titled Saraba Sailor Moon.
Books like Selenity’s The Act of Animations are awesome to own, because it contains so many detailed sketches of memorable scenes from Sailor Moon. It is a wonderful reference for fan artists of the series, and is a great item to add to your collection. The book may be categorized as a doujinshi, but it is pretty much an official item to any Sailor Moon fan. The price for these books are high, but I’m extremely satisfied to even own one because they’re so rare.
I scanned in the first half of Selenity’s The Act of Animations and uploaded it to the Gallery. I will scan in the second half of the book another time, because I’m catching up on updates and need more time. You’ll get the full book soon! Promise.
Download: Selenity’s The Act of Animations Part I