'Sailor Moon' gets decked out in traditional Mexican garb
How would the Sailor Soldiers look in traditional Mexican traditional costumes? Illustrator Karla Sánchez's crossover for the website GoGo Catrina has the answer.
GoGo Catrina, the website for fans of gaming and comics has collaborated with illustrator Karla Sánchez to create a new crossover between Sailor Moon and Mexican culture.
A few years ago, the Mexican artist Destiny Mendoza surprised everyone at Anima Expo 2019 in Los Angeles, by wearing a cosplay of Serena Tsukino in her Mexican version.
With a pair of braids decorated with red roses and a big blue skirt in the style of Chiapas folklore, Mendoza managed to merge her favorite series with the best of Mexican regional dances, showing pride for her heritage.
"I remember seeing so many people doing their own interpretations of all their favorite characters. I just decided if everyone can do that, why can't I do two different things I love, my culture and Sailor Moon, into one," she said.
This time, VFX and animation student Karla Sánchez has reinterpreted all of the Sailor Soldiers with some of the typical costumes from different regions of Mexico for the GoGo Catrina. More and more, the fan art of the anime are creating mashups, relating their favorite characters with their roots, traditions, styles and culture, to bring them a little closer to home and more recognition among the diverse fans of these renowned characters.
Sánchez looked to Puebla, Veracruz, Chiapas, Yucatán and Oaxaca for inspiration and reinterpretation of the five sailor soldier costumes to bring them into the Mexican culture.
Serena Tsukino introduced the dress of the "China poblana," and wears colorful ribbons in her hair of Aztec inspiration. Rei Hino wears the Jarocho dress and also uses a comb with red flowers on her left side, an adornment that shows she is a single woman.
Ami wears a traditional Yucatán dress, while a flower comb and a red ribbon that covers her arms adorn her hair. Lita wears a black dress from Chiapas considered a gala dress. Finally, Mina wears a dress from Oaxaca, complemented with two necklaces made of gold coins (called "ahogadores") and a jícara (xicalpextle) on her head.
It's possible this crossover found its inspiration in Destiny's cosplay, or in last year's viral challenge #sailormoonredraw, which led the character of Serena to undergo many transformations with inspiration in different cultures. Regardless, it is clear that anime and fan art bring the characters closer to their fans in every part of the world.