I’m gonna start this off with the first fan-senshi website I ever laid eyes on. For most people (atleast the ones who have been in the community much longer than I have) It was Sailor Orion who brought OC senshi into light, but for me it was Sailor Astera who was the main OC senshi on the website that used to be referred to as “Sakura’s Senshi Circle” Which today is known as “Sailor Astera.com” http://www.sailorastera.com Let’s take a moment to reminisce in the nostalgia of the early 2000’s!
Sakura’s senshi Circle wasn’t on it’s first layout design when I came across it, but it was still relatively new…. ah the memories!
ANYWAYS, this site helped me to discover the world of Sailor Moon, which I had thought was dead. You see, I was a HUGE fan in 2nd grade(1997) Unforuntately I was tormented by my peers into abadoning sailor moon, because aparently it was “for babies”… seriously people, wtf, we were fucking 7 years old, I had every right to love the show and want to play it at recess and pretend i was saving lives as a skirt wearing- wand waving super princess… ahem, anyways, SO what happened is I came into 6th grade and I discovered AOL and the glories of the beginnings of the internet. One day I was just jammin along check out “Red” (remember the AOL set up for “teens”) when I came across a chat forum with “Sailor Moon” being the theme and subject
I was hesitant but said “fuck it” and clicked into it. Then it happened, at the age of 11 I was brought back into the world of sailor moon. Although, it would still remain my “dirty secret” in my real life, I could now live in the world of sailor moon once again with other fans.
Anyways, back to the topic, so through this someone had posted a link to “Sakura’s Senshi Circle” and it was there that discovered that you …COULD MAKE YOUR OWN SAILOR ____ CHARACTER! = Mind Blown
I spent hours, days, weeks, MONTHS, going through this site, looking at every image, reading every fanfic, everything I could on there. The thing that stood out to me was when they used to take “Requests” where they used sailormoon coloring book pages blanks and modified them to change the character to become a new made-up senshi.
Unfortunately, finding these old “coloring book senshi” is hard as there was a huge controversial debate on how “wrong” it was when people were doing this, it was considered stealing (the fuck) and as a result a lot of these images were removed from websites, dA, and other things. PLUS some of the artists grew themselves with their work and felt it was best to take them down (probably because of all the raging trolls that hit everyone and anyone who had these kinds of pictures) Although, I cannot share the works of other artists from this time, I can share the few (and god awful) pictures I have kept over the years….
The website is still wonderful to today and provides any sailor moon fans a huge base of knowledge in the sailor moon world. Unlike a lot of OC Senshi, SailorAstera.com still has it’s old fanfics, and some of it’s old artwork to browse through. And even better to fans today, there was a sister site created called “Create Your Own Otaku Senshi” a website that will help anyone who is interested in creating a strong senshi character. http://www.otakusenshi.com/ The owner of the site is still active through all these years and remains busy and faithful to the sailor moon community on dA under the account http://sakkysa.deviantart.com/ She has been a strong leader in the community and has greatly helped with building it into what it has become today. Really supportive, creative, and talented, Sakky may be one of the only remaining “leaders” of the sailor moon community who is still around since the beginnning, while others, have sadly lost their ways. I would suggest to anyone and everyone to check out what she has created over these years. She and her legacy of “Sakura’s Senshi Circle” and Sailor Astera are names to remember for sure :)