Cover Photo: A still from the Sailor Moon R opening. Usagi stands close to the viewer in her school uniform, while another Usagi in the distance looks uncertain. They are split between a land of strange buildings the color of sunset and a wall of yellow polka dots on a blue background.
Still from 'Sailor Moon'/Toei Animation

Moon Prism Power! Re-examining the Power of the Magical Asian Schoolgirl

When your youth is marked so clearly, by a crisp sailor collar and the deep pleats of your skirt, everyone feels like they deserve a piece of it, of you.

The Incomplete Araki

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Bright white socks are hard to forget. They blink in my mind, like white spots lingering in my vision from bad flash photography. I stayed up late reading more on all the young Asian women who posed for Araki. I never managed to track down the woman in white socks, but instead I found KaoRi.

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Isabelle was raised in Taipei and Toronto, but is now based mostly in New York. She’s an undergrad at The New School and a recent VONA alum.