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New Sailor Moon art collection is gorgeous, could (but won’t) be used to send mail

Series creator Naoko Takeuchi’s illustrations grace stamps and post cards that buyers will no doubt keep for themselves.

There’s a gorgeous collection of Sailor Moon artwork going on sale next month. It’s a little on the pricey side, but for a selection of nearly 50 full-color illustrations by series creator and manga artist Naoko Takeuchi, we think fans will be able to make room in their budget.

However, you won’t be able to purchase this collection at anime or manga specialty stores. Instead, it’s available for purchase through Japanese post offices, because it’s actually a set of beautiful stamps and post cards.

The Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Premium Frame Stamp Set is the first legal-postage collaboration between the beloved anime/manga franchise and Japan Post, Japan’s postal service. The bundle features a 10 individual 62-yen (US$0.56) stamps for each of the Sailor Senshi (Inner, Outer, and Chibi Moon), arranged in poster-style layout that’s suitable for framing or other display.

Also part of the package are an ample supply of post cards, with their artwork carefully picked from Takeuchi’s professional portfolio. 24 of them are designated as “special post cards”…

…while an additional eight are larger-sized “premium post cards.”

▼ The math of selling 10 stamps and 32 post cards all in one set might seem odd, but the truth is no one’s actually going to be mailing any of them.

And to keep everything organized, buyers will also receive a folding stamp holder, as well as a plastic file, with both also adorned with Sailor Moon art.

The set officially goes on sale October 2, and can be purchased at Japanese post offices or through the Japan Post online shop (found here). Online orders can be placed until January 31, giving you plenty of time to mull over the set’s price of 5,900, and shipping is scheduled for late March.

Source: Sailor Moon official website
Images: Press release
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