The Sailor Moon fanbooks refer to a special set of small, paperback artbooks filled with images and trivia, each book devoted to one particular character from the series. Five colorful picture-and-fact-filled fanbooks were originally published in Japan to cover the five Inner Senshi. Later, Germany took the fanbook concept a step further by not only translating the original five from Japanese into German, but also publishing fanbooks that cover all the other regular Senshi, villians, and even supporting cast members. There are a total of twenty-two German fanbooks available, and the Sailor Starlights claim #18 as their own!
The German Starlights fanbook is really fun, and includes many beautiful images from the anime. The first half of the book is a combined guide to the first six episodes of Sailor Stars (the Neherenia arc) and a tribute to the Sailor Starlights. It introduces the characters of Seiya, Yaten, and Taiki, describes both their civilian and Senshi personalities, and briefly covers their first encounters with Sailor Moon. The second half of the book is the beginning of the Sailor Moon R movie film comic.
My wonderful friend Meiousei translated the Sailor Starlights fanbook from German into English for me. You can download, or view the translation as a text file, by clicking on the link below. Oh yeah, and please be sure to visit Meiousei's site collective, Revolution, for more fanbook translations.
In addition, Meiousei has also translated the Sailor Moon R movie film comic in the back of the book.
Although my scanner is an ancient dinosaur, and these scans do look awful, I included them anyway because they provide useful previews of what the Starlights fanbook pages actually look like. Hopefully these scans will give you a hint of how much colorful anime artwork is packed into each and every page of the fanbook.
Pages 2 and 3
Large group image of the Senshi. 443K.
Pages 14 and 15
Three Lights. AGH, the crease in the binding ate Seiya's head! 272K.
Ah, the Power Rangers parody. 34K.
Taiki and Yaten wearing sunglasses. 19K.
Looking serious, during the baseball game. 29K.
The Sailor Starlights, lookin' good. 75K.
Sailor Starfighter's page. 222K.
Seiya Kou. 219K.
Sailor Starmaker's page. 251K.
Taiki Kou. 242K.
Sailor Starhealer's page. 243K.
Yaten Kou. 230K.
Fanbooks 18, 19, and 20
Fanbooks #19 and #20 also feature the Sailor Starlights, although they take a backseat to Galaxia, the Animamates, and Eternal Sailor Moon. Fanbook #19, Galaxia, has a mini-feature entitled "At School With the Three Lights." Fanbook #20, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, has more pics and info devoted to the Starlights, spread out over "An Evening with Seiya" and "Little Misa." My guess is that these pages are devoted to episodes 181 and 185, respectively. And, of course, most of the fanbooks are devoted to images and descriptions of the various anime episodes as they progress, so there are probably even more Starlights images in those sections.
Here are the covers of some of the different fanbooks.
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars
Fanbooks 21 and 22
The Starlights are also in Fanbooks 21 and 22, titled The Princess and The Final Battle. The fanbooks finally stop after number 22. I will work on finding scans and more info as soon as possible.
Also: The Posterbook!
German publishers have also produced a line of posterbooks, each devoted to a specific character or group of characters. Number 11 is devoted to the Sailor Starlights. The book comes with five folded, double-sided posters that you can pull out, as well as two pages of background information about the Starlights. There are four small posters measuring 22.5"x17.5" each, and one large poster measuring 45"x35". The book boasts nine images total, which divides into three double-sided small posters, one single-sided small poster, and one double-sided large poster.
You can see images of most of the included posters on the cover of the actual book:
Where to Buy
The fanbook isn't too terribly expensive, and not too hard to find either. So if you'd like to own a copy for yourself, you're in luck! The first place that I'd start searching is ebay. The fanbook usually shows up every couple weeks or so, if not even more frequently. If bidding isn't your thing, try Catzia's Collectibles. Catzia has almost all of the German fanbooks for very reasonable prices.