While this is news from back in July 2012, it has come to my attention that a number of my friends are unaware of some of the details pertaining to the return of the Takeuchi Naoko’s Sailor Moon franchise. So here’s a post to elaborate on some of that.
It was announced at a 20th Anniversary event in Tokyo that Sailor Moon would be returning Summer next year in serialized anime format. Additionally, voice actors Kotono Mitsushi (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino) and Tohno Furuya (Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba) were special guests at the event. The two confirmed their excitement for the return of the series. However, their involvement in reprising their respective roles is still undetermined. According to Kodansha Editor, Fumio Osano, the broadcast plan is not clear, but the staff intends on a simultaneous worldwide broadcast. Which is great news for those of us who don’t actually live in Japan. The studio behind the production will be Toei Animation. The studio is responsible for the animation of the original series and is definitely not rusty with Magical Girl shows as they are the ones responsible for the Pretty Cure series.
From the latest news, beyond this, I have heard that the production staff aims to cater the new series to the longtime fans with a more mature audience in mind. I personally think this is a great idea considering the Pretty Cure series is Toei‘s flagship anime aimed towards the girls of Japan.
The other bit of news to come from this July event was the announcement of the musical group to sing the new theme song, the female teen pop group, Momoiro Clover Z. One of their most recent anime-related songs to air was the opening theme to this year’s Mouretsu Pirates.
In related news, at Bandai’s Tamashii Nation 2012 event in October, that they will be releasing new Sailor Moon figures. Those familiar with the SHFiguarts series will be happy to know that a posable, well-articulated set of the Sailor Scouts are definitely planned. Release dates are schedule to coincide with the new anime next Summer.
At October’s New York Comic-con/Anime Fest, Kodansha announced a worldwide release of the Sailor Moon Art book for next year as well. It will contain the most of Takeuchi’s most popular works from previous books, plus some unpublished pieces as well.
Like many, I grew up watching Sailor Moon among other poorly-dubbed anime. So I am definitely looking forward to this next year.