The legendary story of “Sailor Moon” captured the hearts and imaginations of girls everywhere. It’s been around for twenty years…and now it’s coming back!
Just like the instant when a music box is opened, the gears of destiny are now set in motion for our heroine, Usagi Tsukino.
This tale, guided by the light of the moon, is dramatic…heartrending…and beautiful.
Story”Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” began its serialization in 1992 in Kodansha’s monthly magazine “Nakayosi.” The original manga has been translated into seventeen languages, and the animated series has made its way to over forty countries, creating a social phenomenon.
It’s precisely because twenty years have passed since the creation of Sailor Moon that the time has come to use modern video expression, and that enthusiastic motivation that’s been heating up for two decades, to go back to the source and depict the original’s full charm. That’s what the animated series “Sailor Moon Crystal” will set out to accomplish.
Everyone who seizes the day will now have the chance to see how Usagi Tsukino bravely and resolutely lives her life, both as a Pretty Guardian, and as a girl.
Usagi Tsukino is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she’s also one spirited eighth grader.
One day she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon mark on her forehead, and transforms into the pretty guardian of love and justice in a sailor suit, Sailor Moon! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi apparently has a mission to protect a princess, and to find her fellow Guardians and the phantom Silver Crystal.
Meanwhile, Queen Beryl of the Dark Kingdom sends her subordinates to the town where Usagi lives. They cause strange events to occur there, all in an effort to acquire the tremendously powerful Silver Crystal…
Can Sailor Moon and the other Guardians successfully find the phantom crystal, and protect the princess…!?
◆Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
This story’s main character, an eighth grader who’s a bit clumsy and a crybaby. Her trademark is her double pigtail bun hairstyle. With her cheerful and innocent personality, Usagi can quickly end up becoming anyone’s friend. As a Pretty Guardian, her guardian celestial body is the moon.
◆Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
A genius girl with an IQ of 300. She’s always studying, so she can become a doctor. Ami functions as the brains of the Guardians. With Mercury as her guardian planet, she’s a warrior of knowledge who uses the power of water.
◆Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
With a strong spiritual sense, she usually works as a shrine maiden to help her grandfather, a Shinto chief priest. Rei retains the ability to psychically sense danger even when she’s a Guardian. With Mars as her guardian planet, she’s a warrior of battle who uses the power of fire.
◆Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
A tall girl with great physical strength. She speaks in a manly manner, yet is still a boy-crazy girl at times. Makoto makes use of her great strength when she fights as a Guardian. With Jupiter as her guardian planet, she’s a protective warrior who uses the power of lightning.
◆Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
She’s been active as a Pretty Guardian since before the rest of them awakened. Minako’s the leader of the four Guardians, but she’s actually a little clumsy, and a fangirl. With Venus as her guardian planet, she’s a warrior of love who uses the power of light.
Road to Sailor Moon Crystal
On July 6, 2012, Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha and idol group Momoiro Clover Z announced that a new anime adaptation was in production and scheduled to premiere in Summer 2013 for a simultaneous worldwide release as part of the series\\\\\\\’ 20th anniversary celebrations,with Momoiro Clover Z performing both the opening and ending theme music.However in April 2013, the new anime had been delayed.
On August 4, it was confirmed that the new anime will be streamed in the winter. On January 9, 2014, it was announced that the new anime will premiere in July. On March 13, 2014, the official website for the new anime was updated to reveal a countdown (beginning on March 14), regarding a special announcement that will be revealed on March 21, 2014. That same day, an image displaying the key visual art, synopsis and staff for the new anime were announced on Toei\\\\\\\’s website, revealing the name for the anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal Bishōjo Senshi Sērāmūn Kurisutaru). The series is animated by Toei Animation and directed by Munehisa Sakai. At the 20th Anniversary Project Special Stage on April 27, 2014, the cast and premiere date were announced; the anime will premiere on July 5, 2014, with episodes premiering on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
While Kotono Mitsuishi reprises her role as the main protagonist Sailor Moon from the previous series, a new cast of voice actresses were chosen for the four Sailor Guardians. Sailor Mercury\\\\\\\’s voice actress is Hisako Kanemoto, Sailor Mars is voiced by Rina Satō, Sailor Jupiter by Ami Koshimizu, and Sailor Venus is voiced by Shizuka Itō. It was revealed on April 30 that the series will run for 26 episodes, streaming via Niconico, on the first and third Saturday of each month for a whole year from July 5 onwards. Crunchyroll will also stream the series on their website on July 5, 2014 at 6:00am ET (10:00 UTC). The first trailer for the new anime was published on YouTube on June 5, along with an announcement of the voice talent slated to play Tuxedo Mask and Luna (Kenji Nojima and Ryo Hirohashi respectively.)
On May 16, 2014, to coincide with the licensing of the previous anime series, Viz licensed the Sailor Moon Crystal anime for simulcast streaming in North America.
Characters & Voice Actors
|Aino, Minako||Itou, Shizuka|
|Chiba, Mamoru||Nojima, Kenji|
|Hino, Rei||Satou, Rina|
|Kino, Makoto||Koshimizu, Ami|
|Mizuno, Ami||Kanemoto, Hisako|
|Tsukino, Usagi||Mitsuishi, Kotono|
|Momoiro Clover Z||Theme Song Performance|
|Revo||Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics|
|Takeuchi, Naoko||Original Creator|