SAILOR MOON Anime Is Reborn, Returns This Summer

After 22 years since its original run, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is back. Titled Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal by creator Naoko Takeuchi, the new animated series is not a remake of the original anime, but an adaptation that’s more true to the Sailor Moon manga (think Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood).

If that isn’t enough of a treat for you, Sailor Moon’s original voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi, is reprising her iconic role, while the rest of the cast will be filled out by senshi-newcomers. Mercury will be played by Hisako Kanemoto, Mars by Rina Satou, Jupiter by Ami Koshimizu, and Venus by Sizuka Itou.

Get ready to be as ecstatic as Usagi gets when she sees food. The first episode will air simultaneously worldwide via NicoNicoDouga on Saturday, July 5 at 7 PM Japan time (the same time as the original series run). If you don’t want to do the math, that’s 6 AM EDT and 3 AM PDT July 5th (UTC 10:00). While subsequent episodes will air at the same time every first and third Saturdays of every month, it’s still unknown whether we’ll see the series on TV.

You can take a look at the designs of the inner senshi below. The character re-designs are more in line with the original manga, while still incorporating the familiar look of the ’90s animated series. Sadly, no images have surfaced of everyone’s favorite talking cat, Luna.

Thrilled that Sailor Moon is yet again reborn? Show us your excitement in the comments below.

HT: Anime News Network

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  • I am very excited and already registered my NicoNico account for this very purpose. Can’t wait to hear “in the name of the moon” come out of our sweet Usa-chans lips once more!

  • I’m nostalgic about this, but I don’t think I’ll keep watching if the episodes have the same repetitive dinamic as before. I’m older now and after watching awesome shows as Orphan Black and Game of Thrones I don’t think I can go back to that. But I’m excited about the new opening.

  • I always preferred the manga over the anime, even when I was in middle school. (Oh, those were the days.) I really want to make a Geocities-style webpage in order to celebrate such an event.

  • I can not wait for this! Sailor Moon was my first anime! I grew up with it. Then I read the Manga and realized how much I loved the Manga better than the anime. So happy they will be making it closer with the manga. The proper story of Pretty Sailor Soldier Sailor Moon!

  • Sailor Moon is the top of the heap when it comes to Japanese animation. It’s what Bruce Lee is to martial arts. What Muhammad Ali is to boxing. The series came at a time when anime was at it’s peak and Western audiences got to experience something different for female superheroes. In comes Naoko Takeuchi’s series of a crybaby girl who eventually became one of the most powerful, arguably THE most powerful super heroine of all time. The Sailor Senshi all have unique personalities, each with their own rich dimension in both the anime and manga. The story-lines are extraordinary; all coping with loss, amazing battles, comedy, romance, parenting, homosexuality, religious symbolism, Greek mythology, astrology, there is always something that gives it long lasting appeal.

    Someone mentioned Orphan Black and Game of Thrones (apples and oranges). The former is good (so far) while the latter is meh. What separates the orange that is Sailor Moon is that it wasn’t a series created by the hype machine of today’s Twitter and tumblr world, which tend to fizzle over time. Sailor Moon continues to be loved because it delivered quality while staying true to traditional sentai elements. And unlike Dragon Ball Z with it’s many failed attempts at being relevant in today’s world, Sailor Moon Crystal is doing right by having Naoko be part of the project; making it close to her original manga.

    Should be a splendid experience. Bring on July! :D