Volume 11 of the Sailor Moon Manga’s new English edition by Kodansha is in stores and available online today. This book features Sailor Chibi Chibi on the cover, a character so shrouded in mystery that if I were to tell you who she is I would spoil the whole story for you! This book covers the beginning of the “Stars” arc, the final story arc of the Sailor Moon manga to be completed with the next volume. In this book we have the appearance of Chibi Chibi as well as the Sailor Starlights posing as the Three Lights. Buy this book through the Amazon link below to support our site.
The book as always comes with some nice looking colour pages. Check out a couple of previews of that below.
Here’s a video “Luduc versus le doublage” (Luduc vs. Dubbing) recorded at G-Anime 2013 in Gatineau which includes an interview with Terri Hawkes, the voice of Sailor Moon from the English dub of the Sailor Moon anime. This video is primarily in French but the portions with Terri Hawkes, which includes Sailor Moon saying lines from famous movies, are in English.
Mixed in with this are two French interviews, one with Olivier Visentin, an actor who dubs French voices for English movies such as the voice of Jonah Hill’s characters and the other with Jackie Berger who is best known as the voice of Estaban from the French dub of “Les Mystérieuses Cités d’or” or “The Mysterious Cities of Gold”, an anime show that was quite popular amongst French Canadians.
Oh did you want more detail than that? There are new Sailor Moon schedule books coming out next year that have been mentioned on the official Sailor Moon site. There are more details about these on the JList online store. This has caused some concerns amongst a number of fans related to delays in the anime. Since the schedule book is for 2014 many are claiming this means the show is delayed until 2014. While there is certainly ample evidence of a delay for the show and 2014 is a possibility, there doesn’t seem to be a good reason to believe that this product is any indication of this. Many franchises have calendars and planners made every year and the time frames they cover have little to no significance beyond the functionality of the product. It should also be considered that the art contained in these is from the original Sailor Moon anime and has nothing to do with the new anime series originally scheduled to air this summer. These are generic Sailor Moon products, not new Sailor Moon anime products.
Oh but there’s more! On one page that we can see there is an image of Sailor Pluto, Neptune and Uranus with writing that says “Will we be making a return in 2015?”. What could this completely vague statement mean? Some have taken this to mean that the new anime is delayed until 2015. If this were really the case I think it’s far too early to be making such a long term prediction. Others are expecting that the new anime will be scheduled in such a way that these three characters will finally be making an appearance some time in 2015. Again this seem like a fairly specific prediction to be making so early in the life cycle of this new anime. Somewhat more plausible are interpretations by such people as the Sailor Moon video game petition who made guesses such as Sailor Moon S airing that year, a new planner book featuring them more prominently or something completely different. This is again not new art but the cover of the Sailor Moon S vol. 8 laser disc.
Anime North 2013 is fast approaching. It will take place May 24th to the 26th in Toronto. As we’ve mentioned earlier there are four voice actors from the English dub of Sailor Moon in appearance, that being Linda Ballantyne, the voice of Sailor Moon from the later seasons, Katie Griffin, the voice of Sailor Mars, Susan Roman, the voice of Sailor Jupiter, and John Stocker who did many smaller roles but also worked as voice director for many later episodes and movies. The Anime North schedule is now online on their web site and we’ve combed through it to pick out all the relevant information related to Sailor Moon!
There are five panels featuring voice actors and staff from Sailor Moon.
Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm John Stocker will be part of the “Behind the Mic” panel which includes a few voice actors. This will take place in the Toronto Room.
Friday from 8:00 to 9:30 pm the panel “Ask an Anime Character” will include Linda Ballentine, Katie Griffin and Susan Roman as well as voice actor Trina Nishimura. This will also take place in the Toronto Room.
Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm there are two panels taking place to compete for Sailor Moon fans’ time. John Stocker will join others in the “So Many Voices” panel in Plaza C while Linda Ballentine, Katie Griffin and Susan Roman will be doing the “Memories of the 80s” panel in Toronto Panels.
Saturday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm will be the “Sailormoon Voice Actors Q&A” in Toronto Panels. The guests are not mentioned by name in the schedule but I think we can take a guess at who might be in attendance.
A few web sites have posted news about a rumour of a new Sailor Moon video game for the Nintendo 3DS game. I feel that it’s necessary to be specific about just how prelimenary this information really is. All that has happened is that “SAILOR MOON videogame for Wii/Wii U petition“, a Facebook group trying to petition to have a new Sailor Moon game made, made this post on the S.H. Figuarts Facebook page asking them to create a new Sailor Moon game. Their answer was “After the 2013 Anime aired, Bandai Namco games will make it. Probally for 3DS like Inazuma Eleven“. Keep in mind of course that S.H. Figuarts is a line of toys, including the new Sailor Moon figure that Bandai is releasing in August, and that they are not responsible for creating video games. Whether they have inside information about Bandai’s plans to create a 3DS game or that they are simply speculating about the creation of such a game is not clear at this point. When asked for more information they simply stated it was to be announced.
GE Animation has finally unveiled the plushies for Sailor Mercury, Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Chibi Moon. Previously only Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus have been available leaving fans to wonder when they would ever be able to complete their sets. GE Animation confirmed Sailor Mercury and Jupiter were in the works via Twitter in January but these pictures only surfaced last week.
Stephanie Morgenstern, the voice of Sailor Venus from the English dub of the Sailor Moon anime, will be the guest of honour at the Unplugged Expo October 26th & 27th in downtown Toronto. Watch this video featuring Stephanie Morgenstern for the full announcement:
The video teases “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get all the Sailor Scouts in one place at the same time?”. That certainly sounds like A Weekend of Awesome. We certainly hope more voice actors will be able to join this convention. We’ll let you know of any new developments as we learn about them.
We’ve got a new Sailor Mercury figure coming some time soon. A few pictures such as this one from the Sailor Moon German Facebook page, this one tweeted by Fumio Osana, Sailor Moon’s editor, and some seen on Japanese site Seaside Tears 2 show the prototype of Sailor Mercury’s figure. Since this is just a prototype figure there is no colour and it’s pretty unfinished, but it appears alongside Bandai’s existing Sailor Moon S. H. Figuarts figure which will be on sale soon. The tag in front of the figure clearly identifies it to be an S. H. Figuarts figure and that Japanese text reads “Sailor Mercury”. Here’s hoping we get Sailor Mars and other figures following this release!
We will have more information on this figure as it becomes available.
Since Wednesday pre-orders for Bandai’s new Sailor Moon figure are up. You can pre-order this figure at many different online retailers, including the Amazon link shown below which can also be found in the Amazon store in our sidebar.
If for whatever reason you would prefer not to order from Amazon, there are many other pre-order options that can be considered. Listed below are all of the ones we are aware of at the time of this post going online.