The Internet is abuzz about Lindsay Lohan’s upcoming appearance on Charlie Sheen’s TV series Anger Management. She will appear on the show wearing a school uniform similar to those found in Japan that many news sources such as Perez Hilton, Celebuzz and TV Guide are referring to as looking like Sailor Moon.
In reality the uniform doesn’t make her look a ton like Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon’s outfit does indeed look like a sailor outfit, much like this one does, but this is pretty standard of Japanese school uniforms. Sailor Moon’s Sailor Fuku has a large red bow, shorter arms, different colours and no exposed stomach. Usagi’s civilian school uniform similarly has a large red bow and many differences from this. Brad from moonkitty.net has pointed out that the colour scheme of blue and white is not terribly common in Tokyo. Even though a lot of the specifics are different, the similarity to Sailor Moon’s school uniform and Sailor Fuku may very well be intentional. Lindsay Lohan is also sporting a hair style that is quite similar to Usagi’s iconic odangos or meatballs as they’re referred to as in the dub which is surely not a coincidence. I wonder if the outfit is intentionally different to avoid any legal issues or if this is just the case of a lazy wardrobe department using what they had at their disposal. It’s not a coincidence that all these news sources mentioned the Sailor Moon connection. That may be something that was mentioned in the press release that was sent out with these pictures.
What this outfit does look like much more than Usagi or Sailor Moon’s is Minako’s school uniform. Minako does not attend the same school as Usagi and so she has a totally different uniform with a scarf instead of a bow. That comparison would have been more apt if the intended audience was more well versed in the specifics of Sailor Moon and her friends. This being said there are still differences such as the knot on the scarf and number of stripes on the uniform. I am not insinuating that it was intentional to have this outfit look more like Minako’s, I’m just using this example to show the many differences with Sailor Moon’s.
Linda Ballantyne, the voice of Sailor Moon, and John Stocker, voice actor and director, will be at this year’s Anime North convention in Toronto the weekend of May 24th to the 26th. Head over to the Anime North web site to register for this convention before tickets sell out.
Linda Ballantyne joined the cast of Sailor Moon after Terri Hawkes left the show. She voiced the main character throughout the show’s 3rd and 4th seasons known in Japan as Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon SuperS.
Note: The aizoubon manga has a name change to kanzenban (complete version). The size + layout has changed too. More info in our next meeting
Since the 20th Anniversary event there has been talk of a new version of the Japanese manga in a different larger format. Numerous tentative release dates for this have come and gone. When new printings of the manga were released earlier this year it was not clear if these were in fact all we would get. It now appears that these were not the version we’d heard about but these Kanzenban versions are.
So what exactly is a “Kanzenban”? This term is used to describe special releases of a manga that are usually A5 sized which is 148x210mm or 8.5×5.8″ and will include all original chapter covers, colour pages and side stories. Many of the colour pages from the Sailor Moon or Sailor V manga were not included in any releases since their original inclusion in the magazines Run Run and Nakayoshi so this will be a real treat for completist fans. Original reports mentioned A4 sized comics which would have been double the size of the A5 size typical of Kanzenban releases.
Here is the second panel by Terri Hawkes, the voice of Sailor Moon, from this year’s G-Anime convention in Gatineau. In this panel Terri talks about what it’s like working as an actor, writer and director in the entertainment industry. It’s mainly geared towards people who are interested in pursuing this kind of work. There is some mention of her time working on Sailor Moon so fans of the show should check it out.
The cat is Luna from Sailor Moon taking the place of the cat from an old poster advertising “Le chat noir”, a French 19th century cabaret which had a touring troupe that advertised with this poster. The French writing on the shirt roughly translates to “Tour of the black cat from the moon”.
At the Toonami panel at the MomoCon anime convention in Atlanta this past weekend a fan asked if they had plans to play the new Sailor Moon anime that will begin airing in Japan this summer. Toonami’s response was only that they were considering it.
Nothing is definitive at this point but Toonami would certainly be a fitting home for the new 2013 Sailor Moon anime as many American fans were first exposed to the original Sailor Moon anime on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block when they started airing the show in June of 1998. The Toonami block of programming, which centres around more action oriented animation included a lot of Anime, returned to Cartoon Network last May after a long hiatus.