Kazuko Tadano, animation director and character designer for the original Sailor Moon series, confirmed in an Italian interview at the Cartoonist 2013 convention in Nice, France that the new Sailor Moon anime series would be delayed, potentially up to December. While Kazuko Tadano will not be working on the new anime series she stated that nothing was in the works, that there will be a large delay and that it will probably be ready in December. While this is once again not an official announcement of a delay this adds to a mountain of evidence that has already suggested a delay is happening. It should also be considered that since Kazuko Tadano is not associated with the show this isn’t first hand information but likely something she’s heard from someone else in the industry. We can’t make any definitive conclusions about the idea that the delay could be until the end of the year, though this does match up with the winter 2014 estimate that was given by a European distributor for Toei a few weeks ago.
Beyond this news she also discussed her work on Sailor Moon. When asked about leaving the series after two seasons of doing character designs and animation direction she mentioned that it was difficult to work with Toei and that she wanted to work on other projects. She also talked about Ail and An, the two aliens from Sailor Moon R, and how they were original characters of her own creation.
Kazuko Tadano and Hiromi Matsushita not only worked on the Sailor Moon anime but also inspired characters appearing in the show! In episode 21 of the first season, “Protect the Children’s Dreams! Friendship Linked by Anime”, the story takes place in an animation studio working on the Sailor V anime and features the characters of Kazuko and Hiromi, best friends who are working as animators. Though Hiromi Matsushita, a man, is portrayed as a woman for the purposes of the show, their likeness is still seen in these characters. This particular episode had Kazuko Tadano and Hiromi Matsushita as animation directors.