This weekend at Con Bravo it was announced that Terri Hawkes, the voice of Sailor Moon, will be a guest of honour at Unplugged Expo in downtown Toronto this October 26th and 27th! Check out the announcement video below!
Unplugged Expo has gathered quite a large number of Sailor Moon voice actors for their Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary celebration. Terri Hawkes mentions in this video that a number of panels will be held by the cast. To date the convention has already confirmed the attendance of Stephanie Morgenstern, the voice of Sailor Venus, Susan Roman, the voice of Sailor Jupiter, Katie Griffin, the voice of Sailor Mars and Roland Parliament, the voice of Melvin and voice director for the first 65 episodes. Who else could they still be getting between now and October?
Here’s yet another Sailor Moon figure that was spotted at Wonder Festival 2013 Summer held this weekend in Chiba, Japan! This is from Bandai and Volks’s Figuarts ZERO line of figures. These are not posable like the S. H. Figuarts line but rather single piece immoveable figures. These are very detailed high quality figures. Here we see Sailor Moon with her Cutie Moon Rod, her weapon from the Sailor Moon R season of the anime.
Source: @figureadictos, @ho_shiraya and Sailor Moon Collectibles.
As is often the case we’re only seeing a prototype at first. If all goes well we’ll be seeing the completed version in colour soon.
We haven’t heard about Legend Studio’s line of Sailor Moon S figures since February but we’ve finally got a first look at them from the ACG HK 2013 convention. We previously only saw images of the characters and some rough 3D renders of the pieces making up the figure but now we can see a prototype of the figure itself. As is often the case with prototypes we don’t have any colours however a cardboard display does show us what the figure would look like in full colour and it looks pretty good.
Keiko Kitagawa, the actress who played Sailor Mars in the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series, has a new promo out for her upcoming photo book. The book, titled “27”, will be released on her 27th birthday on August 22nd. Photos were taken in Japan and in Paris where people are known for eating ice cream and looking at baby goats. Check out this short promo for an idea of what some of these photos will look like.
The promotional material keeps referring to this as her first photo book though this isn’t really the case. I’m sure this is true using some arbitrary criteria. You can preorder the book from Amazon Japan for about $29 US. They will ship internationally though it won’t be cheap to do so. The book is in Japanese but it’s a photo book so who cares if you can’t read it? Keiko is pretty in any language. Check her out swearing in English for an example of this!
GE Animation has announced a new Sailor Moon figure on their Facebook page. After their first image was posted they also shared pictures of the front and back of the box. This item, like others made by GE Animation, are sold by a variety of retailers such as local anime stores, not directly to consumers by GE animation. This figure should eventually show up on Amazon. For now it is currently listed at online store Circle Red for $30 though it is not currently in stock.
This figure is less expensive and not as high quality looking as Bandai’s S. H. Figuarts figure which we’ve been posting quite a bit about on this site. The figure is shipping out to vendors now so you we should be seeing it in stores shortly. GE Animation has mentioned that figures for more characters may be made if sales of this figure go well.
Bandai’s Sailor Venus S. H. Figuarts figure has finally been revealed. She joins Sailor Moon, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter to complete the main group of five girls. It was only a matter of time before Venus would be revealed. Now it’s anyone’s guess as to who might be next. Sailor Chibi Moon? Sailor Pluto followed by Uranus and Neptune? Maybe we’ll see a Tuxedo Mask figure!
In this image brought to us by the Cybergundam Blog we also get a better look at Sailor Mars’s prototype figure. Currently we’ve only seen colour versions of the Sailor Moon and Mercury figures but colour versions of Sailor Mars, Jupiter and Venus will be along in time. Bandai’s S. H. Figuarts figures are very detailed with many swappable parts. You can pre-order Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury from the links at the bottom of this post. We’ll update the site with more links as they become available.
Roland Parliament, the voice of Melvin as well as the voice director for the first 65 episodes of the English dub of Sailor Moon, will be appearing at the Unplugged Expo in downtown Toronto October 26th and the 27th. Check out this great video which is making the announcement.
Unplugged Expo sure does have a great list of voice actors already confirmed as making an appearance! Roland Parliament joins Stephanie Morgenstern, the voice of Sailor Venus, Susan Roman, the voice of Sailor Jupiter, and Katie Griffin, the voice of Sailor Mars. Let’s hope there will be even more guests joining this list in the coming months!
Registration for the convention is now open. Register now to save 50% off of the at the door price with a weekend pass for just $15. Like the Unplugged Expo Facebook Page to stay up to date about all the latest about the convention.
Keiko Kitagawa, Sailor Mars from the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon TV series, has a couple of new movies in the works! She will star in a movie “Judge” and a movie sequel to the “Akumu-chan” TV series.
In “Judge” Keiko Kitagawa will star alongside Satoshi Tsumabuki who also appeared in Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as the guy from the trailer who says “Go” to start the race. Although Keiko Kitagawa also starred in Tokyo Drift they did not share any scenes together until now. The movie is a comedy who’s plot has them pretending to be a couple. Filming will take place in August and September. The film is currently slated for a January release.
The Akumu-chan movie is a follow up to the 11 episode TV series which aired at the end of last year in Japan. This movie will have many actors reprising their roles as a new student joins Ayami’s (Keiko Kitagawa) class as her students all know him from their dreams while Yukio knows him from her nightmares! Filming is already underway though no release date has been announced.
Source: Tokyo Hive and Tokyo Hive.
Bandai will be releasing a series of very nice looking very expensive Sailor Moon necklaces which are made to resemble some of Sailor Moon’s transformation items. From left to right on the larger image we have gold and silver versions of Sailor Moon’s original Transformation Brooch from the first season, a pink and silver version of the Crystal Star Brooch from Sailor Moon R and Sailor Chibi Moon’s Prism Heart Compact and Sailor Moon’s Cosmic Heart Compact from Sailor Moon S.
These are high end items! Like the rings we reported on earlier they are real jewelry. All are made of silver and some are gold plated. They’re sold at real jewelry prices! Each necklace is currently price at 12,600 yen which equates to about $125 US. Go ahead and get approval for that loan if you’re hoping to get all six! As you can see from the model wearing one these are quite small. No this is not a gigantic Japanese model wearing a life sized broach, they are about 3/4 of an inch in diameter.
Our baller readers may pre-order these items now through Bandai’s store. Keep reading for a close up look of all of the necklaces.
Sailor Jupiter is joining the ranks of Sailor Moon, Mercury and Mars with a great looking S. H. Figuarts figure by Bandai. This picture was taken at San Diego Comic-Con. Once again like with the other figures we’re just looking at a prototype right now. It doesn’t have any colour yet but the final figure will. We can only assume that the price point for this figure will be comparable to the others in the line. Both Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury are currently listed on Amazon for $42.
Bandai’s line of S. H. Figuarts figures are highly detailed and posable figures with many swappable parts. It seems likely at this point that a Sailor Venus figure won’t be far behind. Who will come after that? We can only speculate!