This coming weekend is the N2U anime convention in Ottawa, Ontario. We mentioned a while back that this convention would be host to a number of Sailor Moon voice actors. We now have a schedule for the convention which tells us about a number of Sailor Moon related panels that are taking place and a time for the meet and greets with the voice actors.
The Meet & Greets will be taking place in the Centennial Foyer Saturday at noon and Sunday at 2pm. This will include Linda Ballantyne, the voice of Sailor Moon, Katie Griffin, the voice of Sailor Mars, Susan Roman, the voice of Sailor Jupiter, Toby Proctor, the voice of Tuxedo Mask and John Stocker, voice director for the series.
For panels Friday from 9 to 11pm there is “A Brief History of the Moon Kingdom”. Saturday night has “Sailor Moon 101 from 10pm until midnight. Additionally on Saturday from 1pm to 3pm you can watch Sailor Moon in the video room.
Roland Parliament, the voice of Melvin and voice director for the first 65 episodes of the English dub of Sailor Moon, has written a book about his time working on the show. He spoke about this project at the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Panel at Unplugged Expo this past weekend in Toronto. This book was written this past summer and includes contributions and photos from many of the voice actors that worked on the original DiC dubbed episodes of Sailor Moon. The book is currently with the editor so it should be completed soon.
We’ll be sure to share any more details about this book’s release as it’s release approaches.
The full content of both panels Sailor Moon voice actor panels from Unplugged Expo have been recorded and will be posted to the site as time permits.
All this week this very cool Adventure Moon shirt, showing Sailor Moon and Luna drawn in the style of Adventure Time, will be on sale at Tee Turtle. As opposed to other shirt a day sites this one will be on sale all week, starting at $15 today, Monday October 28th, and then selling for $20 for the rest of the week, ending Sunday November 3rd.
Another exclusive, this great looking pinup poster, is just $10. This would be a great item to get autographed by the many voice actors in attendence. It’s by artist Jon Lam. For more of his stuff check out his Facebook page, twitter page or personal web site. Voice actors will also have other items available for sale to get autographed at their table. Postcards will be $5, headshots will be $10 and posters will be $15.
I’ve also gotten more details about the Sailor Moon DQ panel which is taking place Saturday at noon. This will be a panel focusing on the music from the English dub of Sailor Moon.
We’ve got a better look at the new Tamashii Nations Moon Stick toy which we now know will go on sale in Japan next April. The Moon Stick is part of the new PROLICA line which is a portmanteau of prop and replica. This very accurate looking life sized replica will retail for 8,800 yen, which is about $90 US, though you can currently preorder it from JList for $120. The crystal included is removable. There are 7 coloured LEDs on the Moon Stick and it comes with a stand for displaying.
The Moon Stick includes a voice chip which will speak in the voice of Sailor Moon’s voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi. With the new anime planned for January, 3 months before this toy is released, some are speculating that Kotono Mitsuishi’s voice being used for this Moon Stick could mean that she will be reprising her role as Sailor Moon in the show. If a new actress was playing Sailor Moon when this toy was released it could cause confusion for this prop to have a different voice. Kotono Mitsuishi mentioned being interested in reprising her role at the 20th Anniversary Event last summer when the new anime was originally announced but we have not yet had any confirmation of any casting for the show. It’s likely that this Moon Stick’s design and voice are simply based off of the original anime, which the identical design certainly supports, but having not seen any art from the new anime yet it’s possible the new Moon Stick will also look like this.
The schedule for Unplugged Expo has been posted online so we can now confirm when the Sailor Moon related events will be taking place. At this year’s convention there will be a gathering of 10 voice actors from the english dub of Sailor Moon. This includes Stephanie Morgenstern, the voice of Sailor Venus, Katie Griffin, the voice of Sailor Mars, Susan Roman, the voice of Sailor Jupiter, Terri Hawkes, the voice of Sailor Moon, Toby Proctor, the voice of Tuxedo Mask, Jill Frappier, the voice of Luna, Ron Rubin, the voice of Artemis, Roland Parliament, the voice of Melvin, Julie Lemieux, the voice of Serena’s brother Sammy and John Stocker, voice director. This is going to be the largest gathering of english Sailor Moon voice actors in convention history so it should not be missed by any fan who can make it to Toronto this weekend.
The main panels featuring these voice actors will be the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary panels taking place Saturday at 1pm and Sunday at 2pm. Following each of these panels will be autograph sessions running from 2 to 3pm on Saturday and 3 to 4pm on Sunday.
In addition to these voice actor panels there are a few other events of interest going on. Saturday at 11am will be a Sailor Moon products panel run by Emily from the Moon Chase Sailor Moon news blog. Directly following this at 12pm is a Sailor Moon DQ panel which I don’t have any details on but it has Sailor Moon in it’s title so I’m sure it’ll be fun. Sailor Moon cosplayers will want to check out the How to Make Sailor Moon Fuku panel presented by Cosmeko which will be Saturday afternoon at 4pm.
Check out this “Pretty Guardian Trainer Jupiter” shirt featuring a mash up of Pokémon and Sailor Moon. It’s for sale at ShirtPunch for only $10 but will only be for sale for 24 hours on October 18th. The shirt shows Sailor Jupiter as a Pokémon trainer with the Pokémon Blitzie, Roselia and Jolteon in her team.
This weekend is New York Comic Con where there was a Kodansha Comics panel to discuss many things, including the current state of the Sailor Moon manga, art books and the new Sailor Moon anime we’re all excited to see. A lot of what we already knew was repeated at this panel. We had already heard that the new Sailor Moon anime would air in the winter. This is repeated as being “around January 2014″. The method of distribution was once again confirmed to be Niconico, a Japanese online streaming video site, and it was added that the show will be subtitled in 10 different languages! This would obviously include English, though we can only speculate as to what the other languages may be.
Kodansha Comics USA also gave out some items at their booth including a Sailor Moon 2014 calendar, similar to the one they released last year.
The Tamashi Nations Sailor Moon site has been updated with colour images of their upcoming Figuarts ZERO Sailor Moon figure which will be available in March from Bandai and Volks. We had previously only seen a grey prototype of this toy. The image below shows it next to the S. H. Figuarts figure to demonstrate scale, which is useful only to people who actually have the S. H. Figuarts figure which is itself a fairly small toy. It will be 22 cm tall, roughly 8.5″. It is priced at 8,800 yen which is about $91 US so get started on that loan application now. You can preorder this toy from JList for a mere $110.
This figure is not posable and is modelled after Sailor Moon from the Sailor Moon R arc of the anime, as Sailor Moon is seen with her Cutie Moon Rod and Crystal Star Brooch.
Can’t wait that long? No problem. In January five transformation items will be released as capsule toys. The entire set can be preordered now from JList for only $22. The set includes Sailor Moon’s original transformation brooch from the first season, her Crystal Star Brooch from Sailor Moon R, her Cosmic Heart Compact from Sailor Moon S and her Crisis Moon Compact and Sailor Chibi Moon’s Chibi Moon Compact from Sailor Moon SuperS.