This coming Saturday, July 5th 2014, the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal will finally be released! Earlier today, June 30th 2014, in Japan there was a premiere event where the first episode of the new Sailor Moon anime was played in celebration of Usagi’s birthday. A number of screenshots of the intro and first episode have been released. Some sketchy bootlegged video of some of the episode has been leaked as well. Check out the video below for the complete intro, with the theme song Moon Pride by Momoiro Clover Z, followed by Sailor Moon’s first transformation.
[The video has been set to private since this post was originally made. Check out many screenshots of the video at the bottom of this post to see images from the intro and scene from the episode]
The scene where Luna gives Usagi her broach seems to follow the same scene from the first episode of the original Sailor Moon anime very closely. It remains to be seen if the rest of the premiere episode is as similar.
Keep reading for a ton more new images and screenshots from the leaked footage.
As of this morning, June 30th, episodes 15 and 16 of Sailor Moon are now available streaming in Japanese with English subtitles for free on Hulu. DVDs and Blu-Rays of Viz’s release of Sailor Moon will be availalbe later this year. Episodes 1 to 23 are now available for digital download from various retailers. Also don’t forget that starting Saturday you’ll also be able to watch the new Sailor Moon anime Sailor Moon Crystal on Hulu.
In episode 15, Usagi’s Panic: Rei’s First Date, we are introduced to a romantic pairing which will tear the fandom apart! The main story is about some park getting destroyed and the groundskeeper becoming evil but no one cares about that as much as all of the dating that happens. Rei falls for Mamoru and nabs a date with him! This drives Usagi crazy and so she gets a date with Umino in order to spy on them. Usagi generally mistreats Umino while Rei and Mamoru’s date is relatively lack luster. Then some squirrels attack people and the good guys beat the bad guys.
In episode 16, A Girl’s Dream: Usagi Becomes a Bride, Usagi is all about getting married, even though she doesn’t have a boyfriend. The Dark Kingdom is targetting Usagi’s sewing teacher, and everyone gets all wrapped up in a wedding dress contest. Usagi has fantasies about marrying Tuxedo Mask and Motoki, seemingly at the same time. Too bad both of them have girlfriends at this time, though Usagi doesn’t quite know it yet. Tuxedo Mask is really Mamoru (spoiler) and is dating Rei while Motoki’s girlfriend is Reika who we’ll see later. Usagi once again abuses of her Disguise Pen. This time to get a wedding dress which is actually different than the dress we see later in the series during Mamoru and Usagi’s premonitions of the future. Whether she actually ends up with that dress is a bit of a time paradox.
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As always free episodes are available streaming with ads on Hulu.
These are all available primarily to US users. Amazon Instant has no Canadian pressence. Sailor Moon is not listed in the Canadian iTunes store. It appears to be available for Xbox Video and PlayStation Store users in Canada.
Today, June 30th 2014, at Ript Apparel you can pick up two great looking Sailor Moon shirts for $10. Select Sailor Scout features Sailor Moon, Mars, Mercury and Jupiter in a character select screen reminiscent of old video games such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There are actually already a bunch of Sailor Moon beat ‘em up games of that style which were made in the 90s. This screen is an original design, not one from one of those games. The second shirts is Lunar Express featuring Luna as the Cat Bus from My Neighbour Totoro which we’ve posted about on the site before.
There’s a lot going on next weekend at Anime Expo in Los Angeles and I’ve just learned of a “Saban Moon” panel, all about the planned North American Toon Makers’ Sailor Moon series. The series, both live action and animated, is seen as a mix of Power Rangers and She-Ra. The pilot was never picked up. As you can see from the photos it looked very little like the original Japanese show. As of now we only have this brief description of the panel:
Saban Moon: The ‘other’ Sailor Moon
DATE & TIME Jul 6th at 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM
In honor of the upcoming Sailor Moon remake, Antibishonen will discuss about the ‘other’ Sailor Moon that was almost created!
The panel will be held Sunday July 6th 10am by Antibishonen.
It seems fitting that this panel take place at Anime Expo, as it was at this same convention in 1998 where the clip of the series was shared with fans. A couple of years ago a lot of cels from the series were sold on eBay. I managed to pick up a number of them, photos of which can be found in this gallery, as well as the voice over script of the pilot.
There’s a lot going on at Anime Expo next weekend, July 3rd to the 6th, which will coincide with the airing of the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal. We’ve posted about these events before. As a quick recap there will be the unveiling of the new cast and airing of the first episode of the new Sailor Moon dub by Viz, appearances by a ton of voice actors from the original dub of the Sailor Moon anime, panels by Viz and an appearance by Jennifer Cihi, singer for many songs from the original dub. This convention is sure to have a ton to offer for Sailor Moon fans!
Thanks to Samantha for letting me know about this panel. Keep reading for more photos of cels from the Toon Makers’ Sailor Moon show.
Bandai has announced the second in it’s line of Proplica Sailor Moon products. The Cutie Moon Rod, the item Sailor Moon receives in Sailor Moon R, was announced earlier this month on Bandai’s official Sailor Moon site and later revealed at the Tokyo Toy Show. New photos and information were recently released at the official site.
Much like the Proplica Moon Stick which has been released and that we have already reviewed, this is a life sized item, measuring 44 cm (17 inches), which looks exactly like the one used by Sailor Moon in the show. It will have lights and sounds and retail for a mere 10,000 yen (about $100 US) which is more than the Moon Stick, but understandable given how much bigger it actually is. Check out the photo above from Sailor Moon German to get a sense of it’s size when placed aside the Moon Stick. Clips of such things as “Moon Princess Halation” will be voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi, the voice of Sailor Moon.
Information about how or where to buy it will be posted as it becomes available. As with the Moon Stick it will likely be available at a number of Japanese retailers and then later sold in North America. For now you can still buy the Moon Stick from the link below.
I was disappointed that I couldn’t make it to Anime North in Toronto this year but luckily Emily from Moon Chase recorded one of the panels which can be viewed below.
This panel, which was recorded on May 23rd 2014, includes Toby Proctor, the voice of Tuxedo Mask, John Stocker, voice director for the S and SuperS seasons of the anime as well as the three movies, Linda Ballantyne, the voice of Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon S and SuperS, Katie Griffin, the voice of Sailor Mars, and Susan Roman, the voice of Sailor Jupiter. Watch them take questions from the audience about their time recording Sailor Moon, including a humourous story about the dubbing of an adult film.
The series premier of Sailor Moon Crystal is just 10 days away! We now have a new “Extended” trailer. There isn’t much new in here. The visuals seems nearly identical to the first trailer, with slightly more drawn out shots, but the big difference with this one is the inclusion of background music. The first trailer had the opening theme “Moon Pride” by Momoiro Clover Z but this one has some background music from the series. Check it out!
This morning, June 23rd, Sailor Moon episodes 13 and 14 were added to Hulu. These new episodes dubbed by Viz will be added at a rate of two per week, every Monday, until the series is completed. These episodes are subbed only, though dubbed episodes will be released later along with a DVD and Blu-Ray release.
In episode 13, Girls Unite: the End of Jadeite, the audience gets a big spoiler from the title! Jadeite appears as a massive illusion over the city challenging Sailor Moon to come fight him, and she and her friends do just that. The whole thing is a trap by Jadeite, but not a terribly good one as he is beaten and recalled by Queen Beryl. Having learned the identity of the Sailor Guardians, Jadeite is about to reveal it, but proving herself to be a terrible leader Queen Beryl dismisses this information and freezes him forever, leading people to continually speculate and write fan fiction about the possibility of him returning some day.
In episode 14, A New Enemy Appears: Nephrite’s Evil Crest, we are introduced to the new villains Nephrite and Zoisyte. Naru’s friend Rui is excelling at tennis when she meets Masato Sanjoin, Nephrite’s civilian identity, who infects her racket making her obsessed with tennis. When Rui’s energy level peaks a monster springs from her racket and fights Sailor Moon.