A Sailor Moon Crystal S. H. Figuarts figure is coming in January

Sailor Moon Crystal S. H. Figuarts

A new Sailor Moon Crystal S. H. Figuarts figure has been posted to the Tamashii Nations official site. This is Sailor Moon, once again, but this time it is a Sailor Moon Crystal version of Sailor Moon. We had previously gotten some Figuarts Zero statues in Sailor Moon Crystal versions but this is the first Sailor Moon Crystal S. H. Figuarts figure. S. H. Figuarts figures are high quality very posable figures with many extra faces and hands so that you can make them do pretty much anything you can imagine.

Sailor Moon Crystal S. H. Figuarts

This version of Sailor Moon has the Cosmic Heart Compact on her chest, from the Infinity Arc. Will more of the Sailor Guardians be released next? An S. H. Figuarts Sailor Moon Crystal Sailor Mercury would be the obvious next release. Who would you most like to see in this style of figure?

The figure will be released this January. No price has been announced yet but they usually sell for about $50 when first released domestically.

You will soon be able to buy Sailor Moon’s duvet cover and pillowcase

Sailor Moon comforter and pillowcase

Night time isn’t only for fighting evil by Moonlight! It’s also for sleeping! It has been announced on the Official Sailor Moon Site that Bandai will soon be releasing Usagi’s comforter and pillowcase from the original Sailor Moon anime! There have been a lot Sailor Moon themed blankets, comforters and bed sheets over the years but the official products usually featured an image of Sailor Moon on it. Well Sailor Moon doesn’t have Sailor Moon sheets on her bed! She does have a unique bedspread featuring Moons and rabbits, characteristic of Usagi herself. The Moons obviously relate to Sailor Moon and the Princess of the Moon and the rabbits would relate to Usagi’s name in Japanese meaning rabbit, a reference to the rabbit on the Moon legend in Japan.

Sailor Moon comforter and pillowcase pattern

The items in this set are a duvet cover, being referred to as a futon cover, and a pillowcase. We don’t really refer to comforters or duvets as futons in English. To me a futon is a weird transforming couch thing you buy in college but futon is a Japanese word and it means different things there. To them it refers to both the mattress and comforter. Since the Japanese invented the word and we adapted it and completely changed its meeting I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they are using it correctly. The duvet cover is 150x200cm which means it’s tiny. A twin is 168x 218 meaning I don’t know where you’d get a comforter that small. Japan would be a good place to start! A queen sized mattress is actually roughly 150x200cm but the norm in North America is to have a comforter that hangs off of the sides of a bed. Judging by the photo below this “futon” is roughly the size of the mattress itself.

Sailor Moon comforter and pillowcase

Note also that Usagi doesn’t actually have this pattern on her pillowcase, which is simply white, so if you’re really trying to be authentic you should just use the duvet cover. The set will be released in November and will cost 7020 yen, about $70 US. If you don’t live in Japan you’ll probably have a bit of trouble ordering and shipping a set though.

Sailor Moon pillowcase

Luna waking Usagi

Sailor Moon Crystal Season III volume 2 Japanese Blu-Ray review

Sailor Moon Crystal Season III Blu-Ray - Vol. 2 - Contents

The latest Blu-Ray release for Sailor Moon Crystal’s Infinity Arc was released on July 27th in Japan. This is the second of three releases covering this story arc and includes episodes 30 through 33. The set also includes a 24 page booklet with episode descriptions, interviews and character art. This is a Japanese only release with no English subtitles. You can order it from online retailers such as Amazon Japan for 6516 yen, about $65 US.

Sailor Moon Crystal Season III Blu-Ray - Vol. 2 - Front

The packaging for this release highlights Sailor Uranus and Neptune with a great cover image on the Blu-Ray itself. The colours on the box match Sailor Uranus’s Sailor Fuku with a yellow bow.

Sailor Moon Crystal Season III Blu-Ray - Vol. 2 - Disc

Episodes included in this release are Act 30, Infinity 4 – Sailor Uranus – Haruka Tenoh – Sailor Neptune – Michiru Kaioh, Act 31 – Sailor Pluto – Setsuna Meioh, Act 32 – Infinity 6 – Three Guardians, and Act 33 – Infinity 7 – Transformation – Super Sailor Moon. These cover the Witches 5’s Viluy, Tellu, Cyprine and Ptitlol, the appearance of Setsuna Meioh and Sailor Pluto as well as the origins of the Holy Grail and Sailor Moon’s transformation into Super Sailor Moon. Also included is the first appearance of Sailor Saturn, but only in flashback form, and a brief appearance by Mistress 9.

I watched all four episodes and didn’t notice any changes in animation from the original streaming release as had been done with the first 26 episodes. As there were no changes to the last release either I suspect we won’t be seeing any changes to the episodes of this story arc.

Sailor Moon Crystal Season III Blu-Ray - Vol. 2 - Special Booklet 2 - Pages 12 and 13 - Interview with Yukiyo Fujii, the voice of Sailor Saturn

The packaging advertises a 28 page booklet. Funny I only counted 24. I suppose we could be really creative and count the cover page and back cover as “pages”? Like with other booklets this includes episode summaries, interviews and character art. This one includes interviews with five voice actors Misato Fukuen, Sailor Chibi Moon, Junko Minagawa, Sailor Uranus, Sayaka Ohara, Sailor Neptune, Yukiyo Fujii, Sailor Saturn and Ai Maeda, Sailor Pluto.

Some audio commentaries are also included with the episodes themselves. The same voice actors appear for all four of the commentaries. This includes Hisako Kanemoto, Ami, Rina Sato, Rei, Misato Fukuen, Chibiusa and Yukiyo Fujii, Hotaru. I don’t speak Japanese so I don’t know what they talk about.

Sailor Moon Crystal Season III Blu-Ray - Vol. 2 - Blu-Ray

It’s a bit hard to justify buying this Japanese only release at this price which is close to what you’d pay for the entire 14 episode Dark Kingdom story arc in Japanese and English. Surely the four episodes per disc is a better deal than with earlier releases but since there are no changes to the animation this time around you can still watch the streaming version for free instead of buying this.

The third volume, including the final five episodes of this story arc, will be released on Blu-Ray on August 31st. You can preorder it online from sites like Amazon Japan. It costs a bit more, with an MSRP of 10,584 yen, about $105 US dollars. This post on the Sailor Moon official site indicates that the version will include a box to store all three volumes in, which seems to justify this roughly 50% increase from the previous volumes.

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Check out these Paper Cut Sailor Soldiers by Memorabilia Studios

Sailor Moon paper cut

Here are some fun art pieces that might interest some Sailor Moon fans. They are paper cut Sailor Soldiers. These are made out of small cut and assembled pieces of coloured paper put together in a frame. You can order them from the Memorobelia Studios Etsy shop. These are individually made by artists Ale and Matt. They aren’t cheap, costing from 80 to 95 euro (about $90 to $106 US) but the cost reflects the hard work that goes into them and looks to be worth it based on how nice looking these are.

Sailor Mars paper cut

Right now you can order Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter or Sailor Venus. Which is your favourite?

Sailor Mercury paper cut

Learn more about these from the Memorobelia Studios Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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The first 14 episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD Tuesday August 16th

Sailor Moon Crystal set 1 limited edition Blu-Ray

The first English home video release of Sailor Moon Crystal is coming this Tuesday, August 16th, in stores and online. This set will include the first 14 episodes of the series, which covers the Dark Kingdom story arc, in Japanese with English subtitles and with the English dub of the show. Since the Japanese release had only two episodes per release this is quite a bargain. The set will be available for a prerelease sale at Viz’s booth at Otakon this weekend for only $65. You can order the limited edition from sites like Right Stuf, which includes a bonus sun catcher for some pre-orders, and Amazon for an MSRP of $80. The regular Blu-Ray version is a bit cheaper with an MSRP of $60. Order this from Right Stuf or Amazon if you don’t care about the booklet, sun catcher and art cards. If you hate life and want to watch the show in a lower quality than you can with the free streaming version you can also get the DVD version from Right Stuf and Amazon for a bit less. Don’t do this. Even if you are a time traveler who can’t bring a Blu-Ray player with you to the past because old TVs don’t have HDMI you get the DVD with the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack so just get that.

Viz has put together an unboxing video which can be viewed on their site or in the embedded clip below.

The packaging looks good. The art cards included are the cover art for all of the Japanese releases. The included special book looks a lot like the ones that came with the Japanese releases only with interviews with the English cast. The sun catcher catches sun. You really don’t have any reason not to buy this set. With the quality of the show there’s no reason to expect this release to be plagued by the video quality issues the releases of the original Sailor Moon anime were.

Hulu is becoming a paid service but you can watch Sailor Moon for free on many other sites

Sailor Moon on Yahoo! View

A number of sources such as Variety and The Hollywood Reported have reported that Hulu plans to end their free service. This hasn’t happened quite yet so fans are still free to watch Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal for free on the service. What is one to do when this switch happens? Hulu will continue to host the show on their pay service but will also be hosting a lot of their free content on Yahoo! View. Use this link to watch Sailor Moon on Yahoo! View. You can also watch Sailor Moon Crystal on Yahoo! View. The site seems to be identical to Hulu in most ways. It seems that Sailor Moon will continue to be available on Viz.com’s anime streaming service Neon Alley after Hulu moves to a subscription only service. Sailor Moon Crystal continues to be available on Crunchyroll though they are limiting their back catalogue to paid users.

Canadians are still out of luck with Yahoo! View which just like Hulu and Neon Alley is region blocked in Canada, but that doesn’t really matter anymore. As we reported earlier Canadians can now watch the entire original Sailor Moon anime in Japanese with English subtitles on TubiTV, which is also free. You can also watch Sailor Moon Crystal on TubiTV.

Jeremy Lin faces off against Sailor Moon in Space Jam 3: Anime Edition!

Space Jam 3: Anime Edition! - Sailor Moon

The sequel to the sequel to Space Jam is out and it features Sailor Moon! This fan film by Ryan Higa stars Jeremy Lin of the NBA basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. Amongst the anime stars are Goku, Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh and of course Sailor Moon. As with the original Space Jam the story has animated characters, this time from anime, recruiting a professional basketball player to help them. Sailor Moon plays on the AnimeNiacs team, which is the latest incarnation of the Tune Squad. Watch the full video on YouTube embedded below.

What do you think of the film?

Space Jam 3: Anime Edition! - Sailor Moon

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Check out Stephanie Yanez’s new CD to hear her rendition of the Sailor Moon theme Moonlight Densetsu

gaNISOng by Stephanie Yanez

Stephanie Yanez, an American J-pop singer, model and Sailor Moon fan, has released a CD which includes a cover of the original Sailor Moon anime’s theme song Moonlight Densetsu. This CD includes 5 tracks from famous anime series. In addition to this track from Sailor Moon it also includes music from Durarara, Naruto and Evangelion as well as instrumental versions of all of these songs. The album is currently available on Amazon Japan for 1200 yen, about $12 US. A worldwide digital release will be coming August 24th and 31st.

gaNISOng by Stephanie Yanez

This album is part of the gaNISOng series which showcases anime music sung by artists from around the world, with Stephanie Yanez representing the USA.

Check out Stephanie Yanez performing Moonlight Densetsu for Sailor Moon Day in the YouTube video embedded below.

For more of Stephanie Yanez’s music check out her official web site. You can buy more of her previously released music from her iTunes page.

Sailor Moon Crystal Original Soundtracks II review

Sailor Moon Crystal Original Soundtracks II

The second full Sailor Moon Crystal soundtrack was released on July 27th in Japan. This features music which is mostly from the Infinity arc of Sailor Moon Crystal, referred to as Season III in Japan. This is a 2 CD set which is mostly instrumental music though TV sized versions of the season’s opening and closing themes are also included. The CD can be purchased online through sites like Amazon Japan for 3,240 yen, which is about $32 US. This may seem expensive for a CD soundtrack but this is a pretty standard price in Japan. The first soundtrack was released on iTunes for only $18. No indication yet as to if and when this might happen for this release.

Sailor Moon Crystal Original Soundtracks II

The packaging looks great. As with the last release we have a stained glass window style art piece. This one features Sailor Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Saturn, four of the central characters of the season. The discs themselves feature images of their guardian planets. Disc 1 shows what I deduce must be Uranus and Neptune and disc 2 shows Pluto and Saturn. Note of course that since the early 90s when the Sailor Guardians were originally created Pluto is no longer a planet so it’s really a planet and a dwarf planet on the second disc.

Sailor Moon Crystal Original Soundtracks II - Booklet - Page 1 and 2 - Track listing

Included is a short booklet which appears to have a track listing and some interviews. Have I mentioned I don’t speak Japanese? That means I also don’t read Japanese. Looks nice enough! I’ve included photos below for anyone who can read that.

Sailor Moon Crystal Original Soundtracks II - Disc 1

The CDs themselves contain music you’ve likely already heard in the series. While it is advertised as music from “Season III” that does not mean that this is only new music. A lot of the tracks seem to be repeats of music we’ve heard before in the first 26 episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal and thus would have already been released in the first Sailor Moon Crystal Original Soundtracks. There’s still a lot of new music, mostly that related to the new characters such as Haruka, Michiru, Setsuna and Hotaru as well as their super powered counterparts and the villains the Death Busters and Witches 5. Yasuharu Takanashi has been the music composer for the entire series so the new music sounds like the old music. The music in this series is great, as it has always been. I feel that the animation this season was a vast improvement and the solid soundtrack complements it nicely.

Sailor Moon Crystal Original Soundtracks II - Disc 2

The TV sized versions of the opening and closing themes are a nice addition. This includes three versions of the new opening theme In Love With the New Moon and the three ending themes. The first, Eternal Eternity, is sung by the voices of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, Junko Minagawa and Sayaka Ohara. The second is Maiden’s Advice, sung by Misato Fukuen, the voice of Chibiusa. The third is Only Eternity Brings the Two Together, sung by Kenji Nojima, the voice of Tuxedo Mask. We’ve already gotten full length versions of all of these in the individual CD singles so these are not repeated on this release.

I would recommend fans pick up this release if they have the means and interest to import it. It’s a good way to support the show and these kinds of releases. If it comes out on iTunes later that would be a good alternative way to purchase it, avoiding import costs and having a generally lower price tag. If you just don’t want to pay for it I’m sure you can find it online somewhere.

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International Sailor Moon Day is this Saturday, August 6th, in cities across the globe

International Sailor Moon Day

The first Saturday in August fans from across the world get together in their own cities for small Sailor Moon get togethers. It’s August and tomorrow is Saturday so as you might have guessed Saturday August 6th is International Sailor Moon Day. Check out the International Sailor Moon Day web site to see if your city is involved!

Here’s a list of cities with events:

United States of America
Austin, TX
Blacksburg, VA
Chicago, IL
Fredericksburg, VA
Houston, TX
Huntsville, AL
Los Angeles, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
Mobile, Al
New York City, NY
Oregon, IL
Philadelphia, PA 
Pittsburgh, PA
Richmond, VA
San Antonio, TX
Seattle, WA
St. Louis, MO

Buenos Aires

San Luis
San Salvador de Jujuy

Ross Island


Edmonton, AB
Fredericton, NB
Salmo, BC
Toronto, ON
Vancouver, BC



Chihuahua, Chih
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Mexico City
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon



United Kingdom

Will any of you be attending events in your city?