The Sailor Moon 30th Anniversary is underway and to celebrate there will be a special live event on April 28th which will be broadcast on the official Sailor Moon YouTube channel. This event will feature voice actors from Sailor Moon Crystal including Kotono Mitsuishi, the voice of Sailor Moon, Shizuka Ito, the voice of Sailor Venus, Shoko Nakagawa, the voice of Diana, and Hyadain, a musician who previously did the music on the Sailor Moon The Super Live musical. You can watch the event on the 28th at 10pm Japan Standard Time, 7am Easter Time, using the embedded link below. Not much to see there right now but there is a convenient countdown showing when the event will start. The official site claims anyone can watch it for free which suggests it should be available to watch worldwide.
What will be discussed? It could be almost anything! It seems likely something will be announced. Evidently the best thing to get news about would be a continuation to Sailor Moon Crystal as a Stars story arc. We don’t really know what form this could take. The theatrical films Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1 and 2 performed quite poorly at the box office. It’s hard to say if they remained profitable with home video and streaming sales because movie accounting is usually deceptive and intentionally obscure. It’s also quite difficult to account for factors such as increased sales for Sailor Moon merchandise which is difficult to tie directly to any streaming series or movies. I certainly hope it’s something Sailor Moon Crystal related but I have learned not to get my hopes up too much.
The choice of hosts for the event is a bit curious. Kotono Mitsuishi is usually included in these things so that’s not odd. Shizuka Ito being included doesn’t make much more sense than any other Sailor Guardian if we’re talking about a Stars story arc. A Sailor Moon Crystal style Sailor V series seems unlikely so I’m not sure what that connection could be. Shoko Nakagawa is probably not there simply because of her work as the voice of Diana. She’s a popular media personality who hosts the popular Pokémon Sunday. Hyadain’s involvement could be related to many things. As he did the music for the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon The Super Live musical he may simply be there to discuss the upcoming performance of the musical at the Japan Parade in New York which is coming up on May 14th. He may also be there to discuss his involvement in an upcoming musical or that he is contributing music to new episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal.
What do you think will be announced at this event? You’re allowed to say nothing! It might be nothing…
That’s cool. I think that’s cool.
If it’s anything like the last broadcast special that Kotono/Shoko/Hyadain did with Nojima Kenji/Fukuen Misato, then this is mostly likely going to be 90% nostalgic nineties anime fan service and 10% product placement. Shoko has a very small role in Crystal and Hyadain has none, so they are there mostly as celebrity megafans of the franchise.
STARS! STARS! STARS!
Sailor Moon Crystal has another 2 part film for 2023.
I like the sound of that.
Not sure how I feel about the director for the Shadow Galactica arc being 高橋知也, whose most notable animation directorial credit seems to be a 20-minute boys love short film. The rest of the creative team is also new for better or for worse, though based on the trailer the production values don’t look much better than what the Crystal movie had. Someone needs to give the animators better notes about how to draw open mouths.
I can’t believe I was mostly right about the product placement and there was sooooooooo much of it that we now know how Cosmos is being funded. The super live show is scheduled for September, so I’m guessing the thing in New York next month will probably only be a pre-recorded trailer or a brief press announcement at most.
Hyadain is way too fanboyey for a moderator, but I enjoyed the commentary from Mitsuishi and Itou Shizuka about their experiences with fan reactions, the casting process, etc. The surprise guest at the end of the stream wasn’t so much of a surprise as it was a mandatory press appearance to signify Takeuchi Naoko’s mandatory involvement in the production of Cosmos. But I expect no one here will actually watch the entire stream due to lack of dubbing, so any discussion about that level of minutiae is wasted here.
Guys sailor stars is confirmed fore summer 2023
Super excited for the SM Museum in Roppongi that’ll be open for 6 months the day after Usagi’s birthday!
it was very special and nice to hear about stars, but when is the dead moon arc coming to bluray or at least dvd. i love the idea of going back to the very beginning. it brings back the memories.
The BR for Eternal has been out for almost a year now. If you’re asking about localized versions, probably never unless you count pirated hard copies of the godawful Netflix dubs.
well i do like how they are doing the stars arc to finally finish off sailor moon crystal… sucks that we went way past her 20th anniversary to well into her 30th just to finish the saga off once more… had to flat out pause the clips in select spots to see some unique things going on there, thought i saw the star lights princess (her name is lost to me at the moment) but no starlights… and 2 sailor crystals WOW, 2 part movie?? my japanese isnt that good yet so i didnt see much other then next year for something… maybe the release date??
Princess Fireball wasn’t in the trailer at all, or any of the other new characters except Galaxia.
You see her take Usagi’s hands in one scene.
Sailor Moon Cosmos is not the end of the franchise, but the end of Sailor Moon Crystal.
What is the ultimate answer to life, the cosmos, everything?
Sailor Moon Cosmos announced 2022.
20 + 22 = 42
Sick hitchhiker’s guide reference