Keiko Kitagawa, best known to fans of the live action Sailor Moon series as Sailor Mars, is getting married. This was reported Thursday by the Japanese newspaper Sports Hochi. She is engaged to DAIGO, a singer from the band BREAKERZ who has performed theme songs for anime series such as Detective Conan. The wedding is set to take place in January.
Keiko Kitagawa has had a great career since appearing in the live action Sailor Moon series in 2003 and 2004. She has done a lot of modeling work and has appeared in a number of Japanese drama series and movies, including the live action adaptation of Paradise Kiss. North American fans may have seen her in Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift. The scene below shows her swearing in a deleted scene from the film.
Fans may be asking themselves, as I have, why this guy and not me? Surely I was expecting that despite considerable differences in geography, culture, spoken language, income, social status, age and attractiveness that the two of us were perfectly suited for each other, but alas this does not seem to be the case.
There is currently no news about whether or not her cat Jill will be involved in the ceremony.
The two latest episodes of Sailor Moon SuperS have been added to Hulu and Neon Alley. With episodes 146 and 147 we are almost done with the Amazon Trio as we have an episode right out of a sitcom plot followed by a tragic heartbreak for Makoto.
Episode 146, Juban Holiday: The Carefree Princess, feels like an episode of Family Ties. This plot has been done time and time again. There’s a princess who is tired of a great life of luxury so she sneaks off for a day of innocent fun! Princess Rubina, in this case, crosses paths with Usagi and Chibiusa. She is completely ignorant about the normal world, thinking it fit to tell men to carry the bags of strangers or to steal balloons! In one particularly humorous scene we see a balloon salesman pressuring a kid into having a fit to try to get his mother to buy him a balloon. This seems to fail until Princess Rubina takes it upon herself to free the balloons from the vendor. This doesn’t go so well when payment is expected and ultimately somehow Hawk’s Eye is saddled with the bill. This method of simply asking the next closest person for payment reminds me of the parking lot attendant in Strange Brew (starring Jill Frappier) asking anyone for “six fifty”. Ultimately Rubina is targeted by Hawk’s Eye which leads to a hilarious Lemures who appears to be an elephant but turns out to be the ball, Elephanko.
Episode 147, Destined Partners? Makoto’s Innocence, continues Makoto’s tragic relationship drama. There’s a dance party and Makoto loves to dance, but doesn’t seem to get much action because in this universe guys don’t want to approach beautiful women because they’re too tall? This leads Ami and Makoto to dance together, so of course we need to ship these two. Ultimately Tiger’s Eye shows up and he has a plan to get all of the girls, because at this point we’re doing mass pick ups instead of just one at a time, and so he dances with Makoto to lure them all in. Makoto, who gets attached far too easily, imagines them dancing in white which I can only assume signifies a wedding. When she asks for one more dance Tiger’s Eye says he’ll be back later, and proceeds to dance with every girl there before just leaving. Makoto is determined to stick around and stays there all night, waiting for a man who would not come in the rain. This reminds me of Makoto’s first episode of the live action Sailor Moon series in which she is tricked into waiting for a boy who she has a crush on and ends up waiting for a long period of time in the rain before realizing it. Since this scene is not in the manga and the live action series came much later than the anime, it is possible that this episode served as some inspiration for that. It could also be a coincidence, since Jupiter’s thunder powers are inevitably related to the rain. Fish Eye shows up, because he won a sort of beauty contest, and brings Tiger’s Eye a polaroid of Makoto. In a first Fish Eye is the one to trap Makoto and call forth her Mirror of Dreams while Tiger’s Eye is the one to put his head into it.
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North Carolina Sailor Moon fans will have a chance to meet voice actors from Japan and North America at Animazement at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina this coming May 22nd to the 24th! The convention will feature Keiko Han, who voiced Luna in the original Sailor Moon anime and the live action Sailor Moon series, as well as Amanda C. Miller, the voice of Sailor Juipter in Viz’s new dub of the original Sailor Moon anime.
Besides these Sailor Moon artists this convention will also feature a number of other guests from Japanese and English voices of many anime series.
Keiko Kitagawa, the actress who played Sailor Mars in the live action Sailor Moon series, is seen above wearing a surgical mask at an airport. This photo was posted to her official web site today as she is going overseas. Below is a picture of Sailor Mars wearing a surgical mask in episode 19 of the Sailor Moon Anime. This kind of thing is commonly seen in Japan amongst people who are sick, as Sailor Mars was in episode 19 of the anime, or simply trying to avoid getting sick. I am posting these for no real reason but I thought it was funny to see a picture of Keiko Kitagawa doing something so similar to her anime counterpart.
Hate sleep and love Halloween and the live action Sailor Moon show? Then you should get up at 5am tomorrow morning to watch Ayaka Komatsu, who played Sailor Venus in the live action Sailor Moon series, host a live Halloween show on her Niconico channel Komachannel. Ayaka will be dressed up for Halloween. What costume will she be wearing? The broadcast begins at 6pm Japan Standard time which is actually 5am Eastern Time. The live broadcast will be free to all viewers however after 7pm (6am Easter Time) it will only be available to members of her channel who pay the monthly 540 yen (about $5 US). The broadcast will be in Japanese.
Here’s a great look at what the cast of the live action Sailor Moon series look like now, 10 years later. The whole recently got together to celebrate the 28th birthday of Keiko Kitagawa, Sailor Mars in the series. From left to right are Rika Izumi, Sailor Merucry, Mew Azama, Sailor Jupiter, Keiko Kitagawa, Sailor Mars, Miyuu Sawai, Sailor Moon and Ayaka Komatsu, Sailor Venus. The photo was posted to Keiko Kitagawa’s official blog and Facebook page.
It’s great to see that these girls are still getting together nearly 10 years after the last episode aired. Just a short while ago they also got together to celebrate Ayaka Komatsu’s birthday.
Here’s the second of two Sailor Moon voice actor panels that were part of Unplugged Expo‘s Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary celebration. This panel was from the Sunday, October 27th, in Toronto. Saturday’s panel had more voice actors present but Sunday’s panel allowed for a more intimate experience with Ron Rubin, the voice of Artemis, Susan Roman, the voice of Sailor Jupiter, Terri Hawkes, the voice of Sailor Moon and Toby Proctor, the voice of Tuxedo Mask. The MC is me, Adam Gardner.
The panel focused on the cast’s time working in voice acting and featured a few attacks from the live action series. Though discussion of the new Sailor Moon anime was saved for the Sunday panel there were no new announcements made as no new information was available however the cast is enthusiastic to reprise their roles if given the chance and suggested fans on the Internet would have a lot of influence if they asked to see the original cast return. One such effort which I mentioned during the panel was this Facebook page which petitions to have Terri Hawkes voice Sailor Moon in the new anime. Please support this page and others if you’d like to hear your favourite voice actors in the new show.
Thanks to the Unplugged Expo staff for putting this convention together, to the Sailor Moon voice actors for making a great panel and to Kate for helping with the camera. Check out Kate’s Sailor Moon screenshots on Instagram or Twitter.
October 4th 2003, 10 years ago, the first episode of the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon TV series premiered in Japan. The show didn’t achieve much success with a North American audience but many fans did have a fondness for it. With a total of 49 episodes the series ran for about a year and also had two direct to video specials and a live stage show, along with a lot of merchandise.
The story of this series was a retelling of the Dark Kingdom storyline from the manga and anime. While at the beginning there were many similarities, the series quickly defied expectations and did it’s own thing going so far as to introduce new variations of classic characters like Sailor Luna, Dark Mercury, Mio Kuroki and Princess Sailor Moon. The effects were a bit cheap and Luna was a plush most of the time but the show still had a certain quality to it that made it very much Sailor Moon.
It’s August 22nd which is Keiko Kitagawa’s 27th birthday and the date of the release of her photo book aptly named 27. This book features photos of Keiko Kitagawa, best known to visitors of this site as Sailor Mars from the 2003 live action Sailor Moon series, in photos she took in Paris and Tokyo. The book can be ordered from online sites such as Amazon Japan or YesAsia now. The book is currently available with two covers. A limited edition cover is still available on Amazon Japan for now but the standard cover will be the only one available once the initial stock runs out.
In addition to this book a making of DVD and Blu-Ray has also been announced. This is a behind the scenes look at the making of 27. It will be released on November 13th. The DVD will cost 3000 yen, roughly $30 US, and the Blu-Ray disc will cost 4000 yen, roughly $40 US. Japanese DVDs are region 2 and therefore can not be played in North American DVD players however Japanese Blu-Ray discs are region A, which will work in North American Blu-Ray players.
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!