Watch the new transformation sequences from the Sailor Moon Eternal films

Sailor Moon Eternal transformation sequences - Sailor Mars

New footage from the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal films has been released on the TOEI Movie YouTube channel. Though we had previously seen Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon’s transformation sequences this gives us a good look at Super Sailor Mercury, Super Sailor Mars, Super Sailor Jupiter and Super Sailor Venus’s transformations. You can watch the clip embedded below.

Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1 will be released in theatres in Japan on January 8th with Part 2 coming shortly afterwards on February 11th. What transformation sequence is your favourite?

Sailor Moon Eternal transformation sequences - Sailor Mars

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Check out Helios kissing Chibiusa from a Sailor Moon Eternal calendar

Sailor Moon Eternal calendar - Helios kissing Chibiusa

An update posted to the official Sailor Moon site and Nakayoshi web site includes images of a Sailor Moon Eternal calendar which shows us previously unseen images from the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal films including an image of Helios kissing Chibiusa. The calendar will be included with the February 2021 issue of Nakayoshi which will be released on December 28th because magazines lie to us as much as car manufacturers.

Sailor Moon Eternal calendar in February's issue of Nakayoshi

There are other images in the calendar, which you can see above, though some are repeats and others are alternate poses of characters we’ve seen before. The calendar appears to be a triangle shaped out of double sided cardboard with two months visible on each surface, as you can see from the photo in the bottom left corner of the image. There are 11 images in total as January and February share the Sailor Moon Eternal poster as an image.

Sailor Moon Eternal - Nakayoshi bonuses - Calendar and bookmarks

The March bonus, pictured above, is a set of eight Sailor Moon Eternal bookmarks. That issue will be released on February 3rd 2021 again because of the lies.

The Nakayoshi magazine is an important part of Sailor Moon history as it is where the Sailor Moon manga was first published! The first Sailor Moon Eternal film will be released in theatres in Japan on January 8th while part 2 will be released on February 11th. There has been no official confirmation of when the films will be released outside of Japan.

A new Sailor Moon Eternal poster features Super Sailor Moon and Nehelenia

Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1 poster - Sailor Moon and Queen Nehelenia

The Sailor Moon Official Site has been updated with the latest Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1 poster. This one features Sailor Moon and Queen Nehelenia along with her mirror. Quite a nice looking poster! A Twitter contest is being held where those who follow the movie account and retweet the poster will have a chance of winning one of five actual posters. Though it is not mentioned this contest is likely limited to fans living in Japan.

It was also mentioned that starting today, Monday November 30th, an update will be posted to the official site every night! We are getting close to Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1’s January 8th Japanese theatrical release date which is why updates are going to be more frequent. There’s no guarantee that every day’s news will be all that interesting, but we will be sure to share anything which our fans may want to see. Feel free to check out the official site and this web site frequently for updates!

Rumour: Is Netflix dubbing the Sailor Moon Eternal films?

Astro Girl (Aka: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie)

A listing of an actor’s union web site suggests that Netflix may be dubbing the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal films, which will be hitting theatres in Japan January 8th and February 11th. If this information really means that Netflix will be dubbing these films, it seems likely that they will be streamed on Netflix rather than released in theatres. So what’s all this about?

An entry for “Astro Girl: (Aka: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie)” can be found on the SAG-AFTRA web site. The entry further details that this is a “Netflix Dubbing Agreement”. What is SAG-AFTRA? This is the web site for the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. This is the primary labour union for actors, including voice actors, in the United States. As such this project is being listed because there are union actors who are working on the project.

I will not claim to be an expert on what’s listed in this particular database. I do not know if all information listed on this site is definitive and final confirmation of the parties affiliated with those works. There’s little doubt that “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie” is a reference to the films Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1 and Part 2. It’s worth noting that this entry only lists one film and is dated 2019, back when we didn’t actually know that the film would be broken up into two parts. If this information is outdated, does it still represent the current state of the project?

The production company on this listing is “The Best Entertainment, LLC”. A search for other shows by this company on the SAG-AFTRA site turns up an extensive list of foreign language animated and live action series many of which are currently streaming on Netflix.

Uran aka Astro Girl

The name “Astro Girl” is certainly odd. Is this a code name for the project? If so, why use Sailor Moon Eternal as the AKA? It’s possible that for reasons of secrecy the project was referred to as Astro Girl while recording so that no everyone knew what it was. I’m reminded of the Toon Makers’ Sailor Moon series which was referred to internally as Project “Y”. The name Astro Girl does vaguely fit the idea of Sailor Moon, who is a girl who is from space. It happens to also be the English name of Astro Boy’s sister.

Toon Makers' Sailor Moon voice-over session script title

What are the implications of this? If Netflix is dubbing the films, rather than Viz Media who had dubbed the Sailor Moon Crystal series to date, would we be seeing the same voice cast returning? Earlier today Stephanie Sheh, who plays Usagi in the Viz dub of Sailor Moon Crystal, shared a photo of herself in a Sailor Moon shirt while recording “pickups” for an unspecified series. This could simply be a coincidence!

If Netflix is in fact dubbing these films, does that means that it will absolutely play on Netflix? A series made or dubbed by Netflix is generally something which will likely be released on Netflix. Such films are usually not released in theatres in any significant capacity, though a home video release is not unheard of. Many Netflix series and Netflix dubbed anime series and films have been released on DVD and Blu-Ray after being released to the streaming service.

I present this information to you with all of the relevant context I’m aware of. I would welcome any additional information or insight anyone may have. Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts. At this point I would take this information with a grain of salt. SAG-AFTRA is a legitimate organization which has many similar Netflix projects listed, though we have not received official confirmation of this information. I am not an industry expert and don’t know if projects are only listed on the SAG-AFTRA site if they are confirmed. I am also unsure of whether or not Viz Media or what other voice acting companies do or don’t use union actors. There was speculation that when Barbara Goodson used the alias Janis Carol in Sailor Moon SuperS that this may have been related to non union work, but I never did learn of the specific reason for this credit.

What do you think? In light of the ongoing pandemic are you pleased at the prospect of the Sailor Moon Eternal films being released directly to a streaming service or would you rather see them in theatres? Would you still pick up a physical copy of these films if they are released to stream first?

Source: JRPictures on Twitter

New Sailor Moon Eternal stills from Lawson include another look at the Amazoness Quartet!

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - The Amazoness Quartet

With the January 8th release of first Sailor Moon Eternal film fast approaching we have some new stills which were released as part of another campaign by Lawson convenience stores in Japan. These stills can be purchased for a few dollars from Lawson print shops, like some we posted about earlier. As with the last batch the stills released are a mix of things we’ve seen before and some new stuff! The most exciting of the new images is a shot of the Amazoness Quartet, shown above. There are a number of others, which I will post below.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Chibi Moon and Super Sailor Moon

Super Sailor Chibi Moon and Super Sailor Moon during their transformation sequence.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Moon

Super Sailor Moon posing.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Chibi Moon

Super Sailor Chibi Moon posing.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Moon

Super Sailor Moon with her Moon Kaleidoscope.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Chibi Moon

Super Sailor Chibi Moon with her Chibi Moon Kaleidoscope.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Mercury

Super Sailor Mercury.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Mars

Super Sailor Mars.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Jupiter

Super Sailor Jupiter.

Sailor Moon Eternal stills - Super Sailor Venus

Super Sailor Venus.

What do you think of these new stills? Which is your favourite?

Hikari Yono, who voiced Kaolinite in Sailor Moon Crystal, dies at age 46

Hikari Yono

Another sad day for Sailor Moon fans. Voice actress Hikari Yono, who was the voice of Kaolinite in Sailor Moon Crystal died on November 15th at the young age of 46. It was mentioned that she had been dealing with an illness at the time of her death, though specifics were not given. Hikari Yono has appeared in many other anime series over the years.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 27 - Kaolinite

Source: Anime News Network

Akira Kobodera, Kunzite from the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series, has died at age 43

Live Action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 13 - Shin

It is with great sadness that I share the news that actor Akira Kobodera died earlier this week at the young age of 43. He is likely best known to Sailor Moon fans as the actor who portrayed Kunzite in the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series. The character in that series was quite different from that in other continuities, as he was at first seen as Shin, a young man with amnesia who didn’t know something sinister inside him, and later as Kunzite deals with conflicted feelings about his past and current life. Akira Kobodera brought wonderful emotion to the character which was a highlight of the series.

Live Action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 13 - Kunzite

Fans may also have seen Akira Kobodera in various Kamen Rider series. He was Kanai in Kamen Rider Blade, Aberu in Kamen Rider Kiva and Doctor Fujita in Kamen Rider OOO.

Live Action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 20 - Kunzite smirks

Source: Anime News Network

Nehelenia will be voiced by Nanao in the Sailor Moon Eternal films

Nanao as Nehelenia in Sailor Moon Eternal

At long last the voice of Nehelenia from the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal films has been revealed! The news, posted on the Sailor Moon Official Site, is that the character will be voiced by popular Japanese actress and model Nanao. The new trailer for the films includes a brief look at Nehelenia however the image is very dark. With minor tweaks to the contrast and brightness of that image we can get a better look at Nehelenia from the upcoming movies!

Sailor Moon Eternal trailer - Nehelenia

Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1 will be in theatres in Japan starting January 8th. Part 2 will be released shortly afterwards on February 11th. The movies will cover the Dream arc of the Sailor Moon manga which was previously loosely adapted as Sailor Moon SuperS.

What do you think of the choice? Are you a fan of Nanao’s other work?

A new Sailor Moon Eternal trailer and poster have been released!

Sailor Moon Eternal poster

With the first Sailor Moon Eternal movie only a few months away we finally have a new poster and trailer for the film! The poster shows us the Sailor Guardians in their Super forms with Sailor Chibi Moon in the foreground. Check out the new trailer embedded below.

There’s a lot going on in this trailer which gives us a lot of Ami, Rei, Makoto and Minako as well as our first glance at Nehelenia! We also have Helios and Pegasus as well as the new Sailor Moon Eternal theme song Moon Color Chainon by Momoiro Clover Z. We can see here that this is an adaptation of the Dream arc of the Sailor Moon manga with many of these scenes looking just like they do in the manga.
Some of the art in this trailer looks quite nice. What do you think of it?

Sailor Moon Eternal trailer - Sailor Jupiter and Makoto

Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1 will be released in theatres in Japan on January 8th following shortly afterwards by Part 2 on February 11th. We don’t have any details about an international release of the films yet.

Sailor Moon Eternal trailer - Sailor Mercury

I’ve included a lot of screenshots from the trailer below!

Sailor Moon Eternal trailer - Chibiusa and Pegasus

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Sailor Moon Crystal will stop streaming on Hulu on October 26th

Hulu

Sailor Moon Crystal, which has been streaming on Hulu from the very beginning back in 2014, will no longer be on the service as of October 26th. The Fandom Post stated today that the show would only stream on Hulu for another 13 days. The original Sailor Moon anime is still streaming on Hulu and there is no indication that it will be removed from the service.

crunchyroll

What could this mean for the future of Sailor Moon Crystal? We can only speculate. Crunchyroll currently also has streaming rights for Sailor Moon Crystal, which is where I always watched the new episodes as they were released, but only Hulu had the rights to the dubbed version of the series. It’s possible that we will see Sailor Moon Crystal move to another streaming platform or even to television, but we have not yet seen any news of this happening. Crunchyroll recently added Sailor Moon R The Movie to its streaming catalogue. They could be looking to add more Sailor Moon content to their service.

FUNimation logo

Funimation, who are also streaming the Sailor Moon R Movie on their service, could be looking to stream more Sailor Moon content. They have a partnership with Viz Media to bring more of their properties to their platform. Viz distributes the original Sailor Moon anime and Sailor Moon Crystal in North America.

TV rights to Sailor Moon Crystal could be another interesting option. The show was considered for TV before it found a home on streaming platforms. It could certainly find a different audience on television.

Crave

Here in Canada both the original Sailor Moon anime and Sailor Moon Crystal stream for free on TubiTV, though that service only has the subtitled versions of those shows. TubiTV also only has the first two seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal. The English version of the original Sailor Moon anime was recently added to Crave.

I’ll reiterate that I can only speculate as to what may happen with the rights to Sailor Moon Crystal once it leaves Hulu. I don’t have any information besides that its license is expiring on the 26th of October. It’s certainly worth keeping an eye open to see if the show pops up elsewhere!