August 28th 1995, 20 years ago today, the Sailor Moon anime first aired on YTV in English in Canada. This marked the beginning of the popularisation of the series in North America, where it acheived a great amount of success, as it had been and continued to do throughout the world. As a Canadian I experienced this first hand as the show played repeatedly on YTV and Global many times a day in popular time slots. Sailor Moon was an instantly recogniseable icon amongst Canadian adults and children alike when the show was in its prime. The series first aired in US on syndication starting September 11th 1995 though many American stations relegated it to less desireable times than Canadian stations had done. I recall getting up to watch the show in the early hours of the morning weekdays on UPN 38 and WPIX as many other fans surely did. Though everyone’s personal experience with Sailor Moon may differ wide spread exposure to the series in the US was less common until Toonami began airing the show on June 1st 1998.
Some of you may be wondering how we can be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show in North America when we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show in Japan. It took over 3 years for the show to be dubbed and released domestically, with the first episode being aired in Japan on March 7th 1992. The so called 20th annivesary celebration that has been going on in Japan has therefore been going on for over 3 years. The 20th Anniversary brand still appears all over the Japanese Official site which is titled the Sailor Moon 20th Annivesary Project Official Site and the Official Twitter account @sailormoon_20th. At this point we are actually closer to the arbitrary 25th annivesary of the show in Japan than the 20th.
Whatever the case Sailor Moon, as most of us have known it, has been around for 20 years. Here’s to 20 more!
The Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute Album is getting a release on vinyl! There will be five different records released with two songs on each. Collect all five to get the full album.
Each record features cover art of a different Sailor Guardian. The record with Sailor Moon on the cover contains Moonlight Densetsu and Tuxedo Mirage, both performed by Momoiro Clover Z. The one with Sailor Mercury on the cover contains the Sailor Star Song by Mitsuko Horie and Heart Moving by Shoko Nakagawa. Sailor Mars is found on the jacket of the record containing La Soldier by Tommy Heavenly6 and Ai No Senshi by Mariko Goto and Avu-chan. The record with Sailor Jupiter on the cover contains Princess Moon by Haruka Fukuhara and “Rashiku” Ikimasho by Haruko Momoi. Finally the record featuring Sailor Venus on the cover contains Otome No Policy by Etsuko Yakushimaru and Kaze Mo Sora Mo Kitto by Makoto Kawamoto. The bonus track from the CD, the French version of Moonlight Densetsu, does not have a vinyl release as it is not part of the core album.
We talk about a lot of Sailor Moon merchandise on this site but things are expensive in Japan, especially when you factor in expensive shipping prices. The good news is that you can now buy a digital version of the recently released Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute Album. The album is available for just $8.99 as MP3s from Amazon.com and also for $12.90 from the iTunes store. If you’re not in the US you can search in your own country’s iTunes store for the album where it may be available. Canadians, for example, aren’t able to order Amazon.com MP3s but can download the album from the Canadian iTunes store. It’s easy to make excuses about imports being too expensive but this digital download really isn’t so if you care to support Sailor Moon this is a cheap and easy way to do so!
The main draw back of the digital version of this album is that it does not include the final track, the French language cover of Moonlight Densetsu by Clémentine. If you’re a completist I would suggest downloading that track from the Miss Dream web site. You can still buy the physical version of the CD from Amazon Japan, CD Japan or JList.
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This coming Thursday, February 27th 2014, a live concert will be held by MTV to celebrate the recent release of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute Album. The concert is being called the “MTV LIVE 2014 supported by SHIDAX with LIVE DAM” and will feature some of the artists on the album. To date Shoko Nakagawa, Mitsuko Horie, Haruka Fukuhara and Momoiro Clover Z have been confirmed to be performing though more may be joining this list. The concert will be taking place at the Zepp Tokyo music hall.
The Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute Album was finally release on January 29th. I got my copy a couple of weeks ago and have been quite happy with it. I would encourage readers to buy a copy for themselves from sites such as Amazon Japan, CD Japan or JList. Alternatively you can download the album illegally from the Miss Dream web site.
This album, as we have mentioned before, includes covers of popular Sailor Moon songs by a variety of Japanese musical artists. We spoke a lot about who these bands were in earlierpostsabout this album. I generally enjoyed the album quite a bit. It filled me with nostalgia for these famous songs which I’ve listened to countless times over the years but still offered something new to appreciate with the different takes all of these artists have on these songs which are now up to 20 years old. Below I will include brief thoughts on each of the tracks.
This 4th of July weekend, July 3rd to the 6th, Anime Expo in Los Angeles will be playing host to a huge number of Sailor Moon voice actors. A few weeks ago the first round of guests were announced as the convention would welcome all five of the Sailor Soliders, Linda Ballantyne, Sailor Moon, Karen Bernstein, Sailor Mercury, Katie Griffin, Sailor Mars, Susan Roman, Sailor Jupiter and Stephanie Morgenstern, Sailor Venus. This past weekend another bunch of actors were added with Toby Proctor, Tuxedo Mask, Mary Long who voice Molly, Catsy and JunJun, Ron Rubin, Artemis and John Stocker, voice director for the movies and final two seasons.
All of these actors have done many other voice acting roles. This gathering is once again being billed as part of the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary which was first celebrated in February of 2012. This July the 20th celebration will be well into it’s third year. Will we continue celebrating Sailor Moon’s 20th Anniversary up until it’s 25th Anniversary? Only time will tell!
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.
Well over a year into the 20th anniversary celebration a new Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary tribute album has been announced. This album will be released on January 29th 2014 for a price of 3000 yen, roughly $30 US. The album will have a total of 10 tracks with three of the artists already announced. The date of January coincides with the latest news of when the new Anime wil be released, though this date may be coincidental. Momoiro Clover Z, who will be performing the theme song for the upcoming new Sailor Moon anime, will be doing a track. It’s unclear at this point if the track on the CD will be the new theme song or not. As Momoiro Clover Z have performed Moonlight Densetsu, the original Sailor Moon anime theme song, in concert a number of times already it’s also a possibility that this cover will be their track on the CD. The two other artists which have been named to date are Mitsuko Horie and Shoko Nakagawa.
This Sunday, August 4th, there will be a live web video event on the Niconico site. This was announced on the official Sailor Moon site. This event is going to be similar to last year’s event where the anime was first announced. They will be discussing the new Sailor Moon anime, the upcoming musical and other new merchandise. The update on the musical will include a performance by the cast. We’re certainly hoping to get some concrete information about the new anime since very little has been officially announced since last year’s event. The event will occur at 5pm local time in Japan which is 4am Sunday morning here in Norther America’s Easter Standard Time zone.
If you are interested in following the show live I would suggest heading over to the Miss Dream web site. They will have a live stream of the show with live translations over twitter. In addition once complete they plan on subbing it for all to enjoy. It was following Miss Dream’s twitter account that I first learned about the new anime moments after it had been announced last year.
We’ll be sure to update this site with any relevant information as it comes in. Posting on the site might not be my top priority at 4 or 5 in the morning on a Sunday but I will strive to share information as it is relevant and urgent as time permits. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for information that’s breaking and not yet posted to the blog. At the very least I will be retweeting and posting short updates about anything important on those social media sites. As always we encourage our readers to join the conversation on those pages.
Anime Revolution has got yet another interview posted as part of their 20th anniversary celebration from their convention in Vancouver earlier this year. This interview is with Terri Hawkes, the voice of Sailor Moon.
Terri Hawkes discusses her role with the show, what it meant to her and what she thinks it means to other and the industry as a whole.