It’s happening. It’s happening.
The cast of the new Sailor Moon anime series was announced today, and with it came some news I’m definitely in favor of. Kotono Mitsuishi, the original voice of the title character, will be reprising her role in the reboot. Huzzah! As for the remaining Inner Senshi, they’re getting some new voices: Hisako Kanemoto as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury, Rina Satou as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter (aka the best one), and Shizuka Itou as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus. It’s not quite the reunion some of us were hoping for, but it’s good stuff nonetheless.
During the announcement event, Mitsuishi commented on her attachment to the old series and her hopes for the new one. From Anime News Network:
[Mitsuishi] thinks that there are some people who are worried about the new cast. This is because the fans loved the work, and they loved the characters. She added that she is the same way. She said that she will not put a lid on her feelings about the earlier anime and throw them away, but she will take them with her into the new work. She asks fans to cheer the staff on, and “miracle romance” with her.
Whatever that involves, I’m down.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal kicks off July 5, and will be streamed internationally via the Niconico video service. New episodes will air twice per month, on first and third Saturdays at 6:00 AM EST (ah, time zones). The series will be a reboot in the purest sense, going back to the manga and starting fresh. The new character designs further support this being a rather faithful adaptation of the source material. I see more than a shade of creator Naoko Takeuchi’s style in there, but I’ll let you judge for yourself: