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New Sailor Moon Will Stream Simultaneously Worldwide This Winter

First the bad news. The new Sailor Moon anime that was announced last year will be ready to air this winter, not this summer, as planned. The good news is that the new anime will not air only in Japan. It was announced at the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event #2 that the new show, which was announced at last year’s Anniversary Event, will be available to stream worldwide when it airs, allowing fans in many countries to enjoy more crime fighting and magic from the Sailor Senshi.

The new series is set to air sometime between December of this year and January of 2014, but there are very few details other than air dates. It is know that the Niconico streaming service will host the series.  According to Kodansha editor Fumio Osano, the new Sailor Moon anime will not be a remake of the original, 20-year-old series. Instead the series will explore new plots, which may lead some fans to wonder it their favorite moments and relationships will return to the series. We personally want to see more of Haruka and Michiru.

Right now, it is even unclear how the voice cast is coming together. Last year, when the new anime was announced, voice actors from the original series, including Kotono Mitsuishi, voice of Sailor Moon or Usagi Tsukino, as well as Toru Furuya, voice of Tuxedo Mask or Mamoru Chiba, were in attendance at the Anniversary Event. Given their involvement in recent Sailor Moon events, many have hoped the actors would return to the series to voice their characters once again, but at this point, there are no guarantees.  Fortunately, fans worldwide won’t have to wait very long to judge the new series for themselves.

It was also revealed at the Anniversary Event this year that the show would receive an opening and closing theme from, appropriately, a girl idol group called Momoiro Clover Z. For now, we have a relatively short wait for the show, and a much shorter wait than if streaming were not an option. If nothing else, it’s nice that we won’t have to try and find poor quality subs on shady sites to enjoy our favorite magical girl group.

(Anime News Network, image copyright Naoko Takeuchi)

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  • Jayme

    Yes. This.

  • Victoria McNally

    this news makes me feel like this:

  • Anonymous

    I’m so incredibly torn because I’d love for this one day to air on American TV because hey! It’s superheroes aimed at young women! Who are also of color! But then I remember last time this happened they tried to edit out all the lesbianess so burrrrr.

    Either way I’m happy it’s at least streaming worldwide! I can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    Given the massive changes in anime culture since the nineties, I wouldn’t be surprised if it aired subtitled at 10 p.m. on YTV/Toonami.

    (And the viewership will be mostly adults, who are all “Sailor Moon is really dark, man. It is not a kids’ show.”)

  • Sara

    Hey if it means I get legit streams and the like, I really have no problem waiting a little bit longer!

  • Suzanne Larsen

    they should roll out anniversary editions of the old series dvds, so I can finally pick up R and get rid of my very degraded vhs versions

  • Nick Gaston

    After all these years, I’d have hoped she’d moved up to Midshipman Moon. Chief Petty Officer Moon, at least.

    …thank you! I’ll be here all week!

  • Anonymous

    I am incredibly excited! I have been since last year’s announcement. It was overwhelming. While I am disappointed that the summer date has been pushed back to winter, it is still coming! I hope it follows closer to the manga.

  • Anonymous

    I’m actually a bit disappointed that that it will be an all new series sort of anime, mostly because I always felt that the manga plot lines deserved to be animated due to how compelling they were. This means we probably won’t see plots like Pluto’s sacrifice to stop Prince Demande, serious battles against the Sailor Animamates and the revived Sailor Senshi, or Sailor Kakyu…

    It sounds like they’re going to approach the anime like they did with PGSM, with the same general idea, but very different storylines. It might not be bad, but I still wish I got to see a manga-plotline version of Sailor Moon (especially since they re-released the original manga a few years back).

  • Ashe

    ^ THIS

  • Melynda

    I have to admit this makes me a little happy. But it needs more outer Senshi in general. Will Sailor Pluto still be in the group?

  • Anonymous

    First Sailor Moon, then Daria. Next, THE WORLD!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for using the right names for the characters and not deferring to that godawful dub from the 90s.

    The sooner it fades from memory, the better.

  • Anonymous

    That hasn’t actually been ruled out – all they’ve said is that it isn’t a remake of the last anime. Aside from that, nobody knows anything about the plot.

  • Anonymous

    Why would it air subtitled? Neither YTV nor Toonami have ever run anything but dubbed anime.

    Also, cite that this is a show for “adults.” It’s based on a franchise geared towards that remains geared towards young girls.

  • athenia45

    Honestly, who the crap knows at this point? I’m taking EVERYTHING with a grain of salt.

  • Anonymous

    I was joking, hence the quotation marks. That argument gets applied all the time to any kids show that isn’t complete pablum.

  • chrissypants

    I’m all for the use of the original characters. But as someone that was introduced to Sailor Moon here in the U.S. I still (even if it was a bad dub) refer to the characters and love them with their american names. My nostalgia for the show is pretty strong.

  • chrissypants

    Exactly!! They haven’t even shown not one single piece of official art from the show so who knows what to expect.

  • chrissypants

    Like Brianna said, it was the early 90s. And when DIC was in control of SM they wanted it to be aimed to the 10 and under crowd instead of where in Japan it was obviously for teens. In today’s world, I think kids now see and are probably going to be more open to the “lesbianess” themes of the show. Gay & lesbian characters are seen a lot more now on TV so it will not be a big taboo thing like it might have been in the 90s.

    if the show is dubbed, I hope it’s a good one. The american version we got is clearly 90s with it’s use of “totally” and “hunkamiester” and “as if” lol. I still love it because I grew up with it.

  • Daniel E. Jacobs

    I have my two favorite scouts symbols tattooed on my forearms… I have all but been holding my breath for this… This makes me VERY happy!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard it said it will be closer to the manga.

  • Anonymous

    It’s important to note that the international rerelease of the Sailor Moon manga has been INCREDIBLY successful, at the least according to the New York Times Bestseller list. I suspect that this is why this anime is happening.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t use the dub names either, but I wouldn’t have known about Sailor Moon if not for the dub.

  • Anonymous

    The lesbianess was actually controversial in Japan too – to the point where the anime made a girl character from the manga male. Or so I’ve heard.

  • Brittany K

    Yesss. This is basically all I want out of life.

  • Brittany K

    Is it weird that I’m really hoping it gets released on December 27th so I can ring in my 21st birthday with Sailor Moon? Hell if it doesn’t I might borrow a VCR and do it anyway.

  • Amanda Cox

    I’m really hoping that the new series keeps all of its original character concepts, and continues to portray a diversely characterized female cast. Haruka and Michiru are one of the most iconic couples in anime history, and as memory serves, there were quite a few male characters (some of whom took on female personas in the American dub) involved in relationships with each other as well. Not to mention the ahead-of-their-time Sailor Starlights, who were all transgender. I’ve noticed a bad trend in mainstream anime lately where there is a lack of meaningful romantic relationships between people of the same gender, or when something seems even the slightest bit homoerotic, it’s passed off as a joke. I hope that this series follows through with Naoko Takeuchi’s original concept, and continues to be an inspiration for social change.

  • CompassRing

    I seriously need this in my life. I would LOVE to feel 13 years old right now.

  • chrissypants

    YES! And not have to shell out $200 for the set.

  • Emily Hill

    Please don’t troll us again I can’t take another trolling

  • Brianna

    I watched the event live, thank you very much. These aren’t old rumors. They were stated by Osabu. I’ve been up to date with all of this constantly.

  • Flitzy

    I was going to make a post that properly expresses my glee over this but this one pretty much does it for me.

  • Anonymous

    Why wouldn’t she be? Seeing as the main character is Sailor MOON, being an official planet has nothing to do with whether someone is a Senshi or not.

  • Anonymous

    Mid 90s, not early 90s. The original series may have begun in 1992, but the first 65 English dubbed episodes premiered in 1995.

  • Anonymous

    Sort of. You’re probably referring to Seiya/Sailor Star Fighter. She changed from an androgynous cross-dressing female in the manga to a person who physically becomes male in civilian form and changes back to female when she transforms. Seiya is still female and a lesbian, but her love for Usagi is made to seem heterosexual by this change.

  • Anonymous

    No, the original series was not intended for teens. It just seems that way because it has themes we would consider too mature for western children. If you YouTube commercials for the merchandise, they show Japanese children who are clearly under 10. And Nakayoshi Magazine, which originally published the manga, is marketed to girls around preteen/tween age.

  • Melynda

    Wow, okay. It was a joke. Plus Sailor Moon pretty much covered Earth, which is a planet. She just hung out on the moon.

  • Anonymous

    It’s one thing to be introduced by the dub – most Americans were, and I’m no exception.

    It’s quite another to still cling to it when you’re old enough to know better, especially when the fansubs are freely available and even the official manga has reverted to using the right names for all the characters.

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh, sorry, I actually have heard so many people say that SERIOUSLY that I missed your sarcasm. My fault entirely.

  • Anonymous

    How is it “heterosexual”? Seiya in the anime is still a woman that changes gender as part of a disguise, and her true form is female. All three characters also clearly identify as female – its just that in the world of Sailor Moon, nobody actually brings it up. It’s treated as normal.

    …wow, this show is ungodly progressive when you think about it, especially given that in Japan, transgender individuals still suffer a great deal of stigma in normal society. But the Sailor Senshi learn the Starlights are women and…don’t care. At all. Nobody acts like its something that should be cared about. Would that our real world was so tolerant.

    Oh, and FYI, Haruka and Michiru weren’t controversial in Japan either. Apparently the producers did wonder if some of the really conservative homes might complain about them, but nobody ever did. Homosexuality is generally well tolerated in fiction in Japan…but not necessarily in real life.

  • Anonymous

    Cite? Last I checked, Osabu has said nothing about the new series being for “adults.” it would be a rather strange decision given that the franchise as a whole is still child oriented and the newly-revived musicals are aimed at a young audience.

  • Anonymous

    Osabu has said nothing about the show following the manga more closely, or that it’s for adults. Clearly, you haven’t been following actual news as you’re quoting straight-up rumors. None of which actually appeared in the event this article is covering.

    Also, ALL of the story arcs have radically different endings from the manga. That’s because aside from a few key plot points, they have their own storylines that largely move independently from it.

  • Anonymous

    So you’re going to claim something as fact, tell me it’s on a Japanese-language twitter, and then tell me it’s my responsibility to fact check you?

    Or, I could continue to wait for you to present something to back your information up since none of the English language sites that have been translating his twitter have included this piece of information. And assume you’re still quoting rumor as fact given that what you’ve stated has been disproven as rumor several times since this show was announced.

    Oh, and after I googled “new sailor moon anime is for adults,” look what the only result I got was?

    “BTW, anybody reporting on twitter or elsewhere that the new Sailor Moon
    anime is “for adults, not for kids” is blatantly wrong. Or they
    misunderstood what was said during the NicoVideo announcement. The new
    show is promised to “appeal to adults who grew up with the original,”
    but it will still be a kid’s show. So in other words, it will be just
    like the My Little Pony reboot: clever and layered enough to
    appeal to adults who grew up with the original series, but still very
    much intended primarily for little girls.”

    Nothing about Osabu’s twitter in that.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, you seem to have confused “trolling” for “pointing out when you’re blatantly giving out false information.” But sure, carry on.

  • Anonymous

    The Sailor Starlights were transgender in the anime, but were crossdressing in the manga. Takeuchi actually didn’t like the anime’s change to the character’s because she established that only women could be Senshi.

  • Anonymous

    It’s fine, the manga had Sailors Vesta, Pallas, Ceres, and Juno, which were all at the time considered asteroids. (Ceres is now considered a dwarf planet, like Pluto).

  • Anonymous

    Hey, you’re the one that

    A) Criticized the article for presenting information we “already knew” when you
    B) Presented information others pointed out was false rumor mongering as true and then
    C) Whined and threw a tantrum when I called you out on your false rumors and you doubled-down on it instead of admitting you’d been taken in by false information

    Oh, and now D) “It’s not my fault I’m wrong, it’s your fault for noticing!”

    Who’s the child here?

  • Anonymous

    You have a very strange definition of trolling.

    Also, are you seriously demanding I stop replying to you in an open discussion? Did you really think posting on the internet means you’re entitled to have yourself never challenged?

  • Anonymous

    Fixed, sorry!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but apparently he’s not a “true” Sailor.

  • AshVeridian

    Also the English dub changed one of Queen Beryl’s generals into a woman, which is what they might be referring to here. (Zoicite, I think? The one that was in love with Kunzite)>

  • AshVeridian

    I think the “more towards adults” spiel comes from the fact that the English dub edited and gutted a LOT of things, including: Princess Serenity’s suicide at the fall of the Silver Millenium, the violent and grisly deaths of the Inner Senshi on the last assault against Queen Beryl, the violent and grisly deaths of all the senshi against Galaxia, the sexual overtones in Serenity and Mamoru’s relationship, the sexual flirting between Haruka and Michiru, etc. Granted, there’s some cultural filters to work through here, but for how we view the dichotomy of adult/child appropriate material in America, being more faithful to the manga and having less editing does add more ‘adult’ elements to the series that were always there.

  • locazo87

    Manga series is not more popular than anime, even on japan. Manga is too darker for young audiences, so I think theyll aproach to the anime, who isnt bad at all.

  • locazo87

    But you have time to spread rumors without any source. OK.

  • locazo87

    Actually I hope this new series will come closer to the anime than the manga. The manga is too dark for my taste for this kind of series. I liked many things from the anime, since its more about forgetting and seeing the good things on the people behind their appereance, as when sailor moon purified to the “black moon sisters” or Prince Demande saved sailor moon from Wiseman attack . What about Nephrite being redeemed by Naru’s love? Chocolate parfait is very used by fans to make their drawings about the series. There’s a lot of anime series with full violence out there, I hope Sailor Moon does not become one of those. If happens I’ll stick with the old series.

  • locazo87

    Actually I hope you right and they will approach to the series.

  • locazo87

    In latin america is rumored they could be using 90s voice actors and names used on that dub. Im not that kind of guy who likes japanese more than my original language. Im not a otaku. Usagi and mamoru means nothing to me, but If you say Serena and Darien, it brings many memories of my childhood.

  • Ben

    Personally, it would be nice for the new adaptation to be a “best of both worlds” – there are features of the manga that are better than the anime (for example, Tuxedo Mask being able to do a lot more than just throw roses; Chibi Moon having more effective and reliable attacks; Starlights crossdressing rather than gender flipping), while there are features of the anime that are better than the manga (for example, the redemption of the Black Moon sisters – or not present in the manga, for example the resolution of the Doom Tree filler arc. Takeuchi apparently wished she’d been allowed to kill the Senshi off like the anime did at the end of the first series.)

  • Alexandra

    If Starlights come back, unfortunately, Seiya’s voice will have to change since Niiyama Shiho(Seiya’s voice actress) passed away in 2000…

  • Hector Castillo

    My fiancee and I are so excited I already bought her the new action figure with the interchangeable faces.

  • Celestial

    Id love to see the plot going towards what happened during 30th century, that earth went into a deep sleep and sailor moon saved earth and ascended to throne as Queen. This was said during Sailor Moon R, when Sailor moon and rest went to the future to help Chibiusa.