For the Love of Sailor Moon

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A Fan Girl’s Guide:

One Saturday morning in my teen years I was flipping channels. I noticed this cartoon full of people with ginormous eyes and over-exaggerated expressions. There was also this talking cat and these weirdly cute super hero girls. I was hooked. Yes, I was one of the throngs of girls who became an anime fan thanks to the short-skirted, strangely coiffured Champion of Justice named Sailor Moon.

Of course I had to read the manga. Now I was in full fan mode. Takeuchi’s character designs were beyond gorgeous. They were angelic. I would read the story after studying each of the panels. Then I wondered where all the deep story arcs had gone when I watched the continuing seasons of the anime. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Miraculously in time for the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon (cough, clever marketing ploy, cough) is a series reboot that, like so many franchises in this modern age of storytelling, promises to stay true to the original storyline. You had me at “closer to the original character designs.”

In honor of the coming remake and Usagi’s birthday on June 30th (yes, it’s sad but I know that), here’s a squee-worthy post of all things new in the world of Sailor Moon.

 

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Sailor Moon Reboot

  1. Watch the reboot on Crunchyroll!

Although Niconico, a Japanese video streaming service will be steaming the first episode worldwide on Saturday, July 5th,, Crunchy Roll will also be streaming the show. This site will probably be a better bet for English viewers. Tune in at 6am Eastern, 3 am (ouch) Pacific. New episodes will air at 6am EST (come on, really?) on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

 

  1. New Series, New Title

The series is officially called Sailor Moon Crystal. Here’s the very pretty and very Japanese website. http://sailormoon-official.com/

 

  1. Sailor Moon in America

VIZ Video has the North American licensing rights but is also planning a re-dub of the original anime. This time, they’re releasing all five seasons (200 episodes) with a new voice cast. They’ll be debuting their revamped series on the same day as Crystal.

 

  1. For Sailor Moon News…

Check out this great Sailor Moon website I found for all your news updates: http://clubsailormoon.com/

 

  1. The Official Trailer is Stunning

In case you haven’t seen it, or just want to gawk at it again, here is a link to the official trailer for Sailor Moon Crystal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Ft3viBgtQ

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