Fans of the 90s’ smash hit anime, Sailor Moon, have been waiting with bated breath for any information about the new series. Over a year ago, for Sailor Moon‘s 20th anniversary, the new series was announced with the intention this new anime would premiere in 2013. Obviously, 2013 has come and gone and still no new Sailor Moon. Then the story became the new Sailor Moon could begin airing as early as January 2014, but I suspect someone mistranslated. I mean, January, July–we got too many “J” months!
On Friday the official Japanese site for Sailor Moon announced the new anime will begin broadcasting in July through the niconico streaming service. As had been confirmed previously, the series will be subtitled in 10 languages, presumably on launch. The series’ theme song will be performed by Momoiro Clover Z.
Along with the official broadcast announcement, Toei Animation has revealed Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure) has been tapped as director and Yūji Kobayashi (Saint Seiya Omega, Smile Precure!) as script supervisor. Atsutoshi Umezawa, producer, also cleared up any confusion about what’s happening in the new anime, affirming they aren’t simply remaking the original,
This second anime adaptation of Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon is not remaking the previous anime, but adapting [Naoko Takeuchi‘s] original manga and starting from scratch again. It is quite a project. The entire staff has been working hard to show everyone an entirely new Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon, so please look forward to it.
Fans surely already know this, but the manga and the anime versions of Sailor Moon can differ quite drastically. While both are awesome, and naturally it was the anime that launched the anime craze of the late 90s (Thank you, Toonami), the manga is a more mature story. Less monsters – or yoma – of the week and more personal stories digging in to the mythology of the Sailor Scouts and the Moon Kingdom. Probably most shocking is how much of an airhead Usagi is in the anime compared to the manga. Not that she isn’t a klutz, but the anime played up Usagi’s ineptitude to almost unbelievable levels.
An adaptation of Sailor Moon that is more faithful to the original manga and less outrageously silly all the time (I don’t want it to be humorless, just less cheesy) sounds like an excellent plan. Especially when in the 20 years since the original anime debuted the magical girl genre it helped define has evolved tremendously. Just look at animes like Puella Magi Madoka Magica which have had great success with subverting our expectations of magical girl shows.
All right, how excited are you to finally learn the new Sailor Moon is on its way this year?
How excited am I? Well…