Sailor Moon Super S Anime Film Is Available for Streaming on YouTube Movies

The Fandom Post is reporting that the Sailor Moon Super S anime film is now available for streaming on YouTube Movies. The film is available with the English dub.

The story of the Sailor Moon Super S anime film is described as:

Around the world, children are disappearing – and the culprits are not of this world. The evil Queen Badiane plots to trap Earth in a dark energy field called the Black Dream Hole, powered by the sweet sugar energy produced from the dreams of children. Meanwhile, Chibi-Usa befriends Perle, a new kid who seems to have grown fond of the town’s warm and friendly atmosphere. Their peace is short-lived when the town’s children, including Chibi-Usa, start sleepwalking out of their homes. Sailor Moon, Perle and Sailor Guardians must now fight to save the lost children before the enemy can place the world into an eternal sleep that’s definitely not sweet.

Source: The Fandom Post

Naruto, My Hero Academia, and Sailor Moon Stage Plays to Stream in August 2021

Live Viewing Japan has announced that it will stream three “2.5D” stage play programs from August 6-26, 2021, including Live Spectacle Naruto, My Hero Academia: The “Ultra” Stage, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical Nogizaka46 ver. 2019. Tickets are available on the company’s website for viewers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.

Live Spectacle Naruto ran in 2015. My Hero Academia: The “Ultra” Stage ran in 2019. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical Nogizaka46 ver. 2019 is a 2019 run of a stage play that originally ran in 2018.

Source: ANN

Netflix to Stream the Sailor Moon Crystal Anime on July 1, 2021

Netflix is listing that the Sailor Moon Crystal anime will begin streaming on the service on July 1, 2021. The service lists that “seasons” of the anime will premiere on that day.

Neflix began streaming the two-part Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal) anime film project worldwide on June 3, 2021. The two-part film project takes the place of a fourth season for Sailor Moon Crystal. The films cover the “Dead Moon” arc of Takeuchi’s original manga.

The third Sailor Moon Crystal season, which featured a new staff and focused on the Death Busters arc (also called the Infinity arc), premiered in April 2016. Crunchyroll, Niconico, and Hulu streamed the season. The three services and others streamed the first two Sailor Moon Crystal seasons overseas as they debuted online in Japan.

VIZ Media licensed all three seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal for release in North America.

Source: ANN

The Art of Anime Auction Brings Genre’s Finest Artwork to Heritage Auctions

Production animation cels and backgrounds from the most critically-acclaimed and culturally-influential anime films, television series and characters to headline a three-day auction event June 25-27, 2021 at Heritage Auctions. The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is the first of its kind held by any major U.S. auction house to pay homage to the craft of anime animation art.

“With 928 lots, this will be the world’s largest auction to feature top-grade anime, manga and even classic American animation,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. “From feature films to television series, the sale is packed with iconic scenes and characters.”

The auction features top selections from the Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad, the photographer and Oscar-nominated film producer who amassed original art by some of anime’s greatest creators. Unlike any other, the incredible Japanese animation collection has traveled from museum to museum globally and is now one of the single most important anime animation art collections ever brought to market.

One of the prime highlights from the collection is a stunning Akira Kaneda production cel sequence of four on its key master pan background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988). Measuring 52 inches by 12-1/2″ (132.8cm x 31.75cm), the sequence is a hand-painted masterpiece from the groundbreaking and pivotal anime masterpiece featuring the key character Kaneda in an action-packed motorcycle moment from the climactic and harrowing final scenes of the film.

A close second is an action close-up of Akira’s characters Kei and Kaneda in a production cel setup with key master background, from the Glad Anime Museum Collection. The film is deemed culturally important because it almost singlehandedly brought anime into the limelight for Western audiences with its American release in 1990. Several lots from Akira are on offer in the auction, including more motorcycle scenes.

Auction highlights include important production animation cels used in the making of award-winning feature films and work from the artform’s most respected filmmakers.

Osamu Tezuka

Akira may never have happened if it wasn’t for anime trailblazer Osamu Tezuka, whose Astro Boy series defined the entire artistic movement known as anime beginning in the 1960s. Tezuka, often revered as the “God of Manga,” revolutionized animation in Japan, and used Astro Boy as a conduit to address heavy issues like war and intolerance.

Several examples from the series are on offer including an amazing hand-inked and hand-painted original production cel from the classic Astro Boy series from the mid-1960s. An important model sheet from the same period depicts Astro Boy and additional characters such as Astro Girl, Dr. Packidermus J. Elefun and Victor Percival Pompous.

Hayao Miyazaki

The artwork by the Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and manga artist is well represented.

My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Chibi-Totoro and Chū Totoro production cel (Studio Ghibli, 1988) is from a key scene in the critically-acclaimed Miyazaki-directed animated masterwork. Lead character Totoro is recognized as one of the most popular characters in Japanese animation and the film is regularly ranked high in lists of the most important world films made.

A production cel setup with key master background from Kiki’s Delivery Service (Studio Ghibli, 1989) may be seen at the 1:14:49 mark of the animated feature film. This beautiful, hand-painted original production cel setup of the titular witch Kiki depicts a solemn scene as she wrestles with her self-doubt on her journey to adulthood. The scene captures Miyazaki’s atmospheric, extended quiet moments which set his films apart from all others.

A beautifully executed production cel with production background and animation drawing (Studio Ghibli, 1997) from Miyazaki’s critical and commercial blockbuster Princess Mononoke is on offer from the Glad Museum Collection. Prince Ashitaka is awakened by his steed Yakul in the hand-painted artwork. Seen at approximately the 1:05:51 mark of the film, the cel is likely to spark intense bidder interest for a piece of memorabilia from one of the greatest anime films ever made.

Iconic Characters From Iconic Series

First and foremost, a hand-painted original production cel setup of the eponymous God-like being Genocyber, measures a huge 15-1/2 inches by 12-1/5 inches (39.37cm x 31.75cm). Seen at the 37:34 mark of the first episode. The cyberpunk sci fi/horror Genocyber is perhaps best known for its controversially extreme graphic violence, and as a result it has developed a dedicated cult following since its release.

The Glad Anime Museum Collection gives us a jaw-dropping production cel setup with its key master background from the well-known sci-fi anthology masterpiece Robot Carnival segment titled “Franken’s Gears” (A.P.P.P., 1987). Also from the museum, a spectacular action sequence production cel from Dragon Ball GT (Toei Animation, circa 1989-96) depicting character Piccolo attacking a monster is offered with the animation drawing and layout drawing group of four.

Sailor Moon (Usagi Tsukino), perhaps the most recognizable fictional manga superheroine from the classic hit series of the same name, appears in the auction. A stunning and iconic scene of Sailor Moon narrowly dodging an attack from the wicked tree-like Cardian Leshy (Toei Animation, circa 1992-97) in an astounding and large hand-painted original production cel. A production cel closeup of Sailor Moon (Toei Animation, circa 1992-97) is an eponymous example of the charming, expressive character reactions that define anime’s distinctive style on its key master background.

A fantastic hand-painted original production cel from Mamoru Oshii’s cyberpunk masterpiece Ghost in the Shell (Production I.G, 1995) makes a rare appearance at auction. The highly-influential film was credited by A-list director James Cameron as “the first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence.” The cel may be seen early in the film at the 12:38 mark.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Ninja Scroll production cel with master background featuring characters Jubei and Kagero (Madhouse, 1993)

A spectacular hand-painted original production cel featuring Ash and his team of adorable pocket monsters from the hit feature film Pokemon: The First Movie (OLM, 1998/2000), depicting characters Pikachu, Squirtle and Bulbasaur is from the Glad Museum Collection.

An intense production cel with production background and animation drawing of the character Gohan, as he’s about to shock everyone with a very memorable transformation into Super Saiyan 2, from the fan favorite series Dragon Ball Z (Toei Animation, c. 1989-96)

Heritage Auctions’ The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is June 25-27, 2021, with worldwide bidding available on HA.com.

Toynk.com Announces New Anime Ramen Bowls

Toynk.com is announcing the release of nine new Ramen-Inspired home goods. The new arrivals include seven pop-culture-themed ramen noodle bowls complete with chopsticks. New Ramen Noodle Bowls feature pop-culture designs inspired by anime and kawaii culture including Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, My Hero Academia, Naruto, Sonic the Hedgehog, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, and Sanrio Gudetama.

Enjoy a generous serving of your favorite food from these officially licensed ceramic ramen bowls, which come complete with a pair of wooden chopsticks and a built-in chopstick holder. Durable ceramic material is perfect for daily use while slurping up a large bowl of ramen, udon noodles, pho, miso soup, and more.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Japanese Dinnerware Set

Learning to bend all four elements can work up a big appetite. Fill up on all of your Asian cuisine favorites with the Avatar: The Last Airbender Ramen Dinnerware Set, which comes complete with an 18-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks.

This Toynk exclusive ramen bowl features a glossy white finish with adorable chibi styling of “the Gaang,” including Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and their loyal animal companions, Appa and Momo. The wrap-around design also features colorful symbols that represent each of the Four Nations, including the Air Nation, Fire Nation, Earth Kingdom, and Water Tribe.

Sonic The Hedgehog Japanese Dinnerware Set

Blast through every meal with Sonic Speed. After a long day of collecting gold rings and speeding through obstacle courses, you can kick up your red shoes while slurping down a hearty serving of noodles from the Toynk exclusive, Sonic The Hedgehog Japanese Dinnerware Set.

Matching the video game icon’s striking blue color, the large ramen bowl features a close-up of Sonic winking and the classic video game logo on the opposite side. This Japanese-inspired dinnerware set comes with a complete table setting, including a 14-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Sturdy and durable, these ceramic dishes are built to last through all of your impromptu run-ins with Doctor Eggman.

Sailor Moon Japanese Dinnerware Set

Based on the popular shoujo anime series, the Sailor Moon ramen bowl Japanese Dinnerware Set resembles Sailor Moon’s signature sailor Senshi outfit. The red, white, and blue design features her magical “Moon Prism Power” transformation brooch.

The Japanese dish set includes a 16-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Fight evil by moonlight, eat noodles by daylight with this cute Sailor Moon dinnerware set.

My Hero Academia U.A. Japanese Dinner Set

Eat Like A Hero: Master your Quirk with this My Hero Academia U.A. Ramen Dinnerware Set. The glossy ramen bowl features a blue-and-white design that matches the student training uniforms, including the stylized “U.A.” letters. Also featured in the design are the My Hero Academia logo and U.A. High School’s motto, “Plus Ultra.”

The dish set includes a 16-ounce ramen bowl and a pair of wooden chopsticks. Made from ultra-premium ceramic material, this sturdy dish is built to last through all of your heroic battles against the notorious League of Villains.

Disney Lilo & Stitch Japanese Dinnerware Set

Outsmart the Galactic Federation with this Lilo & Stitch Ramen Dinnerware Set. Based on traditional Japanese dining, you can enjoy a serving of soba, somen, udon, and other popular noodle dishes with this 2-piece ramen set.

The 16-ounce white ramen bowl features a fun tropical theme inspired by Hawaiian imagery, including a colorful array of orchids. Everyone’s favorite adorable (and chaotic) alien Stitch is also depicted in a variety of playful poses. Say Hiiiiii to out of this world flavor when you eat from this fun dinnerware set.

Naruto “Eating Noodles” Japanese Dinner Set

Eat Like A Ninja: Satisfy your noodle cravings with this Naruto Uzumaki Ramen Dinnerware Set. This 2-piece ramen set is perfect for Naruto Shippūden fans who want to upgrade their mealtime with a geeky flair.

The Naruto Eating Noodles Ramen set features a 16-ounce white bowl with a double-sided design. The printed graphic depicts a black-and-white image of Naruto Uzumaki slurping down a bowl of his favorite ramen noodles. Fuel up for your next battle in style with this fun ramen bowl set.

Dragon Ball Z Karin Japanese Dinnerware Set

Learn martial arts from the wise Master Karin with this Dragon Ball Z Karin Ramen Dinnerware Set. Based on traditional Japanese dining, you can enjoy a generous portion of your favorite noodle dishes with this ramen bowl set.

This 16-ounce ramen bowl features vibrant orange coloring and top-quality print graphics. The wise cat and martial art master Karin is featured in the design, along with his home-grown Senzu Beans.

Sanrio Gudetama Ceramic Soup Mug With Spoon

Take a break from your egg-essential thoughts with this Gudetama soup mug. Inspired by Sanrio’s Lazy Egg, this collectible drinkware makes a “meh” addition to any home kitchen. This kawaii soup mug features Gudetama’s face coming out of a cracked shell on the frontside and his adorable butt on the backside. The included matching spoon shows Lazy Egg in his shell.

The oversized mug holds 24 fluid ounces of your favorite food and beverages, including soup, cereal, ice cream, and more. The easy-grip handle is shaped like a broken egg to give you the full Lazy Egg experience.

Toynk Exclusive Ramen Noodle Throw Blanket

Take your ramen from the kitchen to the living room with our super soft Ramen Noodle Throw Blanket. The Toynk exclusive fleece blanket features a detailed Ramen Noodle design based on the popular uncooked noodle. It measures a large 45 x 60 inches and is made with top-quality polyester fleece. This fun food-inspired throw is a quirky and fun decor piece for any room in your home.

All Ramen Noodle home goods are officially licensed and available for purchase here: https://bit.ly/2T0Z2ZB

English Cast Announced for the Sailor Moon Eternal Films

Netflix has announced the English cast for the Sailor Moon Eternal films:

  • Stephanie Sheh is Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
  • Kate Higgins is Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
  • Cristina Vee is Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
  • Amanda C. Miller is Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
  • Cherami Leigh is Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
  • Sandy Fox is Chibiusa/Sailor Chibi Moon
  • Veronica Taylor is Setsuna Meioh/Sailor Pluto
  • Erica Mendez is Haruka Teno/Sailor Uranus
  • Lauren Landa is Michiru Kaio/Sailor Neptune
  • Christine Marie Cabanos is Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn
  • Robbie Daymond is Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask
  • Michelle Ruff is Luna
  • Johnny Yong Bosch is Artemis
  • Debi Derryberry is Diana

Netflix will begin streaming both of the Sailor Moon Eternal films worldwide on June 3, 2021.

Source: ANN

Netflix to Stream the Sailor Moon Eternal Anime Films on June 3, 2021

Netflix has announced that it will stream the two-part Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal) anime film project worldwide outside of Japan on June 3, 2021. The two-part film project takes the place of a fourth season for Sailor Moon Crystal. The films cover the “Dead Moon” arc of Takeuchi’s original manga.

The first film was originally scheduled to open in Japan on September 11, 2020, but was delayed to January 8, 2021 due to the spread of COVID-19 in Japan. The second film opened in Japan on February 11, 2021.

Original manga creator Naoko Takeuchi was credited with the original work and with supervision. Chiaki Kon returned from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III to direct the two films. Kazuko Tadano, the character designer for the original Sailor Moon anime, designed the characters. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu wrote the scripts. Toei distributed the film. Studio DEEN co-produced the film alongside Toei Animation.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Comics Announces New Manga Licenses

Kodansha Comics has announced two new manga licenses on its website that will debut in Summer 2021 and listed nine new manga titles that will debut digitally in December 2020.

The new licenses scheduled for Summer 2021 are:

Title: Boys Run the Riot
Author: Keito Gaku
Synopsis: A transgender teen named Ryuu finds an escape from the expectations and anxieties of his daily life in the world of street fashion. This personal, heartfelt, fictional story from a Japanese transgender manga creator is completely unique.

High schooler Ryuu knows he’s transgender. But he doesn’t have anyone to confide in about the confusion he feels. He can’t tell his best friend, who he’s secretly got a crush on, and he can’t tell his mom, who’s constantly asking why Ryuu is always “dressing like a boy.” He certainly can’t tell Jin, the new transfer student who looks like just another bully. The only time Ryuu feels at ease is when he’s wearing his favorite clothes. Then, and only then, the world melts away, and he can be his true self. One day, while out shopping, Ryuu sees an unexpected sight: Jin. The kid who looked so tough in class is shopping for the same clothes that Ryuu loves. And Jin offers Ryuu a proposal: to start their own brand and create apparel to help everyone feel comfortable in their skin. At last, Ryuu has someone he can open up to–and the journey ahead might finally give him a way to express himself to everyone else.

Title: Beauty and the Beast of the Lost Paradise
Author: Kaori Yuki
Synopsis: The story of Belle and her beast as you’ve never seen it before, with sinister, creeping shadows suffusing a door to a wider, magical world. This dark, fairytale adventure is the latest sumptuous masterpiece from the creator of Angel Sanctuary and Alice in Murderland, perfect for fans of The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

Young and rambunctious Belle insists on going out to play in the forbidden woods, but her adventurous streak abruptly ends when her mother is spirited away by a beast known to kidnap beautiful women. Twisted by the loss of his wife, Belle’s father keeps his daughter, who has unusual, violet hair, locked away in an effort to “protect” her from prying eyes. Finally emerging after years of solitude, Belle ventures back into the woods where she lost her mother and encounters the beast once more…

The publisher also revealed the following new licenses that will debut over consecutive Tuesdays in December 2020:

  • The Invincible Reincarnated Ponkotsu by Reona Umitsuki [Debut Date: December 1, 2020]
  • Shangri-La Frontier by Katarina and Ryōsuke Fuji [Debut Date: December 8, 2020]
  • The Story of Our Unlikely Love by Sora Mizuki [Debut Date: December 8, 2020]
  • I Guess I Became the Mother of the Great Demon King’s 10 Children in Another World by Ema Toyama [Debut Date: December 15, 2020]
  • What I Love About You by Rurihara Zurachi [Debut Date: December 22, 2020]
  • Pretty Boy Detective Club by NISIOISIN [Debut Date: December 29, 2020]
  • Sachi’s Monstrous Appetite by Chomoran [Debut Date: December 29, 2020]
  • We’re New at This by Ren Kawahara [Debut Date: December 29, 2020]

Kodansha Cocmics will also release new editions of Quintessential Quintuplets, Sailor Moon, A Silent Voice, and Battle Angel Alita in Spring and Summer 2021:

  • Quintessential Quintuplets Season One Box Set – August 2021
  • Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi Collection – April 2021
  • A Silent Voice Complete Collector’s Edition – August 2021
  • Battle Angel Alita Paperback – July 2021

It was also announced that the first volume of Mashima HERO’S will launch digitally and in print on December 1, 2020. The volume was originally scheduled to be released on November 3, 2020.

Source: ANN

Sailor Moon Anime to Stream in Canada on Crave in September 2020

Bell Media has announced that its Crave streaming service in Canada will add five seasons of the Sailor Moon anime on September 18, 2020. The announcement did not specify if the episodes will be available with an English dub or subtitles.

Crave describes the anime’s story as:

Sailor Moon chronicles the magical action-adventures of a teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Sailor Moon and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Add Sailor Moon R: The Movie and Berserk Anime Films

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the Sailor Moon R: The Movie anime film in Japanese with English subtitles and in English on August 7, 2020. The company also revealed that it will begin streaming the Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II – The Battle for Doldrey and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III – The Advent anime films on August 14, 2020. FUNimation will stream all three movies from VIZ Media in the United States and Canada.

VIZ Media released the films on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America.

Source: ANN