Sailor Moon to Get Two New Anime Films in Summer 2023

A special program commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sailor Moon anime has announced that the “Shadow Galactica” arc, the final arc of Naoko Takeuchi’s original manga, will get a two-part anime film project titled Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie that will open in Japan in Summer 2023.

The films will feature a returning cast.

Tomoya Takahashi is directing both films at Toei Animation. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu is returning to write the scripts. Kazuko Tadano, the character designer for the original Sailor Moon anime, is continuing to design the characters. Yasuharu Takanashi is returning to compose the music.

Source: ANN

Sailor Moon Crystal Imposterous Tabletop Party Game Is Now Available

The wait is finally over. You can now order the latest licensed tabletop party game Sailor Moon Crystal Imposterous. U.S. orders are shipping now, while Canadian orders will ship at the end of March 2022. As of this writing, the game is not available in other countries. Up to 12 players can join in on the fun party game, which is a licensed variation of Calliope Games’ Hive Mind by Richard Garfield (of Magic: The Gathering fame). We have partnered with Japanime Games to release it to retail stores in Spring 2022.

Game Contents

  • 200 Question Cards containing 1000 individual questions
  • 12 Sailor Moon Crystal player character standees plus plastic bases
  • Two six-sided dice: one Imposter die and one Question die
  • Three Guardian Cat tokens and 24 Cosmic Heart Compact tokens
  • Game board
  • 12 custom pencils
  • Blank note pad
  • Two-minute sand timer

The Deathbusters have captured someone from the Pretty Guardians team and replaced them with a Daimon imposter. Fortunately, Luna and Artemis discovered their evil plot and now everyone must work together to identify the pretender. By asking the characters a series of questions and then comparing the answers for ones that don’t align with the rest of the group, the cats can unmask the imposter and direct the rescue of the captured teammate before it’s too late. Your time is nearly up, imposter. In the name of love and justice, the Pretty Guardians will punish you.

http://www.dyskami.ca/smc_imposterous.html

Tubi TV Adds the English Dub of the Sailor Moon Crystal Anime to Its Service

The Fandom Post is reporting that Tubi TV has added the English dub of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime to its service, and that all three seasons of the series are included.

Sailor Moon Crystal is described as:

Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice. As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.

Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold.

Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess?

Source: The Fandom Post

Hayao Miyazaki to Star in Heritage Auctions’ Sequel to Art of Anime

Anime fans and collectors will find must-have treasures in Heritage Auctions’ Art of Anime and Everything Cool II Animation Art Signature® Auction from December 10-13, 2021. The event will feature more than 700 anime lots, including items from legendary anime properties, among them Akira, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon.

There are dozens of works from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in this auction, among them production cels from some of their masterpieces, among them 1988’s My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service from the following year and 1997’s Princess Mononoke. Heritage is thrilled and honored to offer works from the man film critic Matt Zoller Seitz once called “arguably the most innovative and accomplished mainstream animation auteur after Walt Disney himself.”

“The success of our June Animation Art auction, which brought $2.1 million, and our sale in August that reached $4.5 million spotlight the surging demand for top lots in this category, and this event is full of them,” says Jim Lentz, Heritage Auctions Vice President and Director of Animation & Anime Art. “This auction is an incredible event with more than 700 anime-specific lots from a wide array of exceptional artists, an absolute treasure trove that serious collectors can not afford to miss.”

The sale is Heritage’s fourth of the year and the first to span four days – a distinction made necessary by the deluge of outstanding offerings among the more than 1,500 lots that will cross the block.

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli

Generations of cinephiles will tell you the works of Miyazaki and his studio transcend genre, medium, description; the greatest is the greatest without further need of label or classification. No filmmaker since Disney has better understood the mind and heart of the child. But as Seitz once wrote for Salon, he knows, too, “that while the ability to delight and comfort children is a rare talent, it’s not the only one worth cultivating.”

And: “He still draws the majority of the frames in each film, numbering in the tens of thousands, himself,” as Ligaya Mishan writes in The New York Times. “Only occasionally has he resorted to computer-generated imagery, and in some films not at all.”

Hence the exhibition of his work on display at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles since September 2021; each moment in each film is art itself, a frame worth framing. Which makes it all the more remarkable Heritage is able to offer dozens of works from the master. Among them:

This production cel setup from 1988’s My Neighbor Totoro, featuring a desperate Satsuki looking to the forest spirit Totoro for help, is a rare offering from this beloved film that essentially established Studio Ghibli as the modern animation benchmark. This scene, from the the 1:18:03 mark of Miyazaki’s masterpiece, is as memorable as any in the film. And any work featuring Totoro is scarce and highly coveted, which explains why bidding was up to $14,000 – well beyond its $10,000 estimate – with more than two weeks left before the live auction.

This offering from My Neighbor Totoro is also sure to be at the center of a bidding war: a production cel featuring the weird and wonderful Catbus. If ever one needed proof that Miyazaki’s work is as likely to be exhibited as it is screened, this stunning and surreal proof ends all arguments. We’ve never seen a better Catbus; but, who has?

And while we’re on the subject of buses, look no further than this production cel setup and animation drawing from 1989’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, in which the title character narrowly dodges traffic on her first day in a new bustling coastal city. This offering contains something of an Easter egg, too, for fans of the filmmaker and his studio: Look closely at the bus, and you can see it features a charming detail easily missed in the film, a logo that says “Studio Ghibli.”

Here, too, is something exceptionally special and undeniably rare: an original drawing of Nausicaä, princess of the Valley of the Wind, by the hand of none other Miyazaki himself. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was his second animated feature after The Castle of Cagliostro, and while it was made before Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli, it is widely considered part of the Studio Ghibli canon. This piece is also signed by Miyazaki and dated August 4, 1987.

Akira

Considered the seminal Japanese manga and later adapted as an animated theatrical film in 1988, Akira is a classic in any medium. Set in a dystopian future in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster and war, the vast story deals with corruption, rebellion and a struggle for what’s best for society.

The anime auction features a nice pile of production cels from the 1988 film, including cels that feature the red motorcycle frequently seen in the press materials for the film (estimate: $10,000+). This is a chance to own a piece of a mainstream breakthrough that changed how the world saw manga.

Other Akira lots include, but are not limited to:

Dragon Ball Z

Originally released in the mid-1980’s as a manga, the Dragon Ball franchise (especially with its Dragon Ball Z entry) is known as one of the biggest and most regarded anime franchises of all time. With a series and films, there is a long list of hit properties from this umbrella.

Nearly 100 production cels and animated drawings featuring the artwork from Toei Animation are a major component of this auction. From group shots to action shots to individual shots, there is plenty of variety to choose from.

Top Dragon Ball Z choices include, but are not limited to:

Sailor Moon

Known as the quintessential “magical girl” manga, the Sailor Moon franchise started in the 1990’s and remains one of the best examples of shojo manga.

Almost 60 lots in this auction contain production cels and animated drawings of a vast array of action shots from the property. Top Sailor Moon lots include, but are not limited to:

Neon Genesis Evangelion

A Japanese mecha anime television series animated and produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko and directed by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion was set 15 years after a worldwide cataclysm in the futuristic city of Tokyo-3. Teenaged Shinji was recruited by his father, Gendo, to the organization “Nerv” to pilot a massive bio-machine mecha named “Evangelion” against adversaries known as “Angels.”

Top Neon Genesis Evangelion lots include, but are not limited to:

Speed Racer

Also known as Mach Go Go Go, Speed Racer is a Japanese television show about auto racing. Originally serialized in Shueisha’s 1966 Shonen Book that originally was released in tankobon book form by Sun Wide Comics and later re-released in Japan by Fusosha. It was adapted into anime by Tatsunoko Productions and aired from April 1967 to March 1968. In the United States, the program aired on ABC. The sale includes six Speed Racer lots, including but not limited to:

Other top properties in the auction include Astro Boy, Ghost in the Shell, and Cowboy Bebop, the latter now a celebrated live-action Netflix series starring John Cho.

For images and information on everything in the auction, visit HA.com/7267.

Source: Heritage Auctions

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 the 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 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 1960’s. 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 two-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 two-piece ramen set is perfect for Naruto Shippuden 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 Anime 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