First Episode of the Zannen, Canada Podcast Features Sailor Moon Memories

Hello, Sailor Moon fans!

I took part as a speaker in the first episode of the Zannen, Canada podcast and there was plenty of talk about Sailor Moon. I reminisced about how I got into Sailor Moon and my experiences as an early fan of the franchise before the Internet age. There’s also discussion of missed opportunities for anime in Canada and hopes for the future.

Some of you may remember Jesse Betteridge’s previous version of Zannen, Canada which was a Canadian focused anime news site. The podcast is like the next generation of that, with lots of discussions about anime and future interviews with industry figures. She podcast has a primarily Canadian focus, but should be of interest even if you’re outside of Canada and would like to hear more about anime in North America.

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If you’d like to listen to the first episode of the Zannen, Canada podcast, you can check it out here.

Sailor Moon Pullip Dolls Update: Tuxedo Kamen Taeyang Doll

Happy Spring!

With the coming of spring also comes the announcement of another Sailor Moon Pullip Style Doll… Taeyang is a companion doll to the original Pullip line and the first of the Sailor Moon Taeyang dolls is the one and only Tuxedo Kamen. Tuxedo Kamen Pullip Tuxedo Mask Taeyangsailormoon-tuxedomask-taeyang-doll-pullip2015eTuxedo Kamen sells for ¥18000 (About $150) retail or the premium version for ¥19440 (about $161.87) on the Bandai.Jp website, which comes with a rose as well. For US orders, Pullip Style has the doll for sale for $135.  Information on the doll can be found on the Sailor Moon Collectibles website as well as the Official Sailor Moon website (Site is in JP). The doll is currently only available for Pre-order with shipping starting in April 2015.

So if you are an Avid Sailor Moon doll collector or a Pullip Doll collector, I recommend checking this doll out.

 

Sailor Moon Crystal Box Sets 3, 4, and 5 Out in Japan!

Hello Sailor Moon Fans!

Now the end of Crystal season 1 is over and Season 2 is among us,  it is noticed  that the box sets for season 1 are still coming out. Box Set 3 of Sailor Moon Crystal, which includes episode 5-6 came out on December 10, 2014.

Box Set 3 of Crystal features the lovely Hino Rei/Sailor Mars on the box.

 

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Like most of the box sets from before, this one comes with the Box Packaging, the Mars Heshin/Transformation pen charm for the charm bracelet from box set 1, as well as the 24 page colored booklet.  The set goes for 7020 Yen after taxes (about $60.00) on the sales website CD Japan.

 

Box set 4 of Sailor Moon Crystal features the lovely Kino Makoto/Sailor Jupiter on the box.  Box Set 4 was released January 14, 2015. It includes episodes 7-8 of the first season.

Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-Ray 4 JAN 14 2015Box Set 4 comes with the Box packaging, the Jupiter Heshin/Transformation Pen Charm for the Charm bracelet as well as its own 24 page color booklet. It is priced at 7020 Yen after taxes (about $60) on the sales website CD Japan.

 

Finally, Box set 5 of Sailor Moon Crystal was released on February 11, 2015. It features the lovely Aino Minako/Sailor Venus on the cover, just in time for Valentines Day. It contains episodes 9-10 of the first season.

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Box set 5 comes with the box packaging, the Venus Heshin/Transformation Pen Charm for the Charm bracelet as well as its own 24 page color booklet. It is priced at 7020 Yen after taxes (about $60) on the sales website CD Japan.

 

It should be noted that these are the Limited Edition Blu-Ray box sets. The regular Blu-Ray sets are 4500 Yen (About $38) and the regular DVD sets are 3500 Yen (About $30). These can be accessed from the limited edition pages. These come with just the DVD.

 

I have currently not found dates for box sets 6 and 7 but once I find out, I will update with those dates.

Momoiro Clover Z/KISS Collaboration

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What do you get when you cross a American Rock Icon with a popular J-pop band? A rather interesting collaboration. Recently Momoiro Clover Z who is known for their song “Moon Pride” from Sailor Moon Crystal made a recent collaboration with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Rock Legends, KISS (who happen to be one of the authors favorite bands) to do a song and a recent music video of their new song “Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina” while KISS also made a song with them entitled “Samurai Son”.

In a video that was on youtube showed the two meeting as well as making the video as well as showing the girls judging by their body language and a video of them in KISS makeup as huge fans of the group and seemed both bands enjoyed working with one another on this collaboration.

For those who aren’t familiar with KISS, KISS is the band who has been around since 1973 and are well known for their over the top makeup, costumes, stage show and rocking tunes from “Detroit Rock City”, “Rock and Roll All Nite”, “Calling Dr. Love” to name a few. All these helped propel the band to becoming one of rock’s well known and famous icons today. During the bands last night of their Japanese leg of their tour in Japan at the Tokyo Dome their special guests will include Momoiro Clover Z on March 3rd.

For those who are curious, here is their music video for everyone’s viewing pleasure and also KISS themselves made their version of the song as well. Enjoy Moonies :) : “Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina”

Sera Myu: Petite Étrangère Coming to DVD

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Coming January 28th (As of this article its now past) is the release of the recent Sera Myu Musical “Petite Étrangère” which came out in summer 2014 in Japan. For us Moonies out in the US, the musicals are unfortunately still out of our reach for actually attending unless you visit the country, but the DVD is the next best option in this case. The more recent musical is based off of the Sailor Moon R storyline that the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal season will be covering (coming to a Crunchyroll source nearest you) which features the debut of Chibi Usa into the story along with Sailor Pluto, one of the Outer Senshi.

Extras include a behind the scenes making of feature that shows how the musical was made, a “party” video and commentary from the from some of the main cast of the show.

Currently the DVD is released at 8,424 Yen (70 dollars US) and was released the same time as Momoiro Clover Z’s new song “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina” which is a song that was collaborated by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, KISS. For those who are interested, the DVD is available on this link.