In Memory of Susan Aceron Gray

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you the news of Susan Aceron Gray’s passing. Susan was the voice of Sailor Pluto in the Cloverway English dub of Sailor Moon.


She was battling nasopharyngeal cancer for some time, and we previously shared links to her fundraising page created by her brother to help fund her treatment (there are more details on the fundraising page about the condition). She was with her family in Alberta while undergoing treatment for her cancer and passed on October 9th, 2016.

A Visitation/Prayer will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14, 2016, at Connelly-McKinley St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, Alberta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., on October 15, 2016 at Annunciation Church, 9420-163 St Edmonton NW.

We remind fans to respect the privacy of her family at this time, but you can send condolences via or you can sign the online guest book of condolences.

Also, her family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Susan’s name to a charity of your choice.

We are saddened to hear that Susan is no longer with us, but we will remember her as the graceful guardian of time and as a woman who really appreciated her fans.

The complete obituary is available here.

Thanks to Lisa for the tip.

Review: Sailor Moon Pop-Up Cafe in Toronto

Full disclosure: I was given a complimentary ticket to this event by the organizer. The review is based on my own experiences as well as those observed of others who were there.

The Sailor Moon Pop-Up Cafe in Toronto happened yesterday at Hirut Cafe, who may now be regretting getting involved in a first time Sailor Moon cafe event as some disappointed attendees have been giving the restaurant negative reviews for an event that was run by a separate group.

I arrived shortly after 3pm and I saw a long line of attendees forming outside. On a hot summer day, I was hoping that people weren’t waiting long and that they would soon be ushered inside to be seated.

I went inside (it was difficult to identify who was working for the event outside) and I asked to talk to the organizer. I skipped the line as I was personally invited and I wanted to speak to the organizer. I also have an invisible disability which would have made it problematic for me to stand outside for a lengthy time (I can only walk/stand for a limited time per day).

I was directed toward the back of the front level and I spoke briefly with Deborah, the head organizer of the event. She recognized me as the chair of the Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration and said that she was glad that I could come but that they were already running about an hour behind schedule and she was already expecting to receive bad reviews. She also said she had been delayed getting to the event because of Caribana and that it took her nearly three hours to get there in a taxi (which I’m sure only left her stressed at the beginning of the day and it can be challenging to make up for that). She encouraged me to find a seat anywhere to be served.

I noticed that there were a few people behind the counter slicing strawberries for the parfaits and scooping the mango ice cream into glasses for the parfaits. Since I have a family member who works in the restaurant industry, I thought it odd that the strawberries hadn’t even been prepared in advance. It’s generally best to do prep cooking in advance so that it’s quick to assemble things for serving. The staff all appeared stressed and flustered and encouraged the organizer to cut one of the drinks so that they could switch to the next group of attendees sooner (not a good sign).

I walked around the place which had sparse party decorations. Near the front door there was milk and cream for coffee and tea, which is not really a good idea on a hot day. Another set was downstairs on a high table too.

I set down a stack of flyers for the picnic I’m running next weekend at Kew Gardens near the front door and I made my way down the stairs, which had some simple homemade decorations and ribbons hanging down from the ceiling. At the bottom of the stairs was the first vendor, Maho Girls, who had also exhibited at the Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration. She said she had limited stock, but it seemed a good variety and quantity of items for this event. The featured artist of the event, Marie Jane Works, was also downstairs, around the middle of the space on the right side, in an area that looked like a smaller bar with an L shaped counter. She had a selection of prints and some original artwork for sale. It was a mixture of Sailor Moon and other pieces. She was also cosplaying Sailor Jupiter, which was a nice touch.

Random j-pop music was playing on the speakers downstairs, too bad it wasn’t exclusively Sailor Moon music and too bad they weren’t also playing upstairs. No music would have been fine too, it just seemed like a missed opportunity.

At the back of the lower floor there was an area set up like a photo booth with a sign written in marker that photos were $5 (this was later reduced to $4). There was a young woman cosplaying Princess Serenity nearby, and presumably she was there for you to take photos with her. There was another young woman there to take the pictures with an instant camera. Both of them looked permanently miserable. This corner was also quite dark and not properly set up for photos. It seemed unreasonable to be charging people $5 for a small picture in a dark location and then the people who were part of the photo booth looked like they were unhappy about being there most of the time. Needless to say, very few people took pictures at the booth.

There was a raffle prize given out around this time, one of the attendees received a Proplica moon stick. I never saw anything about where people would get raffle tickets before or after that and I didn’t see any other raffle items given out. I’m not sure if this was only something offered to a certain time or what.

I sat down at a cleaned table around 3:20pm and took a picture of the themed placemat:


A little while after, a staff member cosplaying Sailor Moon brought coffee to the table next to me and asked about tea for that table and mine. I requested tea.

The next thing that the cosplaying staff brought around were the cookie and cupcake:


I received one of the cookies that had a more detailed icing design, but I saw others received simpler designs with senshi symbols on them. There was also a blue cupcake that some received instead of the green. The cookie was a simple sugar cookie and the cupcakes had a slightly tangy icing (I’m guessing a cream cheese icing).

At this point I was glad I brought my own water bottle because I hadn’t received any kind of beverage yet, which doesn’t mix well with this kind of food.

The staff member cosplaying Tuxedo Mask brought me a parfait soon after as I didn’t have a drink but the table next to me did.


The parfait had a mango sherbet, sliced strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate pieces. I suspect it was supposed to have whipped cream on top, but it started melting before it got to me so it was hard to tell.

Around this time the Sailor Moon cosplayer started checking to see if people wanted water, but she repeatedly came downstairs without much water in the jug and with too few cups to be able to accommodate everyone on that level. It took a few times before she grabbed a larger stack of cups and two jugs of water so that it would be easier to serve people.

The staff were mostly friendly, but they all seemed frazzled and stressed. They were constantly rushing to try to take care of everyone, but they hadn’t planned out who was taking care of which table or when they were serving things so it was a bit chaotic.

The Tuxedo Mask cosplayer asked me what I was waiting for when I had finished the cookie, cupcake, and parfait. I mentioned the tea again (I think this was the third time), and he said he’d go look into it.

After waiting a little longer I decided to leave as I was taking up a table that could be occupied by other attendees instead. I was there about an hour and had requested the tea early on, it seemed strange to offer something they had difficulty providing.

On my way out, the Tuxedo Mask cosplayer apologized about the tea. I said I’d been waiting an hour for it so it didn’t make sense to stay longer. I picked up my flyers and went out the door to still see a long line of fans waiting to get in. Many seemed disappointed and I decided against handing out flyers to them as they mostly seemed upset and I didn’t want that to be associated with the casual picnic I’m running.

All in all, I think the organizer and staff were very unprepared for the crowd and were inexperienced at serving this number of people efficiently. Deborah, the organizer, was apologetic from the beginning and tried to make do the best she could, but was clearly not ready to handle this amount of fans and not enough food was prepared in advance. They also mistakenly assumed that back to back time slots would work and didn’t give themselves a buffer for clean up and switching to a new group of people, which only encouraged delays.

Things I think they could improve for next time:

  • Prep more food in advance — all chopping for starters and portion sizes should be decided so that they can be dished out consistently.
  • Make sure you have enough food based on the number of tickets sold, in fact it’s best to plan for extra so you don’t run out.
  • Don’t leave milk/cream out all day, especially when they aren’t in chilled containers. People can get sick from this unless you use shelf stable milk. Chilling disposable containers of milk/cream would be better for maintaining temperature and could easily and safely be distributed as needed. There are chilled containers you can get for milk/cream too, but I wouldn’t recommend that in the summer.
  • Clarify to attendees that it is a one hour sitting time per ticket, there seemed to be confusion on the event page and quite a few people lingering in the cafe who might have otherwise left a bit earlier.
  • Have a buffer time between sittings so that there is time to clean up and stay organized between groups, this also gives you a bit of time for overflow for attendees who might linger.
  • Consider staggering seating times to make it easier to serve sections instead of trying to serve a hundred people at a time when you don’t have enough items prepped.
  • Have staff dedicated to serving specific tables. They were constantly running around and looking panicked because they couldn’t keep track of things.
  • If you do co-op serving, make sure there is a way to communicate who has been served what — maybe have a white board for the staff to use so they can check things off per table.
  • Have more staff serving items and have them be clearly identifiable — cosplay is not enough as some attendees showed up in cosplay as well. Name tags or badges would be great.
  • Have a few dedicated staff outside giving water and/or juice to the people waiting outside so that they don’t dehydrate (this will also put them in a better mood when coming in). Someone should also be checking for people with disabilities that aren’t immediately apparent so that they aren’t standing outside as long.
  • Have someone paying attention to the door so you know why anyone is bypassing the line.
  • Have some kind of activity that encourages people to interact beyond their own table — many people were keeping to themselves but it would have been easy to encourage people to talk to others. I was there alone, but nobody was ever seated with me which seemed odd considering the limited space.
  • Don’t provide things that are difficult to offer in a timely fashion. If coffee and tea are too challenging to provide consistently, don’t offer them at all. Giving to some and not to others is unbalanced and leaves some people feeling they are missing out.
  • In general, offer less food items and make sure they are easier to prepare and serve. Melted parfaits and missing ingredients quickly disappoint paying attendees.
  • If you’re going to have a photo booth, have it lit properly and allow people to take pictures for free on their own devices. Charging for photos should be only on a more professional level, with proper lights and a backdrop, plus the digital file emailed to the payee.
  • Vendors in the lower level seemed like bad placement for them to get traffic. Hardly anyone went down who wasn’t seated on that level already.
  • If you’re going to have music, random j-pop isn’t really a good choice. There is a lot of Sailor Moon music that could have been used instead. Also, the music would be better to play everywhere, not just on one level.
  • This venue was small and not easy to navigate for the staff of this event. A large party room at a bigger facility would have been easier to coordinate.
  • Consider catering most of the food and drink items and then have the cosplay staff there mainly as greeters and for taking pictures and mingling with fans.

I thought the food was pretty good, and I don’t mind that my parfait was a little melted. But, if I were a paying customer I would have been disappointed about not receiving the tea or “senshi drink” that were advertised and would have likely considered either requesting a partial refund or hesitated about going to a future event until the bigger issues are worked out.

I think that this type of event has great potential, but it is challenging to pull off the first time especially if you are inexperienced with handling a crowd of that size. I hope that another event like this happens in future, but with more planning and perhaps cutting back how many items they serve to customers until they can handle serving all customers consistently.

It’s too bad this didn’t go very well, because I got the impression that Deborah and her team really wanted to create an enjoyable experience for Sailor Moon fans. Here’s to hoping that they can regroup and try again with a bigger team and more organized planning.

Sailor Moon Pulip Dolls Update: Human Luna, Uranus, Neptune, DAL Chibi-Usa, Super Sailor Moon, Neo Queen Serenity, Sailor Starlights, Sailor Pluto, DAL Sailor Saturn, Black Lady, DAL Small Lady, and Sailor V.

Hey All,

It has been a while but here is a major update on the Pulip dolls released for Sailor Moon. I will work to have them in order. I will place links in as I find them.

Since the last update, 11 Pulip Dolls and 3 DAL doll have been either released or announced.

Starting with the earliest announcement, we have the Chibi-Usa DAL doll. Announced back in May 2015, Chibi Usa is part of another part of the Pulip line, the Dal dolls, which are smaller and have more rounded faces. Ordering the doll from the premium Bandai Store (JP Only) also gets you the Luna-P plush exclusive and runs for ¥18,360 (about $150 USD). The doll is also $195 on J-List, which ships the the US and can also be around the internet. The dates seem to range from it being released in May on Sailor Moon Collectibles to Bandai Premium saying that it will ship mid-August.



Next Doll is Sailor Uranus as well as Sailor Neptune. Uranus was released June 2015 and Neptune was released in July 2015.



The Human Luna Pulip Doll released in August 2015. She is priced at ¥18000 Yen ($169.65 USD). Ordering the doll from the Bandai-JP Website came with Konpeito (Sugar Candy) hair ornaments. The dolls are listed on J-list for $195 USD. sailormoon-luna-human-pullip-doll2015sailormoon-luna-human-pullip-doll2015i Bandai Exclusive

September 2015 saw the release of Sailor Pluto. She is priced at ¥17000 Yen (About $159 USD). Ordering the doll from the Bandai-JP Website came with the signature Setsuna Kaioh Lilac Suit.sailormoon-sailor-pluto-pullip-doll2015 sailormoon-sailor-pluto-pullip-doll2015h


October 2015 saw the long-awaited release of the Sailor Saturn DAL Pulip. She is priced at ¥17000 Yen (About $159 USD). Ordering the doll on the Bandai-JP Website came with Hotaru’s signature school outfit.sailormoon-saturn-pullip-doll-dal2015 sailormoon-saturn-pullip-doll-dal2015g


November 2015 saw the release of the Sailor-V Pulip. Priced on CDJapan for ¥18000 and on J-List for $195 USD. Ordering her off of Bandai-Jp came with an Artemis Plushie.sailormoon-sailor-v-pullip-doll2015 sailormoon-sailor-v-pullip-doll2015g


December 2015 saw the release of the Black Lady pulip doll. Priced at ¥18000. Ordering her off of the Bandai-JP website had her come with an Evil Luna-P Plush.

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January 2016 saw the release of the Small Lady DAL pulip. She is priced at ¥18000. Ordering from the Bandai-JP website came with a small Millennium Silver Crystal.sailormoon-pullip-princess-small-lady-chibiusa-dal-doll2016 720pixl_140516


March, April and May 2016 saw the release of the Sailor Starlight Pulips. The order of Release was: Sailor Star Fighter in March, Sailor Star Maker in April and Sailor Star Healer in May. Priced at ¥22000 yen. Ordering the dolls from the Bandai-JP website had them come with the School Uniforms/Three Lights outfits for Seiya, Taiki, and Yaten.

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J-List Sailor Star Healer Pre-Order

August 2016 will come out with Super Sailor Moon. She will be priced at ¥22000 (¥25000 for the Bandai-JP limited edition). Pre-Ordering her on Bandai-JP comes with the school uniform for Tsukino Usagi.

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J-List Super Sailor Moon Pre-Order

Finally August 2016/September 2016 will also bring the release of Neo Queen Serenity. She will be priced at ¥22000. Pre-Ordering her on the Bandai-JP website has her come with her Moon Stick and Silver Crystal.sailormoon-pullip-queen-serenity-doll2016 sailormoon-pullip-queen-serenity-doll2016b

I will continue to edit and post up sale links as I find them and will work to update more frequently. Next post will bring up the line of Funko POP! Vinyls for Sailor Moon. Stay Tuned~.

Update: The Website Doll Market has most of the dolls listed for pretty cheap prices.


Vince Corazza Appearing at Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration


Vince Corazza, the voice of Alan Granger as well as one of the three voices of Tuxedo Mask will be appearing at the Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration on Saturday, July 9th at the Ontario Science Centre.

We previously announced that Jennifer Cihi will be performing a live concert and that we have four lovely cosplay guests and the wonderful Tony Daniels was our first announced voice actor guest for this year.

We’ve also shared a video message we received from Tony Daniels on social media, which is embedded below in case you haven’t watched it yet:

Additional activities have also been announced for the event, including…

A video game area, “Game Center Crown” which is brought to you by the Toronto Gaymers


A dance party brought to you by Kawaii Bass


And a Masquerade Costume Contest, hosted by Bear Sailor Moon


You can now register to be in the cosplay contest hereBear Sailor Moon is organizing this event and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the logistics of the contest. Entries will be judged by our cosplay guests YumeKitsurieJelly Cosplay, and Ammie Cosplay.


More to be announced soon!


For more information and to see the latest updates about the Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration, please check out the official website and the Facebook event page.

We are currently in our pre-registration period, where tickets are $20 each until one week before the event. At the door, tickets will be $25 each. We also have discounts for children (6-11 year olds are $5 off and children 5 and under are free). Convention attendees also receive discounted parking at the Science Centre and, if you would also like to check out the exhibits, you will be able to purchase discounted admission to the exhibits as well.

For the press release about this event, please click here.

Cristina Vee Appearing at Anime Revolution

Vancouver fans will be able to meet Cristina Vee, the voice of Sailor Mars in the ViZ Media English dubs of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal this August at Anime Revolution.


This year’s Anime Revolution will be August 5th-7th at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre at 999 Canada Place in the east wing. If you’re interested in attending, you can purchase tickets in advance here. Single day passes are $50-$60 at the door, and standard weekend passes are currently discounted to $69.95 each (sponsor and premium passes are also available).

If we hear confirmation of any other Sailor Moon at Anime Revolution, we will be sure to let you know!