We’ve got another special treat for you! The Sailor Moon manga began in Kodansha’s shojo magazine Nakayoshi, back in 1991. One of the hallmarks of this magazine was the furoku (small gifts or prizes) that the magazine would come with. Many of these prizes had to do with Sailor Moon, and often consisted of jewelery, little cases and bags, and small toys. Earlier this month on Japan’s Nico Nico Douga, a user posted a compilation of many (if not all) of the Nakayoshi commercials with Sailor Moon prizes! Here they are for you!
Pretty Cure has had 6 seasons and just as many movies. Now, the new hit magical girl series in Japan is set to have a 7th season next Spring: Heartcatch PreCure, according to a press release on animeanime.jp. Toei Animation and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) announced this just days ago and launched a teaser site with only the logo. All of the series were listed (Pretty Cure, Pretty Cure Max Heart, Pretty Cure Splash Star, Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo! and Fresh Pretty Cure) along with a note that the series has lasted for six years, and this has exceeded the run of Sailor Moon. Just last month, Movie Fresh Pretty Cure! The Kingdom of Toys has Lots of Secrets!? opened in theaters and was a resounding success. Congratulations to Pretty Cure and we really hope that Toei works on a deal with channels in North America to bring this show to a bigger level of success. It is currently off the air on Canada’s YTV, and still has yet to premiere in the United States. We were impressed with the dub’s lack of too much censorship, which was not the case with Sailor Moon. But, while Pretty Cure is good, it’s no Sailor Moon. Something about reading Sailor Moon in this press release makes us all wonder, just what could have been if the show could have continued to run as long as Pretty Cure had. We would have loved to see a movie with the characters from Sailor Stars!
Bernard Minet is a children’s singer in France who is known for singing many theme songs for several cartoons, including Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. His career spans over 40 years! Tonight, at La Boudegon in Dax, France, he will be performing a special concert filled with his tunes he sung for cartoons in the 80s and 90s. He is featured in a special interview with SudOuest.com. He thinks that his songs aren’t necessarily “kitsch” but they are appreciated by the public. When the public hears his songs, no matter what age they are, they become happy and have fond memories of what they would do on Wednesday afternoons. For many years, he sang his tunes on another children’s music show: Club Dorothée. Performing in night clubs, he says, for him is not a way to make ends meet, but instead a way to live. He has another show coming up Saturday in Toulouse! He is asked among all of the characters in some of his most famous songs used for anime, who Juliette (of Maison Ikkoku) would be the most happy with. Of course, he answers Hugo from the same series, because he believes that she is faithful to him no matter what. But then he also says that women are charmed by superheroes! This sounds like it should be a fun show – est-ce que nos lecteurs <
Neko Jump, a duo we told you about not too long ago, is sure taking Japan by storm! This Thai Pop Duo (stage names Noie and Jaem) are becoming very known through the country for their music, moe (charm), and their cutesy idol clothing! They have even been named special ambassadors of Japanese Pop Culture in Thailand! On November 10th, they visited Japan for the fifth time to record a new song for Kiruminzoo, and met with some members of the press after performing at a fashion event. They had always had a dream to make J-pop, and are huge fans of Ayumi Hamasaki and Yuna Ito. And of course, they have been in love with anime since they first saw Sailor Moon when they were very young! On a side note, we’ve also learned that their father works for TIGA Co. which held a lot of anime copyrights – probably where they got their love of anime from! They also said they like Japan more than their native Thailand because the weather is a lot nicer (it’s always too hot at home)! They want to visit in the spring and see the sakura (cherry) blossoms, and also see what real snow is like too!
Their song “Pu” which is used as the show’s opening is a cute song about dreaming of crabs and then not meeting their soul mate. If they dream of a snake they will meet a man! It is based on a very old Thai myth. The ending theme “Chuai Mad Noi” did not translate well into Japanese. The song is a love song, but some how that ends up being “Don’t touch” in Japanese. It was retitled to something happier – “Ohayo Goza-Imaszu”(Formal way of saying Hello). They found this a little strange! When asked what the secret of their happiness was, they said to eat lots of fresh fruits like strawberries! These girls will turn 20 on December 10th. We find these idols incredibly cute and good-natured, and are once again happy to read a story of where people’s love of Sailor Moon has taken them in their lives!
Rest assured that the report and survey results are coming very soon. We’ve been working hard to put the all the data together for you and we’re just about finished. In the meantime, we’ve received quite a few fan submissions this month which we’d like to share with you!
Our first one comes from a fan named Joshua. He had this cookie cake made for his birthday! It was based on the image below from the Sailor Moon R movie. According to Joshua, the whole cake is like a giant chocolate chip cookie, sounds delicious! Happy birthday, Joshua!
We also received some cosplay photos from fans! First up is from uranusfan1. She created her own Sailor Starlight, Sailor Star Miracle! The first is the anime version of Sailor Star Miracle. Second is her cosplay photo and third is a close up of her homemade Sailor Moon S brooch!
We also have another cosplayer, V~Ronnie~Rae as Sailor Moon from the first season! We think she’s done a really neat job on the costume and we love the pose! Great job!
In a slightly different vein, this sighting was sent in by Subzippo. He spotted this one in DC Comics Teen Titans issue 72 from August 2009! Bombshell accuses Miss Martian of dressing like Sailor Moon and we can definitely see why!
Here at Moon Chase we’re always happy to show off your Sailor Moon fan works! Just send us an email to moonchasers AT gmail DOT com and include “Fan Work” in your subject so we can notice it more quickly and a name to credit you under. Then just sit back and we’ll show off your creation to all of our readers!