Comic-Con to Feature Guests from Kodansha and Random House!

For Covers of Sailor Moon Vol.1 and Codename: Sailor V Vol. 1our Moonie fans who are headed to San Diego’s Comic Con from July 21-24, we have an appearance that you might want to attend!  Though there is no one appearing related to the Sailor Moon anime this year, there are two very important people attending related to the Sailor Moon manga.  The first is Dallas Middaugh, an Associate Publisher at Random House who is handling a lot of the aspects of the upcoming Sailor Moon and Codename: Sailor V releases (side note: also one of our Moon Chase contacts!), and Kumi Shimizu, the General Manager of Kodansha Comics USA.  Their panel will also have information about other upcoming manga titles alongside Sailor Moon and Codename: Sailor V such as Bloody Monday, Cage of Eden, Tokyo Mew Mew, Shugo Chara Chan! and Love Hina.  This panel will be in Room 23ABC from 4:00-5:00 PM on Thursday, July 21st.  Any moonies who are able to attend Comic-Con, please let us know how the panel goes!  For more information please check out the official schedule here.  Fans can check out information about all of Kodansha’s upcoming titles at the official website for Kodansha Comics USA here.

And on another side note, people and companies involved with the anime, video game, and manga are fully aware of (and dismayed by) fan translations of Sailor Moon works.  It has been a topic of communication between us and them in the last month. Please do your part to support official releases – many are hurt over what is happening in the fandom (and even we were surprised to learn how well fingers were placed on the pulse of the fandom from those we have communicated with).  A common thread between all the conversations we have had is that the people who are trying to bring you Sailor Moon are hurt by these efforts and wonder if they are real fans who are doing this, because real fans wouldn’t try to take away from official releases now that they are a reality.  We were further surprised when we learned who exactly knew about all of these translations, and we can’t imagine their pain at this moment. We haven’t really known what to say in the face of this because we’re not the ones doing it, and we can’t make it stop, but we thought we’d pass along the message of “Yes they know about these translations and they are hurt, so please don’t support unofficial releases.”

Operation Moonrise Phase 6 Update!

Hey Moonies!  Thanks to your diligence, we are not even a week into our latest survey and we have already hit the 500 surveys mark!  At this moment we are currently at 505.  What concerns us on staff most is that right now, it is looking like there will not be enough demand to meet the minimum target we hoped for either PGSM or Sera Myu.  Each one of those is barely tipping 50% for the DVD option, which is the most popular among respondents.  We urge fans that if they are really interested in either of these sections of the franchise have an official English release to please take our survey, or else these numbers will not look terribly significant to those who we plan to send them to.  Also, we have received a lot of great comments – so keep those coming!  Thanks again Moonies!

Great Eastern Animation Provides New Merchandise Teaser, But No Release Date

A few days ago, we at Moon Chase learned of some new Sailor Moon merchandise being produced by Great Eastern Animation.  This is not the first time that Great Eastern Animation has produced Sailor Moon merchandise.  In the earlier part of this century, their licensed Sailor Moon merchandise included keychains, posters, wallscrolls, and coffee mugs. The new merchandise listed so far consists of playing cards, a wall scroll, a notebook, and a binder.  We’ve featured pictures of these below.  These could even be prototypes for future merchandise that may change when the final product is released.

While fans have been getting excited that this is a sign that there will be an announcement soon about the anime, we’re sorry to have to say this yet again but hold your horses.  There is also no logo on the merchandise that indicates which company has the rights for the anime.  While some speculate that the tiny blue and red logo in the corner represents FUNImation’s logo, this is incorrect.  Fans can see that it is Great Eastern’s logo if they look at it hard enough. We’re not even sure why this merchandise is mentioned online as none of the agreements for anything related to the anime and anime merchandise have been finalized yet (and this is most likely the reason that there are images up and no release date listed).  We have learned this from a source that is not for public consumption, but this has everything to do with a higher parental agreement we alluded to earlier.  Until this higher parental agreement happens for the United States, no anime or merchandise company can sign any agreements for the franchise.  It is also fully possible that since the companies are also fully aware of fans’ attempts to get some of the new merchandise from Italy, that this deal with Great Eastern may be a distribution deal with one of the Italian merchandise manufacturers to bring merchandise to North America. These are simple products, and if they are released in the Fall it could make the perfect complement to Kodansha’s calls for there to be some cooperation with the release of the anime to coincide with the release of the manga for the success of the franchise.  We are already aware of a similar deal with another Italian Sailor Moon product where they have been given permission to open up their orders to fans around the world (but we can’t share which product this is at this time).  Once again, while this is an exciting time to be a Sailor Moon fan, please have patience, everything will come when the time is right.

Merchandise Pictures (Image Credits: Great Eastern Animation)


 

France to Get Sailor Moon Manga (and sadly it won’t be from Glénat)

Pauvre Groupe Glénat In a new interview from Krinein Magazine with the editors of Glénat manga from France, the company kept their promise to keep fans updated about the whereabouts of the Sailor Moon manga. It also stands to be mentioned that Glénat also had a distributing arm in Quebec, so many of their titles reached Canadian Francophone manga fans.   Here is our translation of the question and answer in English :

Sailor Moon:

Fan: It is Glénat who is the French editor of Sailor Moon and Sailor V, I would like to know why Sailor Moon is no longer in the Glénat manga catalogue, and also because the sales of the manga in Quebec are almost exhausted.

Glénat:  We promised to keep you all aware of the situation since the author has recovered all of the rights.  The answers are beginning to come to us, and unfortunately we will not be the publisher of the next version of Sailor Moon.  You will have to ask other editors to see who has won the contract.  Of course, this is a disappointment for us, but these are the rules of the game.

So the question now becomes, who does have the rights to the manga?  Our bet is that it might be Pika Édition, since they already have the rights to several other Kodansha titles including Negima, Shugo Chara, Tokyo Mew Mew, and Love Hina.  Pika Édition also has a distributing arm in Canada for Francophone manga fans.  But, this is all speculation until an official announcement is made.  France and Francophone fans should still rejoice – after a very long wait there is finally some movement on the Sailor Moon and Sailor V manga!

Operation Moonrise Phase 6: Last Wane!

Welcome to the new site, Moonies!  And with a new site, comes a new campaign!  Finally, we are launching our latest survey (we can hear some of your groans already, so sorry ahead of time). Before we get into the details of this survey, let’s talk about the last two. Negotiations to bring Sailor Moon to North America are stalled, and will likely remain this way for the next 2-3 months at least (we can’t name our source). The report comprising Phases 4 and 5 has been completed for a month now, but instead of having to write a whole new report for Phase 6, it is much easier to incorporate the new survey into the existing report. And this one will not take long because most of the research has been included in the report already.

This survey is comprised of 11 questions, of which 10 are mandatory. The last 3 of those 10 are demographic questions. The first question asks the definite question of whether a fan would like to have a redub or not. We are asking this question because our site readership has increased drastically since 2009, and many did not get a chance to participate in the survey. The second question asks about other literary works associated with Sailor Moon. Fans will determine the outcomes of 3 & 4, that is to say we will ONLY send these results out if there is significant fan interest. 3 asks about fan interest in PGSM, 4 asks about fan interest in Sera Myu. We are asking about these series because from a marketing standpoint, now is a great time to license and distribute these series given the revival of the anime, and fans’ desires to learn more about the franchise. But, we know that there is only a fraction of the Sailor Moon fandom that appreciates PGSM and/or the Sera Myu musicals. These results will only be forwarded to the North American offices of the two rights holders if there is greater than 75% (>75%) interest in one of the purchasing options of these works. The 75% cannot be cumulative (ex. 45% want to purchase DVDs and 30% want to purchase digital copies). Greater than 75% of fans must commit to ONE option before we send these results out. So please, answer these honestly – we have two contacts that are interested in these results if there is significant fan interest.  We have also left an optional comment space on these questions for the fans.  If you want to leave a comment on these questions please make sure they relate to the production we are asking about (ex. Why you really want to see PGSM or Sera Myu on DVD, what you think of existing fansubs, if you liked any of the extras in particular from Japanese releases etc.). 5 and 6 deal with video games, what fans are interested in purchasing of a Sailor Moon video game, and also what systems you have. And finally, 7 asks if fans are interested in a mobile site like Sailor Moon x ANiMO. There has been some interest in trying to improve mobile anime content, and that is the reason we are asking the fans in this survey. All in all, some portion of these survey results could be forwarded to a maximum of 5 companies (if 3&4 show significant interest).

Question 11 is optional. We have provided space for fans to answer the question “Why I want Sailor Moon back” in a short paragraph. If you answer this question, please answer this honestly. Anything irrelevant or flaming will not be accepted and your survey will be voided. Stuck for ideas? You could tell the companies about how you are missing volumes of the anime from the first time around, how dissatisfied you might be with your fansubs, or how you are bored with current anime series on television and how you’d rather watch Sailor Moon. Please sign a name you would like to be identified with on a separate line (it doesn’t have to be your real name). We ask this so it is easier for the people reading this to know who is saying what when we put them all together. We will not be correcting for spelling and grammar, so if you want your comments to be taken seriously, please make the effort to make sure those are correct before you submit.

This is our last survey – so please make it count! We are aiming for at least 500 responses. We will likely stop this survey sometime in August so the report is completed by the end of September. Thanks to all the fans for their continued support of Operation Moonrise, and we can finally say with this survey that this is the very last one we will ever run!