Operation Moonrise Phase 7 Survey Update

Hi Moonies! Unfortunately, Kwiksurveys has been hacked to the point where the service has to shut down. We have downloaded the results but it appears we have lost another 20 or so again. We have decided to therefore move the survey for these last few responses to esurveyspro.com. Since there are 4 new T-shirts as well as a new place to purchase the costumes, we are looking for 200 responses within the next week. We know that there are at least several times that many of you who read this page daily, so we would appreciate if you could take the time to please take the survey and share your comments on the merchandise that has been released so far. We are sad to see Kwiksurveys shut down – our successes would not have been possible without the service. We sincerely hope that those who have harmed the company are brought to justice. Click below for the new link!

BREAKING NEWS: New Sailor Moon Anime to Premiere Around the World in 2013!

Hot off the press conference and 20th anniversary celebration streaming on Nicovideo and for fans at France’s Japan Expo, the big announcement has caught us all by surprise! There will be a new Sailor Moon anime in 2013, and so far Kotono Mitsuishi and Toru Furuya are confirmed to reprise their roles as Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen! And it will also be broadcast to all countries at around the same time. At this time we are unable to confirm who else will be returning, or which studio is going to animate it. This announcement was made by Japanese Idol Group Momoiro Clover Z, who performed Moonlight Densetsu in Sailor Moon cosplay. We will keep you posted once we know more! Be happy Moonies!

EDIT: Yes, Toei Animation will be producing this anime and idol group Momoiro Clover Z will be singing the theme song. We’d like to note at this time that Toei Animation’s copyrights, logo, or name were not mentioned at all on the official press release.

BREAKING NEWS: New 20th Anniversary Event Celebrating Sailor Moon in Japan!

This news just hit the web about an hour ago! Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon), Toru Furuya (Tuxedo Kamen), and Fumio Osano (Sailor Moon manga editor) will be at a special event commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Sailor Moon on July 6th! The event will be taking place in Roppongi at Nicofarre, and all will be talking about Sailor Moon! For those of you who think the “Nico” part in Nicofarre sounds a little familiar, you are right! This is a special disco in Japan that has been opened up by famous streaming video site Nico Nico Douga featuring huge screens showing content from the site. The event will be about a half an hour long and will also be streamed on Nicovideo for fans to watch, and it will furthermore be connected to Japan Expo which is taking place in Paris! There will be a special Sailor Moon performance from the Japanese girls idol group Momoiro Clover Z streamed in from Japan Expo connected to this event. This is not something to be missed – and we encourage fans who have access to Nicovideo to tune in from 7:30-8:30 PM in Japan (check a world time website to see what time it is on in your area)! We are also in love with this new 20th Anniversary logo (as featured by RBB Today and copyrighted to Naoko Takeuchi/PNP).

For our readers in France who will be attending Japan Expo, if you visit Pika Edition’s booth and are in Sailor Moon cosplay, you will get a scratch card. Each scratch card is a prize winner, and fans can win prizes like posters, postcards, and even a complete set of the manga.

Update: I (Sailordees) have a bit of a busy day today so one of our translators is working on getting that Kodansha site translated. There is mention on this site of a surprise announcement and drawing (the art kind, not the contest kind). While we don’t know what this surprise announcement will be, since this is an event being put on by Kodansha Inc. and not Toei Animation, it may pertain to a new story (or stories) with the manga, or a new artbook. Since Sailor Moon has ended, Naoko Takeuchi has drawn new versions of characters from Sailor Moon, including Tuxedo Kamen for the RPG Girl’s Life, for friends of hers impacted by last year’s disaster, for Sailor Moon Channel, and for Bandai Hobby Museum.

Update 2: Full translation over at Crunchyroll!

Operation Moonrise Phase 7 Update 4

Hey Moonies! We’ve updated the survey yet again to include the new Hastings shirt as well as Hastings as a store option. For those of you who are wondering about accuracy, there is no need to worry. The number of survey retakers is actually a lot smaller than we had thought, but the most important thing that we have noticed is that the trends in each version have been very similar and consistent, which is the only thing that matters. We will definitely mention that the changing lineup had forced us to change this survey 3 times from the original.

We only want about 200 surveys for this iteration so we can get at least 100 comments on the Hastings T-shirt. We still need a few more on Sailor Uranus’s T-shirt as well. If you are going to take this version of the survey, please comment on designs Q and R if you have already commented on the others! This is the last version of the survey and we are hoping to be done this in about two weeks so we can get the shortened report sent off to everyone that needs to get it.

A few words about Hastings: The store has 121 stores in the United States, of which most are located in west, south, and central parts of the country. This is almost the opposite of FYE which is largely concentrated on the East Coast. Hastings will only ship to addresses in the United States.

We Turn 5 Today!

Today is a special day for Moon Chase – we began 5 years ago on Blogspot on March 8th, 2007. We want to take this time to thank the fans for their support and patience – our fourth year was a bumpy one but we look forward to another year of Sailor Moon and success! We also want to thank the many company representatives for maintaining their contact with us and considering our site’s efforts. And to the actors and crew, we thank you for still keeping an interest in the series and always being enthusiastic when we tell you what is going on. Your support also means the world to us! We will never stop chasing Sailor Moon, and hopefully we will bring more of her to English audiences this year!