Sailor Sighting in Orange is the New Black

Hello Moonies!

I was multitasking and binge-watching the ever-popular Orange is the New Black when I had to look up from what I was doing to make sure what I heard was right. If you are a fan of the series and are trying to avoid spoilers, Don’t read after this bold print, okay??

In Episode 6: “Ching Chong Chang”, our favorite hopeless romantic and creepy stalker Lorna Morello has struck up a new relationship with Ron, her brand new prison pen-pal. During his visit, they talk about their love of anime, and Ron talks about a horse-fight at “the expo” involving one of our own. Below, are screenshots with captions from the exchange that happens around the 28-minute mark. If the image below is hard to read, click to enlarge.


I’m also wondering if this might have been a jab at the brony fandom from the writers? Have any of you gotten into weird fandom fights with fans?

Moonbeams forever,

Edit: For those who want to watch this episode, watch it on Netflix here.

Sad News – Please Support Sully!

Hi Moonies:

Over the last few years I have gotten to know the wonderful Sarah “Sully” Sullivan, and she is one of the nicest people in the anime industry I have ever met. Since we started Operation Moonrise back in 2009, I quickly learned that there are very few women who work in the anime industry. I will never forget her kindness and her warmth over the years, not only talking about Sailor Moon matters, but also her words of encouragement when I was going through a tough time in the last couple of years. I am sure many of you have also met Sully at various cons, or attended cons and/or presentations that she helped plan. Sully is also connected to the new generation of Sailor Moon as an associate agent with Point of Contact Booking, which is representing many of the new actors involved with the Viz redub. Last night, I learned she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and is facing a challenging journey. A gofundme page has been set up to help cover expenses and if you are able to help, please do.


Sailor Pluto Will Appear at Unplugged Expo!

Just announced via Unplugged Expo‘s Facebook page is the appearance of Sabrina Grdevich (Sailor Pluto #1, Ann) in September! This convention takes place during the last weekend of September and will be happening in a much bigger venue to accommodate more attendees. As always, we will keep you updated on more Sailor Moon guest announcements!

New Buckle Down Seatbelt Belt Design!


Hi Moonies, Sailordees here! I just want to let you know I have spotted what I think (?) is a new Sailor Moon seatbelt belt design from Buckle Down. I spotted it at my local 2nd and Charles and did not see it at Hot Topic or Spencer’s. I have no idea where this can be found online and if any fans spot it elsewhere, please let us know! I am actually a fan of this design – when I was younger I really liked the neon cityscape that was used in the first opening of the series and I’m glad it has returned! I snapped a couple photos of the belt’s design up close so you can all see.

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On another note, I know we are behind but I am hoping to get things sorted out this Summer with some more staff. I am aware that there has been a lot happening in the last year, with new merchandise coming out in Japan as well as on this side (what do you all think of the Premium Bandai clothing? Would you like to see more “couture” Sailor Moon things on this side of the ocean? What do you think about all the Hot Topic T-shirts with singular characters that were released lately?), and finally the new series is going to make its debut this Summer. Thank you all for your patience – graduate school, travels, and a bazillion other things have left me with little time for much else. I want to also thank Emily and Moon-Cookie for having held up the fort amazingly well in my absence :).

Catching up on Sailor Moon Merchandise and Musical News

Sailor Mercury Figure Details:

The figure will be released sometime in October in Japan, and will probably ship to North America in November/December. Bluefin Tamashii Nations does not have order information quite yet (hopefully sometime this week there will be some news).  It will cost exactly the same price as the Sailor Moon figure at 4410 Japanese Yen ($46 USD), stand 14 inches tall, and this first production run will have special accessories.  There will be 3 exchangeable faces, 4 exchangeable right hands, 5 exchangeable left hands, front hair parts that include a Head Mounted Device Goggles (or her visor), and two types of pocket computers.  So far, the only image that is out right now is one we posted previously, but we anticipate there will be some more soon in different poses.

Sailor Moon Cosmetics:

Since Premium Bandai has moved to a build-to-order model, there is no reason why the shopping services should not work this time.  But please remember that the ordering limit of two per customer still holds for each product. The releases are being paced apart by a couple of days, as mentioned in our last post.  Some reporters at the Tokyo Toy Show this weekend posted some more details about them, including a hand model with each shade painted on her nails so fans could better see what the colors looked like, and pictures of the products.   But the most important thing is that there will be a third product added to the line (and sorry, nothing is going to be themed for the Outer Senshi or Starlights). Now we have heard a few rumors for what this third might be – a fragrance, an eyeshadow palette, or lipstick/lipgloss, and we are leaning towards the fragrance (although one of the others could happen). We too are disappointed that the majority of the branding of this 20th anniversary is only using the images of the Inner Senshi, when what made the show so special was its huge cast.

As for the products that are known and on the way: the powder compact is not going to be like your typical face powder, and will instead be like a “luster powder” to add some shimmer to your face. The compact itself is more glossier and shinier than the photos on Premium Bandai suggested initially.  As far as the nail collection goes, the pink shade of nail polish is significantly lighter than the photos on Premium Bandai had suggested. Also, fans should be aware that each bottle is only holding about 3.5ml of nail polish – this is significantly smaller than nail polish bottles you would find at the store, so the polish in each bottle will not last as long as fans might had hoped it would (perhaps only one or two uses per color?) The other surprise was that the bottles do actually come out of their golden exteriors, and we wonder if the rings of the different symbols around the bottle tops could be wide enough to wear around a pinky.

What do you think of these products?  What do you think the third item might be?

Sailor Moon Musical:

Nicovideo has a special hub site set up just for the musical for their more premium members to and purchase tickets  from their mobile phones, as well as links to sites from Animelo and Nelke Planning.  While there is no video content as of this writing, we would not be surprised if there was considering Nicovideo’s involvement in the 20th anniversary.  We have also heard that the plot is going to stay true to themes from the manga.  It will be interesting to see how this translates to the stage for the first time!