Breaking News: New Kamen Rider-Crayon Shin-Chan Crossover Special!

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A few hours ago, a news story broke in Japan, and we are probably the first English site to bring this to you all. Crayon Shin-Chan is a popular, long-running, anime which has made its way over to North America in recent years. The animation style is very primitive and looks like it has been drawn with crayons – hence the name. Shin-Chan is Shinosuke Nohara, a pesky 5 year old who lives his life very unusually, with his inappropriate behaviours and misuse of language. Sailor Moon fans if they watched episode 104 of the S series might have noticed Chibi-Usa picking up a Crayon Shin-chan mini-UFO doll (pictured). Sailor Moon was probably the only external production to feature Shin-chan, even though it was so small. It seems that the producers of Kamen Rider are going to make some kind of hour-long, animated crossover special with Crayon Shin-chan. The release will coincide with the release of the Kamen Rider Den-Omovie which will be released in Japanese Theaters August 4th. The feature will be called Den-O vs. Shin-chan King Storm Special!, and marks Kamen Rider’s first foray into televised anime in it’s 36 year history! The special will air on TV Asahi on August 3rd at 7 PM. They don’t go a lot into the plot (except for mentioning Shin-chan’s snot attack) , but featured a comment from Rina Akiyama who will play a Queen in the movie. She simply said, that Shin-chan’s transformation “looks good”. Since we could barely find any Japanese sites on this special, we are unaware of who will be in it. In the past though, several stars of Sailor Moon have been involved in both series. Shibue Jyoji (PGSM Tuxedo Mask) appeared in Kamen Rider Hibiki as Iori Izumi, and Masaya Kikawada (PGSM Motoki) plays Takeshi Hongo in the new movies. And many seiyuu from the anime appeared in Crayon Shin-chan over the years: Michie Tomizawa (Sailor Mars) as Matsuzaka-sensei, Aya Hisakawa (Sailor Mercury) as Sailor Iyaan, Emi Shinohara (Sailor Jupiter) as Sailor Bakaan, Kae Araki (Sailor Chibi-Moon) as Sailor Muffoon, Kazuyuki Sogabe (Nephrite) as James, Mitsuishi Kotono (Sailor Moon) as Ageo-Sensei, Megumi Hayashibara (Himeko) as Chris Evert, and Megumi Ogata (Sailor Uranus) as Yoko!

Special thanks once again to our special Toku Correspondent UltraMatt for all his help!

News From the Other Side of the Pond #5!

BREAKING NEWS: YOKO ISHIDA TO APPEAR IN CONCERT AT AKIBAFEST!

Moonies aged 16 years and older in Springfield, Virginia are in for a treat come August 11th! AkibaFest is sort of a mini anime con that for one night will feature a dealers room, contests, and a dance… oh and a CONCERT! This year’s guest is Yoko Ishida , who sang the popular Sailor Moon R ending theme Otome no Policy (A Maiden’s Policy). Yoko has also had some of her music released by Geneon in North America. Also hosting the event will be Akihabara visual performance duo , FICE! This should be a really neat event to attend and if any of our readers are attending, we would love to hear how it went!

Motoki Continues as Masked Rider!

Motoki Furuhata (played by Masaya Kikawada) was always a riot in PGSM , from his obsession with turtles to his relationship with Makoto. After PGSM ended, he was seen in a few movies, including the popular Battle Royale II, and more recently, Dear Friends with PGSM’s Sailor Mars, Keiko Kitagawa. He hasn’t left the superhero genre! Instead of playing second fiddle to the senshi, he is known to legions of Kamen Rider fans around the world as Takeshi Hongo, Kamen Rider 1! He first appeared as this superhero in the hit, Kamen Rider: The First (which is available on DVD in North America). The movie is going to have a sequel, called Kamen Rider: The Next, and it will be hitting theaters in Japan this Fall! Masaya will return in his starring role, to fight against the evil terrorist group Shocker. This movie will probably be dark, and is set to be a hit among Kamen Rider fans! Special thanks to Moon Chase! reader UltraMatt for alerting us to this sighting – he also mentioned to us that Kamen Rider’s body attack from the old V3 series is very similar to Sailor Moon’s Sailor Body Attack!

Emi Shinohara Has a Cameo in Hayate no Gotoku!

Hayate no Gotoku (Combat Butler Hayate) is a series we recommend all our readers check out – it’s a great, comedic anime about the humble butler Hayate Ayasaki, who serves the whimsical heiress, Nagi Sanzenin. Unfortunately, life has never been easy for Hayate, who is often dealt many bad cards! We’re not going to spoil this series much more , but regular viewers of the series might have heard a familiar voice in episode 14! Emi Shinohara (Sailor Jupiter) appeared as the mother of sisters Hinagiku and Yuukiji Katsura. Unfortunately, the elder Yuukiji was not happy to see her as she was having a crisis, and pushed her away to go bring her some milk tea instead of telling her how she was doing. Sadly, we never saw her again in the episode. Though the role was small, it was nice to hear Emi in this wonderful series (which has already parodied Sailor Moon)! We hope to hear from her again in later episodes!

A Very Rare Sailor Moon R Promotional Video

We stumbled upon this rare gem today on YouTube! This appears to be a promotional spot for the Sailor Moon R series, and features Kotono Mitsuisihi (Sailor Moon), Aya Hisakawa (Sailor Mercury), Michie Tomizawa (Sailor Mars) , Emi Shinohara (Sailor Jupiter), and Rika Fukami (Sailor Venus). They are seen signing autographs and appearing at an event singing and voicing their characters! Most importantly, this video provides a glimpse at ~30s into what anime dubbing in Japan is like. The seiyuu stand in a very large, dreary-looking room with microphones in front of a screen with the cartoon. This is a huge contrast compared to pictures we’ve seen of how Optimum productions dubbed the episodes ! We learned from Roland Parliament years ago that usually sessions only had one or two VA’s in there, sometimes more if they were needed.

Enjoy!