First Episode of the Zannen, Canada Podcast Features Sailor Moon Memories

Hello, Sailor Moon fans!

I took part as a speaker in the first episode of the Zannen, Canada podcast and there was plenty of talk about Sailor Moon. I reminisced about how I got into Sailor Moon and my experiences as an early fan of the franchise before the Internet age. There’s also discussion of missed opportunities for anime in Canada and hopes for the future.

Some of you may remember Jesse Betteridge’s previous version of Zannen, Canada which was a Canadian focused anime news site. The podcast is like the next generation of that, with lots of discussions about anime and future interviews with industry figures. She podcast has a primarily Canadian focus, but should be of interest even if you’re outside of Canada and would like to hear more about anime in North America.


If you’d like to listen to the first episode of the Zannen, Canada podcast, you can check it out here.

Breaking News: New Sailor Moon Merchandise Licenses:

Via Sailor Moon World Italy (and some fans’ messages, thanks!), some new companies involved in merchandising have acquired licenses for Sailor Moon. These include two companies with US branches and one for France; Topps (Germany, Italy and America), Namco Bandai Games America, and Giochi Preziozi France. It is probably safe to infer that Topps will be releasing sticker books (and possibly cards), Giochi Preziozi France will release some (if not all) of the toys made in Italy, and NBGA is likely going to bring La Luna Splende to North America eventually. But, nothing is confirmed, and everyone should have waited for a press release. We have been advised from the companies to play it safe and wait for official word before posting anything like this, but given the criticism and heat we have had to face from some fans, we’re addressing it now as safely as we possibly can. We’ve featured a large photo below filled with cropped screenshots from Kazachok’s Web Guide.

What remains to be known (especially in France and North America), is if this is a sign that the release of the anime is imminent in either of these regions. There are a few other regions in the world that don’t have Sailor Moon either (Russia and Ukraine, to start). In a Japanese press release announcing the return of Sailor Moon to North America, Kodansha made note of how especially in North America, that without the release of the anime and other merchandise, that the manga may not experience the same “big boom” of the past*. We can’t speculate on the progress being made on the anime, due to certain statements made in the last 2 months from companies and representatives all around. We have to wonder if these new merchandising deals are some kind of a placeholder in between that will ultimately aid the anime when the time is right for it to return, while also tiding the release of the manga. Usually, the pattern in Sailor Moon licensing news has been anime first, merchandise and manga second. What do you think, Moonies?

*We had read this the day it was posted but didn’t post anything about it on Moon Chase because you fans were in such a happy mood and we didn’t want to damper the situation! Instead, we all discussed it amongst ourselves for a while and once again, wondered why Sailor Moon was having such a turbulent resurgence.

Convention News: Kumiko Watanabe and Miki Narahashi to Appear at Anime North!

Special thanks to forums reader Amanda for passing this on to us! On April 4th, Anime North announced a new round of guests appearing at their convention in May. Included are two seiyuu from Sailor Moon! One is Kumiko Watanabe, who is famous now for her role as Shippo in InuYasha and Sgt. Keroro in Keroro Gunso. But, she had a very famous role in Sailor Moon! She played JunJun in the SuperS series, as well as Youma-of-the-day Kugurumiko. The second Seiyuu to appear is Miki Narahashi, who is better known as playing Crayon Shin-Chan‘s mom, Misae Nohara. She played quite a few Youma-of-the-days in Sailor Moon, including reprising her role as Misae in an episode of Sailor Moon S, Gigaros in R, Kotarou in SuperS, and Sailor Leaguer in Sailor Stars. Anime North takes place from May 27-29 in Toronto, Canada. We will not be having any of our staff attending this convention this year, however we would love to hear what happens from any fans attending!

Mimet Wins!

Hey Moonies! Tonight was the broadcast gala of the 25th Annual Gemini Awards in Canada, and our lone hope Sailor Moon nominee won! Catherine Disher (Mimet) won the Gemini for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for her work as Maggie Norton on CBC’s drama, The Border. Catherine has been nominated for this role for the last 3 years, so we are so glad she has finally gotten the recognition she deserves! For those of you who are Mimet fans that want to celebrate this occasion and do something for your favorite of the Witches 5, we have a special thread set up for you (members only) in our forums. Congratulations to Catherine Disher again and best of luck for continued success on The Border!

Breaking News: Gemini 2010 Noms Announced!

Lots of Reasons for the Moon Chase Blog Network to Celebrate!

This morning, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television announced nominations for the 2010 Gemini Awards, and both of our blogs (Moon Chase and We Got The Solution) have stars that we follow nominated! Though this year, there are less stars from Sailor Moon nominated ( ☽:( ), once again Flashpoint is leading the pack with 15 nominations in 11 categories! Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated and we will keep you updated with the winners come November. The lone nominee from Sailor Moon this year is Catherine Disher (Mimet) for her work on the Canadian drama The Border. There are too many nominated from Flashpoint to name in one sentence, but there is a special case where a Flashpoint star guested in another TV show, and is against two other guest stars from Flashpoint!

So here come the nominees! The productions that they are nominated for are in bold, but if you see a gold star next to their name(), it means they were also in Flashpoint or Sailor Moon).

Best Dramatic Series

Durham County
(Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. /Muse Entertainment Ent. Inc., Muse Entertainment Enterprise)
Adrienne Mitchell, Laurie Finstad Knizhnik, Janis Lundman, Michael Prupas
(Flashpoint Season 2, Pink Sky Inc., Avamar Ent)
Anne Marie La Traverse, Bill Mustos
Republic of Doyle
(Republic Season II Inc., Malachy Season 1, Inc.)
Allan Hawco, Rob Blackie, John Vatcher
Stargate Universe
(Stargate Universe I Inc.)
Brad Wright, Carl Binder, Robert Cooper, John Lenic, N. John Smith
The Tudors
(Peace Arch Entertainment, PA Tudors III Inc., TM Productions)
John Weber, Sheila Hockin, Morgan O’Sullivan

Best Achievement in Casting

Deirdre Bowen – Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures – “All Souls”
John Buchan CSA, Jason Knight – The Summit
Stephanie Gorin – Guns
Andrea Kenyon, Wendy O’Brien, Marissa Richmond, Randi Wells – Durham County – “Little Lost Children”
Marissa Richmond – Flashpoint – “Perfect Storm”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series

Clé Bennett – The Line – “Episode 203”, “Episode 206”
Sergio Di Zio – Flashpoint – “One Wrong Move”, “The Good Citizen”
Genadijs Dolganovs – The Bridge – “Painted Ladies”, “Chain of Fools”
Sebastian Pigott – Being Erica – “Yes We Can”, “The Unkindest Cut”
Mark Taylor – Flashpoint – “Exit Wounds”, “One Wrong Move”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series

Enrico Colantoni – Cra$h & Burn – “Lawyers, Guns & Money”
Christopher Heyerdahl – Sanctuary – “Haunted”
Michael Riley – Flashpoint – “Coming To You Live”
Hugh Thompson – Flashpoint – “Business As Usual”
Kristopher Turner – Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures – “Family Practice”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series

Catherine Disher – The Border – “The Dead”, “Dark Ride”
Eve Harlow – The Guard – “Boom”, “Last Night”
Reagan Pasternak – Being Erica – “Shhh…Don’t Tell”, “Under My Thumb”
Jessica Steen – Flashpoint – “Clean Hands”, “The Perfect Family”
Rachel Wilson – Republic of Doyle – “Return of the Grievous Angel”, “Blood is Thicker Than Blood”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series

Ona Grauer – Flashpoint – “The Fortress”
Laurence Leboeuf – Flashpoint – “The Perfect Family”
Tatiana Maslany – Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures – “All Souls”
Debra Lynne McCabe – Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures – “All Souls”
Anastasia Phillips – Murdoch Mysteries – “Me, Myself, & Murdoch”

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

David Frazee – Flashpoint – “One Wrong Move”
Andy Mikita – Stargate Universe – “Air Part 1”
Adrienne Mitchell – Durham County – “Little Lost Children”
Jeremy Podeswa – The Tudors – “Episode 308”
Stephen Surjik – Flashpoint – “Aisle 13”

Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series

Amin Bhatia, Ari Posner – Flashpoint – “One Wrong Move”
Robert Carli – Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures – “Isolation”
Robert Carli – Murdoch Mysteries – “Me, Myself, & Murdoch”
Joel Goldsmith – Stargate Universe – “Light”
James Jandrisch – The Guard – “At Sea”
Trevor Morris – The Tudors – “Episode 304”

Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series

James Jeffrey – Murdoch Mysteries – “The Murdoch Identity”
Glen MacPherson – Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story
Jim Menard – Stargate Universe – “Light”
Stephen Reizes – Flashpoint – “Behind The Blue Line”
Michael Storey – Republic of Doyle – “The Fall of the Republic”

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series

Rick Martin – Stargate Universe – “Human”
Lara Mazur, C.C.E. – Flashpoint – “One Wrong Move”
Vesna Svilanović – Bloodletting And Miraculous Cures – “Unhappy Endings”
Arthur Tarnowski – The Phantom
Jeff Warren – Guns

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series

Philip Bedard, Larry Lalonde – Murdoch Mysteries – “Hangman”
Jeremy Boxen – Cra$h & Burn – “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
Mark Haroun – Heartland – “The Haunting of Hanley Barn”
Alex Levine – The Border – “Missing In Action”
Ian Weir – Flashpoint – “The Fortress”

To check out the rest of the nominees, click here! Congratulations to everyone nominated from Flashpoint and Sailor Moon once again, and best of luck in November!