News Flash – Sailor Moon Manga wins Industry Award!

I have some great news to report regarding the recent re-release of the Manga by Kodansha Comics – the first volume was recently honoured at the 2011 Diamond Comic Distributers Gem Awards. Sailor Moon Volume 1 received one of the highest honours from the comic book industry, as it was awarded the 2011 Manga Trade Paperback Of The Year award. The award results are primarily based off of overall sales figures for the 2011 calendar year, and are also voted on by the major comic book retail outlets. We are so proud of the success of Sailor Moon, and we would like to congratulate Kodansha Comics USA on the win. It is truly astounding to see the continued positive reception being directed towards the manga reissue campaign, and the staff at Moon Chase would like to applaud the fans that have supported the release!

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!

Sera Myu Sightings Late March 2010 – Part 2

Not too much to report now, but we thought we’d still report these since these actors were all featured in huge roles during Sera Myu!

Kenji Urai is a Prince!

Fresh off his win at the 44th Kinokuniya Theater Awards, Kenji Urai (Tuxedo Mask from 2001-2002) will be making an appearance in a stage musical, and he wil get to play a prince! Bara to Samurai: Goemon Rock Overdrive (Rose to Samurai: Goemon Rock Overdrive) began on March 18th in Tokyo, and will travel through to Osaka in April and May. The play takes place in the 17th century, about two pirates named Goemon and Ann. Lured by a reward, another pirate tries to kidnap Goemon, but captures Ann instead. Everyone finds out later that Annu is the long-lost daughter of the recently deceased King, and is set to rule over his kingdom. At her first party, Annu meets a prince named Charles from another country who falls in love with her, but Goemon isn’t ready to give her up easily. Kenji is playing Prince Charles, and has received some rave reviews from fans already over his performance! At a promotional event held earlier this month, the two leading cast members playing Ann and Goemon (Yuki Amami and Arata Furata) were excited for the chance to cosplay as pirates on stage!

Tae Kimura Presents at 33rd Japanese Academy Awards After Winning Year!

2009 was a great year for Tae Kimura (Fisheye in Sailor Moon SuperS musicals). She won two awards for her role in the critically acclaimed film All Around Us (including a Japanese Academy Award), and became well known around Japan. A few weeks ago, she appeared to present an award at the Japanese Academy Awards, and was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the Japanese film Zero Focus. This movie was about a mysterious disappearance of a woman’s husband. We have a photo of her at the awards featured here (in the brown dress). Unfortunately, she didn’t win, but we are still proud of everything she has achieved! Zero Focus will be released to DVD and BD this June. Fans can check out more information about the film in English here.

Maki Aizawa Goes Shopping and Has a Beauty Blog

Maki Aizawa (Loof Merrow in 2004) went for a little shopping trip with her friend, Yuko Ogura (another idol) before they had to go to work. This for some strange reason was covered by the tabloids (*sigh*). They went to one of the most trendiest stores in Tokyo called ISBIT DAIKANYAMA which is very popular among idols for the eclectic selection of clothing it carries. They tried on a few items and took some photos of themselves without makeup and went on their merry way (which included posts on both Yuko and Maki’s blogs). Maki is the girl on the right side of the photo we have posted here. Maki also started a beauty blog a few months ago which is slowly gaining some steam with her fans. She reviews beauty products that she uses.

Tabe Mikako in New Lipstick Commercial!

Tabe Mikako (Yaten Kou/Sailor Star Healer) is currently being featured in a new lipstick commercial in Japan for Orbis Rouge Crystal. This lipstick has special shine enhancers in it to make your lips sparkle. Orbis has two commercials for this product, the first one features Tabe putting the lipstick on and talking about how it makes her lips sparkle. The second one, features Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott playing a Chopin waltz off of her brand new album. Both aim to show that this lipstick will make you sparkle and shine at just the right moment! Fans can check out videos of both commercials here!

Anza Oyama a Matter of Weeks Away From South America!

Anza Oyama (Sailor Moon from 1993-1998) is the lead singer of Japanese metal band Head Phones President, and they are heading out for the first time to South America a month from now! They will be playing four shows in Brazil, and 3 of them are at anime conventions: the concert on April 24th will happen at Anime Hero!, then they will head off to Anime Osasco the next day, and then to Porto Allegre’s J-Party Ballads on the 30th. On May 2nd, they will finish their tour playing in Rio de Janeiro. We know our friends at SOS Brazil are very excited about this and we can’t wait to hear what they have to report! The band sings in English, and their style of music is definitely a departure from the cutesy songs fans know Anza best for singing in Sera Myu. Fans who want to give their music a listen can check out their MySpace! We wish Head Phones President the best of luck on their tour and we hope to see them perform in other places as well.

BREAKING NEWS: Second Sailor Mars and Venus Nominated for Juno!

Canadians are all abuzz today since it’s Juno Award Nominations day! And, we Moonies have extra reason to celebrate! Emilie-Claire Barlow‘s (Sailor Mars #2, Sailor Venus #2) hit album from last summer Haven’t We Met has just been nominated for a Juno! She is nominated in the category of Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, and faces some tough competition from Diana Krall, Carol Welsman, Michael Kaeshammer and Ranee Lee. Congratulations Emilie-Claire, and sad to hear you forgot your Pepsi (if ever we meet, we will give you a Pepsi to compensate).