Sailor Moon Petite Étrangère Musical Going on in Japan Now! NicoNico Live Webcast Announced.

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Sailor Moon News has given us news about the new Sailor Moon Musical! The new Sailor Moon Musical: Sailor Moon Petite Éntrangère is going on now in Japan! It ran from August 21-31 in Tokyo and runs from September 7-9 in Osaka with another showing in Shanghai, China in January 2015, the first time a Sailor Moon Musical has been shown outside of Japan.

Japanese Video Website NicoNico ( Site In Japanese) has announced a live webcast of the Musical on September 7th, 2014. This gives fans a chance to enjoy the musical without the need to travel all the way to Japan or China.

The musical takes place around the time of Classic Sailor Moon R, around the battle with The Black Moon Clan and the first appearance of Chibi-Usa. The official Sailor Moon website has announced a DVD release of the Musical at the price of 7800 yen (about $75 USD) and will release on January 28, 2015.

Here’s a Preview of the Musical

Source: Sailor Moon News

Viz Media Announces Date for Sailor Moon Box Set Season 1 Part One! Also, Information on the Japanese Release of Sailor Moon Crystal

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Ladies and Gentleman,

Viz held its Sailor Moon panel at the 2014 Anime Expo. Announced were the dub cast for the Viz Re-dub of Sailor Moon (The Classic Anime) as well as the release of a new box set, along with date.

Sailor Moon Season 1, Part 1 box set will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 11, 2014 and has been seen to run from $56-80 for Blu-Ray with about $30-50 for the standard DVD release. Online Retailer Right-Stuf had a pre-order promotion for a limited edition coin but that has since sold out.

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The Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD set comes with episodes 1-23 on 3 Blu-Ray and 3 DVD plus an 88-page, full-color premium booklet, all in a nice chipboard art box that will have room for Season 1, part 2. Viz has stated that all 5 seasons will be released in these boxes.

Now what about Sailor Moon Crystal? As of now, according to Japanese Entertainment Website Natalie.Mu(Site is in Japanese), the season will be released by King Records in 13 two-episode volumes with a limited edition release of Volume 1 (Episodes 1-2) in Japan on October 15, 2014 with a wide Blu-Ray/DVD Release on November 12, 2014 (The Day after Sailor Moon Season 1, Part 1 is released in the US… Actually, the same day due to time difference). The limited edition Blu-Ray set will actually be housed in a large designer box that doubles as a music box that will play the theme for Crystal “Moon Pride” (Though the box is part of a Japanese Promotion that comes from buying the individual DVDs) and the DVDs come with special booklets, with Vol. 1 coming with a larger bag chain charm and and all volumes including smaller charms, which may be attached to the aforementioned chain (Information found on SailorMoonCollectibles.com) and it seems that the Prices are going from 7020-8100 Yen, depending on the title and can be pre-ordered on the CDJapan website (The rest of the titles can be found here as well). The prices for the normal Blu-Ray are going for 4860 Yen and the Regular DVD volumes are priced at 3780 Yen and all of these can be found on the CDJapan website as well.

There is currently no word of a US set release for Sailor Moon Crystal as of yet but information on them will be posted for both Sailor Moon Classic and Sailor Moon Crystal as we get more details.

Update (11/16/2014): Limited Edition Blu-Ray for Episodes 1&2 for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Released October 15th. Pictures for the Limited Edition Blu-Ray set shown below:
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The Art for the DVD showcases Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon. The set also includes a special booklet, the enclosed Sailor Moon Bag Chain and the first charm resembling Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick. The remaining charms will be included with later limited edition Blu-Ray box releases. Also, the large box for the full Blu-Ray set has also been revealedsailormoon-crystal-anime-bluray-dvd-box

As stated above, it will house all of the boxset disc cases and double as a music box that plays the Series theme “Moon Pride”.

Catching Up On Sailor Moon News

It’s been a busy time for the Moon-Chase staff, so here’s a quick post catching up on some details we’ve been waiting on some confirmation for and details around the Sailor Moon Classic release set for this November.

Viz Media announced our dub’s producers in a press release earlier this week, Jamie Simone and Rita Majkut. Suzanne Goldish was announced to be the dub’s voice director. Jamie Simone has worked on a multitude of anime, producing the English version of Bleach, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden and Tiger & Bunny. Rita Majkut has fewer works under her belt, but all of them are producer roles. Some of her featured works would include Digimon Fusion, Digimon Data Squad, and the Digimon Frontier movie as well as Rave Master and Zatch Bell. Suzanne Goldish has done ADR directing and voice directing for Bleach, and voice direction for K.

We also have a few more details on the Blu Ray and DVD release of Sailor Moon Season One, Part One. (Out November 11) It’s once again been confirmed that it will be shown in its original 4X3 aspect ratio, with a 1080p remaster. New details include the mention of a ‘signs and songs’ subtitle track that will be included in the release. One of the bonus features will include footage from the Sailor Moon Panel at Anime Expo. The Limited Edition Blu Ray will come with a foil accented box that will also hold Season One, Part Two. The Standard DVD release is not being ignored however, the three disc set will have a foil accented O-card cover (Slip cover) as well! The DVD release will also feature the ‘signs and songs’ subtitle track. Below is a picture of the Limited Edition box that will hold Season One, Parts One and Two.

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Speaking of conventions, be sure to check out a recording of the Anime Expo panel, here! Part 2. Part 3.

 

For a little more information on the release, we emailed Viz Media with a few questions, it’s formatted like a Q&A below for easy reading:

Q. When you mean “chipboard” boxset, are we talking as in made out of pressed wood or reclaimed paper? And will this roughly look like other boxsets of anime series past where usually volume 1 would come in a special box with room for the other volumes?

A. Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1 will be packaged in a similar fashion to other Limited Edition DB/DVD box sets. To see the chipboard outer box, here’s an unboxing video of one of our other release, K, so you can see the thickness (Link). Keep in mind Sailor Moon will look different as it will have 23 episodes, rather than the standard 12-13. The Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1 LE will have a space to fit Season 1 Part 2 when it releases. When Sailor Moon R Part 1 releases, the plan is to have a Limited Edition option similar to Season 1 with space for part 2 and so forth, making for 5 total LE boxes across the 200 episode Sailor Moon series.
Q. Another fan has asked if the main cast will remain consistent throughout the series.
A. The plan is to keep the cast consistent throughout the 200 episode series, specials and movies, yes.

 

Q. When will Sailor Moon Crystal be dubbed? After all of the existing series and movies have been dubbed or will this be done concurrently?

A. There is no news on a dubbed production at this time. For anime properties, dubbed productions generally happen after a series is shown in Japan, but there is no news specifically on Sailor Moon Crystal at this time. We hope fans continue to show their support for Sailor Moon Crystal as well as Sailor Moon by watching the official simulcasts on VIZ.com, Neon Alley and Hulu. All these outlets are free and these views do a lot to show the creators fan support for the series.

 

Q. Will any of the theme song or ending singles be released in North America from Viz?

A. There is no news on any possible Sailor Moon North American music releases at this time.

Breaking News! Viz Media Posts First Official Sailor Moon Classic Dub Clip

Today Viz Media posted the very first peek we have at the new Sailor Moon Classic dub! This short clip features the scene where Usagi and Mamoru first meet, introducing us to Stephanie Sheh as Usagi and Robbie Daymond as Mamoru. The clip also shows off an image of the chipboard art box that will be released with the limited edition Blu Ray set this November. Check it out below!

BREAKING NEWS: PGSM Boxset to be released in Japan This September!

PGSM fans, mark your calendars! On September 22nd, a boxset of the entire PGSM series is set to be released in Japan. For those fans who are unaware, PGSM stands for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and is the live action version of Sailor Moon which aired on Japanese television from 2003-2004. An article at Animate.tv has a couple reasons for why they think this boxset is being released. The first is that many of the stars (most notably Keiko Kitagawa who played Sailor Mars) have gone on to bigger and better things in their acting careers. The second, is that some of the new generation of fans have never seen a live action version of Sailor Moon on TV. The timing of this release is perfect given the anime’s revival which is happening around the world. The boxset will include all 49 episodes, the two specials (Special Act and Act Zero), and Kirari Super Live – a live event in almost the same vein as the Sera Myu musicals, starring the cast of PGSM. All other extras included on the initial release will also be included. No word as of this writing if Super Dance Lesson will also be included. This dance lesson was part of a special offer, and fans had to fill out an application included with only certain magazines many years ago to get a copy. The boxset is currently on preorder at Amazon.jp and will cost ¥23,210 before shipping (roughly $290 USD).