The official website for the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Project announced on Friday that the new Sailor Moon anime will premiere this July. It will stream worldwide via the Niconico service.
The staff is as follows:
• Original Creator: Naoko Takeuchi
• Director: Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure)
• Series Script Supervisor: Yūji Kobayashi (scripts onSaint Seiya Omega, Smile Precure!)
• Animation Production: Toei Animation (first Sailor Moon anime, One Piece)
• Theme Song Performance: Momoiro Clover Z (Bodacious Space Pirates, Pokémon: Black and White, Joshiraku)
The new anime based on Takeuchi’s magical girl team manga was announced in Summer 2012 and slated to premiere last summer, but then it was delayed. The female idol group Momoiro Clover Z then said during the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event last August that the new Sailor Moon anime will stream worldwide simultaneously this winter.
Producer Atsutoshi Umezawa (Precure franchise) said in a press release posted on Friday that the new Sailor Moon anime is not a remake. He explained, “This second anime adaptation of Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon is not remaking the previous anime, but adapting [Naoko Takeuchi’s] original manga and starting from scratch again. It is quite a project. The entire staff has been working hard to show everyone an entirely new Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon, so please look forward to it.”
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The female idol group Momoiro Clover Z confirmed during the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event #2 on Sunday that the new Sailor Moon anime will stream worldwide simultaneously this winter. In addition, the idol group will sing both the opening and the ending theme songs for the new anime. The anime will stream on Niconico.
Momoiro Clover Z, publisher Kodansha, and Sailor Moon manga creator Naoko Takeuchi had announced the new anime adaptation of the manga last summer. Momoiro Clover Z had also announced at that time that they would perform at least one theme song for the new anime.
Fumio Osano, the Sailor Moon manga’s Kodansha editor who is known by his nickname “Osabu,” confirmed in April that the new Sailor Moon anime has been delayed from the previously announced release window of summer 2013. The solicitation sheet for new Sailor Moon super-deformed swinging keychains had teased, “New anime starts??” in the December 2013-January 2014 window.
Osano added during Sunday’s event that the staff cannot announce the voice cast yet. He also indicated that the new anime would not be a remake of the earlier Sailor Moon anime.