Fumio Osano, the Sailor Moon manga’s Kodansha editor who is known by his nickname “Osabu,” confirmed in response to a question on his Twitter account that the new Sailor Moon anime has been delayed. The anime was previously announced as debuting this summer.
Osabu has not yet given further details, but a more formal announcement is expected soon. When asked if the anime would broadcast in winter 2014, he responded, “Not 2014. Perhaps.”
Bandai presented more photographs and details on its first articulated Sailor Moon figure in years on Monday. The Bandai Collectors division’s S.H. Figuarts action figure line will add the title magical girl from Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon manga this August to mark the franchise’s 20th anniversary.
The 14-centimeter (about 5.5-inch) figure can recreate many of the character’s classic poses, including her signature “In the name of the moon I will punish you!” pose.
The 4,410-yen (US$45) set will come with the figure itself, three interchangeable parts for different facial expressions, three interchangeable left hands, five interchangeable right hands, her cat Luna, two Moon Sticks, and parts for recreating the Moon Tiara Action effect. The figure’s special site will reveal still more details in the future.
Update: Bluefin, Bandai’s official distributor in North America, confirmed that it will release the figure in the United States this August or September.
They seem to be the official photos from the ones they previewed back in October 2012.