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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal is a new Sailor Moon anime for the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon produced by Toei Animation.
During the second 20th Anniversary event on August 4, 2013, it was revealed that the new Sailor Moon anime will air in December 2013, and that it would be streamed internationally online via niconico.
While the anime release date has been up in the air for some time, it has been announced that the first episode will be released in July 2014.
This new series, entitled Sailor Moon Crystal, is set to premiere on July 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (6:00 am EST) and stream a new episode every other week for a year, running at a total of 26 episodes.
Because of the streaming aspect of the series, it will be subtitled in 10 languages. The story will also not refer back to the original anime, but use the manga storyline as its source material.
Producer Atsutoshi Umezawa (Precure franchise) said that it “is not remaking the previous anime, but adapting the original manga and starting from scratch again.”
Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.
Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….
Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?
New theme song
The new theme song for Sailor Moon Crystal is sung by popular idol group Momoiro Clover Z.
New voice actors…mostly
Usagi (Sailor Moon)’s original voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi, will be reprising her role for the new series.
The panel also named the actresses who will play the Inner Senshi:
Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino Kotono Mitsuishi
Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno Hisako Kanemoto
Sailor Mars/Rei Hino Rina Satou
Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino Ami Koshimizu
Sailor Venus/Minako Aino Shizuka Itou
New character designs (Inner Senshi)
The new character designs for the series are based on the proportions and designs of the original manga.