Ooo! We have an interesting one this time Moonies!
A few days ago, Jlist tweeted they had gotten a catalog with new anime merch and it included some never-seen-before Sailor Moon schedule books/calendars!! At this point new merch isn't exactly *new* to us because we've been getting new merch for about a year and a half now! Namely all those goodies from GE Animation, the Hot Topic shirts, the mangas (with a confirmed art book on the way too!), and the recently released S.H. Figuarts. It's been a pretty exciting ride for the fandom! Here are a few pics of the merch that is available now for pre-orer on Jlist! and yes, these are 2014 calendars.
Aren't those sparkles soooo Moonesque!? Also, LOVE LOVE LOVE the locket on the vinyl notebook!! However, the rest of the images raise a bunch of questions and throw mixed messages all over the place. What's the hell going on here? First and foremost, the question we're all asking is: Why are they using old artwork!? Granted, we've been getting a bunch of "already seen" images coming from Marco Albiero's illustrations, many based directly off the art books, and many of his own creation. But Marco has his own style and flare. We enjoy his rendering and the colors he uses are so bright and wonderful, but the images seen here are really old and the design is less than attractive. We have been joking around on Twitter that they look like a poorly sourced fan made notebook.
Secondly, Why are they all mixed? Seriously! We have artwork from SM Classic, with the Crystal Brooch from SMR, mixed with images of the Outer Senshi from SMS. IT'S ALL OVER THE PLACE! Why?!?! So weird.
Thirdly, Why is it written in English? Is this destined only to international markets or do they think English just looks cooler on their stationery? I dunno what they're thinking, but I've seen them use better fonts and designs than what we have here. Yes there's some Japanese in there too, but the English is like RIGHT IN OUR FACE OMG Dx
The obi has the 20th anniversary logo, so this is a 20th anniversary release. I just hope they improve on the quality of this merch cause it leaves much to be desired. The colors are poor, the design is lacking and we want NEW ARTWORK! Today, the new merch has also made an appearance on the official site. The Sailor Moon channel posted it and clearly, they're a big deal because they never update the site for this kind of random merch. So yeah! Happy hunting!