February 27, 2014

Updates on the new anime!

Slowly, very slowly but surely we are getting tiny bits of info about the new Sailor Moon anime. This is exactly what I expected them to do, to ration the announcements into tiny drops of sweet sweet honeydew hope.

UPDATE!  We have an name and first look! Just a week before the official debut at AnimeJapan expo on Tokyo this past March, a backwards counter with a note that said "Coming soon!" was uploaded to the Official Sailor Moon website. However, some very dedicated and excited Moonies were able to decipher the hidden URL of an image revealing the new name and official look of the 2014 anime! Sailor Moon Crystal! And we have both logos in English and Japanese!


We also have a date. Not an exact one, just a month: JULY 2014. Great, right? That hasn't changed! That's good. And now, the next good thing we have are names! Names of producers, directors and creative talents who will be giving life to our beloved Usagi.  Here is the official list (so far):

Original Story: Naoko Takeuchi
Director: Munehisa Sakai (@munehisa_sakai)
Producer: AtsushiMinoru Umezawa (@A2104Ume
Series Composition: Yuji Kobayashi (@kobayuji
Character Design: Yukie Sakou (@sakouyukie)
Art Director: Takashi Kurahashi, Yumi Hosaka 
Music: Yasuharu Takanashi 
Music Production: King Records 
Animation Production: Toei Animation (@toeianime_info)
OP Theme: Momoiro Clover Z 
Airing on: NicoNico Douga (@niconicoen)

While this list doesn't seem too exciting, there are two people here that should stand out on your radar: The character designer and the music composer. Needless to say, Yukie Sakou will have one of the heaviest responsibilities in the series, because her designs will determine the look of our beloved characters through the new series and merchandise. Strangely enough, even though she has worked in a bunch of different animes as animator, this is the first time she has ever been a character designer. A quick search in Google.jp showed a set of chara designs she made for a previous project and from the looks of it, we will have a very good-liking Mamo-chan! Hopefully the charas DO resemble these sketches because gosh golly darn hawtness!! 8D

Yukie Sakou's previous character designs. This is NOT Sailor Moon.

The second person of interest is Yasuharu Takanashi, the music composer. Sailor Moon has some pretty epic themes and gorgeous score throughout its five seasons, so not only does the character design have to be up to par with the original, but the background themes and soundtrack have to leave an memorable impression as well. Here is a compilation of songs he created for the Fairytail anime. this particular composition is very Irish, but he definitely has the talent to deliver a great score for Sailor Moon.


 Unfortunately we still don't have any previews of what the anime will look like. Every tiny bit of info brings in great expectations, but maaaaan do we want it to be July already. C'MON TOEI! Give us previews already!!! XD!

Sailor Moon Memorial Tribute live concert recap!

I was unable to attend to this event personally, so all the pics and info you will find here come from various outside sources. But still, great stuff guys!

Last night a bunch of hardcore Moonies in Tokyo got a wonderful treat: About 1000 fans were able to score a hard-to-get ticket to the "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon The 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute supported by SHIDAX with LIVE DAM" concert (yes that's the whole name) that had been announced roughly a month ago along with the launch of the Memorial Tribute CD.

This concert is part of the fabulous parade that the 20th Anniversary has brought upon us. From dishes to gashapon, from plushies to jewelry, from manga re-prints to stationery, from Figuarts to lingerie and from bento boxes to make-up, this entire year has been nothing but a non-stop bombardment of freakishly adorable anniversary goodness and a whole lot of pre-order madness!

An anniversary concert is something we weren't exactly expecting but is nevertheless very welcome! Unfortunately for fans outside of Tokyo and overseas, this event was not streamed online as previous live events have been, but it is scheduled to air on MTV Japan on March 29th, 2014. Hopefully we all get to see it so don't forget to mark your calendars!

The concert was held at the ZEPP TOKYO, a small concert hall in central Tokyo. Even though there were 10 different artists featured in the tribute CD, only four of the singers participated in the live event, but they TOTALLY ROCKED THE HOUSE. Momoiro Clover Z, Mitsuko Horie (voice actress for Sailor Galaxia), Shoko Nakagawa (Shokotan) and Haruka Fukuhara all interpreted their respective Sailor Moon theme and a few other anime related songs for the horsed of eager fans who shook their light pens and danced along to be wonderful music! The place was FULL and Moonie spirits soared!




 Here are some backstage pics courtesy of Shokotan's twitter updates!

Of course, as in any concert or musical, there were goodies and souvenirs to made exclusively for this event! The official Sailor Moon website posted pics of the items for sale just a few days before the actual concert. For those of us who weren't able to make it to the concert, they will be selling these goodies for a limited time on Premium Bandai. If you really want to get a hold of any of these, your best bet is to use a proxy service (like Shopping Mall Japan) who will order them for you.


And here are a few pics take by some very lucky fans who attended the concert! AAAAHhhhh It looks like so much fun, I would've loved to be there cheering on with all of these happy Moonies! n.n!!


  Pictures of goodies and the actual concert hall, from TiemyMila 's Twitter account

Pics of the concert from KillmeNeko 's Twitter! And she MAY or MAY NOT have a few leaked videos of the concert. Just sayin' that Tuxedo Mirage and Sailor Stars song are cool songs. XD!

 And more wondeful gets from Yochisuke 's twitter feed as well!

Overall I think this was a great thing to do for the fans, Sailor Moon's 20 Anniversary is at it's peak now and we are all enjoying the ride thus far! So many more events, announcements, merch and toys are still to come, so be prepared Moonies, it's going to get even better! 

January 31, 2014

M°Onie tunes - Episode 19!

We're baaaack!! 

That's right guys, Moonie Tunes is finally back after a long and unexpected hiatus. Sorry we kinda bailed there for a bit, but when La Reconquista and all the revival started to actually happen, things were happening left and right, it was hard to adjust and quite frankly it was a busy time for us, but there was no way we would stop doing the podcast, not when all the amazing craziness is happening! Sailor Moon is here and stronger than ever, and we will be here right in the middle of it, ready to share the latest news and happenings with you!

For this episode, Brad and Sakky are with me to talk about our adventures in Tokyo and everything that went on at the musical. There was Osabu sightings, karaoke, shopping and all sorts of fun. We also talk a bit about the latest news including the latest on the new anime and collectibles. Hope you enjoy guys!

Moonie Tunes Episode 19!!

   

   

   




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Love,



Sakky, Brad and Cycyn.

Links to the stuff we talked about!


Sailor Moon Channel
Sailor Moon Official
Osabu's Twitter
Moonkitty.net 
Sakky's DeviantArt
Collector's special Moonie Tunes episode
MissDream





January 17, 2014

Preview of the 20th Anniversary Tribute Album!



It's almost here! The 20th Anniversary Tribute will be officially out January 29th, 2014! Here is the much anticipated tracklist:

1- “Moonlight Densetsu” - Momoiro Clover Z 
2- “HEART MOVING” - Shoko Nakagawa 
3- “Princess Moon”- Haruka Fukuhara
4- “Otome no Policy” - Etsuko Yakushimaru
5- “La Soldier” - Tommy heavenly6
6- “Ai no Senshi” - Mariko Goto x Abu-chan
7- “Tuxedo Mirage” - Momoiro Clover Z 
8- “Rashiku Ikimasho” - Haruko Momoi 
9- “Sailor Star Song” - Mitsuko Horie 
10-“Kaze mo Sora mo Kitto…” - Makoto Kawamoto
Bonus Track - “Moonlight Densetsu” (French ver.) - Clémentine 

Watch the video posted above to see what it will sound like! Some of these tracks are quite good, upbeat and fun! I specially enjoyed Princess Moon with the bells and cute voice, and Sailor Stars Song with Horie (Sailor Galaxia!) and those bad ass violins -whut whut! Really cool. Others are just plain weird (I'm looking at you Otome no Policy), stripping the tunes from their original feel or way too electronically processed. Still, overall a good CD for us nostalgic fans. Let me know which ones are your favorites in the comments!

Also remember, next February 27th 2014, there will be a live concert that will air on MTV Japan sponsored by SHIDAX and LIVEDAM at the Zepp Tokyo called ~"美少女戦士セーラームーン" THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL TRIBUTE LIVE!"~. Only a few artists have been confirmed to appear, including MomoClo, Shokodan and Horie, but probably more will be confirmed as the air date comes closer. Still no word on if it will be broadcasted online or not, but I will post links as soon as it is confirmed.

You can still order your copy of the Tribute album on CDJapanIt costs roughly about $30 USD + shipping, but if you like what you hear, you should totally get it. Remember to always support the original releases. Order it before they sell out! After this first look, I'm sure Moonies are really going to want it now. :D If you are lucky enough to live in Japan or if you know somebody who can get you the album at a music shop, depending on which store it is bought from (Tower Records, HMV, Tsutaya, Shinseido, Yodobashi, etc), the CD will include a limited edition sticker exclusive to that store. One design for each senshi! Nice.


And finally, don't forget to check out the Official Album site. They have posted commentaries and profiles of each artists and each track (in Japanese). Plus the site is gorgeously designed, worth it to go check it out just for the images! So pretty! Woot woot! So much going on in the Moonieverse! Hope you guys are enjoying the ride! :D


January 15, 2014

Here's the info so far on the new Sailor Moon anime.

Better late than never, right Moonies?  Obviously I am so far behind on posting the news on this blog, some of this stuff is just a dot in your rear-view MOONITOR (see what I did there?). The lack of updates could lead most of you to think the site has been abandoned. Rest assured guys! I'm still kicking and the blog has still so much more to give! Everything is now posted directly to Twitter, including the latest news, the newest merch and everything that happens, almost in real time. Follow Sailor Moon Obsession there for all the awesome!

Anyway, on to the real important stuff: The new Sailor Moon anime! I'd like to say that we know more than we knew a year and a half ago when the anime was first announced, but sadly, we don't know *much* more.

First time we heard about the anime airing, it was scheduled to hit NicoNico Douga Summer 2013. The last time we heard, the anime had been delayed, and according to rumors online, was moved to Winter 2013. @osabu8 had tweeted back and forth with some fans and there was also a flier floating around on the web that said it might air in early 2014, but let me just say that even though there was some indication that it might air, there was really no official announcement from any of the companies involved. Heck! It was already 2014 and we didn't even know for sure if Toei was going to be the studio to animate the new series or not.

Jump to January 10th, 2014 and I guess they felt pressure to say *SOMETHING* as the rumored date was upon them so finally that morning, all companies involved in the new production stepped forward to give some news:

Confirmation: 
The new Sailor Moon anime will air
Basically we have confirmation from the major companies involved. Up to the announcement, there was still doubt even if Toei would be animating the series or not, so yay! Now we know for sure. Other interesting bits of information were high profile industry names that are linked to the anime: Munehisa Sakai (who previously worked on Suite Pretty Cure and One Piece) will be the series director, Yuji Kobayashi (who worked on Saint Seiya) as the series compositor and AtsushiMinoru Umezawa is the series producer. According to the Toei, the new anime will be started from scratch (not a remake or continuation) and will be guided by Naoko's work. Hopefully we see something closer to the manga like we did at La Reconquista. As we already know, Momoiro Clover Z will be singing the intro and outro songs.

Sadly, we don't have a specific day when it will start, however this is not a Televised show that depends on already established programming on the channel or any specific target demographics that only watch at a certain time. NicoNico Douga will be streaming the episodes online, which means viewers can join in whenever they want to. Therefore, my thinking is that it will Start on July 1st (maybe?) and from then on, YOU can start whenever.

Stay tuned for more info as it comes out!

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On a personal note - I was a little surprised by the mostly negative reactions the fandom has had concerning the new air date. Maybe because I never considered any of the rumors to be true, I never had a specific date settled in mind. All those "winter" rumors never were true confirmation to me, specially since none of the involved companies had said a single word. When they officially gave us a date, I knew for sure it would be real, but most of the fans were mad and disappointed that it had been delayed again, and they said things like "It'll probably get delayed again in July", or "It'll get cancelled for sure!" or "they keep changing the date, it might not be real!", "I'll believe it when I see it!", when all I wanted was to be happy because DING DONG! We have an official date and not a rumor! So I had to rant:


I'm just too happy and tried to make everyone see this as a positive! This will give them plenty of time to keep working on it (many have said they don't care about delays as long as they don't put out a half-assed animation, they're willing to wait for it) and also it gives them time to do all their announcements and events, lauch events and concerts they have planned.

I'm very okay with the new date, and even if you're not, you're gonna have to wait anyway xD! So lets all chill and enjoy the ride.