Welcome back! After last night’s flurry of updates I have some news to share!
The Sailor Moon R Miracle Romance Shining Moon Powder compact went up for pre-sale last night at 11 PM EST at the Premium Bandai website. Within five minutes of the posting the website had slowed considerably, and by the time it was in working order again all of the pre-orders had sold out. There is mention on the sale page currently that there will be a second opportunity to pre-order, but we do not know when this will be. This item was only available to ship within Japan while pre-order was up. I have received some reports that CDJapan had offered pre-orders for this item last night as well, but that they are now also currently sold-out. So if you are outside of Japan, it will be difficult to get this item at all.
|The item itself has a pretty cool background. It is made by the specialty company, Premium Bandai, which is known for producing high-end anime and manga related merchandise. The Sailor Moon R Miracle Romance Shining Moon Powder compact is also co-created by Creer Beaute (that’s not a typo!) known for making cosmetics based off of famous anime series.|
While browsing Sailor Moon Channel for news, I happened upon an update about the new Sailor Moon musicals set to begin in September, 2013. I also found information about the new Sailor Moon musical on the Nakayoshi official homepage. Both sites confirmed that the new Sailor Moon musical will feature an all female cast, and will be a re-boot of the original series, featuring the Dark Kingdom as the main villains on a quest to take the Phantom Silver Crystal away from Sailor Moon and the other soldiers.
It is worth mentioning that the decision to make the cast of the new Sailor Moon musical all-female is based in a strong tradition of Japanese theater. To briefly summarize (since I am no expert), Takarazuka Revue has been producing adaptations of Western theater, as well as stand-alone productions of musicals and other Broadway-style shows related to anime or manga series, with an all-female cast since the early 1900s.
The significance and impact of Takarazuka Revue can not be denied in Japanese theater tradition; especially in this case, since the creator of Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi, has written about her love for Takarazuka Revue. In fact, some of the characters in Sailor Moon were based on famous Takarazuka Revue actresses. Takarazuka Revue has long been a symbol for girl-power in Japan, and it is no surprise that in celebration of Sailor Moon’s 20th anniversary, the series creator wants to move the series back towards where it started; closer to the tradition of Takarazuka Revue.
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For anyone interested in learning more about the history of the Sailor Moon musicals, or Takarazuka Revue in general, I recommend visiting Sera Myu Antics, one of the internet’s oldest websites on this subject. It is an excellent resource, and now is a great time to watch through the musicals and get up to speed on them before the new one releases in September!