The event took place at 5 PM JPN on Sunday, August 4th (4 AM Eastern Standard Time). The event starts off with a small history of Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon over the last 20 years. Osano Fumio (Osabu), treats us to a message from Naoko Takeuchi, and the event quickly moves into announcing the cast of the new musical, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon ~La Reconquista~.
Appearing live at the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Nico Farre Event #2 are the actresses for Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars, and Sailor Venus: Okubo Satomi, Nanaki Kanon, and Sakata Shiori respectively, as well as the actresses who will be playing the Shitennou. There is also a video message from the Takarazuka veteran, Yuga Yamato, who will be playing Tuxedo Mask.
Momoiro clover Z cut in live from their concert in Yokohama which was happening simultaneously, to treat everyone to their performance of Moonlight Densetsu. We also are treated to appearances with the producer, Kataoka Yoshirou, and the composer, Hiramitsu Takuya; both of whom, coincidentally, worked on Hunter x Hunter, a manga series by Naoko’s husband, Togashi Yoshihiro.
What did we learn from the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Nico Farre Event #2?
1) New anime will be available for worldwide simulcast via NicoNico Douga. Other stations may be announced in the future, but this is the primary format in which the new series will be released. No word yet on whether it’ll be subtitled for international users or if any dubs will be produced.
2) In the upcoming October issue of Nakayoshi magazine, there will be information about the brand new “Kanzenban” or complete edition of the Sailor Moon manga.
So that’s it. Please enjoy! Thank you to those who stayed up with us to watch live!
Hello everyone! We are officially less than a day from the NicoNico Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event Livestream part 2! We have spent the week preparing for the big Sailor Moon news event, and have a system in place to bring the news to you as fast as possible. Here is everything that you can expect to happen starting around 4AM EST tomorrow morning:
* We have a special page set up for the Sailor Moon news eventlive feed, which is now online here. We have a countdown timer leading to the event, and will be streaming from one of our NicoNico accounts to this page. Our twitter account will be updated live just to the right of this feed with information as it happens on stage. We even have a chat room set up on the page for those who wish to talk about the event as things happen.
* Our other NicoNico account will be used to record the stream. This raw recording will be put online not that long after the event ends.
* Translation work will begin immediately following the posting of the raw video. The event is scheduled to take an hour, so this should hopefully take less time than last year’s, but there is no way for us to give an accurate time frame. Once complete, this will be available for download via a direct download as well as a torrent.
This is going to be an exciting (though stressful here XD) time! We know for sure that there will be information of the new musical and new anime, as well as a performance by the musical cast! They even said other news as well, so be prepared for a lot of information coming our way! It’s going to be a fun time, we hope y’all enjoy everything that’s going down both here as well as the Sailor Moon news event in general, and will see you in a little over 16 hours! =D
There is an article about the new Naoko Takeuchi interview in ROLa magazine, which will be selling its first-ever issue starting in August 2013.
Below is a translation of this article: http://natalie.mu/comic/news/94024
“Sailor Moon”‘s Naoko Takeuchi interview in ROLa magazine’s first issue.
On sale August 1st, the women’s fashion’s magazine ROLa (Shinchousha Publishing) will be featuring a getting to know you interview with “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon”‘s Naoko Takeuchi.
Holding the interview is a big Sailor Moon fan, Shounen Aya. The article will feature secret information about the birth of “Sailor Moon”, Naoko’s every-day struggles with her editor, Tuxedo Masks’s unexpected motifs, etc., as well as her favorite episodes. Takeuchi hasn’t done an interview in over 11 years, her last one was back in 2002 in “Figurine King” magazine (World Photo Press), so fans are in eager anticipation of this article.
ROLa isn’t published by Kodansha, but by another company that specializes in women’s fashion. This new publication seems like it’ll be similar to Tokyo ViVi, which has been featuring artwork and news regarding the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon. Naoko Takeuchi has been rather seclusive in recent years, and so it is noteworthy that she is once again talking to media and giving interviews.
(As a side note, I own the issue of Figurine King referenced in the article and will be providing scans of it in the very near future, for anyone who is interested! Naoko Takeuchi gave a great interview in that publication with some very rare photos of herself, and I hope we’ll see something similar to that in the upcoming ROLa magazine article!)
Thanks to @ANN_Lynzee for letting us know about this article!
I have purchased a copy of ROLa magazine, and will be making a full translation of the interview. Look forward to it! :)
Update: This has been translated and can be read here! =D
Happy Miss Dream Monday everyone! Before I start listing off today’s postings, those of you who stayed up last night likely saw that Sailor Moon Channel’s news page was updated with a big announcement. On Sunday, August 4th, 5PM JPN time (converts to August 4th 4AM EST), there will be another 20th Anniversary celebration much in the vein of last year’s. This one will be focused on announcements, including information on the new musical, new anime, and more! This will be streamed on Niconico for premium account holders, of which we do have an account. We intend to do what we did for last year’s event, in that we will live stream information on our twitter account, release a raw not long after, and a fansub as soon as possible. It is scheduled for an hour, so we’re hoping for a quicker turnaround at this point. We are also hoping to make a special page here to stream from our stream as well as have our tweets update below it as we make them. Essentially, as live as a fansub as we can make. Details on everything we will be doing will be ironed out through the week. Keep an eye things here and all social media, as we will be working very hard to get everything from this event available to all of you as soon as possible. This will be a huge day for Sailor Moon news, mark your calendar and set your alarms!
Special News Event!
5PM JPN / 4AM EST
Will cover news on:
With all that said, to start off today’s update we finally post up our scans of Smile Magazine Tokyopop! In the late 1990s to early 2000s, Smile Magazine Tokyopop was a magazine geared towards female teenagers with some manga added in. However it later became much more focused on manga, publishing serializations of Sailor Moon, Peach Girl, and Juline. Smile Magazine Tokyopop posted chapters from Sailor Moon’s Dream arc, under Sailor Moon SuperS, as well as Stars. Our new Smile Magazine Tokyopop section in the raw downloads contains 21 of these complete magazines for viewing or download. We do not yet own all of the Smile Magazine Tokypop issues that contain Sailor Moon, but this is a very high percentage of them!
We also continue Nakayoshi Rush this week, by finishing off the 1998 issues. Today’s offerings include the entire last quarter of 1998. We round up this week’s Nakayoshi Rush postings with January 2002, with this year being next in our posting queue. Nakayoshi magazine is a famous publication in Japan which has featured shoujo manga for many decades. Sailor Moon is one of many franchises that was featured in this magazine. News relating to any franchises serialized in Nakayoshi is usually posted within the magazine as well. While there are no Sailor Moon or Naoko Takeuchi works in these issues, they do contain chapters from the popular shoujo series, Card Captor Sakura. The 2002 issues feature works such as Tokyo Mew Mew and Musume Monogatari!
That’s all for this week! Next week will certainly focus on Sunday’s news event, as well as continuing through Nakayoshi Rush with more 2002 issues. Remember to set your alarms accordingly, or just stay up all night Saturday night for the live coverage we will bring. Until then, please enjoy today’s downloads of Smile Magazine Tokyopop, the continued Nakayoshi Rush postings, and everything that we have to offer. See you soon!
Editor of the Sailor Moon franchise, Osano “Osabu” Fumio was recently interviewed by Hobby Maniax. Here is a full translation:
Last year it was announced at a public exhibition that in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon” franchise that a new anime series as well as other projects were in production. For this series, which has had an unfathomable effect on pop culture, there are now new figurines and other items that are immensely popular (as you can read about in some of our other articles).
With the 20th anniversary project in full swing, one of the earliest items to be released were these figurines – fully mobile figurines, of which we have taken special interest in.
Since the new line of Sailor Moon figurines was originally announced, the Bandai Collector’s Division “S.H. Figuarts” has released Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury so far. Sailor Mars was shown at Japan Expo in Paris in July, and later that same month Sailor Jupiter made an appearance at San Diego Comic Con in a prototype exhibition.
At the Tokyo Toy Show in May 2013, S.H. Figuarts displayed a full color version of Sailor Mercury for the first time.
S.H. Figuarts first announced their new Sailor Moon line after an exhibition in October of 2012 with Tamashii Nation. At that time, S.H. Figuarts was working with the Bandai Collector’s Division group on the Super Deformed Figures Series, “Chibi-arts”, doing a display of the smaller Sailor Moon figurines. Both series were up for display at the time time in a specialty display corner, and were very well received. They even became a hot topic of conversation on Twitter.
The Tamashii Nation 2012 Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Corner display.
Super Deformed Figurines from Chibi-Arts of Sailor Moon were also on display in the same space.
In April of 2013 S.H. Figuarts made an official announcement. Beginning May 1st the Bandai Collector’s division displayed a large banner above the Akihabara train station to advertise their show room exhibition. Since this kind of thing is almost never done in promotion of any one franchise, it highlighted the seriousness with which the company was taking this promotional campagin. And then in July, they began accepting pre-orders for the Sailor Mercury figurine.
The huge promotional banner hanging above Akihabara train station, next to the AKB48 cafe. This was put in a really conspicuous spot in the heart of Akiba, where many people gather. There’s always some kind of major advertisement in this spot. The campaign we are writing about has already ended.
While we’re on the subject, from now on we’ll be covering figurine sets in the heart of our hobby articles, especially those for “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon”, but for now let’s turn our attention of the editor at the center of all of the new projects for the anniversary, an exclusive article featuring Kodansha’s Osano Fumio. While his name is Osano Fumio, he goes by the nickname “Osabu”, a name familiar to many Sailor Moon fans. His twitter account has been a hot source of great information on the project. Osabu’s Twitter can be found here
Osabu tells us about the Sailor Moon Hobby World
Thanks to the efforts of S.H. Figuarts the new Sailor Moon series has been a big hit. Until they became the established supplier for the action figurines I didn’t really know much about them. That being said, from the very beinning I thought it would just be a small project, but, they made replaceable face plates that you can change out, with tons of small adjustments you can make to the figurines while you play with them, I think they are a lot of fun.
S.H. Figuarts, Figma, Revoltech and others revolutionized the world of figurines by making them mobile about 5 years ago. But there were no Sailor Moon figurines of that type available. Even at the height of the franchise’s popularity, we were still making small scale production model kits, and towards the very end we began to product capsule figurines that were slightly posable. We had moveable dolls but, they were mostly for little girls, not for collecting maniacs.
It seems that the majority of the buyers of these S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon figurines are young women. They are great little decorations and they’re pretty cheap, so I guess that’s why.
Because these dolls are posable, with interchangeable face plates, they’re a popular item for young women because you can take pictures of them with your cell phone and share it with your friends. It’s really easy to use your smart phone to photograph the figurines with different poses to make up a whole world of play, and they’re great to decorate with. This is just one part of the Sailor Moon world of making photography art. Another huge fad phenomenon has been making pictures of Sailor Moon characters inside of a latte cup – they call it latte art. You can find tons of examples of it on Twitter.
But anyway, I’ve been hearing a lot that people don’t just want the figurines in sailor soldier uniforms, they want other costume changes for them too. *laughs* And not only that, but people want us to release figruines for the outer solar system soldiers too, they want to collect them all.
From the data we’ve collected so far, it seems like young women really love these figurines, they’ve been buying the SD chibi figurines too, but, since young ladies don’t usually go crazy for mobile figurines we’ve been really shocked at how popular they’ve become. This is related to another comment I’ll make later, but, the number of fans we expected to order was much different from reality, and that’s had an influence on the direction we’ve been making these merchandise items in as well. I know I’d definitely love to see even more pictures of young ladies proudly displaying their figurines.
About the Other Merchandise
At the Tokyo Toy Show Cosmetics Were on Display
Premium Bandai has been working with an unprecedented fury to fulfill pre-orders of cosmetics items. There’s been a huge rush for them. In fact it was so bad it crashed their servers. It’s been really difficult to accept orders because of these circumstances, but Premium Bandai has really stepped up to the plate to make it happen.
Creer Beaute has released a series of transformation item inspired “Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon” cosmetics intended for young women. After releasing similar items for the franchise “PreCure”, fans took to Twitter to demand items for “Sailor Moon”. The number of re-tweets, replies, and overall amazing response from young women who were in agreement about wanting cosmetic items for Sailor Moon was overwhelming, first with just a few dozen responses, which soon climbed to over 10,000 requests. Since then they have been working with Premium Bandai to supply these super popular items, and the demand has been so huge that the pre-order rushes have caused their servers to crash on several occassions. After two rounds of improvements to the server to prevent traffic from overloading the site, they have been able to accept pre-orders these limited edition items without any issues.
I know you are investing in the creation of other new items as well, but right now your target has been to create items that will be of immediate interest to fans everywhere, things that they must have. First, we knew that people wanted the old transformation items. A long time ago there wasn’t a lot of effort into making these, but we knew people still had an interest. We decided to hope for the best, and put all of our efforts into targetting the creation of these types of items to meet the demand. But there were two obstacles to overcome: did we want to make the items in the old style? – that was uncertain. And we were unsure if the new style would be the right choice in winning over the hearts of young ladies.
During the original broadcast, our targetted Sailor Moon fans were kindergarteners and elementary school girls, but 20 years later all of those kids have grown up into young ladies, whose mania for the 20th anniversary of the series they loved as children is just as strong. So they are still our focus audience. Just as men in the 20s are the main audience for Gundam items nowadays, we believe that young women would be interested in our franchise once again.
Do you have any worries about the copyright for these figurines?
To this very day we still consider requests for copyright to reproduce our small scale production model kits from amateurs. We’re basically in the same place we were with this as back in the 1990s. We always politely check in on any organization who sends this request.
The copyright of the Sailor Moon garage kit figures took the Sailor Moon world by storm, and they had a significant impact on the creation of subsequent figures. The copyright for the general products will be active even after Sailor Moon goes away, so we’re very selective about who we grant that too. If a company is really interesting we’ll consider it, but, in general we do not grant such requests because of various issues that arise.
The Sailor Moon 20th anniversary project has begun. But from what we understand, there’s still a lot more coming our way here in the hobby world. We are expecting another exhibition at the Wonder Festival from the Bandai Collector’s Division booth with more characters, as well as more magazine articles detailing developments as they happen. You’re going to want to check back here to get all the latest news about it.
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