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New “Sailor Moon” Series “Sailor Moon Crystal” Will Debut on July 5


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original “Sailor Moon” anime, a reboot of the series, “Sailor Moon Crystal,” is set to air on July 5.

“Crystal” will be more faithful to the manga, which was notoriously ignored in the original series,  especially the censored American version. The plot synopsis, as found on the website, is as follows:

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…!?

The series premieres 7 p.m. Japanese time and will be streamed simultaneously worldwide on the Japanese video hosting service niconico. However, if you want to watch it you’ll have to stay up until 5am CST. Following the July 5 debut the episodes will then air the first and third Saturday of the month. 

Kotono Mitsuishi (“Neon Genesis Evangelion,” “One Piece”) will return as Sailor Moon and will be join by new cast members Hisako Kanemoto (“Squid Girl,” “Kara No Kyoukai”) as Sailor Mercury, Rina Satou (“Gurren Lagann,” “Blue Exorcist”) as Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu (“Code Geass,” “Kill la Kill”) as Sailor Jupiter and Shizuka Itou (“Psycho Pass,” “Jormungand”) as Sailor Venus.

Character art has been revealed, showing off the Sailors updated and more slender designs:














Thoughts on the new Sailor Moon? The character designs? Are you excited enough to watch it live? Sound off in the comments below?

Sources: Anime News Network, Crunchyroll

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Justin Widerski
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Justin Widerski aka Etrigan Blood is a time-traveling alien ginger with a penchant for sarcasm and a weakness for muffins. Into comics, horror, anime, video games, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc… Justin is a jack of all trades when it comes to geek fandoms, but a master of none. He started doing film reviews as a way to appease the voices in his head, but after getting proper medication he just does them for fun and in the pitiful hopes of doing it professionally. Justin's dabbled in podcasting, with a total 2 1/2 failed shows and used to be creative director on a local cable program called YRU-Up. He currently studies Film/TV at *redacted* and is a news writer for Geek Juice.

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