In 1992, the celebrated Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon anime debuted in Japan, capturing the hearts of thousands of young fans. The series would eventually explode across the globe, resulting in five major story arcs, stage musicals, live action series and countless pieces of iconic merchandise (after all, who didn’t want their own sailor outfit?).
Twenty years later, creator Naoko Takeuchi has announced that the series will return with a new anime debuting in the summer of 2013.
On the morning of July 6, Sailor Moon fans who tuned into Japan’s premier video sharing site, Nico Nico, for the 20th-anniversary talk featuring pop band Momoiro Clover Z, were pleasantly surprised with the news that Takeuchi and Kodanshi Comics already have a new series in the works.
Kodanshi editor Fumio Osano confirmed that the new project will not be a film, but a serialized anime. They have yet to release any details beyond its existence, its format and its debut timeframe, but longtime fans of the series speculate that this new anime will be a reboot geared to both young, potential-moonies and older fans.
The presence of Kotono Mitsuishi (voice actor of Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon) and Toru Furuya (voice actor of Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask) at the anniversary event has certainly raised some eyebrows. Will they reprise their roles in the upcoming series? The voice actor cast remains to be seen, but what we do know is that Momoiro Clover Z will provide the show’s theme song. Toei animation will produce it, and it will be distributed worldwide after it runs its course in Japan.
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This article originally published at The Mary Sue
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