Good news for "Sailor Moon" fans: The long-anticipated new anime will be out this winter, and everyone can watch it at once.
Last July, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of "Sailor Moon," a member of the musical group Momoiro Clover Z announced that a new "Sailor Moon" anime was in the works, and that Momoiro Clover Z would sing the new theme song. The original release date for the anime was this summer.
Everything got quiet after that, though, and there were no new announcements for quite a while, although at some point, news got out that the anime had been delayed.
Then Momoiro Clover Z returned last night, at the "Sailor Moon" 20th Anniversary #2 event, with the news that the anime will be out this winter and will stream worldwide via NicoNico Douga. The new anime will not be a remake of the original "Sailor Moon" but will strike out in a different direction. As expected, Momoiro Clover Z will sing the beginning and ending themes.
Other than that, plans remain vague. The voice cast has not been chosen—no, not even the lead—and NicoNico Douga editor Fumio Osano said that no decision has been made about whether the anime will be subtitled, although he did say that the international audience would be kept in mind.
The news comes as Kodansha Comics completes its new, 12-volume edition of "Sailor Moon"; the final volume came out in July. But that's not the end of it: Kodansha plans to publish two volumes of Sailor Moon short stories this fall and a Sailor Moon art book next year. The short stories appeared at the end of each volume of the original Tokyopop translations, but Kodansha has broken them out as separate volumes.