Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute Now Available Digitally in North America

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon the 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute, which was released in Japan at the end of January 2014, celebrates Sailor Moon with tributes to its classic songs from artists like Momoiro Clover Z, who will be performing the theme on the upcoming anime, Shokotan and more.

The collection is now available in North America, and King Records has made it available on digital platforms such as iTunes (where the complete set is $12.90) and Amazon (where it’s only $8.99).

The tracklist is:

  • “Moonlight Densetsu” (OP theme for the 1st to 4th season) by Momoiro Clover Z
  • “HEART MOVING” (1st season 1st ED) by Shoko Nakagawa
  • “Princess Moon” (1st season 2nd ED) by Haruka Fukuhara
  • “Otome no Policy” (2nd season ED) by Etsuko Yakushimaru
  • “La Soldier” (88th episode insert song) by Tommy heavenly6
  • “Ai no Senshi” (68th, 89th, 102nd episode insert stong)
  • “Tuxedo Mirage” (3rd season ED) by Mariko Goto x Abu-chan by Momoiro Clover Z
  • “Rashiku Ikimasho” (4th season 2nd ED) by Haruko Momoi
  • “Sailor Star Song” (5th season OP) by Mitsuko Horie
  • “Kaze mo Sora mo Kitto…” (5th season ED) by Makoto Kawamoto

Unfortunately, bonus track “Moonlight Densetsu” (French version) by Clémentine is not being offered in this digital release.

Below is a trailer that King Records posted on YouTube when the release came out in Japan. I’m embedding it below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

More Staff Announced for the New Sailor Moon Anime Series

Anime News Network is reporting some new staff members that have been announced for the new Sailor Moon television anime series:

  • Yukie Sako is the character designer
  • Yasuharu Takanashi is composing the music
  • Takashi Kurahashi and Yumi Hosaka are the art directors

It has also been announced that King Records is producing the soundtrack.

The new Sailor Moon television anime series is scheduled to stream worldwide on the Niconico service in July 2014.

More Sailor Moon Dub Voices to Be Guests at Anime Expo

Anime Expo has announced that more dub actors for the Sailor Moon television anime series will be guests at their next convention.

The following actors are joining previously announced guests Linda Ballantyne, Susan Roman, Katie Griffin, Karen Bernstein, and Stephanie Morgenstern:

  • Toby Proctor (Tuxedo Mask, seasons 1 and 2)
  • Mary Long (Molly Baker/Naru Osaka)
  • Rob Rubin (Artemis)

In addition, series voice director John Stocker will also be a guest at Anime Expo.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Manga Review: “Sailor Moon Short Stories” Volume Two

Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume Two is a manga by Naoko Takeuchi, and it was published in North America by Kodansha Comics in 2013. The volume is rated “T” for ages 13 and up; after reading this volume, I would agree with this rating.

As the name of this volume implies, this manga is a collection of short stories that feature the Sailor Moon characters. There are a total of three stories included in this volume: “Princess Kaguya’s Lover,” “Casablanca Memory,” and “Parallel Sailor Moon.”

“Princess Kaguya’s Lover” is not only the longest of the short stories in this volume, it’s the longest of all the short stories that appear between the two volumes of Sailor Moon Short Stories. It turns out that “Princess Kaguya’s Lover” is the story that served as the basis for the Sailor Moon S anime film.

At the beginning of the story, a scientist named Kakeru Ohzora finds a crystal, which he keeps for observation. Later, Kakeru rescues Luna as she’s about to be hit by a car. He takes Luna to his workplace and helps her to recover; in the process, Luna finds herself falling in love with Kakeru.

Meanwhile, a comet that Kakeru discovered and named Princess Snow Kaguya, is headed toward Earth. Kakeru, his childhood friend Himeko Nayotake, Luna, the Sailor Scouts, the comet, a strange snowstorm, and the story of Princess Kaguya come together to finish the rest of the story. Of the three stories that appeared in Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume Two, I thought that this was the best one. I especially appreciated how this story was able to take the Japanese folktale of Princess Kaguya and weave it into a compelling story for the Sailor Moon universe. Technically, some of the basic concepts in Sailor Moon were inspired by this folktale, but this story blatantly uses the folktale for its premise.

At the end of “Princess Kaguya’s Lover,” there are a couple of pages written by Naoko Takeuchi about when she went to the Kennedy Space Center in order to do some research for this story. There are also two pages about antiques that inspired artifacts that appear in both “Princess Kaguya’s Lover” and “Casablanca Memory.” I thought these were a nice touch to add to this volume.

“Casablanca Memory” is a story that focuses on Rei and the estranged relationship she has with her father. A music box that plays a depressing song also becomes a central focus of this story; unfortunately, this falls back into familiar territory for the Sailor Moon franchise, because the music box is a way that an enemy is trying to take over the world. While I enjoyed Rei’s portion of the story, I didn’t like the music box element as much; for the most part, the short stories had been able to avoid most of the clichés from Sailor Moon and Codename: Sailor V, so it was a little disappointing to see this cliché rear its head.

The final story is “Parallel Sailor Moon,” and it’s set in the year 1999. The Sailor Scouts are now adults, and the story focuses on their kids. Chibi-Usa and Hotaru are now middle schoolers, and the other kids introduced in this story are all third graders. The story and humor focuses on Ko-usagi, the younger daughter of Usagi and Mamoru. Personally, of the three stories in this volume, this was my least favorite. I think this was due in large part to the fact that this story was supposed to be humorous, but I really didn’t find it to be that funny.

Even with the couple of issues I have with Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume Two, I actually found it to be a more enjoyable read than Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume One was. Even though I enjoyed this volume one, I still believe that this volume will appeal more to the die-hard Sailor Moon fans who want to read more adventures featuring Sailor Moon and her friends.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume Two that I checked out through the King County Library System.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: December 29, 2013-January 4, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of December 29, 2013-January 4, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Attack on Titan Volume 10 by Hajime Isayama
2. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
3. Maximum Ride: The Manga Volume 7 by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
4. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
5. Naruto Volume 63 by Masashi Kishimoto
6. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
7. Attack on Titan Volume 9 by Hajime Isayama
8. Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso
9. Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
10. Soul Eater Volume 3 by Atsushi Ohkubo

New Sailor Moon Anime Is Not Remaking Original Series

Atsutoshi Umezawa, the producer for the new Sailor Moon anime that is debuting in July 2014, has said in a press release that the new series is not simply a remake of the first anime series.

In the release, he says, “This second anime adaptation of Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon is not remaking the previous anime, but adapting [Naoko Takeuchi's] original manga and starting from scratch again. It is quite a project. The entire staff has been working hard to show everyone an entirely new Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon, so please look forward to it.”

New Sailor Moon Anime Premiering in July 2014

The official website for the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Project has announced that the new Sailor Moon anime series will be premiering in July 2014. The series will be streaming worldwide on Niconico.

The series is being produced by Toei Animation, and is being directed by Munehisa Sakai. Yuji Kobayashi is serving as the series script supervisor.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: December 8-14, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of December 8-14, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. One Piece Volume 69 by Eiichiro Oda
2. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
3. Attack on Titan Volume 9 by Hajime Isayama
4. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
5. Demon Love Spell Volume 5 by Mayu Shinjo
6. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 5 by Masahiro Hikokubo and Masashi Sato
7. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
8. Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
9. Maximum Ride: The Manga Volume 7 by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
10. Naruto Volume 63 by Masashi Kishimoto

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: December 1-7, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of December 1-7, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. One Piece Volume 69 by Eiichiro Oda
2. Attack on Titan Volume 9 by Hajime Isayama
3. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Pokémon Black and White Volume 10 by Hidenori Kusaka
6. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
7. Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
8. Demon Love Spell Volume 5 by Mayu Shinjo
9. Maximum Ride: The Manga Volume 7 by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
10. Naruto Volume 63 by Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto Is #2 Graphic Novel in the United States for November 2013

Naruto Volume 63 by Masahi Kishimoto came in at #2 on Nielsen BookScan’s list of top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for November 2013.

The other manga titles to make the top 20 list for November 2013 are: