20 years have passed since its release, but I’m sure every manga/anime fan still remembers the thrill they got when they would hear “Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight”, in other words, when the Sailor Moon theme song, would come up on TV. I remember that even though I was a tsundere type of girl, when Sailor Moon came on, I was acting all cute and fuzzy. Boys and girls alike watched this anime because of its humorous moments, romantic encounters and fights against evil full of suspense. Of course the female audience was much more numerous than the male one. I guess Sailor Moon is for girls what Dragon Ball is for boys.
Although much time has passed since it was first released, the fan base for this anime is still pretty big – at least big enough to be worthy of a remake. This is a perfect time for such a thing, because the fans that watched the original series in its prime, are eager to see Usagi Tsukino (Serena in the English dub) be recreated in a graphically enhanced by the technology in our days, and also, younger fans that only now will hear about Sailor Moon, will appear enforcing its success.
What news do we have on this new series?
Rumor has it that the remake will start from the beginning of the “sailor-plot”, following the manga as opposed to the anime. For those of you who don’t know, the manga is a little more mature than the animated series. For instance, the relationship between sailor scouts Uranus and Neptune. The animated series gives only a few hints about the relationship between them and makes you believe they are more likely to be cousins. However, the manga is a little more explicit and makes you realize that maybe there are traces of a lesbian romance. Also, Usagi (Serena) and Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask) have a more accentuated romance in the manga than in the anime. Due to this realization, it’s safe to assume that the target audience will be older viewers. But that doesn’t mean that the fans will start avoiding it. Quite the opposite, I’m sure.
But, when will this magnificent dream finally come true?
It was first announced at the 20th anniversary of the anime, by the two leading voice actors in the original series, Kotono Mitsuishi (Usagi) and Toru Furuya (Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask) that the release of the Sailor Moon Remake series would be the summer of this year. We were all looking forward to this, but unfortunately, we got slapped in the face when the postponing of the date to sometime between December 2013 and January 2014 was announced. As a band-aid for our broken anime hearts, merchandise promoting the new series was released on the market.
(Momoiro Clover Z at the 20th anniversary of the anime)
Very little information was leaked to the public about this new anime marvel, but it was confirmed that the group of girls Momoiro Clover Z will be singing the theme song for the Sailor Moon Remake series and it will be broadcast worldwide. Although it’s not yet confirmed if the original voice cast will give life to the characters once more, it’s rumored that the voice actors for Usagi and Mamoru will be the same as in the original series.
Let’s hope the release date won’t change this time, and that the remake will meet everyone’s expectations. Until then … Moon prism power!