It feels as though every day I do my rounds of Sailor Moon searching (in reality I do this about three times a week, but sometimes its more or less). What do I even expect to find? There hasn’t been anything *new* in Sailor Moon for years, and most of the rights (around the world) are up in the air. Most of the time, I am happy to find some new fan art, some really good cosplays… So when I find anything, and I mean anything new, I get excited. Last year (around September I think), I started to hear whispers in the internet about a global revival of the series (supposedly Toei started looking to revive the series in February of last year). Although Sailor Moon is still not airing in North America, it is apparently only getting more popular in (of all places) Italy. Funimation did a survey in 2009 about the possibility of them re-dubbing Sailor Moon (well, most of season one, then seasons two through four, excluding SuperS TV special). The feedback must have been positive, considering the Sailor Moon fanbase is still alive and strong in North America.
(more info and photos in the full entry!!)
My hope of a huge Sailor Moon revival only grew when I came across a brand new Sailor Moon logo (seen in the photos below). To be honest though, I don’t know what I think about this logo, it is certainly more “girly” than the previous logos (especially the North American logo also below). But is girly bad? One might even say that Sailor Moon capitalizes on it’s girliness. But what do other people think?
(I got this new Sailor Moon image from Moon Kitty website: http://www.moonkitty.net/new-sailor-moon-images.php)
The official Japanese website also recently (I noticed at the end of December) had an overhaul and complete layout change. Unfortunately, I can’t enjoy the website beyond how pretty it is since I can’t speak Japanese. :(
But, then I found this gem:
Yes, you saw right. A new Sailor Moon DS game, to be released in Spring 2011. Unfortunately, it is only being released in Italy right now, and there has been no news about it being translated. This is only the second Sailor Moon game released outside of Japan, and the first Sailor Moon game released in more than ten years.
Supposedly the game will let consumers play as the five scouts, all with their own abilities and powers, as they explore three different “dream worlds” in order to save their friend. From the looks of screen shots, it might be a side scroller? Oh please, please be a side scroller. Although through my rough translations of the press reports (all in Italian gah), it is described as having puzzles, I have already decided that even if this game is never brought to North America, I will be struggling through the Italian version.
Here are some screen shots, to see more go here: http://www.siliconera.com/2011/01/07/first-screenshots-of-sailor-moon-la-luna-splende/
Things that are interesting about the new Sailor Moon images:
Only the inner senshi
LOL WHO IS LORD KASPAR
All in all look like season one
Sooooo…. despite all the rumours and hopes, it looks more like the revival is only a re-dubbing/ re-airing of the original series, rather than any *new* episodes or a series re-boot. But this new stuff is exciting all the same, it still has me dreaming of buying Sailor Moon merchandise in stores at reasonable prices again.