🌙 SG5: The Official Sailor Moon J-Pop Group
And some fun new Sailor Moon merchandise announcements
Heya and welcome to the latest issue of my latest Sailor Moon newsletter!
First of all, I want to apologise for my absence over the past few weeks. It’s winter here in Melbourne, Australia and that world-famous virus swept through the city leaving almost no one untouched.
While I thankfully didn’t need to be hospitalised, the virus completely knocked me out and, even now that I’m free of it, I’m still experiencing massive nausea and fatigue. It’s a genuine struggle to sit at my Surface Pro and type but I’m assuming that I’ll be like this for at least a few more weeks (as was the case when I first caught it in early-2020) and didn’t want to keep you guys waiting any longer.
I especially don’t want to let down any of my awesome subscribers who have upgraded to a paid subscription. Your support honestly means so much to me.
Having said all of that, apologies in advance for any spelling or grammar mistakes that may be present in this issue. I’ve done multiple proofreads, as usual, but my brain definitely isn’t working at 100% so I’m expecting a few mental glitches may have made their way into this final copy.
Now, on with all of the latest Sailor Moon news!
The biggest Sailor Moon news by far has been the announcement of an official Sailor Moon J-Pop group called SG5. SG5, as you may have guessed, stands for Sailor Guardians Five, and features five performers with aesthetics inspired by Sailor Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus.
Something I personally like about the SG5 concept is how the five members aren’t simply dressing up as the Sailor Guardian characters. They’ve each drawn inspiration from the vibe of the source material kind of like how a fan of Sailor Jupiter may throw on a green jumper instead of going all out with a full Sailor Jupiter cosplay.
So far, SG5 have performed in a sneaky quasi-secret performance at Anime Central back in May and in an official debut performance at Anime Expo earlier this month.
Here’s a video of SG5’s appearance at Anime Expo 2022:
It’s unclear if this group will be solely used to promote the Sailor Moon franchise at North American anime conventions or if something bigger is planned. I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a few songs from them in the upcoming Sailor Moon Cosmos movies.
SG5 is officially described as an “intergalactic pop supergroup that protects the universe from evil, injustice and negativity” and has apparently been in the works for at least two years. The names of the performers are Sayaka, Ruri, Miyuu, Rui, and Kaede, each already with a history in the J-Pop industry.
You can check out SG5 on their official website and on Instagram.
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In other Sailor Moon news:
The Sailor Moon Vans products came and went literally in just a few minutes. Unfortunately many fans were unable to purchase the items they wanted due to them selling out too quickly both online and in realworld store locations. Many also reported that orders that were successfully made online were cancelled after the fact due to the Vans website being unable to keep up with the number of orders being made. In short, they ran out of stock and were still accepting orders.
No official word has been made yet on future Vans Sailor Moon collaborations though given the popularity of this initial run, future collabs are incredibly likely.
The annual Japanese Usagi’s Birthday celebration happened at the end of June but due to the number of announcements made during the Sailor Moon Cosmos event, there wasn’t much new news to be made so it was downgraded to just a quick YouTube video this year instead of a whole presentation. Here’s the super-short official video for the non-event:
One announcement that did stand out was the Sailor Moon Jimmy Choo collaboration. The prototype for these future premium boots are curently on display at the Sailor Moon Museum event in Tokyo which is now open to the public.
Speaking of the Sailor Moon Museum, the menu for its Sailor Moon Cafe is now online and it looks super fun.
Details on the Sailor Moon Museum exclusive merchandise have also been announced. These items are only available on-location and are pretty expensive so, if you’re planning on going, make sure you have extra funds on your credit card. My personal favourite item is the official Sailor Moon neon signs which I would totally buy if they didn’t literally cost over $4,000.
A Miracle Romance Sailor Moon Collaboration Book has been announced for a release in September.
The Eternal Sailor Moon Figuarts figure has released in Japan. The USA version is expected in November.
The USA release of the Tamashii Nations Sailor Mini/Chibi Moon Figuarts has been changed from this week to next month.
Volume 3 of the Naoko Takeuchi Collection Sailor Moon manga (basically a cheaper paperback version of the Eternal Edition) is still set for a 2nd of August release in the USA. Yay for no more manga delays!
Some cute new Sailor Moon keychains have been announced for Sailor Moon Store locations.
I love this retro Sailor Moon top from Box Lunch. This black one is also pretty cool.
Marco Albiero, an artist frequently hired to create artwork for Sailor Moon posters and Blu-ray covers, tweeted out this pic he made of Sailor Cosmos over one of the new James Webb Telescope images.
Make sure to check out all of these phenomenal new images from NASA here.
The actor behind Prince Diamond and Zirconia in the 90s Sailor Moon English dub was interviewed recently.
I think that’s about it for this week!
Thanks again for your patience between issues and for reading this one.
Until next time,
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What do you think of SG5?