🌙 USA Sailor Moon Pilot Found and She-Ra Is in It
Plus more full-colour Sailor Moon manga finally comes out in Japan
Hey there, Sailor Moon fans!
I was thinking this was going to be a pretty mid newsletter in regards to Sailor Moon news but then, just yesterday, a fan uncovered the full unreleased proof of concept pilot for the proposed half animated/half live-action USA Sailor Moon series soooo let’s dive right in!
Long-time Moonies will remember that classic off-screen recording of a part of this project that was made behind closed doors at an anime convention and then uploaded to the internet and shared to every corner of the 90s Sailor Moon fandom via email lists, discussion forums, and even RealPlayer streams.
Here’s a copy I just uploaded to Odysee and my YouTube channel for prosperity.
For the most part, everyone assumed that we’d never get a better quality version of this “Saban Moon” Sailor Moon project (which was actually made by Toonmakers, not Saban, which is why many now refer to it as the Toonmakers Sailor Moon show) let alone see more footage from it.
However, filmmaker, Ray Mona, did the impossible and managed to track down the entire Sailor Moon video as part of her research for the second part of her Finding Saban Moon: The Western World of Sailor Moon documentary.
The video below is cued up to play when the Toonmakers Sailor Moon pilot starts though I highly recommend watching the entire documentary once you’re done as the effort that went into this documentary is super-impressive and there’s some legit interesting nuggets of information in it that most Sailor Moon fans will appreciate.
The internet has exploded since this video dropped just over 24 hours ago. Some fans are still bagging the project out for its 90s fashion and cheese but there’s also a lot of positive interest shown by fans in regards to the lore and world-building that this reinterpretation of Sailor Moon was trying to attempt.
Personally, I’ve been surprised by how much I now like the Saban Moon/Toonmakers Sailor Moon pilot and I honestly wouldn’t be upset if we got something like this after Sailor Moon Cosmos Part 2 comes out next year.
Last Minute Update: A follower of mine on Twitter noticed that Luna’s voice sounded a lot like that of She-Ra from the original classic 80s cartoon series. I agreed and reached out to the voice actress, Melendy Britt, via her official Facebook page. She got back to me within an hour and confirmed that she did indeed voice Luna for this Sailor Moon project. She-Ra in Sailor Moon! How cool is that?!
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Speaking of Sailor Moon Cosmos, I’ve created a special page for Sailor Moon Cosmos on Moonkitty.NET that answers a lot of questions fans may have about the two upcoming anime movies. I’ve also done a massive clean-up of the website as a whole and have added a clean breakdown of the current manga and anime projects on the front page.
The site looks so much better now. Check it out and let me know what you think.
In other Sailor Moon news…
Casetify has released a rather large range of official Sailor Moon mobile accessories.
Two new retro-style Sailor Moon dolls based on Chibi/Mini Moon and Princess Serenity are now available to pre-order here and here.
Volume 3 and Volume 4 of the full-colour (yes, every page) Sailor Moon manga have been released in Japanese ebook digital stores. An English release is likely in the future though probably not until the physical Naoko Takeuchi Collection series finishes up in 2023 or 2024.
Speaking of the Naoko Takeuchi Collection, Volume 3 is now available here. After more info on this line of manga and how it differs from other versions? Check out the new front page of Moonkitty.NET.
Box Lunch recently added a new Sailor Moon SuperS car window cover, new Sailor Moon measuring spoons, new Artemis and Luna cups, and some super cute Artemis and Luna clip decorations.
An official TikTok account for SG5, the new official Sailor Moon J-Pop group, went live this month with some curious trading card profile videos.
Sailor Moon voice actress, Sandy Fox, will be a guest at Anime Pasadena.
Some cool Sailor Moon-inspired bracelets have been announced for Japan.
The Sailor Moon Museum exhibit in Tokyo has Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask toilet signs.
The Tamashii Nations Sailor Chibi/Mini Moon Animated Colour Edition figure is now available.
And finally, the Sailor Moon 4D experience at Universal Studios Japan is set to end in just a few days on the 28th of August. If you’re in Japan, make sure to check it out before it’s too late.
Coming Soon: Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi Collection Volume 4, Eternal Sailor Moon Figuarts figure, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon x Miracle Romance Special Collaboration Book, and the Sailor Moon Musicals Complete Box Set.
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Until next time, Princess Fighters! 🌙
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