Sailor Moon Anime Coming Our Way This Winter

Sailor Moon 2013 | Saru AnimeIt’s about time we got an update!

While we still don’t know the plot, animation style, exact release date, or official voice actors for the upcoming Sailor Moon anime series, we do know at least one thing: it’s scheduled to stream worldwide on Niconico sometime this winter. We also now know that the new series won’t be a remake, which begs the question: what plot will the new series follow? The original anime deviated away from the manga in many places, but every major manga arc was animated in some fashion. So if this new series isn’t a remake, then what will it be?

While there’s still a lot of mysteries surrounding the new series, this is at least more information than fans had before. The announcement was made courtesy of idol group Momoiro Clover Z and Sailor Moon‘s Kodansha editor Fumio Osano (also known by fans as “Osabu”) during the second Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event. They also announced that Momoiro Clover Z will be performing the new series’ opening and ending theme songs.

What do you think readers? Excited about the new announcement, or feeling jaded after the show was already delayed once? I’m frustrated by the lack of hard details myself, but at the same time I can’t help but be excited that Sailor Moon has made such a great comeback this year. It does make me wonder how the new series will appeal to fans this time around. Will the new series be like the first and aim for a younger demographic, or will it cater to the adult fans that grew up with the show? Perhaps it will strike a careful balance. Whatever the contents of the show may be though, it’s certain that young and old fans alike are going to be tuned in to that first broadcast.



New Project Teased by Sailor Moon Creator

Junichi Sato's Foolish Action Girl | Saru Anime

Sailor Moon fans are still impatiently waiting for this year’s promised anime reboot. While there’s still nothing definitive about when it will air, we might have something else to look forward to now. Junichi Sato, veteran Sailor Moon director, seems to be involved in a new project. There’s nothing but a teaser showcasing the silhouette of a “foolish action girl” as of right now, but hey- that’s more than we’ve gotten for the new Sailor Moon series at least.

Junichi Sato worked on the first two seasons of the Sailor Moon anime and has also been involved in mahou shoujo series like Princess Tutu, Pretear, Magic Users Club, and Ojamajo Doremi. It’s not 100% certain that the new teaser is for a magical girl series- but with those credentials, I certainly hope that’s the direction it’s going in.


Free! Delayed For Swimming Competition

Free! Episode 3 | Saru Anime

A few days ago, it was reported that there would be no new episode of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club this week. In an announcement for their new Free! iOS app, Crunchyroll revealed the reason for the delay.

Free!‘s fifth episode seems to have been delayed this week to make way for a broadcast of the 15th FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Championship. Basically, Free! was postponed for a swimming competition. If you don’t think that’s hilarious, then something is wrong. This year’s FINA World Championship has been going on in Barcelona since July 19th and will wrap up August 4th. If you enjoy Free!, I’d say it’s worth checking out some of these real-life talented swimmers.

In the meantime, Crunchyroll’s Free! app collects all the previously released episodes together for easy viewing and boasts pictures of the main cast. There’s also a mysterious “hidden feature.” If you find it, please let us Android-users in on the secret!

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No New Free! Iwatobi Swim Club This Week

Free! Episode 3 | Saru Anime

I have some bad news for the swimming fans that have been waiting religiously for this week’s episode of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club: there won’t be a new episode airing this Wednesday. It’s unclear at the moment what’s causing the delay, but Crunchyroll has posted the following under their availability notes for the series:

“Due to broadcast delays in Japan, Episode 5 of Free! will be airing on August 7.”

So, there you have it. It’s only a week, but it’s always disappointing to have to wait longer than expected for new episodes. In the meantime, why not check out my episode reviews for the series so far and rewatch the current releases? Don’t go through it all in one day though. You still have a week and a day to wait!

New Good Smile Company Mascot Revealed

Good Smile Company Mascot | Saru Anime

If you’re at all into the collectable figurine scene, chances are you’ve heard of Good Smile Company. They’re well known for producing quality anime and video game character figures. But what is a popular Japanese company without a cute mascot?

At this summer’s Wonder Festival 2013 (an event held in Japan for garage kit and figurine hobbyists), Good Smile Company revealed a new mascot in a promotional video you can watch down below. She doesn’t have a name yet, but that will surely change soon.

For some, the face of Good Smile Company was a character named Gumako who was born out of an April Fool’s Day joke a few years ago. It looks like she’ll have to share the spotlight now with her younger sister. And let’s not forget Good Smile Seijin, a creature who also represents Good Smile Company. He’s perhaps not as attention-grabbing as Gumako and the newly announced girl, but I think he’s pretty cute in his own right. Don’t you think?

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Detective Conan and BBC’s Sherlock Brought Together For Quiz Promotion

Detective Conan  and Sherlock | Saru Anime

Well, this isn’t the sort of collaboration you see every day. Anime franchises cross over from time to time, but a British live-action show and a Japanese anime being featured together in the same event? Well, it might make a little more sense than you think.

The anime series Detective Conan and the BBC’s popular live-action series Sherlock both air on the Japanese station AXN Mystery Channel. To celebrate their upcoming 15th anniversary, the channel is scheduling a quiz event for fans who watch special airings of both series. Those who answer correctly will be entered into a lottery. Prizes include 150000 yen for one lucky winner, a plush of the AXN mascot for ten winners, a Sony tablet for three winners, and an AXN QUO card (a sort of prepaid card that can be used in a variety of places) worth 1000 yen for 100 winners.

If you happen to live in Japan and want to get in on the fun, the quiz event will start August 31st at 5 PM and run through September 8th.


Real-Life Location of Free! Promoting Tourism

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - Iwami | Saru Anime

Earlier this month, fans of the popular swimming anime Free! Iwatobi Swim Club discovered that the show takes place in a location with a real-life equivalent in our very own Japan. That location is the town of Iwami, located in the country’s Tottori prefecture. I can imagine what must go through locals’ heads when something like this is uncovered: do you bemoan the fact that anime fans will be swarming your streets, or do you enjoy the posterity?

It looks like the citizens of Iwami will be doing the latter. The town’s official blog (yes, it has a blog) has uploaded some photos for comparison with scenes from episode 3 of Free!, and their tourism board has announced that they will be working with Kyoto Animation to hold events and create promotional items.

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - Iwami | Saru Anime
I don’t blame Iwami for jumping on the Free! bandwagon wholeheartedly. Fan pilgrimages to the real-life settings of anime and manga series are pretty common in Japan; if handled right, it could be a real boon to the local economy. I’m looking forward to seeing what sorts of events and merchandise will come out of this collaboration.