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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Questions for Naoko

TO CLARIFY: I am not going to be asking Naoko these questions, this is just a hypothetical exercise. ^__^

I posted a tweet asking people if they could ask Naoko Takeuchi, the creator, one question about Sailor Moon, what would it be? Here's the responses I got:

"...what the hell happened to the cape and mask?" @El_Ramses

"Who is Princess Serenity's father? :BBB" @SMObss

"Who the hell fathered Princess Serenity?" @SoapboxingGeek

"i would ask if the 4 generals would be revived from those mamoru stones and if they will live in crystal tokyo" @TheLastSugababe

" Who is Cosmos, really? xD"  ‏@sassypants678

"Who is Sailor Cosmos exactly?" @Sailor_Samara

"i would ask if she is proud to have mothered an anime/manga series that has played a big part in lots of people's lives!" @Meiruechan

"Where did you get the idea for the story and who is Chibi Chibi really?!" @KieliHeart

"THIS! If you were to continue #SailorMoon, would you implement elements from the live action/musicals into the 6th season?" @fredjfrancis

"its probably already been asked/talked about but I would probably ask if she expected sailor moon to last forever and be a huge part of people's lives. Or maybe I would ask how she feels about sailor moon after all these years. Does the popularity of it bother her? Is she sick of it and just want to let it go? It's kind of the reason she could never get into another manga after sailor moon aside from toki meka. I wonder if that annoyed her because she couldn't make anything that would be as good as or better than sailor moon. And now I'm rambling and didn't answer your question at all XD" @pandamakesart

"did she wants create a new Sailor of small planets like Makemake, Eris and the others?" @mitellezr

"If you could expand on any character's story that you liked from the Sailor Moon anime, which would it be?"@LeffieLeFan

"Was Queen Serenity Sailormoon? Are the Princess's senshi mothers her senshi?" and "Where did Naru and Umino disappear to in I believe S? Was Naru finally captured forever by youmas?" @MoonieAddict

"where did queen Serenity come from? Is she a Goddess? Lol xD or do we already know this, & I missed it somewhere?" @Brat_zilla

"OK, I got a question. What were you planning for Chibi Moon? She had the asteroid senshi, surely it was something important." @twotigermoon

"Why didn't a lot of the characters and story lines from StarS manga make it into the anime?" @pewterfoxpysi

"Is there anything you feel you didn't get enough time to expand upon? What would you change about that?"  @LonelyDistance

I will update this if more roll in.   ^__^

And my question for The Princess about her creation? "What do you think about made up Sailor Senshi?" I would love to give her a drawing of my characters with Sailormoon, surrounded by hearts. xD

Thursday, July 5, 2012

It's Almost Friday! Are you ready Sailormoon fans?

For those of you who might not already know about this, there's something awesome happening on Friday!  Nico Nico is streaming a live event with Japanese Sailormoon VAs, "nostalgic memories", behind the scenes info, an UNVEILING OF 20th ANNIVERSARY MERCHANDISE (collective gasp and clutching of wallet), and...

..."an exciting new announcement!"

Check out this CrunchyRoll post for all the details.  Momoiro Clover Z, a popular idol group, is joining the event live from Japan Expo 2012 in Paris. Could their attendance have something to do with the special announcement? What will this exciting new announcement be?!

New merch alone is super exciting for me, but oh man, we have just no idea what else they have in store for us!  But that hasn't stopped fans from speculating and guessing all week!

Here's some of my favorite ideas on what it could be, silly and serious:
  • A new animated series of Sailormoon for TV (either a reboot of the original with less filler, or a new season/arc)
  • An OVA series or a new movie 
  • A 20th Anniversary Sailormoon musical (Sera Myu has been on hiatus for a while)
  • Naoko is writing a new manga series based on the Sailormoon universe, telling some untold part of the story (Crystal Tokyo, Moon Kingdom, Galaxia's story, etc.)
  • A new Sailormoon Theme park (haha this one is kind of silly, but come on, who wouldn't want to go?!)
  • A 20th Anniversary Sailor Moon Artbook with all new art from Naoko
  • A Sailormoon Retrospective Museum opening in Tokyo (I'll go! I'll go!)
Those are just some fun ideas of what it could be, but we really have no idea. I just can't wait to find out!  It really feels like it something big since they are sending out international press releases and making such a fuss over it.

Some fans have expressed hope that this means the series is going to be licensed and possibly re-dubbed for the English market.  While many fans are very hopeful for that eventuality, it seems unlikely that such an announcement would be made for a Japanese audience.

Don't get me wrong though! I'm all about a fresh take on Sailormoon with a more accurate translation of the script and without all the random stuff cut out!  It would be nice if some of the original voices would return (I have a soft spot for Stephanie Morgenstern as Venus, tehe) but most likely it would be a new cast.
That's kind of sad for nostalgic reasons, but an updated dub would bring new life to the series and new, younger fans!

The 90s dub will always have a special place in my heart, but it wouldn't speak to kids today the same way.  If we want the Sailormoon fandom to thrive and live on, we have to be open to change and exciting new things!  I think no matter who does the voices, as long as the story is true to heart then people will love it once more!