Sailor Moon Eternal, the film continuation to Sailor Moon Crystal, has received a new special video teaser and a release date.
Toei, who produces Sailor Moon Crystal, released the video as part of the "Usagi Special Birthday Party 2019." The event, held on June 30, coincides with the birthday of the fictional heroine Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon Eternal will be divided into two films set to release in 2020.
Sailor Moon Eternal will adapt the fourth arc of the manga, "Dead Moon," previously brought to animation in the fourth season of the original Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Moon SuperS.
Returning cast members to Sailor Moon Eternal include Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon, Hisako Kanemoto as Sailor Mercury, Rina Satou as Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu as Sailor Jupiter, Shizuka Itou as Sailor Venus and Misato Fukuen as Sailor Chibi Moon. It is unconfirmed if any other voice actors will return from Crystal. Mitsuishi is the only voice actor to have voiced her character since the original series.
The film credits original creator Naoko Takeuchi with crafting the story and supervising the project. Chiaki Kon returns to direct the films after working on the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal.
Sailor Moon Crystal took a more faithful approach to adapting the manga than the original anime from the '90s. Sailor Moon Eternal is expected to continue that trend, bringing Takeuchi's original vision to life. Sailor Moon SuperS is often criticized for taking too many liberties with the source material.
Viz Media has licensed the prior seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal for release in North America, as well as the original Sailor Moon anime from the '90s. Sailor Moon Crystal can be watched via streaming on Crunchyroll, Niconico and Hulu. The original '90s series Sailor Moon is available for streaming on Hulu as well. Sailor Moon Stars, the fifth season of the original series, was just released in the United States for the first time on home media this June.
Sailor Moon Eternal will be released in Japan in 2020.
(via Anime News Network)