Anime News Network is reporting that Sailor Moon will be returning as a new anime series next summer in 2013:
Publisher Kodansha and creator Naoko Takeuchi announced on Friday that a new anime adaptation of Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon manga is being produced. The new anime series is aimed for release next summer, and the idol group Momoiro Clover Z will perform a theme song. Kodansha and Takeuchi made the announcement during a live event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the manga.
Is Sailor Moon really 20 years old already? Jesus Christ.
Okay, confession time: I used to be really into Sailor Moon. Even more embarrassingly, it was during my freshmen year of high school. It used to come on weekdays early in the morning and I’d watch it while getting ready for school. I’ll never forget the day I wore a plastic Sailor Moon ring from a vending machine to school and discovered I was not alone in my appreciation for this bright, colorful, extremely girly show about a Moon Princess with “meatballs” on her head.
My circle of friends and I were borderline obsessed for a few semesters there, and of course we each laid claim to one of the Sailor Scouts as our alter egos. I was Sailor Jupiter, I guess because I was always a tomboy and have dark brown hair like her.
The weird thing was that Sailor Moon was actually a semi-cool thing to be into at the time, depending on who you hung out with. It was popular with the goths, the cool geeks (you know what I’m talking about), the drama club, and other groups that weren’t afraid to express themselves. But probably we were just a bunch of dorks and just told ourselves it was cool.
As Americanized and bastardized as the U.S. version of Sailor Moon was, I credit it with being one of my first introductions to anime as it was from before the time when I knew what good anime was. If this new version comes to America (and I’m sure it will, because anything nostalgic from the 80s and 90s is a license to start printing money these days) I’m sure I’ll check it out, if only for the nostalgia factor.
[Thanks Topless Robot !]