TOKYO – June 29, 2012 – Twenty years ago, the legendary smash hit Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon debuted in Japan. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the original Japanese voice actors will once again reunite for an appearance which will be streamed live from Nico Nico. They will recount nostalgic memories, divulge behind-the-scenes secrets, unveil 20th anniversary merchandise, and surprise the fans with an exciting new announcement. In addition, Momoiro Clover Z will join this event at Japan Expo 2012 in Paris, which will be streamed live by satellite.
SAILOR MOON 20TH ANNIVERSARY TALK FEATURING MOMOIRO CLOVER Z
Time: 7:30PM – 8:30PM on Friday, July 6th 2012 (Japan time)(6:30AM-7:30AM on July 6th in EST)
Streaming live on Nico Nico
(requires registration https://secure.nicovideo.jp/secure/register)
Attendees: Kotono Mitsuishi (voice actor of Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon)
Toru Furuya (voice actor of Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask)
Momoiro Clover Z (live from Paris)
Fumio Osano (editor for Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha)
Naoki Yoshida (Moderator, Nippon housou)
Contents: Conversation with Kotono Mitsuishi and Toru Furuya about “The Hidden Happenings of Sailor Moon”
*Event subject to change. Invitation only.
WHAT IS PRETTY GUARDIAN SAILOR MOON?
A ditzy—and often times klutzy—14-year-old crybaby, Usagi Tsukino transforms to Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon when danger strikes, and she and her friends fight as guardians of love and justice. First created as a manga by Naoko Takeuchi, it was then serialized in the girl’s manga magazine, Nakayosi, beginning in February issue of 1992. An anime based on the manga aired on TV Asahi, a nationwide network in Japan, for five years starting in March 1992, and the realm of magical girls has never been the same since. Sailor Moon’s success was due not only to the thousands of young girls who are dedicated fans but also to a broad range of adults who took genuine interest in the story. That’s why Sailor Moon’s famous line, “In the name of the moon, I shall punish you!” has become a phenomenon itself.
Since Sailor Moon’s release, over 35 million copies of the manga and books have sold, as well as $5 billion worth of merchandising. Sailor Moon is an international phenomenon. Since its manga publication it has been translated into 17 different languages and has sold over 30 million copies in more than 50 countries around the world making it as popular as its anime version. Since the title’s re-launch in the U.S. in September 2011, Sailor Moon’s manga has climbed to the top of both the New York Times Bestseller list and Amazon’s top-ranking Graphic Novels and Manga list.