Toei Animation has released its first image for the new Sailor Moon anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, complete with a synopsis and an official title.
Anime News Network provided the following synopsis:
Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.
Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….
Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?
The official Sailor Moon website also released a countdown timer, which is set to start a countdown in four days. What this timer is counting down for is not yet clear, but fans are nevertheless teeming with curiosity.
The series’ staff features several renowned figures of the anime world, with Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure) as director, Yuji Kobayashi (Saint Seiya, Smile Precure!) as scriptwriter, and Yukie Sako (chief animation director of Majestic Prince, Nyan Koi! designing characters, among others.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal is not a remake of the original series, but will be based on the original 1992 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga.
The series is set to begin simulcasting internationally on NicoNicoDouga in July.
I, for one, am super excited about the upcoming simulcast of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal. I’ve always been a fan of the subtitled version of the first Sailor Moon anime series, so I can’t wait to see what Toei Animation has in store for the franchise’s new, completely manga-based incarnation. I hope that they release more art for the series soon; the character design is gorgeous!
Are you stoked for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal? Did you watch the original Sailor Moon anime dubbed, subbed, or both? Will you watch the new series when it is released?