‘The Way of the Househusband’ director Chiaki Kon helms the new adventures of Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians as they battle to prevent the Silver Crystal from being used to rule the Earth and dominate the universe.
Created by Naoko Takeuchi and first serialized by Kodansha’s manga magazine Nakayosi in December 1991, the stories of Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians fighting for love and justice have become hugely popular all over the world. TOEI’s hit 90s TV series was broadcast in more than 40 countries; more than 35 million copies of the original manga have been sold worldwide. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon has become firmly established as an iconic character with a loyal fanbase across the globe.
And now, hitting Netflix (outside Japan) this coming June 3, 2021, is the 2-part Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie. The film is directed by Chiaki Kon (The Way of the Househusband, Nodame Cantabile: Paris Edition & Finale), with character designs by Kazuko Tadano (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens) and music by Yasuharu Takanashi (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season III). The animation is being produced by TOEI Animation / Studio DEEN.
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“Like so many others around the world, I trace my love for anime back to watching Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon when I was a toddler - pictures of me in Usagi’s Bun Head have become a family treasure,” said Ema Hirayama, Manager, Content Acquisition, Netflix. “It’s no surprise that these characters and tales about love and justice still touch the hearts of so many fans around the world. It’s a dream come true for all of us at Netflix to have Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie join our expansive anime slate and to share this incredible story with fans around the world.”
The movie’s theme is “Dreams;” based on the “Dream Arc” from the original manga, the story focuses on the Sailor Guardians' growth, both as teenage girls and as Sailor Guardians, as well as the faint first love of Chibi-Usa and Helios.
The upcoming 2-part adventure is set in April, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and Tokyo is in a festive mood as it celebrates the largest Total Solar Eclipse of the century. As the new moon obscures the sun and gradually dims its light, Usagi and Chibi-Usa encounter Pegasus, who is in search of the chosen Maiden who can break the seal of the Golden Crystal. Meanwhile, a mysterious troupe called the Dead Moon Circus appears in town whose nefarious plan is to scatter the nightmare incarnations known as Lemures, seize the ‘Legendary Silver Crystal,’ rule over the moon and the earth, and eventually dominate the entire universe.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.