Sailor Moon Returns! (kind of)


The good news is that Sailor Moon is back, baby! The bad news is that it's really only back in Italy.

Now, no offense to Italy, but when I first heard whisperings of a Sailor Moon revival, I was hoping for a new anime series or something- not just a re-broadcast of the original 200-episode series, in a country where I do not happen to live. Nevertheless, as a starving Moonie, I'll take whatever I can get.

Toei's Kanji Kazahaya had this to say about the Italian broadcast:

 “We are certain that strategically Italy is the ideal country to initiate a global re-launch of the classic Japanese animated series such as Sailor Moon.  The Italian public has traditionally been passionate about anime.”

Wait...did he just say GLOBAL re-launch? Maybe my hopes for a new anime series aren't so far-fetched after all. It's not like there have been a whole lot of breakout hits on the anime front lately, and SM certainly has a proven track record. I used to think that a new TV series- covering similar ground to the original, but adhering closer to the manga (and in higher quality!)- was a complete pie-in-the-sky dream, but when you look at what's happened with properties like Full Metal Alchemist, I wonder. Plus, there's been a huge trend lately of taking something that was big in the '90s and doing a Version 2.0, so chances may be better for my favorite magical girl franchise coming back than I had dared imagine.

Needless to say, I will keep you updated on the situation- in fact, I might just make up unsubstantiated rumors in the hopes that they will reach the ears of some higher-up, who will then gush "That's a brilliant idea!" Wait, strike that; I would never lie to Japanator readers for my own personal gain...unless Tuxedo Mask were involved. Oh well, the cat's out of the bag now....

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