There's a new Sailor Moon anime in the works. It's called Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal and is set to stream globally beginning July 5. Meanwhile, Anime Expo, the massive convention held in Los Angeles, recently announced that various voice actors from the U.S. dubs will appear at this summer's event. Last month Los Angeles boutique/gallery QPop hosted a Sailor Moon tribute art show that brought out scores of fans. There is a lot of activity surrounding the story of a teenage girls protecting the world. The clamor, though, isn't from the high school crowd.
More than 20 years after the initial manga release, Sailor Moon's fans are grown up. They caught wind of the series while they were teenagers, but are now in their 20s and 30s and remain fans. Cosplay groups and fan art pops up time and again at conventions and online. One friend of mine, Seattle-based artist Kate Sullivan, launched a Tumblr Project last fall called Moon Animate, Make-Up. The idea is to reproduce one episode of the anime "shot by shot" with art reflecting the style of the contributors. More than 250 people are taking part in it. For Sailor Moon fans, their fascination with the series hasn't really diminished.
"Sailor Moon seems to be the gateway anime for a lot of people," says Allison McKnight, Director of Entertainment for SPJA, the group that organizes Anime Expo. "Everyone has their favorite anime, but, for our age group, you can kind of trace everyone back to either Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball Z." (more…)