In an earlier post, I promised that I would keep posting updates for Sailor Moon‘s revival as I got them, so here we go with a few new bits of information!
The new anime is finally in production, according to Miss Dream, and should begin airing sometime between November and January. Personally, this news is disappointing after a year of being told the series would begin Summer 2013, but perhaps that was a mistranslation or misunderstanding. Maybe the show was meant to go into production in the summer and we all just jumped the gun in thinking that summer was meant to be the air-date.
Though to be honest, the new anime is barely even a concern of mine anymore when we have a…
So much news coming for this! The first images of the cast in costume have been released and they look great:
When the new musical was announced I knew that I wanted the costumes to be re-vamped but not fully overhauled and, assuming these will be the costumes they wear on stage, I’m very happy with the new designs. The overall look is much sleeker than the original versions:
These are the 1993 costumes, BTW. They improved quite a bit by the time the shows closed in 2005.
They’ve kept the double skirt, which I am very glad about, though for some reason Jupiter and Venus now have underskirts matching their main color rather than their accent color, which bothers me. The sailor collars are still flared at the shoulders but are less broad and dramatic, and there’s still a braided accent running vertically on the bodice.
Some of the changes: shinier, more plastic skirts which could be a plus depending on how they catch the light on stage or a detriment depending on their movement as they look heavier than the original materials. There are cleaner accents on the belts and shoulder pads which I love because those beads on the belts were always my absolute least-favorite aspect of the original designs. No beading on the skirts’ hems makes me less happy, though, because the way they sparkled in motion was magical in the old shows. They look to be using real boots instead of vinyl covers strapped to character shoes, which is nice, but the brooches are all identical, which is a bummer as I really liked the unique designs all the Sailors got before:
All in all, I’m very happy with the costumes. They’re better fitted and sleeker, but haven’t completely lost the old-school aesthetic.
We also know the title of the show now: La Reconquista. The title means “The Reconquest”, which could mean a few things. I’m guessing means that the show will be kind of like the original musical Gaiden Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen in which the Dark Kingdom is revived and defeated after Sailor Moon’s first triumph over Queen Beryl, rather than being a strict retelling of the Dark Kingdom arc of the manga or anime. “The Reconquest”, however, could still refer to a more faithful manga/anime retelling if they give some focus to the Silver Millennium story and how the Sailors must once again beat the Dark Kingdom back. The title could even refer to the fact that the musicals themselves are back and are going to “reconquer” the theatre, and if this is the case, I hope it means they will continue making musicals for as long as they are successful like they did in the original run.
2013 may be more than halfway over, but things are just beginning to get started for Sailor Moon! I look forward to picking up as much information as I can in the coming months and compiling it here.