The two-parter Sailor Moon Cosmos movies are going to tell the story of the manga’s “final battle.” The first movie will hit Japanese theaters on June 9, followed three weeks later by the second part on June 30. To get people excited, a short character trailer has been released highlighting Eternal Sailor Mars and Eternal Sailor Venus. Along with getting to see them and hearing a bit of dialogue from the movies, you can also hear that oh-so-familiar Sailor Moon tune playing in the background.
The movies are being made at Toei Animation and Studio Deen, with Tomoya Takahashi, who was the assistant director for Gatchaman Crowds, helming the project as the full director. The scripts were written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Credit for music goes to Yasuharu Takanashi, who has already worked in the franchise as the composer for Sailor Moon Crystal. As a real blast from the past, Kazuko Tadano from the original 90s Sailor Moon anime is back to work on character design.
The Sailor Moon Crystal television series led to the two-parter Sailor Moon Eternal movies, which in turn leads to the upcoming two-parter Sailor Moon Cosmos movies. The Sailor Moon Eternal movies came out in 2021. The storyline for Cosmos was known as the “Sailor Moon Sailor Stars” arc in the 90s anime.
Kodansha publishes the Sailor Moon manga by Naoko Takeuchi in English and gave this description for the first volume:
“Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!”
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