1st Sailor Moon Anime to Rerun on Japanese TV
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
NHK announced in a briefing on Wednesday that the first Sailor Moon anime series will rerun on their NHK BS Premium satellite television service. The rerun is scheduled to begin on April 6, and it will show one episode every Monday at 6:30 p.m. JST. NHK explained that this has become a venue for "masterpiece anime"; BS Premium also ran such anime as Anne of Green Gables and Nichijou - My Ordinary Life.
Naoko Takeuchi launched the original magical girl team manga series in the shōjo monthly manga magazine Nakayoshi in 1992. It soon spawned anime, a live-action television project, musicals, and other adaptations, and it also sparked a worldwide boom. The 20th anniversary project began in 2012, and featured the first musical in eight years at the AiiA Theater Tokyo in 2013.
Kodansha has been republishing the original manga in a complete edition since November 2013, and Kodansha USA Publishing's Kodansha Comics imprint has been publishing the manga in North America.
A new anime of the manga, titled Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, has been streaming on the Niconico service in Japan since last July. It will also start airing on Japanese over-the-air television as well this April. Viz Media licensed both the first Sailor Moon anime and Sailor Moon Crystal for North America, and Crunchyroll and Hulu are streaming Sailor Moon Crystal as it airs in Japan.
Image © Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation