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Sailor Moon Crystal Anime's 2nd Season to Feature Chibiusa

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
26-episode series' 2nd part to cover manga's "Black Moon" arc

The "Animate Girls Festival 2014" event confirmed again on Saturday that the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal television anime is continuing into its second season. (Toei Animation had confirmed in April that the anime will last 26 episodes, and the second season will be the second half of those 26 episodes.) The second season will include the story from the original manga's "Black Moon" arc and feature Chibiusa. The event, which featured the anime's five main cast members, also released a key visual:

The anime premiered on July 5 and airs on the first and third Saturdays every month. The series will reach approximately its halfway point by the end of this year.

Crunchyroll, Niconico, Hulu, and other services are streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Viz Media licensed the series for release in North America.

Kotono Mitsuishi is reprising the starring title role. The cast also includes Hisako Kanemoto as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury, Rina Satou as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter, and Shizuka Itou as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus.

Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure) is directing this new adaptation of Naoko Takeuchi's original manga at Toei Animation, the studio behind the first anime. Yūji Kobayashi (scripts on Saint Seiya Omega, Smile Precure!) is in charge of the series scripts, and Momoiro Clover Z is performing the theme song.

Yukie Sakō (chief animation director on Majestic Prince, Nyan Koi!) is designing the characters, and Yasuharu Takanashi (Naruto Shippūden, Fairy Tail, Precure franchise) is composing. The art directors will be Takashi Kurahashi (Mononoke, Gatchaman Crowds, Hakaba Kitarō) and Yumi Hosaka (Mononoke, Gatchaman Crowds). King Records is producing the soundtrack.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web, Comic Natalie

Image © Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・KodanshaToei Animation

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