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Sailor Moon Crystal Casts Misato Fukuen as Chibi Usa, Ai Maeda as Sailor Pluto

posted on by Egan Loo
2nd season includes original manga's "Black Moon" arc with Chibi Usa

A Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal screening event on Saturday announced that Misato Fukuen will play Chibi Usa/Sailor Chibi Moon and Ai Maeda will play Setsuna Meiō/Sailor Pluto in the ongoing anime.

The anime premiered on July 5 and airs on the first and third Saturdays every month. Starting on January 17, the second season includes the story from the original manga's "Black Moon" arc and features Chibi Usa. The Comic Natalie website posted more images from the upcoming episodes.

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 has been 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: Comic Natalie

Images © Naoko Takeuchi, PNP, Kodansha, Toei Animation

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