Sailor Moon Crystal Unveils Black Moon's Cast, Designs
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From left to right, Mamoru Miyano plays Prince Demande who seeks the Silver Crystal and Sailor Moon herself. Tsubasa Yonaga plays Saphir, the alchemist who harbors misgivings about his older brother Demande's ambitions but still supports him. Hiroki Takahashi plays Rubeus who uses followers to subjugate the Sailor Senshi for Demande. Houko Kuwashima plays Esmeraude, the only woman of the four who harbors feelings for Demande.
The Black Moon arc, the anime's second season, features Chibiusa, Sailor Pluto, and other characters and launched earlier this month. The Black Moon Clan will start appearing in the anime in episode 15 on February 7.
Usagi: Time for the two of us I always wished for... And I finally got it.
Usagi: Hey! Who's that hanging on to my Mamo-chan!?
Usagi: I thought I had finally gotten some alone time for the both of us!
Chibiusa: You're... Usagi Tsukino...?
Chibiusa: If you're Usagi Tsukino, you should have the Illusionary Silver Crystal. Hand it over. Come on, hurry!
Rei: I had a bad feeling about something.
Chibiusa: I'll watch you for a while!
Ami: I didn't think we'd be using these again so soon...
Makoto: It's starting again, huh...?
Text: The shadow of a new enemy approaching...
Usagi: What did you do to Papa and the others!? Turn them back!
Usagi: Ah, hey!
Usagi: That's... A door...?
Pluto: Wait! I won't let you past here. I will erase those who bring danger!
Text: Invited by a mysterious girl, Usagi and the others go to 30th century Crystal Tokyo!
Text: They stand against the dark crystal...!
Chibiusa: Hey... Is Sailor Moon strong?
Mamoru: Yeah. She's invincible.
Chibiusa: I wonder... If maybe, she'll save mom?
Venus: If it's all five of us, we can do this!
Moon: Time to transform! The pretty guardian clad in a sailor suit! Sailor Moon! I'll punish you in the name of the moon!
The anime premiered on July 5 and runs on the first and third Saturdays every month. 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. The anime will also premiere on Japanese over-the-air television in April.
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 are Takashi Kurahashi (Mononoke, Gatchaman Crowds, Hakaba Kitarō) and Yumi Hosaka (Mononoke, Gatchaman Crowds). King Records is producing the soundtrack.