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3rd Season of Sailor Moon Crystal's Spring Premiere, New Staff Revealed

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Chiaki Kon directs 3rd season with Akira Takahashi drawing character designs

The official website for the Sailor Moon franchise revealed on Friday that the third season of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime will premiere in spring, with a new director and character designer.

Chiaki Kon (Nodame Cantabile: Paris, Junjō Romantica, Golden Time) will take over from Munehisa Sakai in directing the anime. Akira Takahashi (Dokidoki! Precure, Suite Precure character design, Sailor Moon Crystal episode animation director) will take over from Yukie Sakō in drawing the character designs. Yūji Kobayashi is still in charge of the series' scripts. Takashi Kurahashi is returning as art director, and Yasuharu Takanashi is returning to compose the music. King Records will once again produce the music, and Toei Animation will again animate the series.

The Animedia magazine will unveil a new visual for the anime drawn by Takahashi on Saturday.

Additionally, a Niconico livestream event will announce the cast for the outer Senshi on January 27 (January 27 is also Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus' birthday).

The third season will focus on the Death Busters arc. The new season will assemble all 10 Senshi — specifically, the popular outer Senshi such as Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, and Sailor Saturn will join Sailor Moon, Sailor Chibi Moon, and the others. The new season will adapt the arc from the fifth and sixth volumes of the complete edition of Naoko Takeuchi's original Sailor Moon manga.

Kotono Mitsuishi will continue to reprise the starring title role for the third season. Other returning cast for the third season includes: Hisako Kanemoto as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury, Rina Satō as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter, Shizuka Itou as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus, Ryō Hirohashi as Luna, and Kenji Nojima as Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba.

Crunchyroll, Niconico, Hulu, and other services streamed the first two Sailor Moon Crystal seasons overseas as they debuted online in Japan. Viz Media licensed both seasons for release in North America.

Takeuchi's original magical girl manga inspired an earlier anime incarnation that aired for five seasons from 1992 to 1997. That television anime from two decades ago spawned several feature films and theatrical shorts as well. A string of popular stage musicals ran from 1993 to 2005, and a new all-female musical production helped launch the franchise's 20th anniversary in 2013. The third musical in the current revival ended its run in October, and like the upcoming third Crystal season, it covered the Death Busters arc.

Source: Comic Natalie

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