Viz Media, Crunchyroll to Stream Sailor Moon Crystal Season III Anime

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Viz Media to premiere series on same day as Japanese broadcast

Viz Media announced on Thursday via press release that it will stream the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III television anime series starting on April 4 on its website and on Hulu. Viz Media and Hulu will then stream subsequent episodes weekly on Mondays.

Crunchyroll additionally announced on Thursday that it will also stream the series starting in April and will be available for Crunchyroll members in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, and Central and South America, including the Caribbean. The site did not specify a debut date.

The third season will focus on the Death Busters arc (also called the Infinity arc), adapting the arc from the fifth and sixth volumes of the complete edition of Naoko Takeuchi's original Sailor Moon manga.

Kotono Mitsuishi continues to reprise the starring title role for the third season. Other returning cast members for the third season include:

  • Hisako Kanemoto as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
  • Rina Satou as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
  • Ami Koshimizu as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
  • Shizuka Itou as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
  • Ryou Hirohashi as Luna
  • Kenji Nojima as Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba
  • Misato Fukuen as Chibiusa/Sailor Chibi Moon
  • Youhei Oobayashi as Artemis
  • Shoko Nakagawa as Diana

New cast members include:

  • Junko Minagawa as Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus
  • Sayaka Ohara as Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune
  • Yukiyo Fujii as Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn
  • Hikari Yono as Kaolinite
  • Takuya Kirimoto as Professor Tomoe
  • Takaya Hashi as Pharaoh 90
  • Yuki Nagaku as Mimete
  • Chiaki Takahashi as Eudial
  • Rina Hon'izumi as Viluy
  • Naomi Ozora as Tellu
  • Umeka Shouji as Cyprine

The third season will feature new staff. 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 Sako 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 new season will have 13 episodes.

Etsuko Yakushimaru is performing the opening theme song "New Moon ni Aishite" (Fall In Love With The New Moon), and Junko Minagawa and Sayaka Ohara will perform the first ending theme song "eternal eternity." Misato Fukuen sings the second ending theme song "Otome no Susume" (Maiden's Advice), while Kenji Nojima sings the third ending theme song "Eien Dake ga Futari o Kakeru" (Only Eternity Brings the Two Together). Mitsuko Horie and Momoiro Clover Z will also sing additional versions of the opening theme song.

The show will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 4 at 11:00 p.m., and will then air on Sun TV, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, TV Hokkaido, TV Aichi, and BS11.

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