A Moon Star is Reborn!

Guess who’s back? (Back again!)

It’s Usagi Tsukino, and she and her friends are probably better than ever!

The cast for the new Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Moon Crystal, was officially announced recently. Kotono Mitsuishi will indeed be coming back to voice our favorite dumpling head, but–rather strangely, I think–the same can’t be said for the other Sailor Soldiers.

  • Ami/Sailor Mercury is now voiced by Hisako Kanemoto (who you can hear now as Haru Ichinose in Akuma no Riddle). In the old anime, she was voiced by Aya Hisakawa.
  • Rei/Sailor Mars is voiced by Rina Satou (who played Negi Springfield in Negima!). Previously, she was played by Michie Tomizawa.
  • Makoto/Sailor Jupiter is played by Ami Koshimizu (AKA Kill la Kill‘s Ryuko Matoi). Before, she was voiced by Emi Shinohara.
  • Minako/Sailor Venus is portrayed by Shizuka Itou (Lenalee Lee in D. Gray-man).  The first time around, she was voiced by Rica Fukami.

I don’t exactly hate this announcement, but it is rather baffling. If you brought back one of the original cast, why not bring back the rest? Better yet, why not re-cast Usagi? Also, who on Earth is playing Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask?

I guess I won’t truly know how to feel until the new anime starts. The first episode will air on July 5th, and new episodes will show on the first and third Saturdays of the month from that point on. It will also stream worldwide on Niconico Douga.

It’ll certainly be an adventure trying to get used to these new voices, but I don’t think it’ll take away from my experience of the show. I have been waiting for this for too long, and I won’t let some new actor squeamishness get to me that easily!

Will you?

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