Sailor Moon Creator Unveils New Art for 30th Anniversary Celebration

Naoko Takeuchi draws new art of Usagi as part of the on-going celebration surrounding the 30th anniversary of the original anime series’ premiere.

The Sailor Moon franchise revealed new art for the anime’s 30th anniversary.

The new image was drawn by creator Naoko Takeuchi and portrays the series’ titular defender of justice in her original costume. The illustration was created to promote the opening of the new Sailor Moon Museum, a limited time art exhibition that will open in Tokyo this summer. The art was unveiled through the official website for the exhibit. The exhibition is being held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Sailor Moon anime’s premiere, and will feature original artwork by Takeuchi, as well as rarely seen manuscripts and rough drafts from her seminal manga. The exhibit will feature over 600 items from across the entire franchise’s history, which will include production materials from both the original show and the Sailor Moon Crystal reboot, costumes from the live-action series and stage shows, game kiosks and merchandise collected from the past three decades. The exhibit’s website states that the event will be the largest collection of Sailor Moon memorabilia ever displayed.

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The museum will also feature an immersive showcase of wall displays that highlight key moments of the Sailor Moon story. The wall art will be augmented with holographic displays that change the image depending on the angle that they are viewed at. The showcase will also feature screen and manga accurate prop recreations of the various items that the Sailor Scouts used throughout the series.

The exhibit will showcase all of its items in three “volumes,” each of which will focus on a specific part of the story and will be rolled out at specific dates: Volume 1 will run from July until September, after which Volume 2 will open up from September until November. The third volume will be available for viewing from November until December. The exhibition will be held at the Sony Music Roppongi Museum in Tokyo, which is currently hosting a Detective Conan showcase. Tickets for the event will go on sale on May 4 in Japan.

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While the museum will only be available to fans in Japan, fans around the world can still look forward to the release of Sailor Moon Cosmos, a new two-movie series that will serve as the finale to the Sailor Moon Crystal series. The new movies will adapt the fan-favorite Stars arc and will be directed by Gatchaman Crowds and Kill La Kill episode director Tomoya Takahashi, with a script written by That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime‘s Kazeyuki Fudeyasu. Both movies will be released in 2023.

Source: Sailor Moon Museum

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