New Sailor Moon Attraction Arriving at Universal Studios Japan This Summer

17.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Universal Studios Japan has been rolling out new attractions since January 18, 2019. The park is set to bring 8 attractions from six of Japan’s biggest entertainment franchises that have taken the world by storm, such as Attack on Titan.

 

This summer, the next big attraction arriving at Universal Studios Japan will be Sailor Moon themed and will run from May 31 to August 25.

Last year, the gave host to Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D, an immersive 4-D experience that will followed an original Sailor Moon story. It was so popular that the attraction received an extension to run for longer, and even the manga’s author Naoko Takeuchi praised it.

 

This year, the 4-D experience will return with a brand new original story featuring 10 Sailors and Super Sailor Moon. Guests are invited to the Moon Palace to join hands and combine their strength with the sailors to help save Sailor Moon who has been attacked by the enemy. They must awaken Super Sailor Moon.

 

Guests will be treated to a visual feast with the Sailors appearing right before their very eyes and transforming. It’s the Sailor Moon experience all fans have dreamed of.

 

A selection of merchandise popular last year will also make a return. This will include the Universal Heart Contact pictured above which Sailor Moon uses to transform in the attraction.

 

Join the Sailors in their efforts to rescue Sailor Moon.

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  • Sailor Moon Area to Arrive at Miniature Theme Park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO in June

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    The world’s biggest miniature theme park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO has announced that the highly-anticipated Sailor Moon area will open on June 5, 2020.

     

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    On the opposite side of Azabu-Juban district you can see Crystal Tokyo, a future capital city in the 30th Century which also appears in the original series.

     

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  • Sailor Moon Nail Oil Set Released to Promote the Upcoming ‘Sailor Moon Eternal’ Movie

    28.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Bandai has developed a new Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon “Fragrance Nail Oil Set” on its online store Premium Bandai as part of its cosmetics brand Miracle Romance. Released on March 26, the set is inspired by the upcoming animated film Sailor Moon Eternal which will be released in September this year.

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    Both nail oils are made in the image of Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi Moon who will appear in the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal movie.

    The Super Sailor Moon nail oil has an “Eternal Lemon” fragrance which is locked away inside its gorgeous bottle featuring yellow and blue coloured nail oilーthe same colours as the character’s skirt.

    Super Sailor Chibi Moon’s skirt is yellow and pink, as represented by the colour nail oil for this bottle. It has a cute and sweet-smelling fragrance, and contains three ingredients that are great for the skin: jojoba oil, rose hip, and grapeseed oil. The oil can be used on the skin, where it’s not sticky and is soaked up easily, as well as the nails and cuticles to moisturise them, leaving them nice and smooth.

    The bottles are crafted with the finest details that showcase motifs of their respective characters. They are chic and made from glass which allow for the oils’ colours to glisten through. They are also both branded with the sentence “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal.”

     

    These aren’t just made to look cuteーthey are expertly-made cosmetics for those who want to be a Pretty Guardian too.

     

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  • Sailor Moon Body Soap Releasing in Collaboration With LUX

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    LUX is collaborating with Sailor Moon to release its popular body soap series with Sailor Moon packaging, which will roll out across Japan for a limited time from March 2, 2020.

     

    LUX is a total beauty brand managed by Universal Japan Customer Marketing.

    LUX’s message with this collaboration is for girls to “Shine With No Limits.” Like the Sailors, they want the beauty of girls to shine on both the inside and outside.

     
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  • Mario Question Blocks Appear in New York to Win a Trip to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD

    22.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is set to open at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in 2020ーthe year of the Tokyo Olympicsーas the world’s first theme park area centred on the world, games and video game characters from Nintendo. A whopping 60 billion yen has been injected to make the park a reality.

     

    In promotion of the park, the “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE” was held in New York, US on February 19.

    Fans dashed to Grand Central Terminalーa tourist hot spotーwhere the event was held to play a game involving the iconic Question Blocks from the Mario video game franchise. The set-up, which brought to mind a Bonus Stage from the game, had people hitting the question blocks just like Marioーsomething which we all must have imagined doing before.

    1,000 people participated in the event which they signed up to prior. It was a day of fun for not only players but onlookers too. Grand prize winners won trips to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, which is set to open before the Tokyo Olympic Games start, while all other participants got their hands on some exclusive SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merch early.

     

    One participant said: “I love everything about Mario, so I knew I’d definitely be taking part today! I’ve loved Mario since I was a kid, I even had a plush toy of him. Mario really is exciting. I’ve always wanted to be Mario, so I’m really happy with how today turned out. I want to go to SUPER NINTENDO WORLD with my best friend and try out all the attractions. I’m sure it’s gonna be a lot of fun!” (Male, 20 / Staten Island, New York) *Translated from Japanese

    One of the grand prize winners said: “I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo’s games since I was 3-years-old. I was lucky to get to take part in the SUPER NINTENDO WORLD CHALLENGE today, but to go and win the grand prize is an amazing feeling! I’ll be going to Japan with my girlfriend who I love so much! I’m always paying attention to news about SUPER NINTENDO WORLD. The Mario Kart attraction will definitely be a ride, I’m looking forward to it so much I just can’t wait! I always thought it would be great if they made a Mario theme park, so the fact they’re doing it in both Japan and even the US is amazing!” (Male, 20 / The Bronx, US) *Translated from Japanese

    The Question Blocks also made an appearance in Times Square. The event was covered on the morning news in the US with fans visible at the event, Rockefeller Plaza, and elsewhere.

     

    If you’re a Mario and Nintendo fan planning a trip to Japan then be sure you get to experience SUPER NINTENDO WORLD when it opens this year.

  • Sailor Moon Ice Show ‘Prism On Ice’ to Feature World Class International Figure Skaters

    16.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A press conference was held detailing information about the upcoming Sailor Moon: Prism On Ice ice skating show, for which it had already been unveiled that Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva would play the role of the titular character, Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino.

    At the press conference, Medvedeva expressed her love for the Sailor Moon anime series, calling it her favourite and being thankful to not only be a part of it, but also to be playing the main character. She said she will work hard with lots of practice in the run up to the ice show for her role.

    The official logo for the Prism On Ice show was also revealed, as well as the rest of the figure skating cast which includes Satoko Miyahara as Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno, Mirai Nagasu as Sailor Mars/Rei Hino, Alissa Czisny as Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino, Becky Bereswill as Sailor Venus/Minako Aino, Andrew Poje as Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba, Jason Brown as Kunzite, Takahito Mura as Jadeite, Dylan Moscovitch as Nephrite, and Seiya Hashimoto as Zoisite.

     

    Japanese singer and actress ANZA will also make a special appearance as Queen Serenity.

    Providing the voice acting will be the cast from the voice cast from the upcoming two-part anime film Sailor Moon: Eternal, which includes Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino, Hisako Kanemoto as Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno, Rina Sato as Sailor Mars/Rei Hino, Ami Koshimizu as Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino, and Shizuka Ito as Sailor Venus/Minako Aino.

     

    ©Naoko Takeuchi

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