The Sailor Moon themed event USAGI BIRTHDAY SPECIAL PARTY 2019 was held at Laforet Museum Harajuku on June 30. This event has become an annual celebration in recent years to honour the birthday of Usagi Tsukino, the main character of the series. The venue was packed by countless fans.
It began with a video of the opening for the Sailor Moon musical “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live after which its cast appeared on stage to open the event: Tomomi Kasai (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino), Momoko Kaechi (Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno), Kyoko Ninomiya (Sailor Mars/Rei Hino), Kanna Matsuzaki (Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino), and Yu Nakanishi (Sailor Venus/Minako Aino).
They were followed by Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino) and Misato Fukuen (Sailor Chibi Moon/Chibiusa), voice cast from the TV anime series Sailor Moon Crystal. The two of them did a rerun of a radio show previously presented by Mitsuishi for members of the official Sailor Moon fan club “Pretty Guardians” where they answered questions from fans.
Legendary Sailor Moon composerAkiko Kosaka was then invited on stage to answer questions from listeners. She performed La Soldier and Tuxedo Mirage from the franchise’s 400+ track discography.
The event didn’t end here however, things were just getting started as a string of announcements were about to commence. New information for the Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project was announced.
Firstly, it was revealed that the Sailor Moon manga series will be released digitally worldwide in 10 languages. It began rolling out on July 1.
It was also announced that the franchise will celebrate with Japanese jewellery company Samantha Thavasa this fall and that this year will see the return of the popular Sailor Moon Cafe from 2017 with the new theme “Girls Night Out” this October.
An event will also be held to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Akiko Kosaka titled “Sailor Moon x Akiko Kosaka 45h Anniversary Music History Supported by Pretty Guardians.” The line-up includes an appearance from ANZA, the first person to play Sailor Moon and Usagi in the Sailor Moon musicals back in the 90s. This two-day event will be held at Harajuku Quest Hall on November 9 and 10 with the first day focusing on piano performances and a talk and the second with a full backing band.
The first ever Sailor Moon themed ice skating show is also set for June 2020 with a performance by Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva who made headlines for appearing as Usagi and Sailor Moon for Dreams on Ice at Nagaoka City Hall in July 2016 and again for the 2017 ISU World Team Trophy at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.
Medvedeva released the following video where she commented on the forthcoming performance.
Pre-sale tickets for the ice skating show and Akiko Kosaka’s 45th anniversary event are now on sale over at the official Pretty Guardians fan club for 2019 members only.
Finally, a new two-part film titled Sailor Moon Eternal. Kazuko Tadano, who was the original character designer 90’s series, is returning to work on the character design for the films. Check out the teaser below.
The films are set to be released sometime next year and will be overseen by Naoko Takeuchi.
At the end of the event, everybody sang Moonlight Densetsu together, drawing the info-packed event to a close.
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP/”Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live Production Committee
©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP/ Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie Production Committee
Sailor Moon x Akiko Kosaka 45h Anniversary Music History Supported by Pretty Guardians
Date: November 9 – November 10, 2019
Location: Harajuku Quest Hall
Day One Line-Up
Akiko Kosaka/ANZA・Hisano Akamine・Misako Iwana・Emi Kuriyama・Meiko Miyazawa・Sanae Kimura/Hikari Ono・Sakoto Yoshioka・Yūta Mochizuki
Day Two Line-Up
Akiko Kosaka/ANZA・Hisano Akamine・Misako Iwana・Emi Kuriyama・Meiko Miyazawa・Yūko Hosaka・Sanae Kimura・Yuhka Asami・Mao Mita・Tamaki Shirai/Yūta Mochizuki・Ryuji Kasahara・Momoko Okuyama/Hikari Ono
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