Following the defeat of the Dark Kingdom in the '90s Sailor Moon anime, the immense power of the Legendary Silver Crystal consumed everything in the immediate area at D-Point. Princess Serenity, as well as the bodies of the fallen Sailor Guardians and Mamoru, were all gone. Luckily, Usagi's everlasting wish allowed them all to be revived. There was one catch, though: none of them had any memories of the war with the Dark Kingdom.
Everything seemed fine until an unidentified object crashed into Azabu-Jūban one night. People gathered around, but there was nothing to see. That's because whatever crashed had already moved on. Taking residence in a nearby condominium, two aliens named Ail and An set into motion their sinister plan.
Soon, the aliens, disguised as human siblings Seijūro and Natsumi Ginga, enrolled at Usagi, Ami, and Makoto's school. Under their noses, Ail and An then unleashed a cardian, a monster capable of sapping life energy from its victims. Then, the gathered energy would be fed to the alien tree, known as the Makaiju, that replenished Ail and An.
With a new threat on the horizon, Luna and Artemis had no choice but to awaken the Sailor Guardians. And, since Mamoru's memories were wiped, too, there was no chance of Tuxedo Mask coming to their aid. Yet, someone called the Moonlight Knight appeared from time to time. Who exactly is he?
Sailor Moon is having a big year in 2020, recently releasing a new trailer for its upcoming feature length film called Sailor Moon Eternal, and it looks like one of the voice actors for one of the biggest anime franchises to date in Demon Slayer is joining the cast of the Shojo property! Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is a voice actor in Japan who gives life to the pig headed character and demon slayer known as Inosuke and will be lending his talents to breath life into the Sailor Moon character known as Helios, who may be stranger than the hot headed swordsman.
Inosuke is a bizarre character not only in the franchise of Demon Slayer, but throughout the medium of anime. Appearing as a hot headed foil to Tanjiro, the protagonist of the series, the amazingly handsome character wears atop his head a "pig mask" that he wears almost 95 percent of the time during his appearances.
Though a second season of Demon Slayer has yet to be confirmed, Inosuke will be returning in the upcoming feature length film, Demon Slayer: Infinity Train! It will certainly be interesting to see how Inosuke's voice actor, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, is incorporated into the popular franchise that is Sailor Moon!
Twitter User Air_News01 shared the news that Yoshitsugo Matsuoka would be portraying the character of Helios in the upcoming feature length film of Sailor Moon Eternal, a character that has the ability to transform from a human form into that of a Pegasus with a horn atop his head in both transformations:
Sailor Moon Eternal is scheduled to be released this fall on September 11th, though with the coronavirus pandemic, this could potentially change as a result. Aside from Yoshitsugo, the actors bringing these characters to life will be the returning voice cast from Sailor Moon Crystal! These actors include Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon, Hisako Kanemoto as Sailor Mercury, Rina Satou as Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu as Sailor Jupiter, Shizuka Itou as Sailor Venus, and Misato Fukuen as Sailor Chibi Moon. Needless to say, this is definitely looking to be a big project for those fans following the Shojo property!
Sailor Moon Crystal wrapped up its third season back in 2016, and fans have been waiting for quite a while to see the final arc rebooted in very much the same way. But surprisingly, rather than come back for a full season, Sailor Moon Crystal will be debuting a two film spiritual successor taking place of the fourth season dubbed Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The MOVIE. This two film project will be a dual production between Toei Animation and Studio DEEN, and will be adapting the Dead Moon arc of Naoko Takeuchi's original manga series.
The first Sailor Moon Eternal film is currently scheduled to debut September 11th in Japan (granted if everything works out by the Fall), and Toei Animation recently launched a brand new teaser trailer for the film featuring a mysterious pegasus that fans of the older series might recognize. Not only that, but Toei Animation also showed off a gorgeous new poster.
The release window for the second film in the Sailor Moon Eternal project has yet to be revealed, but original creator Naoko Takeuchi has been credited with supervising this new set of films. Chiaki Kon returns from Sailor Moon Crystal's third season to direct the new films, Kazuko Tadano, character designer for the original Sailor Moon anime, servez as character designer, and Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) is writing the scripts.
The returning voice cast from Sailor Moon Crystal of Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon, Hisako Kanemoto as Sailor Mercury, Rina Satou as Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu as Sailor Jupiter, Shizuka Itou as Sailor Venus, and Misato Fukuen as Sailor Chibi Moon are all confirmed to return. The major new addition revealed in this teaser trailer is Pegasus, and he'll be voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (who you might have heard as Food Wars' Soma).
Following last year’s announcement, the first trailer of the two-part animated movie Sailor Moon Eternal has finally released. The video kicks off with the iconic opening theme song “Moonlight Densetsu” (“Moonlight Legend”), along with the text: “The famous anime which captivated the world returns to the screen after 25 years with a new dream.”
According to SoraNews24, the film will be “covering the narrative space occupied by the Sailor Moon SuperS episodes of the ’90s anime, which means the arrival of Helios/Pegasus (played by Yoshitsugu Masaoka).” Kotono Mitsuishi, the original voice actress, will reprise her role as Sailor Moon, while the rest of the characters have been recast. Additionally, Kazuko Tadano’s latest designs pay homage to the original manga source material in which the “character artwork features longer limbs and twiggier physiques.”
The first part of Sailor Moon Eternal will hit Japan theaters on September 11. In the meantime, catch up on the anime series by watching the episodes for free on YouTube.