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Sailor Moon's 30th Anniversary Celebration Will be Live Streamed

A special Sailor Moon anniversary event will be live streamed through YouTube.

As announced by Japanese entertainment site Mantan Web, a special celebration event about the beloved classic anime series will be streamed on YouTube on April 28. The live stream will mark the 30th anniversary of the original 1992 Sailor Moon anime's premiere. The stream will feature appearances from cast members spanning across the series' entire history, including Kotono Mitsuishi, the original voice of Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon and Shizuka Ito, who voiced Minako Aino/Sailor Venus in the 2014 reboot series Sailor Moon Crystal. Japanese TV personality Shoko Nakagawa and musician Hyadain will also be part of the event.

Sailor Moon began as a manga from author Naoko Takeuchi, which was first published in 1991. Takeuchi's original manga has been adapted to animation twice, with the original show being produced by Toei Animation and directed by Junichi Sato (Princess Tutu). While the anime features some notable departures from its source material, the series was one of the first shojo shows to be localized and broadcast outside of Japan. Both the original manga and the 1992 adaptation are celebrated as some of the most influential works in the shojo and magical girl genres, and the franchise maintains a dedicated fanbase to this day.

In addition to the live stream, the series will also celebrate its big anniversary with a number of merchandising collaborations, the most notable of which is new crossover with Sanrio. The collaboration sees the Sailor Scouts pairing off with the company's most popular mascots and will release apparel featuring characters from both franchises throughout the year.

The second adaptation of Takeuchi's manga, entitled Sailor Moon Crystal, premiered in 2014. The rebooted anime was promoted as a more faithful rendition of the source material. The Crystal series has continued with the two Sailor Moon Eterna lmovies, which premiered in Japan in early 2021 were released internationally as a streaming exclusive on Netflix.

Both the original 1991 series and Sailor Moon Crystal are available for streaming on Hulu. The manga is available in English from publisher Kodansha Comics.

Source: Mantan Web via Crunchyroll

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