Earlier today, members of the official Sailor Moon fan club flocked to a birthday event for series lead Usagi Tsukino. During the event, it was announced that the upcoming Sailor Moon films will hit theaters in 2020 under the title Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal. The first visual and trailer were revealed for the movies, the details of which we break down below.
The 30-second promo presents visuals of the Inner Guardians (plus Sailor Chibi Moon), set to an instrumental version of Moonlight Densetsu. The teaser ends with the films’ logo, as well as a 2020 confirmation.
The image features Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon posing against a red and yellow background, as a starburst of light erupts from the bottom-center of the still.
Sailor Moon Eternal will adapt the manga’s “Dead Moon” arc.
Chiaki Kon (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III, When They Cry – Higurashi) will take the director’s chair for the project, while Kazuko Tadano (Sailor Moon, Hunter × Hunter) provides character designs. The main voice cast will reprise their roles from Sailor Moon Crystal.
The third season of Sailor Moon Crystal, which adapts the Death Busters arc, aired in the Spring 2016 broadcast season. Chiaki Kon (Junjo Romantica) replaced Munehisa Sakai, who helmed the first two seasons, as director at Toei Animation. Akira Takahashi (Smile PreCure) took over for Yukie Sakou as character designer on the project, as writer Yuji Kobayashi returned to take charge of series composition.
Viz Media currently holds the domestic rights to Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal. The series is currently available for streaming on several platforms, including Crunchyroll and Hulu.