LGBT Characters Likely in ‘Sailor Moon’ Reboot


Sailor Moon is coming back to anime in a reboot said to be a more faithful adaptation of Naoko Takeuchi’s original manga that likely will retain several LGBT characters.

Producer Atsutoshi Umezawa explained in a press release that the new show will be quite different from the original anime.

“This second anime adaptation of Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon is not remaking the previous anime, but adapting the original manga and starting from scratch again.”

Directing the new Sailor Moon series is Munehisa Sakai (One Piece, One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure!), with Yūji Kobayashi (Saint Seiya Omega, Smile Precure!) as series script supervisor.

According to a report on the official website for the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Project, the new anime will premiere this July in Japan and will stream worldwide via the Niconico service.

The series was first announced in 2012 with a summer 2013 premiere date, but was delayed.

Sailor Moon began as a manga by Takeuchi in 1992 and rapidly spread into anime, live-action TV and other projects worldwide. The original anime, which Toei produced from 1992-1997, first aired in North American via syndication in the mid-1990s.

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  • Alex Hawkey

    Where is the source that says LGBT characters will be ‘likely’? Or is this just speculation?

    • akiko_sakuraba

      It’s complete speculation.

  • Guest

    This article has so many incorrect portions I can’t start…
    The director didn’t TELL Anime News Network… ANN translated his quote from the official press release.
    article doesn’t mention how Zoisite and Kunzite were NOT faithful to
    the source material, just how America didn’t get them in the original
    anime. In fact, in the original manga, they were straight, with Kunzite
    and Venus being in love, and the same with Zoisite and Mercury. This was
    reflected in not only the original manga, but in the new musical
    supervised by Takeuchi.
    I’m not against LBGT, I’m totally for it…
    But I AM against inaccuracy. Please don’t mislead people.

  • akiko_sakuraba

    …This has nothing to do with the news that Anime News Network wrote. It’s complete speculation. In fact, the original anime had warped Takeuchi’s image of Kunzite and Zoisite, who were STRAIGHT in the original manga.