Sailor Moon will be suiting up for the first time in 16 years, publisher Kodansha Ltd. has announced.
The popular heroine will return for a new installment of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon anime series, slated to debut in Japan in summer 2013. The news came at a special event held July 6 at the Nicofarre music hall, in Tokyo's Roppongi district, to mark the 20th anniversary of the internationally known series.
It was also announced that all-female idol group Momoiro Clover Z will sing the theme song for the new series. The five-member group joined the event through a live Internet stream, as they were in France attending Japan Expo.
Dressed as the show's Sailor Scouts, Momoiro Clover Z said they were surprised and excited when they learned they had been chosen to sing the theme song. The girls then sang the main theme song from the original anime series.
Kotono Mitsuishi, who voiced the heroine, Usagi Tsukino, and Toru Furuya, who gave voice to love interest Mamoru Chiba, were also present at the event, and talked about their experiences working on the original anime series.
Details of the upcoming show remain under wraps, however, and Fumio Osano, an editor for the original manga series, declined to give any details about the project.
The new show is the highlight of the 20th anniversary celebrations, which include a collector's DVD edition of the original series, special editions of the manga and other new merchandise.
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