The staff of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime announced on Tuesday that idol and singer Shoko Nakagawa will voice the role of Diana in the series beginning in episode 20, which will premiere on April 18.
As a fan of Sailor Moon herself, Nakagawa commented on the role, saying, “I actually personally own a cat named Luna, and I’m very happy to be playing the role of Diana, the extremely cute daughter of Luna.”
Nakagawa also performed a cover of the Sailor Moon song “Heart Moving” for the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon The 20th Anniversary Memorial Tribute album.
In addition, the staff announced that the television broadcast of the anime’s Dark Moon arc has been scheduled to begin airing in July. The broadcast of the Dark Kingdom arc will premiere on April 1. The 19th episode, titled “Time Warp -SAILOR PLUTO-,” will premiere on Saturday on Niconico
Pre-orders for part one of the first season’s Blu-ray and DVD release will open soon with release scheduled for November 11. The Blu-ray box set will include three Blu-rays, a chipboard box with space for part two, and a collectible 88-page booklet filled with art, character profiles, episode guides. Video extras include an interactive art gallery, dub recording behind the scenes, announcement panel and fan reactions, hype trailer, clean opening and ending, and trailers.
The staff had about 100 possible titles for the new anime, but original creator Naoko Takeuchi liked Crystal. The staff will make a new world feeling with the current technology. The new anime will run on the first and third Saturdays every month, beginning July 5 at 7:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m. ET). (The first Sailor Moon anime also aired on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.)
Kotono Mitsuishi as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon Kotono’s feelings on returning to the role she started 22 years ago: “I want to hurry up and meet moving Usagi again.” She thinks that there are some people who are worried about the new cast. This is because the fans loved the work, and they loved the characters. She added that she is the same way. She said that she will not put a lid on her feelings about the earlier anime and throw them away, but she will take them with her into the new work. She asks fans to cheer the staff on, and “miracle romance” with her.