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Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 release date: Fourth story arc is Sailor Moon Eternal, movie release date confirmed for 2021

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Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 will be the final story arc that’s a direct sequel to the Sailor Moon Eternal movie series. Pic credit: Toei Animation

Anime fans waiting for the Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 release date should instead be excited about the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal movie series.

It turns out the new films will be a direct sequel to the third season of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime series!

The Sailor Moon Eternal release date has been officially confirmed by Toei Animation. Originally scheduled for late summer 2020 but delayed by COVID-19, the release in Japanese theaters is now set for January 8, 2021.

The full title for the film is Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie (Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Eternal). The movie will be 80 minutes long.

The Sailor Moon Eternal movie is also going to be a 2-part story! “Sailor Moon Eternal 2” has not yet received an official title, but the Sailor Moon Eternal 2 release date is scheduled for February 11, 2021.

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The Sailor Moon Eternal movie poster that was released in late November 2020. Pic credit: Toei Animation

The production of Sailor Moon Eternal was affected by the worldwide SARS-COV-2 pandemic. In April 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a national state of emergency. Many anime studios’ schedules suffered from cascading effects due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the mitigation efforts by all nations.

Many studios outsource parts of the production process to contractors located in China and South Korea. Sometimes compositing is outsourced entirely, and these companies handle multiple projects at the same time.

Due to the interlinked nature of the production process, the progress rate for many studios has decreased dramatically to the point that rescheduling is necessary. The Promised Neverland Season 2, Food Wars! Season 5Re:ZERO Season 2Sword Art Online: Alicization Final Season, and No Guns Life Part 2 were all pushed back to later dates.

Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie will be the fourth film in the entire anime series and the first new Sailor Moon movie in theaters since 1995. The new Sailor Moon movie will use the art style established during Sailor Moon Crystal, which has been airing on Japanese TV since 2014.

In the past, VIZ Media handled the Sailor Moon Crystal English dub release in North America. Details about a potential Sailor Moon Eternal dub have not yet been released.

For the film projects, Toei Animation is collaborating with animation Studio DEEN, which is best known for producing the KonoSuba anime series. Director Chiaki Kon, who directed the third season of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime series, will be returning to direct both Sailor Moon Eternal movies.

The voice cast from the Sailor Moon Crystal series will also be returning. The cast includes Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon, Hisako Kanemoto as Sailor Mercury, Rina Satou as Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu as Sailor Jupiter, Shizuka Itou as Sailor Venus, and Misato Fukuen as Sailor Chibi Moon.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Movie Teaser September 2020

A newer movie clip for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal features Zirconia and Queen Nehellenia. Fans who guess the voice actress can post their answer to the official Twitter account for a chance to win movie posters.

Posted by Monsters & Critics Anime on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The primary staff will include character designer Kazuko Tadano. Writer Kazuyuki Fudeyasu will create the scripts. Manga creator Naoko Takeuchi will be acting in a supervisory role for the project.

The voice cast from the Sailor Moon Crystal series will also be returning:

  • Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon
  • Hisako Kanemoto as Sailor Mercury
  • Rina Satou as Sailor Mars
  • Ami Koshimizu as Sailor Jupiter
  • Shizuka Itou as Sailor Venus
  • Misato Fukuen as Sailor Chibi Moon

Presumably, the same cast and staff will return for the eventual Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4. More details concerning the fourth season will be added over time.

Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal Movie Anime Key Visual
A key visual for Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie. Pic credit: Toei Animation/Studio DEEN
  • Updated November 30, 2020: Added Sailor Moon Eternal poster.
  • Updated October 16, 2020: Added new Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal trailer.
  • Updated September 8, 2020: Added updated Sailor Moon Eternal release date and info on Sailor Moon Eternal 2.
  • Updated April 23, 2020: Added Sailor Moon Eternal movie key visual and pandemic info.

This article provides everything that is known about the Sailor Moon Eternal movie series, Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4, and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.

Story of the ‘real’ Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 to finish the manga’s fifth story arc?

The original Sailor Moon manga series by creator Naoko Takeuchi ran from 1991 through 1997. The 60 chapters were collected into 18 tankobon volumes. Kodansha Comics has been releasing the official English translation in North America.

The conception for Sailor Moon was only one story arc featuring the Dark Kingdom. The anime version’s episodes were aired only months after the corresponding manga chapters arrived in Japan.

Despite the series being closely linked and controlled, there were some significant differences between the original anime and the manga. Takeuchi desired to kill off the main characters but wasn’t allowed to since it was a shojo manga series intended for the teenage girl demographic. While Takeuchi wasn’t allowed to enact her vision, the anime version had the Sailor Soldiers dying in the fight against Queen Metaria only to be resurrected by Usagi using the Silver Crystal.

Due to the great success of the first story arc, Toei asked Takeuchi to create a sequel. And each of the additional story arcs was adapted into anime back in the ’90s.

The Sailor Moon Crystal anime is intended to be a reboot of the entire series that follows the manga’s story more closely. The original plot was divided up into five major story arcs and their corresponding villains. Since the Sailor Moon Eternal movies cover the story events of the fourth manga story arc, the real fourth season will take the place of Sailor Moon Crystal Season 5.

The third season of the Sailor Moon Crystal anime adapted the Death Busters arc, based on the Infinity arc of the manga series. The two-part movie series takes the place of Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 by covering the story events of the Dead Moon arc of the manga.

Warning: The following contains spoilers as part of a plot summary/synopsis for Sailor Moon Eternal and the future Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4.

The story of Sailor Moon Eternal will focus on High Priest Helios attempting to save his kingdom of Elysion. Facing off against the Sailor Guardians is the Dead Moon Circus, which is led by Zirconia in the absence of the dark Queen Nehelenia, trapped in a mirror at the time.

To take over the Earth, Zirconia is searching for the legendary Golden Crystal that will allow her to free the dark Queen Nehelenia from her imprisonment. To fight back against this threat, the Sailor Sailors figure out how to transform Usagi into Eternal Sailor Moon, which is where the movie series receives its title.

That means the “real” Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 could potentially finish off the manga’s fifth and final story arc, the Sailor Stars arc. It tells the tale of Sailor Guardians known as the Sailor Starlights, who are looking for the missing princess of their home planet Kinmoku.

The Sailor Guardians will be battling against Shadow Galactica and its leader Sailor Galaxia, the most powerful Sailor Guardian in the galaxy. Galaxia has ruined worlds, literally busting planets in her obsession to obtain the strongest Sailor Crystal.

Under Galaxia’s orders, her followers have killed the Sailor Guardians of their home planets and used their crystals to become the Sailor Animamates. Galaxia desires to take over the galaxy and destroy an evil lifeform called Chaos.

Sailor Moon Eternal Movie Poster
A Sailor Moon Eternal movie poster was released along with the early teaser trailer. Pic credit: Toei Animation

Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 release date

As of the last update, Toei Animation, or any company related to the production of the anime, has not officially confirmed the Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 release date. Nor has the production of a sequel been announced other than the Sailor Moon Eternal movie.

Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 premiere date will occur in the future.

It’s been a long wait for Toei Animation to continue the story. Since Sailor Moon Eternal 2 will release in February 2021, Sailor Moon Crystal Season 4 should come out in 2022 at the absolute earliest, although there could be another multi-year wait.

Let’s hope Toei Animation finishes the entire story. Stay tuned!

Patrick Frye is Monsters and Critics' Anime Editor. He considers himself a "woke-taku" and he enjoys covering all the latest news related to Japanese entertainment.... read more


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