During a live stream celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sailor Moon manga and anime series, series creator Naoko Takeuchi and publisher Kodansha revealed that a new animated adaptation of the franchise is in the works. The series is set to launch internationally in the Summer of 2013. It was also announced that the pop group Momoiro Clover Z will be performing the series theme song in place of DALI, the performers of the original theme song. No other details were given. Japanese voice actors Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon) and Toru Furuya (Tuxedo Mask) were present at the event, but it was not specified if they would be reprising their roles. While an American release wasn't specifically mentioned, Kodansha editor Fumio Osano mentioned that they intended to launch the series worldwide simultaneously. It wasn't specified if this new series will be a remake, sequel, or spinoff, or how many episodes it is planned to have, however, it was confirmed that the animated project is not a film.
The Sailor Moon comic (or "manga") series premiered in Japan in March 1992, and the animated adaptation premiered the same year. The anime premiered in North America in 1995, and the manga was originally released in 1997, but is currently undergoing a re-release featuring lightly revised artwork. The franchise is often considered a gateway into anime for many fans, and has remained a classic worldwide. Voice actors Terri Hawkes (Sailor Moon), Katie Griffin (Sailor Mars), Susan Roman (Sailor Jupiter), Stephanie Beard (Sailor Mini-Moon), Vince Corazza (Tuxedo Mask), and Ron Rubin (Artemis) have also been appearing at anime conventions across North America celebrating the series' 20th Anniversary.