Momoiro Clover Z to provide new Sailor Moon theme song
Momoiro Clover Z will sing the theme song for new anime of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon currently being produced for release in the summer of 2013.
This was revealed by the band members at the JAPAN EXPO 2012 held in the outskirts of Paris. On July 6, Japan time, the 5 members of Momoiro Clover Z appeared on stage after 8 p.m. in costumes based on the characters in Sailor Moon. They performed Moonlight Densetsu, theme song of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon aired in the 1990s, with the original dance.
After performing the song, the members introduced the various events celebrating the 20 years of Sailor Moon, including the release of a collector's edition. And as band member Shiori Tamai announced that a new Sailor Moon anime would be produced next year, the audience applauded with excitement. In addition to that, when band leader Kanako Momota announced that Momoiro Clover Z would be singing the theme song for the new anime, the venue was then filled with great cheers. Momota said with enthusiasm, "We'll work hard so that our voices can reach everyone in the world!"
The event was held also in conjunction with a talk show held at nicofarre in Tokyo to commemorate 20 years of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and was also distributed live on Nico Nico Douga. Voice actors of the previous anime Kotono Mituishi (for the role of Usagi Tsukino) and Toru Furutani (for the role of Mamoru Chiba & Tuxedo Mask), as well as Fumio Osano of Kodansha were at the talk show. Being connected live, when Mitsuishi in Japan asked how the band felt about singing Moonlight Densetsu, Ayaka Sasaki expressed her feelings by saying "This song was sung to me by my mother as a lullaby, so I am very happy to be able to sing it on stage and in France, even."
Momota made a request to show a trademark pose to the voice of Mitsuishi, who then said "Tsuki ni kawatte oshioki yo!" live and Momota showed a perfect Sailor Moon pose. After that, when asked by Furutani how it was writing the theme song for the new anime, Tamai replied excitedly that, "When I went to the dressing room there was this cute costume and wig, and I was surprised that I could wear the costume. Plus, I heard that we would be singing the theme song today in France, so it was a double surprise." In addition, Sasaki said with joy, "I was happy to play the part, as this was the anime that I loved, so much so I thought about growing my hair as long as that of Usagi."
On the day of the performance Momoiro Clover Z also used the Sailor Moon style to give their self introductions, with Momota as Sailor Moon, Sasaki as Sailor Mars, Tamai as Sailor Venus, Momoka Ariyasu as Sailor Jupiter, and Reni Takagi as Sailor Mercury. Takagi and Momota used the well-known phrases spoken by the characters to introduce themselves, with Takagi saying "Splash some water on yourself and repent! I am Sailor Mercury and I am 19 years old," while Momota said "On behalf of the Moon I will right wrongs! I am Sailor Moon and I am a 17-year-old, third-year high school student."
After this the 5 members of Momoiro Clover Z sang two songs, Otome Senso and Konouta. The band continued to mesmerize local fans on the stage of the 2-day JAPAN EXPO 2012.