When it comes to celebrating their 20th anniversary, Sailor Moon girls don’t go out on the town, swigging from a cheap bottle of Brut, yelling “It’s my birf-daaaaay” to passers-by on the street.
This is a group of soldiers who choose to stay home instead, holding tea parties with their nearest and dearest, using only the finest Japanese tableware on the market, Noritake.
Now you can sip tea like a sailor warrior too, with this gorgeous new teacup and saucer set, which blends fine porcelain details with cute motifs from the hit series.
The set, available from Premium Bandai for 7,776 yen (US$64.82), is based around the theme of “kizuna”, or bonds, and highlights the special bond shared by the inner senshi; Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus.
This is only the second time Noritake has teamed up with the Sailor Moon franchise to offer a special product. Earlier this year, they offered a special set in honour of the love between Sailor Moon and her sweetheart, Tuxedo Mask.
For their second collaboration, the pink and blue rose, symbolising a union that goes all the way back to their previous lives as Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion, is moved from the outside of the teacup to the inside, and is surrounded by gerberas in the colours of four of the main senshi, as a nod to the girls who prop them up.
The saucer also features some beautiful details. In the centre, we have Sailor Moon’s palace, the Moon Castle, which is surrounded by five gerberas, motifs and ribbons of the inner senshi.
The teacup and saucer sets, on sale from 17 September, will be available for delivery in December. Get in now before they’re all sold out!
It’s easy to forget, but Sailor Moon and her fellow Sailor Senshi actually spend most of their day as students. When there aren’t any monsters around, the anime’s cast should ostensibly have notes to take, worksheets to fill out, and reports to write, and when it’s time to stop fighting and start studying, maybe they reach for one of these pens modeled after the magical equipment of Sailors Moon, Chibimoon, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
If you’re a devoted fan of more than one Sailor Senshi, you’ll be happy to know that these new pens from anime retailer Bandai are sold in bundle packs of three. Headlining the new lineup of writing instruments is the Moon Prism Ball Pen Set (“ball pen” being the term in Japan for a ballpoint pen), inspired by Sailor Moon and her precocious daughter Chibiusa.
From left to right, the pens take their designs from the Moon Stick, Sailor Moon’s original handheld object of power, Chibiusa/Sailor Chibimoon’s Pink Moon Stick, and the Spiral Heart Moon Rod which the series’ titular heroine upgraded to during its Sailor Moon S arc.
▼ Writing the letter “M” has never looked so anime-elegant!
The three black-ink 0.7-milimeter tip pens come in a clear-front package, so that you can proudly display your arsenal on the shelf next to your Blu-ray boxed sets of the series. Alternatively, you can flip the pens’ box around and appreciate the artwork that takes up the entire backside.
And if you prefer Senshi of the Outer variety, there’s also the Planet Power Ball Pen Set.
This time around, the Transformation Lip Rods of Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto have been themselves transformed into pens.
Both sets are identically priced at 3,456 yen (US$28), and can be ordered through the Premium Bandai online store (Moon Power set here, Planet Power here). Shipping is scheduled for January.
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