In 2012, Sailor Moon celebrated the 20th anniversary of the manga that started the phenomena. As part of the 20th anniversary Sailor Moon project, a new anime was announced to be aired worldwide Summer 2013. Fast forward to 2014 and the anime hasn't aired yet. That should change this Summer as a date for the new anime has been set.
As promised, the new anime, titled Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal), will be airing worldwide via the Niconico video streaming service the first and third Saturdays of each month starting July 5 at 6:00am EST. If that's a bit difficult for you to catch though, Viz Media has announced that they have licensed the series in the USA so there will be other ways to catch it. Viz said that more details about its release will be available at a later date.
Sailor Moon Crystal will not be a remake of the original Sailor Moon anime, rather a new 26-episode story based off the manga. The official Sailor Moon Crystal website, describes the series:
"Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.
Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….
Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?"
Sailor Moon Crystal English Logo
Sailor Moon Crystal Key Art
But that's not all! Not only will Sailor Moon fans get a new series, Viz announced that they have also licensed the previous anime series. This license includes the streaming, digital, and home video licenses for all the five television series, three feature films, and specials (including Sailor Moon Sailor Stars which never aired in the USA, but no live action series what?!). These will be presented in their original aspect ratio, with the original Japanese names and relationships. Viz will release the digital Japanese language version with subtitles this Summer, followed by and all-new English dub in the Fall of 2014. DVD and Blu-ray versions will be available in half-season sets Fall 2014.
Preview of the new original series Sailor Moon dub:
Viz will also be celebrating "Sailor Moon Day" July 5, 2014 at Anime Expo (the same day Sailor Moon Crystal debuts) with announcements, panels, and a cosplay gathering.