The first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal has been viewed by over 1 million people on Niconico since its release on July 5th. The Japanese only stream itself has received over 140,000 views with all streams having a combined total of 250,000 comments.
Sailor Moon is an internationally popular anime franchise. The series first started off as a Shoujo manga in early 1992, created by Naoko Takeuchi. The manga was published in Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine, where it ran until 1997. Toei Animation produced an anime adaptation of the manga months after the manga was first introduced, running alongside the manga where it also ended in 1997. The series was split up into yearly seasons, with each new season having a different name. Since then, three films, a live stage production, live action TV series and a slew of video games were released.
A MAL synopsis of Sailor Moon Crystal:
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….
Sailor Moon Crystal is streaming on Niconico to 12 countries. It will be a 26 episode series and will air twice a month. The second episode of Sailor Moon Crystal will air on July 19. The series is also streaming on Crunchyroll.