Posts Tagged ‘Sailor Moon’


The Speakeasy #073: One Piece, Star Wars, When Marnie Was There, The Oscars

January 25, 2016

Ongoing Investigations: Star Wars the Force Awakens from Disney, Aquarion Logos from Satelight, One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, The Magicians from SyFy.

Food for Thought: Who is your favorite One Piece Villain?

Topics: When Marnie Was There and the Oscars, Lots of Anime on the Big Screen, Otakon Teams Up with Omakase, Sailor Moon Pop-up Cafe in NYC, Netflix Adds Detective Conan.


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

The Han Solo

  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur
  • 3 oz Irish Cream
  • 2.25 oz vodka

Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.



Some of Our Favorite Anime and Manga About Anime and Manga

March 9, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 I love animation and comics. Period. The artforms that is. And the more I learn about the process, the more appreciation I have for them. I feel like there isn’t a year that goes by where I don’t see something so incredible that it makes me revere the mediums all over again.

There is a lot to learn and having better access to Japanese news and culture has given us lots of insight: from the first time I learned about the assistants a manga-ka has to crowdfunding for animator dorms (!). But non-fiction accounts aren’t the only way to learn about an industry. In fact, creating a fictional world set within the very real parameters of manga creation or animation studios may illuminate the true struggles and triumphs even more.

hisui_icon_4040 If you are an animation fan for any amount of time there is a tendency to wonder what is the precise magic that transforms still pictures into moving images. (It is not actually sorcery that creates animation unless that animation is stop motion.) Some people are interested for academic reasons, others as it is a potential career path, while most just want a deeper understanding of their hobby. But like any attempt to see how the sausage is made it can be anything from an eye-opening moment of wonder to harsh bucket of cold water depending on how the lesson is presented.

Anime and manga have done several stories that look at how they are made with various degrees of love. In some titles it is the heart and soul of the premise and others it merely a set piece for comedy or romance. Those anime and manga range in its opinion of itself as everything from seeing the industry as havens of marvelous artistic self-expression to soul grinding commercial product factories with most portrayals being some sort of mix between those two extremes. No matter which of the two ends of the spectrum the title falls on they are usually an eye-opening insight into how the stories otaku love are created.

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The Speakeasy #059: 5 Lovely Senshi, Sailor Moon

November 24, 2014
Drink #059:  5 Lovely Senshi
Sailor Moon

We discuss the first arc of Sailor Moon which has been remastered and rereleased. We follow this up by talking about the original manga arc of the story and Sailor Moon Crystal.


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

5 Lovely Senshi

Sailor Moon’s Super Pink Vodka Tonic

First rim the glass with sugar. Add a shot of raspberry vodka (we used Smirnoff’s) and then pour in tonic water. Use only one drop of red food coloring and stir. Garnish with a lemon

Sailor Mars’ Fiery Red Rum Punch

For this we used V8 Fusion’s Strawberry and Banana for some real flavor (and vitamins!) Add a little more than a shot of Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Rum for that extra kick! Garnish with a straw and grapes.

Sailor Venus’ Vivacious Orange Mimosa

Rim the champagne flute with sugar. Pour in half a glass of champagne. Fill the rest with orange juice and a little bit of V8 Splash’s Mango Peach for a little more fruitiness and orange color!

Sailor Jupiter’s Electric Green Vodka Shot

Make lime green Jello as directed on packaging. Pour in vodka (Smirnoff’s again!). Separate into shot glasses. Allow to cool. Pretty self-explanatory!

Sailor Mercury’s Cool Blue Gin and Tonic

Add one shot of gin and fill the glass with tonic water. My favorite gin is Bluecoat American Dry Gin! It also comes in a neat dark blue bottle! (A plug for our local gin makers!) For that cool color in your drink, spritz in just a bit of blue Kool-aid! Garnish with a lemon slice.

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In the Name of the Moon, I will License Rescue You!

June 2, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Wouldn’t ya know the moment I go on a vacation, something spectacular happens in the anime community! As a rule, I stay off the internet while on these breaks but friends texted me for all this news about Sailor Moon.

We have been waiting a long time, too long really, for a Sailor Moon anime license rescue. But now here it is and it wasn’t just a rescue, it is a whole package of epic proportions.

hisui_icon_4040 After Rose of Versailles, Mazinger Z, and Galaxy Express 999 available in English it seemed clear that not every anime would ever be licensed but there were no anime that were clearly off the table (other than maybe Anpanman and Doraemon). No one expects to hear that Legend of the Galactic Heroes got licensed but if it were picked up tomorrow a large number of people who would be happy but not many that would be utterly flabbergasted. At this point it is more surprising what has still not picked up more than what is. While it is probably a matter of cost it is still a little surprising that in world were you can buy DVDs of  Uta no Prince-sama you can’t do the same with Free!.

The biggest headscratcher has always been the fact that no one had ever got the rights to re-release Sailor Moon. It was one of the tent pole series in creating modern English-speaking anime fandom especially when it came to female fans. It was on TV in an extremely visible manner. It is clearly a series that still has a good deal of nostalgic cache. So as it has been out of print for a while the price of the old DVD release of the original series and R from ADV has gotten increasingly expensive and the older Sailor Moon S and Super S from Geneon have become insanely valuable. Sailor Moon Sailor Stars was only ever available as fan-subs. So the conventional wisdom was that anyone would wanted to make boatloads of sales just needed to get their hands on this property and just let it print money. The fact that no one had the series spoke more to the fact that something had to be happening behind the scenes. I have heard a dozen different rumors and theories. The Japanese licensor did not want the crazier parts of Sailor Stars to ruin the reputation of the brand, Naoko Takeuchi had near impossible demands, the Japanese producers wanted to release it themselves as opposed to going through a middle man in the U.S., or just that it was insanely expensive. Whatever the reason that was holding it back that seems to been cleared away with the imminent debut of the new Sailor Moon Crystal.

VIZ not only has the rights to Sailor Moon Crystal but they also releasing all the original series uncut. That is sort of a big deal.

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