On July 6, 2012, Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha and idol group Momoiro Clover Z announced that a new anime adaptation was in production and scheduled to premiere in Summer 2013 for a simultaneous worldwide release as part of the series’ 20th anniversary celebrations, with Momoiro Clover Z performing both the opening and ending theme music However in April 2013, the new anime had been delayed.
On August 4, it was confirmed that the new anime will be streamed in the winter. On January 9, 2014, it was announced that the new anime will premiere in July. On March 13, 2014, the official website for the new anime was updated to reveal a countdown (beginning on March 14), regarding a special announcement that will be revealed on March 21, 2014. That same day, an image displaying the key visual art, synopsis and staff for the new anime was announced on Toei’s website, revealing the name for the anime, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーンCrystal Bishōjo Senshi Sērāmūn Kurisutaru). The series is animated by Toei Animation and directed by Munehisa Sakai. At the 20th Anniversary Project Special Stage on April 27, 2014, the cast and premiere date was announced; the anime will premiere on July 5, 2014, with episodes premiering on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
While Kotono Mitsuishi reprises her role as the main protagonist Sailor Moon from the previous series, a new cast of voice actresses was chosen for the four Sailor Guardians. Sailor Mercury’s voice actress is Hisako Kanemoto, Sailor Mars is voiced by Rina Satō, Sailor Jupiter by Ami Koshimizu, and Sailor Venus is voiced by Shizuka Itō. It was revealed on April 30 that the series will run for 26 episodes, streaming via Niconico, on the first and third Saturday of each month for a whole year from July 5 onwards. Crunchyroll will also stream the series on their website on July 5, 2014, at 6:00 am ET (10:00 UTC). The first trailer for the new anime was published on YouTube on June 5, along with an announcement of the voice talent slated to play Tuxedo Mask and Luna (Kenji Nojima and Ryo Hirohashi respectively.) On May 16, 2014, to coincide with the licensing of the previous anime series, Viz licensed the Sailor Moon Crystal anime for simulcast streaming in North America.