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Toei Shopping Sailor Moon, Dr. Slump at MIPTV

Could the Cannes-based event be the turning point for a Sailor Moon revival?


 Aw, it's like looking at a box full of kittens I want to take home.
 Aw, it's like looking at a box full of kittens I want to take home.
 Dr. Slump
 Dr. Slump
MIPTV Media Market is a trade show that takes place in Cannes as a forum for buying, selling, and otherwise marketing various forms of entertainment, primarily TV and movies. The 2010 event is due to start on April 12th, but ICv2 reports early-- sans source citation --that Toei is going to be offering up "200 refurbished episodes" of Sailor Moon at the event, as well as Akira Toriyama's 243-episode series Dr. Slump.

I was able to confirm the information at WorldScreen.com, which posted an interview with Toei's Chief Manager of the International Department, Kenji Ebato in late March. In it he declares his "top properties for MIPTV" to be Sailor Moon, Dr. Slump-Arale (I'm not sure if this means both Dr. Slump AND Dr. Slump & Arale, or just the latter), the One Piece Strong World movie, Marie & Gali, and Master Hamsters.

 Marie & Gali
 Marie & Gali
I don't know about any "Master Hamsters," but Marie & Gali is a kids' program about Marie Curie, discoverer of radioactivity, and Galileo, the "father of modern science." I was a little surprised-- it is, as far as I'm aware, more or less a kids show, but not the usual merchandising-fest that we normally see get air on TV outside of Japan (a la Yu-Gi-Oh or Digimon).

Interesting stuff all around. Of course, what Toei's "shopping" doesn't necessarily indicate what will actually get bought, but I know there are plenty of people who'd like to get a chance at seeing Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.
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