The company making the stuff is Great Eastern Entertainment. You've probably see their stuff if you've ever been to an anime store or convention, and I think even typical mall stores like FYE carry their stuff. On one hand, a lot of their products are pretty mediocre quality. On the other hand, they do have some interesting stuff. Like for Gurren Lagann, they actually offer decent cosplay supplies - hoodies and accessories modelled after the show, rather than just merch with stock pictures from the anime slapped on them like is so common. So I'm pretty excited and hoping they'll sell some clever stuff. And what we've been given previews of is fantastic! Anyway, enough of my blathering, let's look at the merch itself...
Cards! I'm gonna buy these and use them for poker.
Gorgeous new wallscroll! This is probably the only thing I might pass on - I'm really picky with posters and I don't currently own any wallscrolls. But if I found it on sale, I would buy it, of course. I'm really impressed with the aesthetic they're using - it's such a change from the old NA art.
Group notebook. I also really like the notebooks they're coming out with in Italy. Whenever I order from Muscara next I plan on buying a few ^^;;
Aaaaand a new folder. So cute! I LOVE that they are using art of the items! This is a must have. I can't wait to buy all this cute new school stuff, and then never use it since I graduated from college.
Link to GEE's website
No idea when this stuff is going to come out. It just says "coming soon" on the website. A lot of people are wondering what this means - will we get an anime announcement soon? Honestly, I would be so much more surprised if we didn't. Sailor Moon is a huge franchise they've been trying to bring back for years. We have the manga and even new merchandise already. The only thing, to me, that is really up in the air is how big the comeback is going to be - we'll get new merch in some stores, but are we ever going to see wands, lockets and dolls on the shelves of every toy store again? We'll get new DVDs, but are we going to be able to tune into Cartoon Network and watch the dub? I think that's all very likely too, but we'll just have to see.
What do you think about the new merchandise? How big do you think the revival will be in North America?