Last month, Japan was part of the first round of the iPhone 6 release, and we were as psyched as anyone. However, now that the excitement has died down, a sobering problem is sinking in for early adopters around the world: Their iPhone 5 cases are suddenly obsolete.
So if you’re on the lookout for a way to keep your iPhone 6 safe, why not hand the task off to a team that’s been protecting the earth for the last 23 years with a Sailor Moon case.
The titular protagonist and her team of celestial-themed magical girls have gone by a variety of names over the years, such as the Sailor Senshi and Sailor Scouts. You could also make a case for Sailor Soldiers or Sailor Guardians, whether you’re going by the proper linguistic or prettied-up official translation for the Japanese word senshi.
One term we haven’t seen before is Sailor Sisters, but that’s the name featured prominently on Premium Bandai’s webpage for the stained glass-style cases.
While Sailor Moon herself is the star of the series, many fans claim a different member of the ensemble cast as their favorite. In addition to the mother and daughter team of Sailors Moon and Chibi Moon, you can outfit your smartphone with illustrations of Inner Senshi Sailors Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus.
If you’re hard-core enough that you’ve followed the anime all the way up to its Sailor Moon R and S seasons, you’ll be happy to know that the Outer Senshi, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Saturn, are here as well.
If you prefer capes and roses to pleats and ribbons, you can get a case bearing the likeness of Tuxedo Mask. Or, if regality is more your thing, the last of the 12 cases features Queen Serenity, the second alter ego of series’ lead Usagi Tsukino.
Each case is priced at 2,160 yen (US$20) and can be ordered here. And if you haven’t yet upgraded to the latest model of Apple’s smartphone (possibly because you’d rather spend your cash on anime and manga than personal electronics), Bandai is also offering iPhone 5 and 5s versions here.
The iPhone 5 cases are scheduled to ship in December, and those for the iPhone 6 a month later. It’s a bit of a wait, but try to be patient, and in the meantime, please resist the urge to show off your love for the classic anime by holding a Sailor Moon menstrual pad to your ear.
Source, images: Premium Bandai