Sailor Moon Is Back And Uncut, Streaming On Hulu

    May 19, 2014
    Zach Walton
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Sailor Moon, like Akira and Ranma 1/2, was for many their first exposure to anime. The popular television series first aired in the U.S. back in September 1995 and is now making a comeback in its original unedited form.

Viz Media announced today that it has acquired the North American rights to the entire Sailor Moon anime franchise. The license includes all 200 episodes of the franchise, including the fifth and sixth seasons that never made it to the U.S. Viz Media will also be presenting the series uncut for the first time in North America.

Sailor Moon is one of the extremely rare breed of anime series truly deserving of the title of ‘Legendary’,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media Senior Manager, Animation Marketing. “Since its initial debut in the mid-1990’s, Sailor Moon has been unavailable to English-speaking fans for nearly a decade. It has also never seen a complete and proper unedited release in North America…until now!”

Sailor Moon was groundbreaking in the way its storyline and main characters resonated with both a male and female audience, and these aspects continue to attract a new generation of fans eager to see this iconic series,” says Brian Ige, VIZ Media Vice President of Animation. “We’re thrilled to be able to release this empowering action title uncut and in its entirety. We invite fans to catch the official premieres on Neon Alley and to enjoy the series on DVD and Blu-ray later this year!”

If you weren’t a kid or teenager during the 90s, you might have no idea what this Sailor Moon is. In short, it’s the story Usagi Tsukino, a high school girl who transforms into Sailor Moon and fights evil. As the series progresses, more girls join the cause as the Sailor Scouts all sporting names based on planets in the solar system. It’s also well known for having one of the catchiest English openings ever produced for an anime:

Unfortunately, that opening will not be present in Viz’ re-release of the series. Instead, it will be faithful to the source material and not contain any of the edits or cuts found in the original English TV broadcast. As such, Viz will be producing an entirely new dub for the series re-release on DVD and blu-ray later this year.

If you can’t wait that long, Viz Media has released the first four episodes in Japanese today on Hulu and its own Neon Alley streaming network. It will be adding new episodes every Monday going forward.

Between this and NISA licensing Card Captor Sakura, those who grew up with anime in the 90s will finally be able to engage in their nostalgia while supporting official releases.

There’s no word yet on when Viz Media will release Sailor Moon box sets, but they will be out sometime this Fall. Viz Media has also acquired Sailor Moon Crystal, the new anime airing this year, and will most likely be streaming it alongside the Japanese broadcast for North American fans.

Image via vizmedia/YouTube

  • al

    She’s the one named Sailor Moon

    • neodymium

      She is the one….SAILOR MOON!

      Lol oh god why do I know this???

  • Katrina

    Dear sweet baby jesus, thank you for bringing back Sailor MOOONNNNNN!!!

  • north star

    funny my first exposure was fist of the north star

  • supersqueak .

    It is crazy good seeing Sailor Moon trending on Yahoo and on the front page of Hulu plus. She really deserves to be back.

  • djh1991

    I am glad that the Sailor Moon series is back in North America. That series hasn’t been aired on television for a very long time, and has not give a chance to finish its complete run on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s. When I was at the age of 4 yrs. old in 1995, Sailor Moon was my very first show that I got introduced into anime back then. At that time in the ’90s, when I was a kid, I have no idea what’s anime is about until as I got older and understand it. A couple years later until around the late 1990s and early 2000s, I had watched more anime on television including, Pokemon, Digimon, Dragon Ball Z (as when my young brother introduced me into DBZ), Monster Rancher, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and so on. The last time I saw Sailor Moon on TV as a kid, while I was in my elementary school days was either around the late ’90s and early 2000s. And since then…I haven’t heard or seen Sailor Moon for a very long time since the early 2000s. But now I am very happy and excited to have Sailor Moon back on North America…and its going to be a uncut English version…I cannot wait!!

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