Anime fans have been wondering when Sailor Moon would make it’s way back into the hearts of millions and now that Viz Media has decided to license the popular anime series, that dream has come true.
North American anime distributor Viz Media announced after its Anime Central panel on Friday that it licensed the original Sailor Moon magical girl anime franchise. The streaming, digital, and home video licenses include all 200 episodes from the five television series, the three feature films, and the assorted tie-in specials. This will include the first North American release of the final television series, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.
Viz is offering the franchise without edits in its original uncropped 4:3 aspect ratio, with the original Japanese names, story elements, and relationships. It is also producing an uncut Englishdub with a new voice cast.
For fans who hope to see the anime series in English, that wish will have to wait, but for those who don’t mind watching the Japanese dub, they’re in a great position. According to Viz, the series will appear on streaming network ‘Hulu Plus’ and website NeonAlley.com Monday, with two episodes debuting the following Monday and so on.
The original Sailor Moon series kicked off in 1992 in Japan and ended in 1997. The show became available in the United States in 1995 on Cartoon Network’s Toonami, taking the states by storm and creating a cult-like following surrounding the show.
Here is the trailer that accompanied the Sailor Moon announcement.