The English version of Sailor Moon Crystal Act 4, Masquerade Dance Party, is available now on Hulu

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 4 - Tuxedo Mask kissing Sailor Moon without consent

The latest English dubbed episode of Sailor Moon Crystal has been added to Hulu and Neon Alley. This week we get Act 4, Masquerade Dance Party. The Kingdom of D has a very impressive gem and everyone, Tuxedo Mask, the Sailor Guardians, the Dark Kingdom, wants to know if it’s the Silver Crystal so they all crash the party and check it out! This version of the dub has decided to refer to Princess D as “The Princess of D”, though she is also called Princess D in the episode. The Japanese reference of the name Princess D was likely a reference to Princess Diana, often called Princess Di, who was popular in the media in the early 90s. As her death in 1997 was over 13 years ago the reference is less relevant and so no adapting it certainly makes sense. The original Sailor Moon anime referred to her as Princess Dia, a mix between Princess Di and Princess Diana. The original English dub named her Princess Diamond.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 4 - Princess D

This version of the episode features updated animation used in the Japanese Blu-Ray and DVD home video release. I had mixed feelings about this episode when it first streamed and my feelings haven’t really changed. The big moment in this week’s episode is when Tuxedo Mask kisses and unconscious, somewhat drunk, Usagi. This isn’t cool! A sleeping person can’t consent, even when you have an existing relationship in a past life. That excuse sounds absurd here, though we must consider that within the reality of the Sailor Moon mythos, this past life did exist so there some precedent for this kiss. There was a similar scene in episode 22 of the original Sailor Moon anime, Romance Under the Moon: Usagi’s First Kiss, but in the old English dub the dialogue was changed so that it was insinuated this was a dream. Certainly kissing in a dream is hardly the same kind of violation as the rape kiss featured in this episode.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 4 - Masquerade Dance Party

New episodes are released every Friday evening at 9pm Eastern Time, 6pm Pacific Time. Next week is Act 5, Makoto – Sailor Jupiter, we will be introduced to Makoto Kino.

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 5 - Usagi stealing Makoto's food

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3 thoughts on “The English version of Sailor Moon Crystal Act 4, Masquerade Dance Party, is available now on Hulu

  1. I always forget that this episode, during Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence, she pauses because her tiara was destroyed. It takes you out of the sequence, and that’s a little jarring, and that’s a little jarring. But then suddenly she’s aware of Tuxedo Mask’s warmth and that creates a new tiara. And Luna somehow already knows how to use moonlight as a weapon with that thing.
    Besides Mamoru’s kiss thing, that thing with the tiara are my only real problems with this episode. Otherwise I love it, and the dub goes very well with the story.
    Though I’m looking forward to next week’s episode. I love Sailor Jupiter, and she’s actually one of the most sympathetic characters, partly because even though she lost her parents and had a really nasty heartbreak, she still grows up to be this independent and dependable young woman we could all learn a little from.
    Wow, this comment became longer than I thought it would. I did not mean to ramble on about Jupiter so much.

    • I think it’s pretty obvious that Luna knows more than she leads on during the beginning of either series. She wants the girls to figure things out on their own and to just not give too much away. It’s kinda annoying though when you can tell that she is lying / keeping things from them. lol

      Nothing wrong with the Sailor Jupiter praise, she’s one of my favorites!

  2. Best of all they added in “Moon Twilight Flash” instead of her saying her usual speech again when she blasted the Youma! Good job on that, dub!

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