The latest episode of Sailor Moon Crystal is now available in English on Hulu and Neon Alley. This week we get Act 5, Makoto – Sailor Jupiter. Makoto Kino, Sailor Jupiter, is voiced by Amanda Celine Miller who also provided her voice for Viz’s new dub of the original Sailor Moon anime. You can follow her on Twitter at @amanda_celine.
Fans of the original anime who are new to Sailor Moon Crystal will find resemblences to two episodes of that series. The first is episode 25, Jupiter – the Powerful Girl in Love, which introduces us to Sailor Jupiter but generally doesn’t have much in common, instead introducing us to the concept of the Rainbow Crystals and “Game Machine Joe”. The other is episode 16, A Girl’s Dream: Usagi Becomes a Bride, which is all about wedding dresses. These are similarities to the original manga, to which Sailor Moon Crystal is very faithful, which the original anime was itself based on. We can see just how fast the story is progressing with Makoto being introduced so early, but keep in mind this season will only have 13 episodes in total.
Next week is Act 6, Tuxedo Mask, in which we will see Mamoru with his shirt off.
The latest episode of Sailor Moon Crystal will be released in English this Friday at 9pm Eastern Time, 6pm Pacific Time, on Hulu and Neon Alley. This week we get Act 5, Makoto – Sailor Jupiter, which introduces us to yet another Sailor Guardian. Makoto Kino is a new student at school and her and Usagi become instant friends. The episode focuses on a Bridal Boutique which is at the center of the Dark Kingdom’s plot. Fans will see an obvious similarity to Sailor Jupiter’s first appearance in the original anime in episode 25, Jupiter – the Powerful Girl in Love, but also to episode 16, A Girl’s Dream: Usagi Becomes a Bride, which centers around a wedding dress contest. This is a bit backwards of course. This episode of Sailor Moon Crystal is based on the equivalent chapter of the manga, as all episodes are. The original anime is more loosely based on the manga which accounts for these similarities.
The English voice of Makoto Kino is provided by Amanda C. Miller who also voiced her in the new English dub of the original Sailor Moon anime. You can follow her on Twitter at @amanda_celine. Let us know what you think of her voice!
Edit: The title originally said Act 4, though the content reference Act 5, which is the actual episode we are getting this week. This was a copy/paste error. It has been corrected.
Sailor Moon SuperS is nearly over with the two latest episodes which were just added to Hulu and Neon Alley. This week we get episodes 164 and 165, after which there will be only one episode left. This focuses a lot on the Amazoness Quartet, who redeem themselves yet again, as the final confrontation between Nehelenia, Helios and the Sailor Guardians takes place.
Episode 164, The Golden Crystal Appears: Nehelenia’s Magic, finally gives us some background on the Amazoness Quartet. We see them playing innocently in the forest of Elysion. They don’t seem the least bit mischievous, but instead seem to be getting along. They fall upon a mirror in which Nehelenia is trapped. She gives them magical powers which are houses in magic spheres and uses them to escape. All said the Amazoness Quartet are innocent pawns in this whole game. Ultimately they destroy those orbs to sacrifice their own power to save themselves and turn on Nehelenia. The manga actually has them becoming Sailor Guardians to protect Chibiusa as she is to follow her mother once her reign of terror is over some 900 years later. None of this is really dealt with in the anime. Stuff goes bad at this point. Nehelenia retrieves the Golden Mirror from Sailor Chibi Moon, which we kind of already did, and she finally gets her hands on the Golden Crystal. She exits this mirror world she inhabits and by doing so destroys Ziriconia. It’s never clearly indicated but Ziriconia seems to be some sort of copy or puppet of Nehelenia. Nehelenia is kept forever young in the mirror but we will later see how old she actually is and Ziriconia appear to look as she would if she continued to age outside of this mirror.
Episode 165, When the Crystal Shines: The Beautiful Power of Dreams, is sort of the epic ending of the battle, though there will be one more episode of Sailor Moon SuperS to follow it. All hope seem lost as Sailor Planet Attack doesn’t cut it and Sailor Chibi Moon appears to be dead. Luckily the Amazoness Quartet have turned on Nehelenia and swap out the Golden Crystal for a pineapple. Hilarity ensures when this is discovered and the Golden Crystal is given to Sailor Moon, who is unable to use it to defeat Nehelenia. Sailor Chibi Moon has a plan! She uses the Golden Crystal to talk to all of the innocent children and ask them to save the Earth from this evil. She pleads to them to say “Moon Crisis Power” and they do, like a bunch of zombies, which removes the shadow from the Earth and saves the day. Hooray!
Only one episode of Sailor Moon SuperS remains. We will get that next week along with the first episode of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, seen for the first time in the United States!
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At long last the final season of Sailor Moon, Sailor Stars, will be released in the United States of America. This season, released in Japan way back in 1996 was never dubbed into English and was never released on video in English speaking North America. Hulu and Neon Alley have been releasing the original Sailor Moon anime series subtitled at a rate of two episodes per week and we will finally be getting the fifth and final season on Monday December 14th. It was not clear whether or not we would see the episode on the 14th or 21st, as the current schedule would have the final episode of Sailor Moon SuperS, episode 166, playing on that day. Viz has a precedent of only including the final episode of the season on one day so as to not break up the season. We now have official confirmation, from the Neon Alley schedule for the month of December, that episode 167 will indeed be released on Monday December 14th. The schedule does note that the “Start of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars” is on the following Monday, with episode 168, which is actually the second episode of Sailor Stars. There is still the possibility that someone has made the mistake with this schedule and that episode 167 will be held off until the 21st but at this time the schedule does indicate that episode 167 will be December 14th.
Fans who have not seen Sailor Stars before will be excited to see Eternal Sailor Moon, the return of Sailor Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Saturn as well as the Sailor Starlights and many more. It will still be a while until they all show up though as the first 6 episodes of the series are sort of like a follow up to Sailor Moon SuperS, giving us more closure on Queen Nehelenia. Sailor Uranus, Neptune and Pluto will show up right away as Sailor Saturn is also brought back into the fold. This conveniently brings the story back in line with how the Dream arc of the original Sailor Moon manga left off with the whole group together. Sadly Chibiusa and Tuxedo Mask won’t be around for long, so enjoy them while you can.
What new character are you most excited to see? Sailor Iron Mouse? Princess Kakyuu? Sailor Chibi Chibi? So many to chose from!
2015-12-06 Update: The original article title and content stated that this was the first release of Sailor Stars in North America. While Sailor Stars was never released in the US and Canada, it was released in Mexico which is part of North America. I often use the term North American when referring to the series because I am a Canadian so in many cases specifying United States of America is not the whole story. In this case however, Hulu is still not available to Canadian Sailor Moon fans and so the series is really only being officially released in the United States. Canadians may use a proxy to watch Hulu, as I have been doing, but this isn’t an official release. The original French dub of Sailor Moon also did not included Sailor Stars and only a small part of what was seen in France was ever broadcast on Canadian television. Sailor Stars will likely remains unreleased officially in Canada until either some streaming option can be made available or until the home video release for Stars makes its way here.
Thanks to reader Julian for the note about Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
As with every week we will be getting the next English dubbed episode of Sailor Moon Crystal this Friday at about 9pm Eastern Time, 6pm Pacific Time. This week Act 4, Masquerade Dance Party, is added to Hulu and Neon Alley. Usagi abuses of her super powers to crash a posh dance party and has a romantic time with Tuxedo Mask who is also investigating the D Kingdom’s prized jewel. Fans of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask’s relationship will be happy to see what this episode has in store.
Fans may note similarities between this story and episode 22 of the original Sailor Moon anime, which was based on Act 4 of the manga. Once again we can see how much faster a pace Sailor Moon Crystal is taking as it goes through the 13 Act Dark Kingdom story arc which corresponds to Sailor Moon’s 46 episode first season.