An Instagram post accidentally confirmed that the Sailor Moon Eternal films are coming to Netflix

Sailor Moon Eternal - VesVes and JunJun - Property of Netflix

A voice actor’s post on Instagram appears to show him recording the dub of the Sailor Moon Eternal films for Netflix. Those who follow this site know that I’m not one to jump to conclusions when rumours are flying around but at this point I feel confident in stating that the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal films, which are coming to Japanese theatres on January 8th and February 11th, are coming to Netflix. The post made to Instagram earlier today seems to all but confirm this. Thank you to Twitter user Gabe Nwagbala for pointing this out to me. You can thank him by checking out his YouTube channel which features Super Smash Bros., Tekken and Soulcalibur! The post in question, which has since been deleted, was made by voice actor Michael Yurchak. He provided the voice for Hawk’s Eye in the Viz dub of the original Sailor Moon anime. As Viz had generally kept the same voice actors for both their dubs of the original Sailor Moon anime and Sailor Moon Crystal it makes sense that he might be reprising his role for the Sailor Moon Eternal films, which are the equivalent of the fourth season of Sailor Moon Crystal. The photo in question was not meant to leak any information about the project and was likely quite unintentional. Michael Yurchak was simply commending the VSI group for their safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The monitor in the background of this photo shows two of the Amazoness Quartet, who look to be VesVes or maybe CereCere and JunJun, while the writing at the top of the monitor reads “of Netflix”. That could say “Property of Netflix” or something of the sort. This confirms what was previously suspected when the Screen Actors Guild had a listing for “Astro Girl (Aka: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie)” which had a note stating it was a Netflix dubbing agreement. Note that Michael Yurchak’s Instagram profile states that he is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Michael Yurchak recording Sailor Moon Eternal

This isn’t an official announcement but it’s really hard to deny the implications here. This is a voice actor who was previously associated with the series who’s indadvertedly shown us that he’s working on a Netflix project and those characters are from the new Sailor Moon Eternal films and they appear to be in the style in which this movie is going to be. Netflix generally dubs their own series so it’s not unreasonable to expect that since Netflix dubbed this movie it is so that it will appear on Netflix. This post also seems to confirm what many had been hoping and that is that the original voice cast of Sailor Moon Crystal is returning for the Sailor Moon Eternal films. Though Michael Yurchak’s character Hawk’s Eye was not in the earlier seasons he was in the original Sailor Moon anime and Viz kept the same voice cast from the original anime for Sailor Moon Crystal. The obvious interpretation of this image, given the Amazon Trio do interact with the Amazoness Quarter, is that Michael Yurchak is voicing Hawk’s Eye in these films and that, when possible, the rest of the Viz cast will be reprising their roles. There’s a bit of speculation here as I don’t know if Netflix and Viz need to have some sort of agreement, if guild work is a factor or if all of the actors were available and willing to be in these films. We will have to wait for some official confirmation before determining more details about the full cast. If most of the cast is in fact returning there is still some question as to whether Chris Niosi will be returning as the voice of Pegasus, a significant role in these films, as the actor had been recast in some other voice acting work he’d been doing following some controversy.

Stephanie Sheh recording some lines in a Sailor Moon shirt

It is worth noting that last month voice actor Stephanie Sheh, who provides the voice for Usagi in Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal, shared a photo of herself doing voice over work while wearing a Sailor Moon shirt. While this alone is not definitive proof of anything if we consider it in the context of what we’ve learned since it seems plausible that she could have been recording her lines for Sailor Moon Eternal at that time.

We still of course don’t have official confirmation of this. I am a skeptical person who’s threshold for believing rumours is pretty high, but I really do think it is now well established that these films are coming to Netflix. It remains to be seen when we might actually be getting these films. Sailor Moon Eternal Part 1 will be out in Japan on January 8th and Part 2 will follow shortly afterwards on February 11th. While a simultaneous release of an English dubbed and subbed version on Netflix would be nice I don’t know if we should realistically expect this. It is nice to see them recording their lines prior to the film’s release which does suggest it could be added to the service sooner rather than later. It also has not yet been confirmed that a subtitled version of the film will be released along with the dub. While a lot of anime on Netflix is both dubbed and subbed I’m reminded of the Pokémon Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution film which had the option of including Japanese audio but had dubtitles, basically closed captions for the English dub, rather than subtitles of the Japanese dialogue.

Some fans have also wondered if the movies being on Netflix would mean no home video DVD and Blu-Ray release. I would say such a release is still quite likely. Many Netflix original movies and series still get home video releases and it is certainly likely that these films would sell quite well to fans who’ve bought the rest of the series even though it was available on other streaming services.

Ultimately a Netflix release of a Sailor Moon film just means more people being exposed to it. While a lot of anime fans subscribe to services like Crunchyroll and Funimation a lot more people subscribe to Netflix. This might allow the Sailor Moon Eternal films to reach a much wider audience beyond the dedicated fans which have been following the series to date!

I sincerely hope that sharing this photo does not have negative consequences for Michael Yurchak. By the time I was made aware of this photo’s existence it seemed to me like the genie was out of the bottle and although I subsequently had a large part in propagating it I think that next step was inevitable, whether it would have been me or someone else who did that. It is clear to me that no Michael Yurchak did not intend to have anything he was working on identifiable based on the image and it was only obvious to fans because of existing rumours about Netflix doing this dub.

Thanks again to Gabe Nwagbala for pointing out the original post to me. He also shared that this was predicted in a video from August by Animal Lover & Anime Fan Natalie “LifeLight” Glevicky. She later posted this new video which discusses the evidence for the Netflix series including this post! If you’re a fan of fighting games such as Tekken, Super Smash Bros. and Soul Calibur you’d be wise to check out his YouTube channel.

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Astro Girl: (Aka: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie)

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31 thoughts on “An Instagram post accidentally confirmed that the Sailor Moon Eternal films are coming to Netflix

    • Where did the second half of my comment go? >.<
      I can’t stand another recast! I hope Viz still has a hand in this, Netflex takes way too long for blu ray releases, and it would be nice if the set matched Viz’s other set.

        • Of course I’ll watch it before it hits Blu ray (I’ll probably watch it before the dub is released), but being a collector of all things Sailor Moon (and a mild case of OCD), I need a complete blu ray set lol.

  1. If it comes to Netflix I’m not watching it, seeing as they stole hulu’s rights to it. Sailor Moon things are supposed to be uploaded by hulu not Netflix.

    • No this is much better. Sailor moon will finally be released in my country!! We haven’t got Hulu in the EU but we’ve got Netflix and sailor moon hasn’t been released in Spain since 2005

    • LOL what??? That’s not how rights work at all…..

      Toei decides who gets the rights. Viz’s contract was probably up and for one reason or another Toei decided not to renew it and went with another distributor, who in turn works with Netflix instead of Hulu.

      OR Viz still has the rights, but has decided that distributing through Netflix is better than Hulu.

      OR Netflix simply offered more money and the contract with Hulu was up so they decided not to renew with Hulu and move to Netflix instead.

      No-one stole anything lol…

  2. If this is true, this will be the first time in YEARS that sailor moon get dubbed into Castillian Spanish. I’m so happy for sailor moon to finally come back to Spain!!

  3. i really hope this is true… we need our fix of sailor moon and i really hope they keep the entire cast since that was the trend from crystal to the 90s set, really hope that it gets released shortly after the release in theatres, have to wonder tho how well it will do with that little thing going on in the world right now some might of heard of it.. covid? lol its bad where i am and movie theatres are dead still but hope that japan has gotten better then the us with handling and that this movie makes bank to give us the final arc

  4. I kind of feel like the series will do better on Netflix.
    Hulu is ad after ad after ad, even for paying customers and I stopped using it.
    I’m not the biggest fan of Netflix either, but at least I don’t have to see 80-second blocks of ads that take me out of the experience.

    • When Sailor Moon first hit Hulu I signed up (even though I needed a VPN from Canada) and I didn’t even make it past the trial date. I saw the ads for my paid account so I just shut it down. What an absurd business model.

  5. Somehow I have a sad hunch it won’t be available everywhere despite it’s Netflix – there’s license handling that prevents some titles being accessible in other countries.

    • We’re talking about content that didn’t even premiere in its original country. If Netflix wants to, they are able to secure a worldwide deal.

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