Luna’s full name is officially Luna Kuroneko according to the Viz dub airing on Toonami Rewind

Luna Kuroneko - Sailor Moon episode 2 credits

Does Luna have a last name? I would never have thought so but it seems that now she does! Luna’s full name is listed as Luna Kuroneko in the broadcast credits for the first season of the original Sailor Moon anime! While the “new” dub by Viz has been out for many years and these episodes have been available to stream and on home video, they were not broadcast on TV until recently as part of the Toonami Rewind block. While the new dub isn’t the same one as aired during the 90s Toonami is able to air Sailor Moon thanks to Viz’s new dub. Those ending credits show only the English voice credits for the episode and amongst many other first season credits, many of whom aren’t actually in the first two episodes, we have Luna Kuroneko voiced by Michelle Ruff. Michelle Ruff is indeed the voice of Luna in the new Viz English dub. I saw the photo above on the Moon Sisters Facebook Page. It can also be seen on the Codename Sailor Earth Twitter page. Definitely worth checking out both pages if you like funny videos and wild ships.

Sailor Moon Episode 1 - Japanese Blu-Ray - Usagi meets Luna

What’s this name about and where is it from? Well “Kuroneko” simply means “black cat” in Japanese. Usagi refers to Luna as “Kuro neko Luna” in the opening narration starting with episode 2 and for the first half of the first season in of the original Sailor Moon anime. I believe she stops referring to her as such after Makoto shows up. I never assumed this was meant to be a name but rather a description of Luna’s colour and species. It seems like someone may have taken this literally and considers it to be Luna’s full name which, as is the standard in Japan, is stated with the family name first and the given name second. The order of names in the credits is given in the western style of given name first and family name second, as it’s done with the other names in the credits.

Luna Tsukino from the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series

Luna does not otherwise have a family name which is mentioned in the manga, the original anime or Sailor Moon Crystal. She is an alien cat from another planet who as far as we can tell doesn’t have a family name. The human version of Luna who appears in the second half of the live action Sailor Moon series goes by the name Luna Tsukino as she is a part of the Tsukino family when not transformed into Sailor Luna. Human and cat Luna are the same character but cat Luna doesn’t use that full name in the series and even when Human Luna shows up in the manga, anime and Sailor Moon Crystal, she does not pretend to be part of the Tsukino family so the name simply does not apply to those series. That being said if Luna was ever brought to the vet she might be tracked in their system as having the family name Tsukino, if that’s how things are done in Japan. Somehow the idea of Luna getting prodded by a vet seems perverse and we know she doesn’t get spayed so perhaps she’s never been.

Luna Tsukino from the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series

How official is this name? It’s in the credits so that’s something. It isn’t stated anywhere in the English version of the show and while it is said repeatedly in the Japanese version, that’s hardly what was likely intended with those scenes. I’d say the name is more or less as official as original dub names like Darien Shields or Amy Anderson.

Sailor Moon episode 37 - Artemis is Luna's contact

This of course raises another interesting question. What is Artemis’s name? Is he Shironeko Artemis, meaning “White cat Artemis”? Does that mean Diana would take her father’s family name, Shironeko, even though she’s grey? Calling her “Haiironeko Diana” or “Grey cat Diana” would fit with the trend but not with how family names work.

Toonami Rewind

Have you been watching Sailor Moon on Toonami Rewind? I’m Canadian so I don’t get Cartoon Network. Sailor Moon airing on Toonami is not a part of my own history of watching Sailor Moon so I have no nostalgia for it. The show played on Global and YTV throughout the week and also on US stations UPN 38 and WPix in the early hours of the morning back in 1995, years before the show reached a broad audience in the US through Toonami.

Sailor Luna from the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars: Complete Fifth Season is now available on Blu-ray

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars The Complete Fifth Season

Once again the entire original Sailor Moon anime is available on home video. The fifth and final season has been released on Blu-ray in a single set which includes all 34 episode with Japanese and English audio as well as subtitles. You can buy the set in stores or online on sites like Amazon. These episodes were previously released in two parts back in 2019. The newer releases, which include all of a season’s episodes in a single set, have generally had better video quality than the originals. That said as the seasons went on the quality of the original releases was quite a bit better so one might not notice as big a difference in quality with Sailor Stars as they did with the first couple of seasons.

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars episode 190 - Seiya sings for Usagi

Sailor Stars was the elusive fifth season which was not dubbed back in the 90s. The new dub by Viz let fans hear this show in English for the first time a few years ago. It follows the Stars arc of the manga which was recently adapted as the Sailor Moon Cosmos films which have still not received a domestic release. This is the story of the Sailor Starlights, who disguise themselves as the idol group The Three Lights, while they fight Sailor Galaxia and her minions.

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars episode 173 - Mamoru sees something on the wing

Do you plan on picking up this set?

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, The Complete Fifth season, is coming to Blu-ray May 28th

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars The Complete Fifth Season

It looks like won’t need to wait much longer for the next season set of the original Sailor Moon anime. Last week in a since deleted Tweet Viz announced that Sailor Moon Sailor Stars The Complete Fifth Season would be coming to Blu-ray on May 28th. Why was the Tweet deleted? Who knows! Is May 28th still the official release date? Probably. The set is not listed with any online retailers yet, but should be showing up soon. Along with the announcement we also get our first look at the cover art for this release which features Eternal Sailor Moon.

With the release of the fifth and final season this will complete the rerelease of the series on Blu-ray. While the first few sets included significantly improved video quality the difference becomes less noticeable for the later series which already looked quite good in the sets released a few years ago.

The set will include English audio as well as the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Will you be picking it up?

The original Sailor Moon anime first aired 32 years ago today

Sailor Moon episode 1 - Crybaby Usagi's Magnificent Transformation

March 7th 1992, 32 years ago, the original Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon anime first aired in Japan. This first episode, The Crybaby: Usagi’s Beautiful Transformation, introduces us to Usagi Tsukino who gets a magical broach from a talking cat and transforms into Sailor Moon! It was three years until that show would be released dubbed into English but throughout the next few years Sailor Moon took the world by storm.

Sailor Moon episode 1 - Usagi removing a bandage from Luna's head

What are your first memories of this show? I didn’t watch it until 1995 when it started airing in English in Canada and the US and became almost instantly hooked on it.

Sailor Moon Episode 1 - Silhouette

Will you be doing anything special to celebrate this occasion?

Sailor Moon episode 1 - My job here is done

Sailor Moon SuperS The Complete Fourth Season is now available on Blu-ray

Sailor Moon SuperS Complete Fourth Season

The fourth complete season set of the original Sailor Moon anime is now out on Blu-ray! Sailor Moon SuperS The Complete Fourth Season was released on January 30th in stores and online. You can buy the set from Amazon to support the site. Previously the season had been split up into two instalments but we now have it all together as one set. These newer releases have generally been of better quality than the older sets. That said as the seasons went on the quality of the original sets improved, so the difference between this release and the earlier one is likely to be less noticeable than other seasons.

If you’ve been following The Discourse these sets also have a pinkish hue which you may never have noticed until people started to make a deal about it. It’s something that’s visible with side by side screenshots but nothing I ever made much notice of while watching the series.

Sailor Moon SuperS mainly focuses on Chibiusa as she befriends Pegasus and the girls face off against the Dead Moon Circus. This is an adaptation of the Dream arc of the Sailor Moon manga. It isn’t the strongest or most popular season but it does have some solid episodes and redeeming qualities such as the humourous monster designs. I’m looking forward to rewatching these episodes.

Did you pick up this set? What do you think of it?

Sailor Moon SuperS, The Complete Fourth Season, is coming to Blu-ray January 30th

Sailor Moon SuperS Complete Fourth Season

The next season of Sailor Moon will be coming to Blu-ray soon. Viz Media posted to their Twitter account to share that Sailor Moon SuperS Complete Fourth Season will be released on January 30th. This includes our first look at the cover art. The set is on Amazon but it doesn’t have price listed yet. That listing shows us the back cover of the set as well.

The first three season sets included improved video quality compared to the earlier Blu-ray releases which had a half season per set. As time went on the quality of those releases got better. While I expect this set will also include better video quality we don’t know for sure if they will have used better masters or how big the difference in quality, if any, will be. We will know for sure once the set is released early next year.

Sailor Moon SuperS Complete Fourth Season - Back

Sailor Moon SuperS covers the Dream arc of the Sailor Moon manga. It has the Sailor Guardians along with Chibiusa fighting the Dead Moon Circus including the Amazon Trio, Amazoness Quartet, Zirconia and Nehelenia. Do you plan on pick up this set? Have you gotten the earlier releases? You can support the site by ordering them using the Amazon links below.

Sailor Moon SuperS Complete Fourth Season

Sailor Moon S Complete 3rd Season is now available on Blu-ray!

Sailor Moon S: The Complete Third Season Blu-Ray

Today is the day that fans have been anticipating for … well a few months I suppose. Sailor Moon S Complete 3rd Season releases today online and in stores. This set, like the two others which came before it, has updated video quality better than the sets released many years ago. Is it worth upgrading? I can’t tell you what to do but I’ve been happy to pick up these sets and am enjoying rewatching the series for the first time in a bit. We all need something to do while we wait for Sailor Moon Cosmos after all. You can support the site by buying the set using the Amazon link below.

This set, like others released by Viz, includes the new English dub, Japanese audio with English subtitles and many special features. Are you picking this set up? What’s your favourite part of the Sailor Moon S season?

Sailor Moon S: The Complete Third Season is coming to Blu-ray on July 25th

Sailor Moon S: The Complete Third Season Blu-Ray

Viz has released the trailer for Sailor Moon S: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray and DVD. While it isn’t up on any online stores just yet we do have a released date, July 25th. Didn’t Sailor Moon R just come out? I’m still watching my set! You can watch the whopping 18 second trailer below.

Why, you may ask, would I buy Sailor Moon S on Blu-ray again? The series was released in two parts years ago. This set, like Viz’s new release of the first season and Sailor Moon R, will include updated higher quality video. While the S season did not have quite as many quality issues as the first two seasons in its original release it did suffer from some problems and will likely look much better in this release. It’s also a single release with the entire season instead of two individual half season sets. Do you plan on picking this release up?

Sailor Moon S: The Complete Third Season Blu-Ray

There isn’t much in the trailer but we do have our first look at the cover art!

You can watch Sailor Moon for free on Pluto TV and YouTube if you live in the US

Sailor Moon on Pluto TV

Great news for people who live in the United States of America and pretty much no one else. There are a couple of ways to watch Sailor Moon for free online! A couple of weeks ago Viz uploaded all episodes of the original Sailor Moon anime and Sailor Moon Crystal to their YouTube channel. You can watch them through this handy playlist. As I’m Canadian I only see an empty playlist but it seems Americans should see actual episodes there. Enjoy!

Yesterday Pluto TV added a Sailor Moon channel to its lineup. What exactly that looks like I couldn’t really say because as a Canadian I don’t have access but Americans should be able to see something.

But don’t worry fellow Canadians! Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal have been free on Tubi for years. The original Sailor Moon anime is also available on the streaming service Crave for those who have a subscription to that.

Of course you can always just buy the Blu-ray sets and watch those if you’re into physical media.