It seems unlikely there will be any dubbed Sailor Moon S episodes available during November 11th’s Moonlight Party 6

Moonlight Party 6 - November 11th 2016

This Friday there is yet another Moonlight Party planned. These events, hosted by Viz, are a sort of online pyjama party to celebrate all things Sailor Moon. In the past most of these have been accompanied by the release of some dubbed episodes of Sailor Moon or Sailor Moon Crystal on Hulu. This is done as advertisement for an upcoming home video release. Well now we are getting a Moonlight Party ahead of next week’s release of Sailor Moon S on home video and it doesn’t look like there is any plan to have any dubbed episodes of Sailor Moon S released online at this time. Details for the Moonlight Party have been posted to the Facebook Page for the event and the YouTube video of the event itself. Nothing in either of these mentions that we should expect any episodes. In the past when episodes were released along with a Moonlight Party this was always announced ahead of time. There will be dub clips from the new episodes, supposedly something more than what we’ve already seen, as well as trivia questions, prizes and all the usual fun we get with these Moonlight Parties.

I don’t post this to discourage you from joining in! The event should still be a lot of fun. I had speculated when this event was first announced that it could come with some free to watch dubbed episodes and it seems like, all things considered, this is unlikely to be the case. You can watch the event using the embedded video below. It will be at 6pm Pacific Time, 9pm Eastern Time.

Want to see some dubbed episodes of Sailor Moon S? Well then you really should order Sailor Moon S part 1 on DVD or Blu-Ray using the links below. The set comes out next Tuesday, November 15th and will contain the first half of Sailor Moon S.

Girls Meets World’s Rowan Blanchard dressed as Sailor Moon for Halloween

Rowan Blanchard dressed as Sailor Moon for Halloween

Every Halloween we see people dressing up as our favourite Sailor Moon characters to celebrate and this year was no different. This included Rowan Blanchard, who plays Riley Matthews in the Girl Meets World TV series. She dressed up as Sailor Moon last week! Her costume included makeup to make it look like she had massive anime eyes. A photo of her in costume was posted to her Instagram account along with some lyrics from the English Sailor Moon theme song.

I know I’m a bit late to be posting about Halloween but I don’t exactly have my finger on the pulse of every Disney Channel series out there. If you’re on Instagram don’t forget to follow the sailormoonnews account. Did any of you dress up as Sailor Moon characters for Halloween? Let us know in the comments!

Meet Jennifer Cihi, the English singing voice of Sailor Moon, at Banzaicon November 11th to the 13th in Columbia, North Carolina

Jennifer Cihi

Next weekend Sailor Moon fans in Columbia, North Carolina will have a chance to meet Jennifer Cihi. She will be a guest at Banzaicon which will take place from November 11th to the 13th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Jennifer Cihi performed a number of songs from the original English dub of the Sailor Moon anime.

On the three English Sailor Moon soundtracks her name is credited as Sailor Moon, Princess Serena and Sailor Mars. She has provided the vocals for “I Wanna Be A Star!”, “My Only Love”, “Carry On”, “It’s A New Day”, “Call My Name”, “The Power of Love”, “I Want Someone to Love”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”.

Do any of you plan on attending this convention?

Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-Ray Set 1 impressions

Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-Ray Set 1 - Contents

The first North American release of Sailor Moon Crystal is out on DVD and Blu-Ray! This came out on August 16th and is available in stores as well as online retailers such as Amazon. Yes I know this review is long overdue. I started it months ago and then just never got around to posting it. I’ll be talking specifically about the Limited Edition Blu-Ray set though the standard Blu-Ray and DVD versions are both out and since those are contained within this set you can get an idea of what they are with this review. The set contains the first 14 episodes of the series, spanning the entire Dark Kingdom story arc. I had pre-ordered the set from Amazon Canada but when it didn’t ship after release I canceled my order and bought it from HMV. I haven’t rewatched the entire set but have watched it a bit to see the quality.

The quality looks really good. This is probably the issue most people, or at least myself, had with the original series release. The old masters from the 90s weren’t great. The Japanese DVDs looked decent but every release we’ve gotten in North America has had significant issues. I don’t blame Viz for that. I think they did the best with what they had to work with. This is a whole other ball game. Sailor Moon Crystal is new. Viz has access to great masters and the quality of the release reflects that. I didn’t do frame by frame comparisons but the show looks generally good. The Blu-Ray looks like a Blu-Ray of a recent show should and the DVD is limited only by the format. Note that this is the same video as the Japanese home video release which had minor changes from the original streaming version. That was the same source that was used for the dub of Sailor Moon Crystal which is included on this set.

Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-Ray Set 1 - Extras menu

There aren’t a ton of extras in this release. There are art galleries which include a handful of character art from various characters. There’s also a “clean” version of the opening and end credits, meaning they don’t have any credits included, just the original visuals. There’s an English trailer for Sailor Moon Crystal which you may have seen before. There are also trailers for other Viz releases such as their release of the original Sailor Moon anime and some other anime shows.

The set also comes with an 88 page booklet. Since the Japanese releases of the first story arc of Sailor Moon Crystal covered 7 different releases, including a 24 page booklet each, it wasn’t practical to include these as a massive 168 page book, but this booklet is close enough. It includes episode summaries and character art from those included in the Japanese release. Not everything is included or translated word for word. Interviews are included but instead of featuring Japanese voice actors and staff who’d worked on the show these are replaced with interviews with actors from the English dub.

As you can see the character art included is nearly identical.

Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-Ray vol. 3 Deluxe Edition - Booklet - Rei

Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 3 booklet

Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-Ray Set 1 - Booklet - Character designs - Rei and Sailor Mars

North American booklet

While interview content is completely different the layout is very similar.

Sailor Moon Crystal Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-Ray vol. 1 - Booklet interview with Kotono Mitsuishi, the voice of Sailor Moon

Japanese Blu-Ray vol. 1 booklet

Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-Ray Set 1 - Booklet - Interview with Stephanie Sheh

North American Blu-Ray booklet

The packaging looks great. Since there was so much art for the various Japanese releases a series of art cards are included in this. There are seven cards in total which reflect the art included with each of the seven Japanese releases for the first story arc.

Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-Ray Set 1 - Character art

If you have been enjoying Sailor Moon Crystal then you should probably pick up this release. It isn’t necessary if you just want to watch the show, as the streaming version remains available on a number of services, but as more of those require users to pay to view content free of ads or at all we can’t know what the future may bring. Physical media continues to be less and less relevant but if you want to have this series and have it forever this is an affordable way to do it. The Limited Edition Blu-Ray may seem expensive for 14 episodes but a single two episode Japanese release cost about the same. It’s a bargain all thing considered. If you’re a completist and you need a reason to get this when you can still watch the streaming version consider that this set is the only way to watch the series in Japanese with English subtitles including the updated animation.

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Tracey Moore, the voice of Sailor Moon, and Ron Rubin, the voice of Artemis, will be at Forest City Comicon this weekend, November 5th and 6th, in London, Ontario

Tracey Moore the voice of Sailor Moon

Great news for London, Ontario Sailor Moon fans! This weekend Tracey Moore, the original voice of Sailor Moon, and Ron Rubin, the voice of Artemis, will be at Forest City Comicon at the London Convention Centre. Tracey Moore voiced Sailor Moon for 13 episodes of the original English dub of the series before being replaced by Terri Hawkes who did most of the first two seasons. Tracey Moore was also voice director for the episodes she starred in as well as two others. Ron Rubin voiced Artemis but never appeared in the same episode as Tracey Moore due to the fact that he only showed up a bit later in the series.

Ron Rubin, the voice of Artemis

Both voice actors will be on a panel “The Voices of Sailor Moon: Ron Rubin & Tracey Moore” at noon on Saturday November 5th. Individually Ron Rubin will have a panel Saturday afternoon at 6pm and then Tracey Moore will have a panel on Sunday November 6th at 1pm.

The final performance of the Sailor Moon Amour Eternal musical will be available on video on demand in Japan November 11th

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Amour Eternal cast

An update has been posted to the Official Sailor Moon site indicating that the final performance of the Sailor Moon Amour Eternal musical will be available to view online and on video on demand at a number of web sites. This does not appear to be a live stream but instead a video that will be available after the show. The final performance will be November 6th with the on demand version being available November 11th. The distribution sites listed are:

  • DMM.com
  • Rakuten Showtime (Link 1, Link 2)
  • d Anime Store
  • J:COM On Demand
  • iTSCOM On Demand
  • TOKAI On Demand
  • Video Pass
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Amour Eternal Musical - Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon

    These sites don’t have the Amour Eternal musical posted yet and the official site mentions only that it will be available on the 11th of November at noon (12 o’clock) for DMM.com, Rakuten Showtime and d Anime Store and at midnight (24 o’clock) for J:COM, iTSCOM, TOKAI and Video Pass. This means midnight at the end of the day or midnight on November 12th and not the beginning of the day on the 11th. Japanese people make some distinction between 00:00 and 24:00.

    Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Amour Eternal Musical - Usagi, Mamoru and Chibiusa

    I’ve never watched a video on any of these services. The first link, DMM.com, can be navigated in English but when I tried to create an account it stated that many services were not available outside of Japan. The same kind of region restriction is likely in place for many if not all of the sites. Many of them have the last three Sailor Moon musicals available to view for 980 yen, about $9.40 US. For 2900 yen, about $28 US, you can download and stream a musical. No specific pricing for the Amour Eternal musical is available at this time. In past years the Sailor Moon musicals had been streamed online on Niconico however they are not listed as an option this time.

    What does this mean for you, the every day fan who doesn’t live in Japan but wants desperately to watch the new Sailor Moon musical? Well you may be able to watch it for a price if you navigate some Japanese site and take the risk of being region blocked, though there are proxy services to get around this kind of thing. Alternatively it means it is it quite likely that someone will be able to record a version of this and that it will be subtitled. The hard working people at Miss Dream have made fan subbed versions of the last three musicals and, although they have not commented on this particular news, they have mentioned that they will sub the DVD or a streaming version if one becomes available.

    If any readers have had any success viewing anything on these sites outside of Japan I would appreciate if you could post a comment with the details.

    Watch the K-pop band TWICE perform the Sailor Moon opening theme on SNL Korea

    TWICE perform the Sailor Moon opening on SNL Korea

    Fans of K-pop will love this video from last night’s SNL Korea. The Korean pop band TWICE were on Saturday Night Live Korea on October 29th. One of their skits was a recreation of the Sailor Moon opening theme which has as its music the Korean version of Moonlight Densetsu. The skit has members of the band TWICE playing Sailor Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus as well as Kwon Hyuk Soo, the male host of SNL Korea, as Sailor Moon. Luna is played by a human and is absolutely creepy. You can watch the clip below.

    Fans may notice that the scenes from this intro aren’t all from the original Japanese intro but from the intro of the first season and Sailor Moon R of the original anime. This is because the Korean opening to Sailor Moon, like the original English dubbed intro, has a mix of scenes from multiple openings. Check out the original Korean opening below for reference. The SNL Korea version isn’t a shot for shot remake but it does a pretty good job.

    TWICE perform the Sailor Moon opening on SNL Korea - Kwon Kyuk Soo as Sailor Moon

    Source: Soompi. Thanks to Captain Genius for the heads up!

    TWICE perform the Sailor Moon opening on SNL Korea - Sailor Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury

    TWICE perform the Sailor Moon opening on SNL Korea - Luna

    Meet Linda Ballantyne, Sailor Moon, and Katie Griffin, Sailor Mars, at MegaCon Tampa Bay October 28th to the 30th

    Katie Griffin and Linda Ballantyne

    Great news for Tampa Bay area Sailor Moon fans. This weekend is MegaCon Tampa Bay at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa Florida. In attendance will be Linda Ballantyne, the voice of Sailor Moon, and Katie Griffin, the voice of Sailor Mars, both from the original English dub of the first Sailor Moon anime series. Also in attendance will be Cassandra Lee Morris, the voice of Calaveras of the Ayakashi Sisters from the new English dub of Sailor Moon R and Sailor Moon Crystal.

    Katie Griffin and Linda Ballantyne at Windsor ComiCon

    The main panel with Linda Ballantyne and Katie Griffin to catch is at 3pm in Saturday with “Moon Prism Power! Sailor Moon Memories with Star Voice Actors”. Later Saturday at 6pm fans can see “Anime Bloopers with Cassandra Lee Morris”. Sunday at 2pm is the Q&A with Cassandra Lee Morris. All panels are held in room 18. Will any of you be at this convention?

    A young Iggy Azalea made gloves out of house paint to dress as Sailor Moon

    Iggy Azalea as Sailor Moon

    MTV has posted a video to their Facebook page which has Iggy Azalea sharing a story about her love of Sailor Moon. She explains that as children her and her sister, Emerald Kelly, used to watch Sailor Moon. One day they dipped their hands in house paint to have long white gloves like Sailor Guardians. Choas ensued and it seems their father wasn’t terribly happy about the mess they made in the yard. The video, seen below, includes some animated footage of Iggy Azalea as a Sailor Guardian. While Iggy is shown as Sailor Moon her younger sister Emerald is presented as Chibiusa. Watch the full video below.

    Iggy Azalea and her sister cover their arms in paint to dress as Sailor Guardians

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    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Art Book review

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Cover

    An art book released to celebrate the nearly 5 year old 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon was released yesterday, October 20th, in Japan. I received my copy yesterday and was very pleased with the contents. From the initial description of the product it wasn’t terribly clear what would be involved. Some were claiming it would just be a review of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Exhibit at Roppongi Hills and others that it would just a product catalogue. It is both those things but so much more. It is packed full of information and images from products offered throughout the years as well as details and interviews from the original anime and musicals. This 160 page art book is packed densely full of 25 years of Sailor Moon goodness that fans will all surely get a kick out of. You can buy the book online from sources like Amazon Japan and CD Japan for 2480 yen, about $24 US plus shipping.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Jacket

    Overall the book is of a great quality. I was concerned when the official site referred to it as a Mook, short for Magazine Book, that it might be cheap. It is soft cover but the jacket and pages are of good quality. The book if 160 pages of full colour with a good layout. I’ll break up the contents by section to give an idea of what’s involved. I can’t easily include photos of every page, but I’ll include a lot of samples within the post and at the end to give a good idea.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Table of Contents & Return of The Sailor Moon

    The first section, encompassing about 30 pages, is named “Return of the Sailor Moon”. Getting past this ridiculous Donald Trumpesque superfluous usage of “The”, this is an overview of the Roppongi Hills Sailor Moon Exhibit which was held in Tokyo from April 16th to June 19th of this year. This includes an in depth look at the exposition which includes in itself a general overview of Sailor Moon since 1991. This spans the manga, anime, merchandise and musicals. Included in this event was a special shop with tons of Sailor Moon goods. A catalogue of all of that merchandise is included as well. A Sailor Moon Cafe was also set up the event. Details on the menu and photos of some of these beautiful food options are included.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Roppongi Hills Exhibit

    Next is the “Sailor Moon Goods CompleteWorks” which is about 40 pages full of merchandise which has been released since Sailor Moon’s 20th Anniversary revival. This doesn’t cover older merchandise, which is included in some of the exhibit photos and later in the book, but is a thorough catalogue of everything that has been out since Sailor Moon Crystal was announced. This includes toys, clothes, food, media like Blu-Rays and CDs, and jewellery released since 2013. A lot of this stuff is still available to purchase in Japan.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Goods

    The next 46 pages are about the original Sailor Moon anime. This is referred to as the Sailor Moon 1992-1997 Animation Characters Encyclopedia which sums it up pretty well. We start out with biographies on all of our favourite characters. Sailor Moon gets four pages, Sailor Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Chibi Moon get two a piece, Sailor Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Pluto and Tuxedo Mask get a page each and then the Sailor Starlights and other characters get less than a page. These are all accompanied by a number of screenshots and character art from the series. We then get an overview of the films and a season by season breakdown of all episodes. Also included at the end of this section is a full page interview with Shoko Nakagawa, the voice of Diana from Sailor Moon Crystal who sang a song on the 20th Anniversary Tribute Album. Since she doesn’t have anything to do with the original Sailor Moon anime this interview is separate from that chapter.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Sailor Mars

    The next section, which is the rest of the book, is dubbed the “Sailor Moon Movement Graffiti”. I won’t pretend this name makes sense. I can’t even try to understand what this is meant to mean and it is itself divided into a few sections which I will treat as being separate. The section begins with a timelines of events occurring since the 20th Anniversary. This is mostly Sailor Moon Crystal and Sailor Moon Musical related events though there are merchandise details included as well.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Shoko Nakagawa Interview

    The next 10 pages or so are all about Sailor Moon Crystal. We have general information about the series, some character art and interviews with all of the main cast. This includes the voices of Sailor Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Chibi Moon and Pluto.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Sailor Moon Crystal Interviews

    Then we have information about the musicals, both new and old, packed full of photos and interviews. This includes interviews with all of the cast of the first three Sailor Moon Musicals. There is a lengthy interview with Anza, who played Sailor Moon in 13 of the older musicals, as well as some other lady who I don’t recognize. (Update: The other woman is Akiko Kosaka, a composer who wrote many songs from the original anime, the musicals and Sailor Moon Crystal)

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Anza

    The next few pages are a mixed bag. We have a world map showing products from around the world. What does North America have? The Sailor Moon RPG book and a children’s Play-a-Sound book that has little buttons that you push so that it makes noise. Both points of the map are in Canada. The RPG book is somewhere in the sparsely populated North West Territories or Nunavut and the Play-a-Sound book is somewhere in Manitoba.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - World Map

    Am I that Canadian for owning both of these?

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Canada

    There’s a map of Tokyo which shows many Sailor Moon locations with photos of where they are now! There is then a timeline which covers the manga and anime years and some of the products released over that time. As a very small footnote in the corner of the last page covering this time is a blurb about the live action Sailor Moon series which was released in 2003 and 2004. I was hoping to have better coverage of that series in this book but unfortunately that was not the case.

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - Live Action Sailor Moon series

    The final 6 pages are all of older merchandise from back in the 1990s. Most of the toys shown are now incredibly rare and very expensive if you’re lucky enough to find them. Let’s be glad we have all of this new merchandise which is only somewhat unaffordable!

    Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Book - 90s goods

    Overall I thought this was a great book. It has an overview of so many different facets of the series! While there isn’t a ton on the manga or live action series the book makes up for it by going into great details on merchandise, the anime and the musicals. I recommend that any fans who were on the fence about buying this book get it! You won’t be disappointed.

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