Great news for Sailor Moon fans who hate paper, or don’t have a lot of paper in the form of money, the Sailor Moon Eternal Edition manga is now available digitally through a large number of ebook retailers in English and in nine other languages. This was announced as part of Usagi’s Birthday event on June 30th and the digital versions have been available since July 1st. Details can be found on the Japanese site, which includes 30 page previews in all languages, or the Kodansha site which includes links to all US distributors. Options for English fans in the US include Amazon Kindle (which includes comiXology) for $7.67 per book (all prices in US dollars), comiXology for $13.77 per book, Book Walker for $12.47 per book, Google Play for $9.99 per book, Apple Books for $9.99 per book and Kobo for $11.19 per book.
Using the links above you can order the Amazon Kindle version. The adds show the price as $13.99 but after clicking on them it shows up as $7.67 for now. The page mentions that this also includes a comiXology version, though I’m not familiar with how that service works. This does seems to be the best price of all of the versions. Since both Kindle and comiXology have apps which run on modern phones and tablets, this should be a good option for many fans, though those who have libraries on other services may find it’s worth an extra few dollars to purchase it from another retailer. Whatever option one might chose, this digital version is a fraction of the price of the fairly expensive print versions of the large size Eternal Edition of the manga.
One advantage of the digital version is that without the crease of a physical book you’ll be able to see all details of two page spreads! What are the differences and advantages of one platform over another? I can’t say I’m familiar enough with either to have a preference. While I have a functional and recent iPhone I only have a very old hand me down iPad which doesn’t run newer versions of apps so I don’t think this is something I will be getting, what with the countless paper versions of the manga I own. I’d be curious to see what this site’s users are deciding to use, if any. Let us know in the comments!
Although the first half of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars will only be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 18th those same episodes, with English dialogue for the first time in an official release, can now be purchased from Amazon Prime Video. This includes the first 17 episodes of the 5th and final season of Sailor Moon. Individual episodes cost $2.99 while the entire season costs $39.99. This is less expensive than even the standard edition Blu-Ray which is currently listed for $59.99 on Amazon. If you’re interested in purchasing it you can support the site but buying it using the link below.
It seems that these episodes are only available for purchase and not part of the Amazon Prime streaming service. If you’re more interested in getting a physical copy of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars which will also include the original Japanese audio with optional English subtitles than you can pre-order that from Amazon using the links below.
Thanks to moonkitty.net for the heads up.
Sailor Moon S Part 1 was released on DVD and Blu-Ray yesterday, November 15th. It is available in stores across North American and from online retailers. The set includes episodes 90 to 108, which covers half of the season introducing Sailor Uranus and Neptune and then covering the return of Chibiusa. The episodes are in Japanese with English subtitles and dubbed with Viz’s new cast which did Sailor Moon Crystal and the last two seasons.
The English episodes have not shown up on any streaming sites like Hulu and Yahoo! View yet. The dubbed episodes are available to view on Amazon Video. The digital price is $3.99 per episode and $39.99 for the whole half season in HD. It doesn’t look like a standard definition version is currently available on Amazon Video. The entire series in Japanese with English subtitles remains available subtitled on Hulu, Neon Alley, Yahoo! View and Tubi TV.
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While the first half of the first season of Sailor Moon is available to buy today on Blu-Ray and DVD the first half of Sailor Moon R is now available in Japanese with English subtitles in digital download from Amazon Instant and Xbox Video. We previously only posted about the first half of season 1 being available digitally but while I wasn’t paying attention not only was the second half released, but now the first half of the second season, Sailor Moon R, is available as well. Some other distributers such as iTunes and the PlayStation Store only have the full first season available at this time.
These episodes include the never before released Sailor Moon R episode 67, The Beach, the Island and a Vacation: The Guardians’ Break. This episode was never dubbed into English and, when ADV released their completely terrible “Uncut” Season 2 they very deceptively excluded this episode. They even split the season into two parts before and after this episode so that you needed to pay attention to notice that the set included episode 47 to 66 and then 68 to 89. The episode is not terribly relevant to the rest of the season as it features Chibiusa getting upset at her friends due to a limited menu selection, getting lost at sea and befriending what appears to be a Plesiosaur which is impressive given the fact that they went extinct along with 3/4 of the Earth’s plants and animals some 65 million years ago. Chibiusa, who is herself living in the wrong time, doesn’t seem to be bothered by the appearance of a living dinosaur and calls it Kirin, which means giraffe, due to it’s long neck.
ADV doesn’t know what uncut means
The final episode in this chunk is episode 68 – Protect Chibi-Usa: Clash of the Ten Warriors. This covers 22 of the 44 episodes of Sailor Moon R, exactly half of the season.
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For those looking for an ad free way of watching the original Sailor Moon anime the first half of the first season is now available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Xbox Video (Xbox 360 and Xbox One and the PlayStation Store (PS3, PS4, PSP, PS Vita and Xperia). This includes episode 1 to 23 of the series in Japanese with English subtitles from Viz. HD episodes are $1.99 a piece or $34.99 for the full half season. Standard definition episodes are only $0.99 an episode or $16.99 for all 23 episodes. Order them from Amazon through the link below to support our site.
As always free episodes are available streaming with ads on Hulu.
These are all available primarily to US users. Amazon Instant has no Canadian pressence. Sailor Moon is not listed in the Canadian iTunes store. It appears to be available for Xbox Video and PlayStation Store users in Canada.