The original Sailor Moon anime was added to Bell Media’s Canadian streaming platform Crave on September 18th. It was featured in a number of categories and “Sailor Moon” trended on social media platforms the next day. Anecdotally it seemed like a lot of people were watching it, but how did the numbers add up? According to Bell’s streaming overview for the week of September 24th to the 30th the show faired quite well in its first week! It was the 4th most watched program on Crave for the week of September 16th to the 22nd, as can be seen from this excerpt from that press release:
Crave Audience Metrics
Crave continues to have Canadians covered, delivering the best movies, TV series, and original hits all in one place. Ridley Scott’s HBO Max Original Series RAISED BY WOLVES holds the top spot for the second week in a row, followed by the sizzling reality series LOVE ISLAND at #2. STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS takes #3 for the third consecutive week, and the beloved anime series, SAILOR MOON debuts at #4. Here are the Top 10 most-watched programs on Crave for the week of September 16 – 22:
1. RAISED BY WOLVES
2. LOVE ISLAND
3. STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS
4. SAILOR MOON
5. LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
6. THE VOW
7. SPIES IN DISGUISE
8. SOUTH PARK
9. THE THIRD DAY
10. THE BIG BANG THEORY
This is pretty impressive! It was beat out only by HBO’s Raised By Wolves, Love Island, which as far as I can tell does not take place on an island and is almost certainly devoid of actual love, and Star Trek: Lower Decks which streams on CBS All Access in the US. That’s great, you might be thinking, but that was a couple of weeks ago! Well it looks like the series was not in the top 10 most watched shows for the weeks of September 24th to the 30th or October 1st to the 7th.
Have you been watching Sailor Moon on Crave?
Thanks to Jesse Betteridge on Twitter for bringing this to my attention.
Canadian Sailor Moon fans can now watch the original Sailor Moon anime on Crave. The streaming service added all five seasons of Sailor Moon to it’s catalogue on Friday September 18th. When we originally posted this news in August it wasn’t clear whether or not the series would be streamed in English but now we know that it is but also that the original Japanese version is not available on the service. This seems like a very odd choice but luckily Canadian Sailor Moon fans can still watch the Japanese version of the original anime for free on Tubi. It’s worth noting that the video quality of the series on Crave looks quite good. It seems that Viz has used some better masters for this than were used for their original Blu-Ray releases. I haven’t been able to do specific comparisons but some fans are suggesting that these are the same versions used for the Japanese Blu-Rays.
The impact of Sailor Moon being added to the service was immediately apparent. Though I didn’t see the show in many categories when I checked the service slightly after midnight on September 18th by mid day Friday it was in many categories on the site including Just Added TV Shows, Buzzworthy and Kid Stuff. Sailor Moon was trending on Twitter in Canada on Friday and, something which is always a sign that news about the show has gone mainstream, I had two non Moonie friends text me to tell me that they saw that the show was on Crave. What’s the best way to show appreciation for the kind gesture while politely telling someone you knew about a thing months ago?
It’s hard to explain what a cultural phenomenon Sailor Moon was here in Canada. While the show was of course popular in the United States and throughout the world in the 90s the show really was a mainstream staple which everyone knew about in Canada in the 1990s. It wasn’t just a hit amongst anime fans but something every kid knew about. It played multiple times a day on Canadian channels YTV and Global. Now that it’s gotten prominent attention on a popular streaming platform a lot of people who may not have followed the show much over the past 20 years are likely having a chance to see it again. Though this won’t include the DiC dub for which most people are nostalgic for, hopefully many of them will appreciate this new and more faithful dub for what it has to offer. I wonder how many people this weekend will be watching the show and seeing those early episodes which weren’t originally dubbed such as episode 2, Punishment Awaits: The House Of Fortune Is The Monster Mansion, episode 5, Scent of a Monster: Chanela Will Steal Your Love, and episode 6, Protect the Melody of Love: Usagi Plays Cupid.
For a lot of us including readers of this site Sailor Moon never really went away but for casual fans in Canada I think this is a big deal and I hope this brings the series back to the attention of some older fans and makes some new ones.
Have you been watching the show on Crave?
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A listing of next month’s additions to Crave includes the news that the original Sailor Moon anime will be coming to the streaming service on September 18th. The announcement mentions that all five seasons of the series will be streaming and although it is possible this will include Viz’s new English dub of the series this has not been explicitly mentioned. This would be the first time the Viz English dub would be available to stream legally in Canada, though the series has been available in the country on home video for some time.
Americans won’t be able to watch the series on Crave, though they can still watch the series for free on Viz’s web site. They can also stream the series on Hulu for a fee. That service also has Sailor Moon Crystal. Canadian fans can already stream the original Sailor Moon anime for free on TubiTV, though that service only includes the Japanese version with English subtitles. TubiTV also streams Sailor Moon Crystal. Canadian and American fans can also watch Sailor Moon Crystal and Sailor Moon R The Movie on Crunchyroll. Sailor Moon R The Movie can also be streamed on Funimation.
Crave is a Canadian streaming service which is owned by Bell Media, a large media company which owns a number of TV stations in Canada. Bell Canada is also a major provider of TV, Internet and telephone services in Canada. This means that Crave streams some original Canadian properties but as a number of American and other non Canadian series and movies are broadcast on Canadian stations owned by Bell Media, a lot of these end up on the service as well. This includes things like the various Star Trek series. I have a paid subscription for the service which I also use to watch HBO series for an extra cost. It adds up but it’s cheaper than a cable subscription. The movie selection on Crave isn’t as good as some other providers but they have a good selection os TV series. Do any of you have a Crave subscription? Will you be watching Sailor Moon on it?
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