The physical release of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Part 2 is less than two weeks away which means the series is now available to purchase digitally from a number of online retailers. The series is available to purchase separately for the English dubbed episodes or in Japanese with English subtitles. The retailers currently offering the series are iTunes, the PlayStation Store, the Microsoft Store and Google Play. Strangely absent is Amazon Prime Video who had Part 1 up for sale two weeks before that set was released physically. The Amazon Video page for Sailor Moon does not include these final 17 episodes of the series.
With these episodes now available the entire Sailor Moon series is available in English for the first time ever! Since Sailor Stars was never dubbed with the DiC/Cloverway dub of Sailor Moon the Viz dub is the first and only official English version we’ve gotten.
Buying digital downloads of the original Japanese version with English subtitles seems unwise as the series was available for free in this format for quite a while on Hulu. The service is now only available for paying customers who can still stream the series in its entirety in Japanese with English subtitles as well as the first four seasons in English. Sailor Moon had been streaming for free on Yahoo! View but that service no longer exists. Canadians can stream the entire series in Japanese with English subtitles on TubiTV. This is a free streaming service with ads.
Have any of you downloaded this version to listen to the end of the dub of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars? If so what did you think? If you’re holding off for the physical release you can support the site by pre-ordering it from Amazon using the links below.
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!
With over a week to go until the June 18th release of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars part 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray it seems the dubbed episodes are already available as digital downloads from many retailers. Though I don’t see any specific dates for when these were posted it stands to reason that they popped up last Tuesday which would be two weeks before the video release. It’s standard practice for most movies to be released as digital downloads and on demand two weeks prior to the physical release. I can only assume this is because the industry is actively trying to subvert physical releases for whatever reason. I’m surprised Viz hasn’t made any effort to publicize this.
So, where can you get this? Though I don’t have links for all of these services, as some of them can only be searched through their own applications or devices, episodes are available on iTunes (Canada, US, search your own country and it may be there), the PlayStation Store, the Microsoft Store, Google Play and, as mentioned in yesterday’s post, Amazon Prime Video. There may certainly be other retailers who offer the episodes. If you’re aware of any others feel free to leave a comment with a link!
The 17 episode half season in HD costs $39.99 US. As a Canadian I was happy to see that most stores are also selling the season for $39.99 Canadian as we are usually charged significantly more in Canadian dollars due to an unfavourable exchange rate.
Keep in mind that this is only for the English dubbed versions of these episodes. While some retailers are more than happy to take your hard earned money for the subtitled version of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars this hardly seems like a wise choice for a consumer who can watch the series for free! As I originally posted episode summaries for two episodes a week over two years as they were originally released on Hulu, the entire series including Sailor Stars has been available to view on the platform since then. Since Hulu isn’t as free as it used to be the series is also available to watch on Yahoo! View. Canadian fans will find they can’t access those sites but they can watch the series on TubiTV. I have the TubiTV app installed on my PlayStation 4 which seems to work well.
Do any of you plan on getting this series digitally and watching it right away? If so, what do you think of the dub? Sailor Moon News uses Amazon ads so if you’re looking to get the series on Amazon Prime Video or in a physical release from the site you can do so using the links below.