As a promotion for the upcoming Sailor Moon Eternal movie, which is still scheduled to be released in theatres in Japan on September 11th, 10 episodes of the original Sailor Moon anime will be released every week on the official Sailor Moon YouTube channel from now until late July. This will mean that fans will have the opportunity to watch up to the end of Sailor Moon S. This is being promoted mainly to fans living in Japan who can speak Japanese.
Originally these videos were open to fans worldwide, which meant anyone could watch them, but as of Friday morning I can no longer watch these videos. Looking into it a bit it seems the videos are only available to view in Japan, Somalialand and Macedonia. If anyone knows of a reliable and free way to access region restricted videos please leave a comment with details!
There are certainly no English subtitles by default but YouTube does allow for automatic closed captions. While the videos were still viewable globally I did this for episode 1. If you’re a fan in Japan, Somalialand or Macedonia, or are otherwise able to load these videos I would suggest trying this out for a laugh! Click on the “Settings” gear on the bottom right of the video. Chose “Subtitles/CC” and then “Japanese (Auto Generated)”. Now click back through to “Subtitles/CC” and click on “Auto-translate” and scroll down to your language of choice such as “English”. I’ve included a few choice quotes in this post.
No doubt this is actually a pretty terrible way to watch a show and since most people will need to do sketchy things to do it, why bother? There are many ways better and easier ways in which a person can watch Sailor Moon these days. Fans can of course buy the series on DVD, Blu-Ray or digitally and watch it either in English or in Japanese with English subtitles. Americans with a Hulu subscription can stream the series on that service. The first four seasons are available to watch dubbed and subbed though Sailor Stars is currently only available in Japanese with English subtitles. Americans can watch those same episodes for free on Viz’s web site. Canadians can watch subtitled episodes for free on TubiTV. The service has ads but it is free to watch.
So is there any reason to watch these episodes? The video quality is pretty good! The best you’ll get for free at least. I don’t know if this is using the same source material as the Japanese Blu-Rays. They aren’t quite as nice, perhaps due to being compressed when uploaded, but I find it looks better than the Viz Blu-Ray releases. Don’t take my word for it though. Check out these screenshots for comparison. I’ll add a few more at the end of the post.
Here’s the schedule for which episodes will be released each week. New episodes will be posted on Fridays though because of time zones this ends up being a day earlier in North America. The date range suggests that episodes will only be hosted for a week and then removed, but I’m not certain about that. The Japanese site restarts episode numbers for each season which is a bit odd as Japanese sources usually use the full episode number. I’ve included both for reference.
April 24th to April 30th – Sailor Moon 1 to 10
May 1st to May 7th – Sailor Moon 11 to 20
May 8th to May 14th – Sailor Moon 21 to 30
May 15th to May 21st – Sailor Moon 31 to 40
May 22nd to May 28th – Sailor Moon 41 to 46 and Sailor Moon R 47 to 50 (1 to 4)
May 29th to June 4th – Sailor Moon R 51 to 60 (5 to 14)
June 5th to June 11th – Sailor Moon R 61 to 70 (15 to 24)
June 12th to June 18th – Sailor Moon R 71 to 80 (25 to 34)
June 19th to June 25th – Sailor Moon R 81 to 89 (35 to 43) and Sailor Moon S 90 (1)
June 26th to July 2nd – Sailor Moon S 91 to 100 (2 to 11)
July 3rd to July 9th – Sailor Moon S 101 to 110 (12 to 21)
July 10th to July 16th – Sailor Moon S 111 to 120 (22 to 31)
July 17th to July 23rd – Sailor Moon S 121 to 127 (32 to 38)
Supposedly the reason for only releasing the first three seasons is because the movie is a retelling of the Dream arc of the manga which sequentially would follow Sailor Moon S, but since Sailor Moon Crystal is not at all in continuity with the original Sailor Moon anime this seems a bit odd! The new trailer for the Sailor Moon Eternal film is included at the start of every episode which is posted to YouTube.
If you are able to get these videos to load, here are some links to the individual episodes for convenience:
Sailor Moon Episode 1 – The Crybaby: Usagi’s Beautiful Transformation
Sailor Moon episode 2 – Punishment Awaits: The House of Fortune is the Monster Mansion
Sailor Moon episode 3 – The Mysterious Sleeping Sickness: Protect the Girls in Love
Sailor Moon episode 4 – Learn How to be Skinny From Usagi
Sailor Moon episode 5 – Scent of a Monster: Chanela Will Steal Your Love
Sailor Moon episode 6 – Protect the Melody of Love: Usagi Plays Cupid
Sailor Moon episode 7 – Usagi Learns Her Lesson: Becoming a Star Is Hard Work
Sailor Moon episode 8 – The Girl Genius Is a Monster: The Brainwashing Cram School of Horror
Sailor Moon episode 9 – Usagi’s Disaster: Beware of the Clock of Confusion
Sailor Moon episode 10 – The Cursed Bus: Enter Mars
For everyone else you can support the site by buying episodes using the links below.
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