Here at Sailor Moon News I occasionally get questions via e-mail, Facebook or other social media accounts. The vast majority of those questions in the past 6 months have basically been “When are we getting the new English dub of Sailor Moon S??!!”. I respond with words but I never really have a good answer and we still don’t have one. Here’s a clip from that new dub from Viz’s official Sailor Moon panel at MomoCon yesterday, May 28th, at 7pm in Atlanta Georgia.
This clip features Erica Mendez as Sailor Uranus and Lauren Landa as Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon S episode 106, The Bond of Destiny: Uranus’s Distant Past. Both voice actors were announced almost a year ago on July 3rd at Anime Expo. Yes we have been waiting a really long time to see these episodes! The video caption says “More news soon!” and we certainly hope this is true. With other new dubbed episodes they are usually announced with some clips and then a Moonlight Party when they appear on Hulu. This is usually part of an advertisement campaign for the next home video release. Season Moon R part 2 has been out since October and was announced long before that.
Here’s hoping for something “soon”!
Update 2016-05-31: The original clip was removed so I’ve added different footage from the same YouTube user comparing the new dub to the original.
The two latest episodes of Sailor Moon S are now available on Hulu and Neon Alley. This week with episodes 106 and 107 we get two stories of people who fell in love with Michiru! First is a flashback to the time when Haruka first became Sailor Uranus and then Chibiusa is in love with a classmate and they make a clay grail which looks just like a future transformation item.
Episode 106, The Bond of Destiny: Uranus’s Distant Past, partially takes place in flashbacks, which is the only part of the story we really care about. As a runner who Haruka is friends with is targeted we get a look back at when Haruka and Michiru first met. Michiru had, at the time, already transformed into Sailor Neptune and Haruka was having visions of the upcoming apocalypse. Haruka was not interested in becoming a Sailor Guardian and Michiru supported this decision. When she saw how much Sailor Neptune needs help, Haruka had a change of heart and became Sailor Uranus and so a great romance was born.
Episode 107, Art Is an Explosion of Love: Chibi-Usa’s First Love, is one of the many first loves Chibiusa has. Let’s see… first there’s obviously Mamoru who she was so in love with that she turned evil and old to get him, but the status of first love is also given to the likes of Helios and Peruru later in the series. Chibiusa has made a pie for a boy she has a crush on, but the Sailor Guardians all eat it. In this scene we get a look at Usagi’s book shelf and can see that she has a bunch of Sailor Moon books in her library. The boy Chibiusa is in love with is Masanori Tsuzuki, but unfortunately he does not return her affections instead being interested in Michiru. Naturally Chibiusa is upset with this, but they still manage to be good friends. In an art class Chibiusa, with the help of Masanori, makes a clay statue of the Holy Grail, a transformation item which will appear later in the season. This is really odd as it doesn’t really come back. This is lifted from the manga in a later chapter which has Chibiusa making the grail which ties in a bit better to the actual Holy Grail which Chibiusa has some memory of due to time travel and such. In the original anime the early appearance of the grail is a bit random. Chibiusa saves Masanori from the monster of the week and while it seems like their relationship is about to blossom he is never seen again. Chibiusa’s important encounter which she was sent to the past to make, is still yet to come.
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