Viz Media Snags Up Sailor Moon Anime Franchise

Topic started by Dream on May 16, 2014. Last post by takashichea 7 months, 1 week ago.
Post by Dream (8,313 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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This is some pretty big news if you're a fan of the Sailor Moon anime franchise. At Anime Central just today, Viz Media announced that they have acquired licensing rights to all TV seasons, specials and movies to Sailor Moon. This licensing snag includes the fifth season of the franchise never released in America called Sailor Stars and the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal series that will premiere in Japan on July 5. The older titles of the franchise will be released entirely unedited, include a new English dub and will be streamed in subbed format via Viz's Neon Alley service on Hulu starting Monday with its first four episodes and adding on two additional ones for each Monday afterward. Viz plans to start releasing box sets of the older seasons in the series sometime late in the year, while they will announce more details on their release plans with Sailor Moon Crystal in the future. In celebration of the acquisition, Viz plans to hold a "Sailor Moon Day" event at Anime Expo on July 5 (the day of Sailor Moon Crystal's premiere) to host panels with the new dub staff and crew, as well as try attracting a large number of Sailor Moon cosplayers.

The Sailor Moon anime franchise is a long-popular mahou shoujo series based on Naoko Takeuchi's manga series of the same name that debuted in February 1992. The anime focuses on Usagi Tsukino and several middle school girls around her age gaining magical powers based on the moon and planets to battle the forces of evil. The first season and part of the second series, Sailor Moon R, was first brought to America in an edited format for syndication in the mid-1990s by DIC Entertainment and later brought onto Cartoon Network's Toonami block. DIC's English dub was infamous for Americanizing the names of the characters, altering or cutting out plot points and editing or removing content considered objectionable to a young American audience. The later two seasons, Sailor Moon Super S and Sailor Moon Star S, also aired on Toonami which were more faithful to the Japanese script, yet altered several plot points which notably included Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune being cousins instead of lesbian lovers. The first four seasons of the series were originally released to video in the 2000s in unedited formats by ADV Films and Geneon, with the former having rights to the first season and R while the latter had rights to Super S and Star S.

Here is a video of Viz's announcement regarding their acquisition of the Sailor Moon franchise...

Post by Bigheart711 (4,215 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Day. Made. :D

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Even though it's Neon Alley, I check the episodes today on HULU. They were in Japanese. It's strange because Neon Alley prides itself for doing English Dub.

Post by sickVisionz (4,311 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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@takashichea: Not that strange imo. If Neon Alley prides itself on dubs, what's odd about them keeping dubs for themselves and giving other sites subs?

Post by Bigheart711 (4,215 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea: @sickVisionz: The newly Dubbed versions are still in production until (most likely) later this year. No clue where the dubbed versions will end up yet, however. I checked out the four episodes on Hulu and to no surprise, they were fun.

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@sickVisionz: @Bigheart711:

I tried the one week trial of Neon Alley when it came out. When I said pride, I meant they were only doing English Dub for their services. Many fans wanted them to do sub anime due to a small library they had. Neon Alley claim that their niche was special. They were doing English dub for titles that weren't in the market yet, Blu Ray and DVD. As you can see, Neon Alley fail. By April 1, it merged its services with HULU. Folks who paid for Neon Alley - I don't think they got their money back.

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