If there’s one anime I’ll always hold a torch in my heart for (and the very one to propel me into the world of anime beyond it) it would be Sailor Moon. I have plenty of good memories attached to this anime, which I can probably write a lengthy blog post charting my history with this very special magical girl series, but I won’t. It has been years since I’ve watched the anime that once dominated American television.
The dubbed version of Sailor Moon wasn’t always perfect. Episodes or whole seasons were either edited or never aired. Voice actors for certain characters left and were replaced with new ones, which wasn’t always a good thing, especially for the voice actors of Serena and Darien in the later seasons of the anime (Terri Hawkes and Toby Proctor were the BEST dubbed voice actors for Serena and Darien respectively, in my opinion).
When it was announced that the Japanese were going to reboot the Sailor Moon anime and do a faithful adaptation from the manga a few years ago, many long-time Sailor Moon fans had a reason to rejoice. As if the new anime Sailor Moon Crystal debuting this July isn’t enough to look forward to, last week Viz Media made an announcement that the original Sailor Moon series will be airing all 200 episodes uncut and in its entirety on stream and will then be released on Blu-Ray and DVD in the U.S. sometime in the fall. By the time of this posting, the first four episodes of the subtitled Sailor Moon will have already streamed on Hulu.