Madman Announces Release Plans for First Sailor Moon Set
posted on by Jon Hayward
Madman Entertainment announced earlier this week their plans for the first release of the original Sailor Moon TV series. The first collection of 24 episodes will be released on the 15th of April 2015 on both DVD home video and paid digital platforms. The DVD release will include bonus material that will be announced at a later date.
Madman's home video plans for the the previously announced series was delayed due to Madman wanting to "deliver the best possible product we can" going onto state they have considered the feedback on the quality of other international releases of the series and they feel that due to the lack of high definition materials a Blu-ray release wouldn't meet the high standards required. For those that are not aware, VIZ's recently released Blu-ray edition has problems with the quality of it's video remastering throughout the release. Madman's solution was to create their own DVD release utilizing remastered standard definition material.
Lazy middle school student Usagi Tsukino just wants to sleep, eat and play video games. But when Usagi takes in a stray cat called Luna, she quickly discovers that Luna can talk, and more importantly needs Usagi's help locating the fabled Moon Princess. And while Usagi prefers to avoid hard work, Luna gives Usagi the ability to turn into the champion of love and justice, Sailor Moon, which comes in handy when she is forced to fight against the Dark Kingdom of Queen Beryl. And Usagi had better hurry up, more destined girls with similar powers are waiting to be awakened and help in her quest.
Naoko Takeuchi launched the original magical girl team manga series in the shōjo monthly manga magazine Nakayoshi in 1992. It soon spawned anime, a live-action television project, musicals, and other adaptations and it also sparked a worldwide boom. The 20th anniversary project began in 2012 and featured the first musical in eight years at the AiiA Theater Tokyo in September 2013. Kodansha has been republishing the original manga in a complete edition since last November, and Kodansha USA Publishing's Kodansha Comics imprint has been publishing the manga in North America.
Viz Media licensed the Sailor Moon franchise in May this year with plans to produce a completely uncut edition of the original anime adaptation. This included an entirely new English dub cast which was personally approved by original manga creator Naoko Takeuchi.
- Stephanie Sheh as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
- Kate Higgins as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
- Cristina Vee as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
- Amanda C. Miller as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
- Cherami Leigh as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
- Robbie Daymond as Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask
- Michelle Ruff as Luna
- Johnny Yong Bosch as Artemis
- Danielle Nicole as Naru Osaka
- Ben Diskin as Gurio Umino
- Tara Platt as Ikuko Tsukino
- Keith Silverstein as Kenji Tsukino
- Nicolas Roye as Shingo Tsukino
- Cindy Robinson as Queen Beryl
- Todd Haberkorn as Jadeite
- Liam O'Brien as Nephrite
- Lucien Dodge as Zoicite
- Patrick Seitz as Kunzite
The first part of Viz Media's home video release was shipped on the 11th of November 2014. We have included a video of Viz Media's North American release including the dub cast and details of their first deluxe collection below;