Madman Announces Sailor Moon DVD Release Plans
posted on by Jon Hayward
©Naoko Takeuchi/PNP, Toei Animation
The release of the original Sailor Moon series will compromise of 200 episodes covering Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, Sailor Moon Super S and Sailor Moon Sailor Stars. Madman will break the series into 10 parts starting with Sailor Moon Part 1 in December 2015 as the following releases;
- Sailor Moon Part 1 (Episodes 1-24) DVD
- Sailor Moon Part 1 (Episodes 1-24) DVD Limited Edition W/ Collector's Box
- Sailor Moon Volume 1 (Episodes 1-7) DVD (Mass Market Exclusive)
- Sailor Moon Volume 2 (Episodes 8-14) DVD (Mass Market Exclusive)
And then will follow with Sailor Moon Part 2 in early 2016 and Sailor Moon R Part 1 before mid 2016.
Madman's release will use the video masters from the European release of Sailor Moon and include the new English dub alongside the Japanese audio track with English subtitles. The limited edition version of Sailor Moon Part 1 will include a hard collector box for parts 1 and 2 and a booklet with character designs, profiles and additional artwork from the previous series. Each series release will continue in this fashion until all the parts are released.
Pre-orders will open from October 1st 2015.
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 November 2013 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 2014 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.
Viz Media's English dub premiered on Neon Alley and Hulu on the 5th of September 2014, the cast is as follows;
- 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
Madman originally licensed Sailor Moon, it's subsequent series and Sailor Moon Crystal in November 2014 and started streaming Sailor Moon Crystal on AnimeLab. Then in March this year announced a delay of the original Sailor Moon series with the intention to ensure a quality release that avoids the problems with Viz' North American Blu-ray release.