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Viz Media to Release Sailor Moon R Anime Film in U.S. Theaters in January

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Ben Diskin to play Fiore in English dub of film

Viz Media announced during its Moonlight Party livestream event on Friday that it is working with Eleven Arts to screen the Sailor Moon R: The Movie (Sailor Moon R Movie: Promise of the Rose) anime film in theaters in the United States in January.

The event will also screen the "Make Up! Sailor Guardians" (Make-Up! Sailor Senshi) anime short alongside the film. The companies will screen the film and short in both an English-dubbed version and an English-subtitled version. Theatergoers will also get a bonus gift while supplies last.

Viz Media is currently streaming a trailer for the film, and is also streaming a video introducing the voice of Fiore for the film, Ben Diskin.

The film originally opened in Japan in 1993. Geneon Entertainment previously released the film on VHS and DVD between 1999-2004.

In the film's story, when Mamoru was little, he gave a rose to a little boy named Fiore. Fiore promised that one day he would bring Mamoru lots of flowers. Now Fiore has come back to earth but his intentions are not merely to fulfill a promise.

The "Make Up! Sailor Guardians" anime short also premiered in 1993. In the short, Usagi and Chibi-Usa are at a cafe and overhear two girls talking about who is the best Sailor Guardian and describe the traits that make her the best.

Anime News Network will publish an interview with voice actors Robbie Daymond (Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask), Stephanie Sheh (Usagi/Sailor Moon), Diskin, and Viz Media's Senior Manager of Animation Marketing Charlene Ingram next week.

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