Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn, originally translated as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon and later as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the adventures of a schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino as she transforms into Sailor Moon to search for a magical artifact, the "Legendary Silver Crystal" (「幻の銀水晶」 Maboroshi no Ginzuishō, lit. "Phantom Silver Crystal"). She leads a diverse group of comrades, the Sailor Soldiers (セーラー戦士Sērā Senshi) (Sailor Guardians in later editions) as they battle against villains to prevent the theft of the Silver Crystal and the destruction of the Solar System.
The first English dub of the show made by DiC Productions L. P. (now DHX Media) premiered in Canada on August 28, 1995, on YTV and in first-run syndication in the U.S. on September 11, but halted production in November 1995 after two seasons due to low ratings. In 1997, re-runs of this canceled dub began airing on USA Network. The same year, production on the series' English dub was resumed with the last 17 episodes of the second season, Sailor Moon R, and was broadcast in Canada from September 20 to November 21, 1997, to wrap up lingering plotlines. On June 1, 1998, reruns of the series began airing on Cartoon Network's weekday afternoon programming block, Toonami. Due to the success of these reruns, the remaining seventeen episodes also aired on the block. In 1999, Cloverway Inc. once again contracted Optimum Productions to produce English-language adaptations of Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon SuperS, with Pioneer Entertainment handling home video distribution. This dub featured less censorship and was the first broadcast on YTV in Canada, and later on Toonami in the United States. The dub finished airing on Toonami on September 13, 2002; in 2003, ADV and Pioneer lost the distribution rights to the first 159/166 episodes, as well as the three films. On May 16, 2014, North American manga and anime distributor Viz Media announced that it had acquired the Sailor Moon anime series, as well as the three films and specials for an English-language release in North America, allowing Viz to restore the removed content from the first 89 episodes. The Studio City, Los Angeles-based Studiopolis was also hired by Viz to re-dub the entire series. The series began streaming in the United States on Neon Alley and Hulu on May 19, 2014, and in Canada on Tubi TV on July 15, 2016. On November 28, 2014, Australian manga and anime publisher Madman Entertainment announced that they had re-acquired the rights to the "Sailor Moon" anime series for Australia & New Zealand and will release the series in an uncut format with the Viz Media English adaptation in 2015. Madman Entertainment had previously held the Australian license for Sailor Moon on VHS & DVD until DiC lost the English-language rights.
The show was dubbed into many languages, and there were some rare dubs.
The anime was broadcasted In Bang Bang. The first air aired seasons 1, 2 & 4. These 3 seasons were based on the DiC dub. The re-air of the series happened In 2017. This time the dub Included seasons 3 & 5.
The Azerbaijani voice-over of Sailor Moon is partially found, seasons 4 and 5 and a commercial from season 2 are online, first 3 seasons weren't recorded (The rumours say that season 1 was recorded too with the evidence of a Moon Prism power phrase of Azerbaijani voice-over footage in a multilanguage video).
The anime had 2 dubs: Gota Mágica and BKS. The theme songs for those dubs can be found online with some clips from several episodes.
The Bulgarian voice-over of Sailor Moon is lost, only episode 4 of first season is found. the anime covered the first 2 seasons of the anime.
The Cantonese video dub of Sailor Moon is partially lost, some episodes are missing and the whole first season can't be found anywhere.
The first season was shown with subtitles and only 5 episodes(episodes 2, 3, 42, 44 & 46) can be found on the web. The other seasons were dubbed. The episodes 82, 83(incomplete), 93, 97, 98(incomplete), 99, 108, 112, 125, 128, 156, 164, 165, 184, 186, 192 & 195 are the only ones which are online, In older days, episode 39, a part from episode 58 & 110 were online. It was broadcasted In Nova TV (The rumours say that there was one guy who uploaded all the Croatian episodes once on YouTube but his channel got blocked).
The Cyprian dub of Sailor Moon was broadcasted In ANT1 Cyprus. It actually aired the original Greek dub of ANT1. Nothing more Is known for the dub.
Danish [Existence unconfirmed]
A page on The Sailor Moon wiki claims that a Danish anime dub was released in 1998 and went on until 2005 on DR1 and it was one of few countries to air all the 200 episodes. However, no footage of it exists anywhere online.
The Dutch dub of the anime(Only the first 52 episodes were dubbed) Is found complete.
DiC Dub was the first English dub of Sailor Moon. Didn't dubbed all the episodes and they were aired with the wrong order, with the results of airing only 159 episodes. Episodes 2, 5, 6, 42 and the whole season 5 were never dubbed The dub Is completely found. The dub also gave other names to the characters.
The CWi Dub of Sailor Moon was the second English dub of the anime and partially found, seasons 3 & 4 and a clip from season 1 are online. The dub got the names from the DiC Dub.
The VIZ Dub of Sailor Moon Is completely found. It was the third & last dub of Sailor Moon In English. This dub used the original names and also dubbed the Crystal Series. This dub didn't threw episodes away or aired them with the wrong order. All the 200 episodes were dubbed.
Estonian [Existence unconfirmed]
It was broadcasted in Estonia on Kanal 2. Like the Danish version, there is no footage of it anywhere on the web.
The Sailor Moon anime first began to air in France in the year 1993 in the month of December, and it was the first foreign country to air the anime. Like the North American distributors, France did not get the rights to the StarS season and therefore ended at the SuperS season. The only season ever released on DVD was Sailor Moon SuperS, but the license expired and remained incomplete. The release was also out of order.
In 2013, Kazé France released the first season of the anime on DVD. The DVD was released in all French-speaking European countries. On January 21, 2014, Toei Animation Europe announced that Kazé France has licensed Sailor Moon R and Sailor Moon S for DVD release in all French-speaking European countries.
The subtitled Finnish version of Sailor Moon is quite rare. A few clips can be found on YouTube. The Finnish dub aired Swedish dub with Finnish subtitles in SubTV, It only aired the first 2 seasons of the anime.
The Sailor Moon anime first began airing in Germany in the year of 1996 on ZDF, and the German title was Sailor Moon - Das Madchen mit den Zauberkraften (Sailor Moon - The Girl with Magic Powers). The opening themes were the Sailor Moon Theme Song (also known as "Sag das Zauberwort"), Kämpfe Sailor Moon, Macht des Mondes, and Flieg durch die Wolken. There was censorship in a few episodes, but generally, the German version of the anime stayed close to the original Japanese version. Sailor Moon enjoyed success on ZDF, but the anime skyrocketed in popularity on RTL II from May 1997 when an episode was shown every weekday. ZDF only dubbed the first season, but RTL II then dubbed the second season, Sailor Moon R, and then the rest of the series. The German dub of Sailor Moon has also been shown in Austria, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe (with a Lithuanian narrator talking over the German audio). The German masters run faster than the Japanese. Episode 89 is the only episode that was never dubbed in German. However the Germany dub of Sailor Moon Is partially found, the first 129 episodes are on YouTube.
In 2013, Toei Animation Europe made a deal with Viz Media Europe for DVD rights of the anime. In the announcement of the deal, Toei mentioned that Viz Media Europe will release the entire original series in Germany with German subtitles.
Since February 2014 Sailor Moon is being rerun on the TV station VIVA.
The first Greek dub of Sailor Moon is mostly found, but some episodes are missing. it first began to air In Greece in 1995 episodes of the series aired every Saturday. The anime became very popular among teenagers & young viewers. It was one of the first countries to air a foreign-language dub of the anime on TV. Eyecatches were removed from many episodes. The dub didn't buy the rights directly from TOEI and some scenes with background music were hard to dub. It was one of the many dubs which It never dubbed episode 89.
The second Greek dub of Sailor Moon (only first 2 seasons dubbed) is partially lost, episodes 4, 5, 7, 11-21, 23, 24, 27, 29-31, 36-39, 41, 47-50, 52, 54-58, 60-67, 71-76, 80, 81, 84, 85, 87 & 88 are nowhere found at this time. The anime aired episodes even on the weekdays between times 7:30 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. there was a voice-over In the title cards which It said the episode's title In Greek. The Anime covered the first 2 seasons of the anime(except the episode 89). It aired for the last time In June 20, 2006.
The Gujarati dub of Sailor Moon is very rare. There Is only an excerpt of a theme song from season 5, Moon Eternal transformation, and a clip from episode 184 can be found online on YouTube. It was broadcasted In the channel Colours. It was one of the few dubs to air Sailor Moon in ratio 16:9.
The seasons Classic, Return, Super, SuperS and Sailor Stars can be found on YouTube & Sdarot site. The anime was broadcasted in the ratio 16:9.
The Sailor Moon anime first began to air in Hungary in the year 1998 in the month of February, under the name of "Varázslatos álmok". Based roughly on the French version, the series ended at the SuperS season. None of the episodes were released on DVD at this time. Transformations and attacks phrases were constantly changing.
The first Indonesian dub is quite rare. Some clips from several episodes are on YouTube. The episodes 24, 46, 49, 51, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87 & 88 are on YouTube. (The rumours say that all the 200 episodes used to be on a channel and each episode divided In parts). Specials & episode 89 were never dubbed. It aired from 1995 to mid-2000.
The second Indonesian dub (only the first season dubbed) is partially found, the episodes 23-46(2nd part of first season) are missing. Both old & new Indonesian dub were broadcasted In Indosiar. It aired on 2013.
The anime was broadcasted there and volumes of the manga were translated, and a number of relevant magazines were released as well. In 2010, Backstage Licensing and Toei made a deal to give Backstage Licensing the license to everything related to Sailor Moon. The anime was first aired by Mediaset in 1995 with episodes airing every day of the week except for Sunday. The episodes of the first 2 seasons began on the children's programming block Bim Bum Bam on Canale 5 and the rest of the seasons were shown on Rete 4 on the television program Game Boat. Successive replicas were aired on Italia 1. The first 2 movies were listed as special episodes of Sailor Moon S, while the final movie was a Sailor Moon SuperS special. Once the third movie aired, the specials were broadcasted.
(VHS - Daewon)
The Korean video dub of Sailor Moon is mostly found, but some episodes are still missing.
The anime aired on XHTVM-TV and Cartoon Network and it was released for all Spanish-speaking Latin American countries as well.
The first 5 seasons of this dub is completely found, due to the high ratings of this dub in Latin America.
Latvian [Existence unconfirmed]
Nothing is known about Latvian dub/voice-over of Sailor Moon, there are no clips of It anywhere online or a page for It.
The Lithuanian voice-over of Sailor Moon is lost, there's only one clip from episode 173 available on YouTube. The voice-over used the German version of Sailor Moon. The anime was broadcasted in LNK channel.
There are 2 Malay dubs which they are named Malay. But they're not the same. However down below there are the differences.
(Speedy Dub - Malaysian English)
The Speedy dub Is done In VCD by Malay voice actors and only dubbed Season 2 & 3. It's known as a horrible English dub which It used incorrect grammar. Episodes 47 & 48 and a clip from episode 59 are found.
The Malay NTV7 Dub was done In 2011. It only dubbed season 2. It got its script & censorship from the old Indonesian dub. Some parts from episodes 76 & 77 are on YouTube. But full episodes are nowhere on the web. The dub Is an original Malay dub which the voice actors were speaking Malay.
In Mainland China, The first two seasons of the anime were dubbed into Mandarin, as well as the movies, though the voice actors differed between the show and the films. In Season 2, the voice actors other than Sailor Moon's & Tuxedo Mask's were changed. The opening was an instrumental version of Moonlight Densetsu, but some episodes did play the Japanese theme. The ending songs were left instrumental for both two seasons though some were also left in Japanese. A few years later another company dubbed the 3 movies of the series. The dub Is completely found.
There were several Polish broadcasts of the series, with the first broadcast being aired in Polsat from 1995 to 2000 and again from 1998 to 2001 in Polsat 2. All five seasons were aired on television along with Sailor Moon R: The Movie which was advertised as a special episode during the broadcasts of the final episodes of Sailor Moon R. The movie was aired at a different time slot (probably due to its length).
As it was commonly done in Poland in the 1990s, the series was not dubbed, and voiceover was used instead, with one lektor (Ms. Danuta Stachyra in the first version) reading the full script, along with episodes' titles and credits. Original Japanese voices could be heard clearly in the background.
Lack of three episodes (among them the finale of the Classic series), SuperS opening and ending animations, and some plot changes, were attributed to countries Poland obtained the series from, and thus allegedly no censorship was introduced by Polish broadcasters. However, due to translation mistakes, some spells were re-named into what would sound very silly to Polish viewers. For example, Sailor Mercury's Sabão Spray became Mydło, powidło, which literally means soap [and] jam, and is a phrase traditionally used to describe a wide assortment of cheap goods.
Aside from missing opening and ending animations of the SuperS series, no music was removed or changed. All songs remained untranslated in Japanese. The songs appear in the instrumental version. The first season has only the first intro, R only the first intro (except the episode 89 where the third intro appears with words), the S season only the third intro, the Super S had an S series intro (this time with words) and later the first intro of the R series, the last season has the first intro in the instrumental version while the other in the unchanged Japanese version.
In 2011, the station belonging to the Polsat group called TV4 began broadcasting the first season in the unchanged Japanese version. Stanisław Olejniczak was a lektor. In episode 23, Jarosław Łukomski was lektor. In 2012, this version was broadcast on the TV6 channel.
Being the first anime series broadcasted on a national scale, and gaining record popularity in short time, Sailor Moon gave a start to a fiery social debate on if and how animated series should contain nudity and violence that continued for several years, possibly being one of the main factors that sped up introducing parental guidance symbols on Polish television. The Sailor Moon S movie was released on DVD and also came with the magazine known as Gry Komputerowe (Computer Games).
All seasons of Sailor Moon have been broadcast on TVR1 since 1997 in the Japanese version with Voice-Over. The dub Is very rare and hard to find, only episodes 1, 13, 98, 198 & 200 are found.
The initial series run was on channel 2x2 in 1993 through 1997, consisted of the first three seasons (Classic, R, and S), with the translation by 2x2 Telemarket. As it is common in Russia, it was a voiceover, not a full lip-synched dub. All of the male voices were done by Vadim Andreev and all of the female voices, as well as the child voices, were done by Lyudmila Ilyina. The same three seasons were then rebroadcasted by Kazakh network channel 31 in 1998, channel TNT in 2000, and then channel Stolitsa (Now Moscow 24) in 2001 through 2002.AST has also broadcast this series since 1996.
The season names were changed as follows:
Sailor Moon - Сейлормун
Sailor Moon R - Сейлормун снова с нами (Sailormoon Again With Us)
Sailor Moon S - Сейлормун — супервоин (Sailormoon the Super Warrior)
Previews for the following episode were never shown, Avant-titles were moved to right after the opening song (except for episode 89), and eye-catches were removed (as no commercial breaks were inserted into the episodes). The episode title cards were kept in Japanese. There were no subtitles, only a voiceover telling the title of the episode. In all three seasons, there were creditless openings and endings, only a voiceover naming the credits. There was no text in the ending apart from the series name, air time, and the words, "To be continued...". There were no alterations to the opening or ending credits. All openings had no lyrics, until episode 89 onwards, the version with the lyrics began to air.
The third season retained its opening sequence, but the final version of the opening (the 3rd opening of the S season) was used, spoiling the appearances of the Outer Senshi, Sailor Chibi Moon, Hotaru Tomoe, and Super Sailor Moon. The ending sequence for Tuxedo Mirage was used with the song Otome no Policy until episode 110. Episode 114 was omitted from the first run on TNT, but was retained in Kazakhstan later on in the channel 31 run.
Later, starting from the year 2001, the SuperS and StarS were added, making Russia one of the few countries to air all 200 episodes. TNT had purchased the German dub for these two seasons, which were then dubbed into Russian.
The series was also broadcasted by NTN-4, ATN, Channel 23, however, these were versions the same as from the previous years. The dub Is completely found.
Serbian [Existence unconfirmed]
No clips of the dub can be found anywhere online. However, there is a Serbian page for the anime claiming that the anime was dubbed In this language. It was broadcast In TV BK.
The anime covered the first two seasons of the anime, first airing in Sweden during February 1996 as part of the children's programming block Junior on TV4, which at first only aired up to episode 23 at the time, and did not return until the year 1999. Episode 88 first aired September 2001 and the dub was later sold to a different network where it had continuous reruns until July 2004. Only episodes 1-18 have been commercially released on VHS. The translation contained some sexual references which the original didn't have, a roster of the cast covers over the Sailor Moon logo and a male voice said the episode name as the Japanese text for the titles remained intact, which caused fighting among the fans. The ending is a Swedish version of the first Japanese opening and ran creditless. Episodes 49, 54, 68 & 89 have never been broadcast. Starting in 2002, the Swedish dub has also been broadcast in Finland on SubTV with Finnish subtitles.
It was the first dub of Sailor Moon in Taiwanese. More information coming soon...
It was the second dub of Sailor Moon in Taiwanese. More information coming soon...
It was the third dub of Sailor Moon in Taiwanese. More information coming soon...
The first Tagalog dub Is lost. Only episodes 51, 52, 57 & 59 and some transformation from Seasons 3, 4 & 5 can be found on a YouTube channel. The dub dubbed the first five seasons of the Anime. The whole Tagalog dubbed series was released In DVD too (The rumours say that a channel had uploaded the whole season 4 & 5 a few years ago but it was lately deleted). It was released in October 1994 and ended on July 20, 2002.
The ABS-CBN Dub Is partially lost. Only the first 47 episodes Is found complete. The dub aired the first 3 seasons(episodes 1-127). The first season was broadcasted on ABS-CBN. The second & third season were broadcasted on Hero TV. The redub was released in 2012.
Episodes 1-9, 18, 24, 51, 76, 86, 95, 104, 123, 124, 133, 136, 152 & 174 can be found on the web.
Only episode 52 Is found.
Only episode 81 Is found.
The first three seasons were broadcast in Russian. It was a version from the 2x2 channel. The fourth and fifth season was broadcasted in the early 2000s, by Novy Kanal. It was a German version with Russian Voice-Over made in Ukraine.
Sailor Moon’s fifth season, Sailor Stars had a Voice-Over done in Ukraine and was broadcasted on September-October 2014 on channel K1. 26 episodes had been aired.From 27 February to 1 April 2017 fifth season was broadcasted again. The Live-Action series was also voiced over but only 25 episodes were found on YouTube.
Sailor Moon began airing in Vietnam in 1994 on the VTV3 channel. VTV3 aired Sailor Moon Classic, R, and S until 1996. The first season was a voice-over dub with English (DIC) dub in the background, while other seasons and all movies had the Japanese original. In 2015, an all-new Vietnamese dub was released and aired on HTV3. HTV3 only dubbed season 1 due to unpopularity. The voice-over had only one person doing every role, and the English audio can still be heard in the background. HTV3 Dub Is complete on a web. However, the voice-over Is lost, only episodes 1, 8, 10, 25, 33 & 44 are found.