Sailor Moon (anime)
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン; officially translated as "Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon" or "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon") was an anime that ran on TV Asahi from March 7, 1992 to February 8, 1997. In the fall of 2009 it began airing again on Animax. The series spanned 200 episodes, three feature films, five specials, and five memorials.
Sailor Moon TV Series
Sailor Moon (First Season)
The first season of the Sailor Moon anime aired on TV Asahi at 7:00pm on Saturdays from March 7, 1992 to February 27, 1993. It consisted of episodes 1-46.
Sailor Moon R (Second Season)
The second season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 6, 1993 to March 12, 1994. It consisted of episodes 47-89.
Because the series was not developed with a second season in mind, the first 13 episodes (quarter season) of the series was an original story produced by Toei, allowing Naoko Takeuchi to release more of the manga before the anime returned to follow its storyline.
This season was the last to air in the UK on Fox Kids (now known as Jetix).
This season was dubbed into English by DiC and eventually released on DVD by ADV, though episode 67 was not dubbed nor released on DVD in the U.S. and Canada.
Sailor Moon S (Third Season)
The third season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 19, 1994 to February 25, 1995. It consisted of episodes 90-127.
Sailor Moon SuperS (Fourth Season)
The fourth season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 4, 1995 to March 2, 1996. It consisted of episodes 128-166.
This season was dubbed into English by Cloverway and released on DVD by Pioneer, and was the last season of the series to air in the U.S. and Canada.
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (Fifth Season)
The fifth season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 9, 1996 to February 8, 1997. It consisted of episodes 167-200. The series concluded with this season.
On the anime timeline at the Toei Animation Gallery, "Sailor Stars" is listed separate from "Sailor Moon," which on their timeline concludes with the fourth season. In addition, the opening song changed from "Moonlight Densetsu," which it had been for the first four seasons, to the "Sailor Star Song."
None of the episodes in this season have aired in English-speaking countries, and many rumors persist as to why Toei Animation has not allowed any company to license the last series for distribution in English. The most persistent rumors are that Toei wanted more money for licensing than anyone was willing to pay, and that Toei was afraid of hurting Sailor Moon's "family friendly" image due to some content in Sailor Stars (such as the nudity in the last episode, Haruka and Michiru's relationship, and the gender-transforming Sailor Starlights). Despite this, however, this season aired in other foreign countries with little or no controversy.
Sailor Moon Films
- The Sailor Moon R movie - Theater run was from December 1993 to January 1994. The film's English dub subtitle is "The Promise of the Rose."
- The Sailor Moon S movie - Theater run was from December 1994 to January 1995. It is based on the short story "Kaguya-hime no Koibito" that preluded the Dream story arc in the manga. The film's English dub subtitle is "Hearts in Ice."
- The Sailor Moon SuperS movie - Theater run was from December 1995 to January 1996. Of the three films, this was the only one to have a Japanese subtitle, called "The Nine Sailor Warriors Get Together! Miracle in the Black Dream Hole." The film's English dub subtitle is "Black Dream Hole."
Sailor Moon Specials
- Make up! Sailor Senshi - A special that appeared with the R movie in theaters.
- The Wonderful World of Sailor Moon S - A special that aired on December 22, 1994.
- Sailor Moon SuperS Specials - A set of three episodes that aired on April 8, 1995.
- Ami's First Love - A special that appeared with the SuperS movie in theaters.
Sailor Moon Memorials
- Sailor Moon Memorial
- Sailor Moon R Memorial
- Sailor Moon S Memorial
- Sailor Moon SuperS Memorial
- Sailor Stars Memorial
Sailor Moon Around the World
The anime quickly found favor internationally, and was bought by various TV companies across the world and dubbed into numerous different languages. For more details, see:
- Sailor Moon in Brazil
- Sailor Moon in Britain
- Sailor Moon in China
- Sailor Moon in Finland
- Sailor Moon in France
- Sailor Moon in Germany
- Sailor Moon in Greece
- Sailor Moon in Hong Kong
- Sailor Moon in Hungary
- Sailor Moon in Indonesia
- Sailor Moon in Israel
- Sailor Moon in Italy
- Sailor Moon in Korea
- Sailor Moon in Mexico
- Sailor Moon in The Netherlands
- Sailor Moon in North America
- Sailor Moon in the Philippines
- Sailor Moon in Poland
- Sailor Moon in Portugal
- Sailor Moon in Russia
- Sailor Moon in Spain
- Sailor Moon in Sweden
- Sailor Moon in Thailand