Sailor Moon in Taiwan
Sailor Moon in Taiwan refers to the Taiwanese Mandarin translated version of the Sailor Moon series released under the name 水手月亮 (a direct translation). Taiwan was one of the first countries outside of Japan to air a foreign version of the anime. As is common in Taiwan, the episodes were also subtitled along with the Mandarin audio.
Translations and Channels
In 1994 the first season was dubbed into Taiwanese Mandarin by the studio CTS and was released on 23 VHS tapes, which each contained two episodes. The first tape was released on May 31, 1994, and the last tape on May 22, 1995.
In late 1999, STV started broadcasting a Taiwanese Mandarin version of seasons 4 and 5. Of all the 73 dubbed episodes, only episodes 128 through 169 aired on TV. The other episodes (170 to 200) were released on VHS tapes.
A few years later, another studio bought the rights to dub the three movies, and released them on VHS tapes.
MOMO Kids dubbed all 200 episodes of the anime, including Sailor Moon R and Sailor Moon S, which had never been dubbed in Taiwan before, along with the movies and specials, making Taiwan one of the few countries to air the entire series. Episodes were shown beginning June 24, 2011 at 9:00 am, then moved to 7:00 am in 2015. The final time the series was broadcast is in 2016. Some characters had unstable voices in the first season of the anime but this problem is solved beginning with the second season.
Censorship and Changes
- Any full body nude shots in Inner Senshi transformations were usually cut, though sometimes they were left intact. Moon Prism Power, Make Up was the only transformation that was left intact throughout the whole dub.
- All insert songs were removed. In episode 7, when Naru and Usagi originally sang "Moonlight Densetsu," it was replaced with wordless vocalizations by their dub actresses.
- The opening and ending sequences were usually left in Japanese, although sometimes the opening and ending sequences were replaced with instrumental versions.
- All insert songs, openings, and endings were left in Japanese with Taiwanese Mandarin subtitles at the bottom of the screen.
The first ten volumes of the manga were translated and released between April 30, 2019 and August 8, 2019 by Qingwen Publishing House.
A Taiwanese Mandarin-dubbed version of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal aired on TTV from December 10, 2016 until August 29, 2018. All seasons were dubbed and broadcast under the name 美少女戦士Crystal. Sailor Moon Eternal became available on Netflix with Taiwanese Mandarin subtitles on June 3, 2021.