After a long and nerve-wracking wait, we finally have an official announcement for when Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie parts 1 and 2 is released outside of Japan. Surprisingly to most people, Netflix snatched up the streaming rights from Hulu, who have, up until this point, acquired streamings rights to all of the Sailor Moon series. It’s very likely Toei wanted to release the movies globally due to the pandemic that’s been happening worldwide, and Netflix has a greater reach than Hulu.
Japan was originally going to release the first movie on September 11, 2020, but changed the release dates to January 8th and February 11th, 2021. Sailor Moon Eternal was the 1st movie of the anime franchise to be in Japanese theaters after more than 20 years. Now the rest of the world learns that parts 1 and 2 are coming to Netflix worldwide on June 3rd, 2021, which happens to be the month of Usagi and Chibiusa’s birthday (they share a birthday on June 30th).
“Like so many others around the world, I trace my love for anime back to watching ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon’ when I was a toddler – pictures of me in Usagi’s Bun Head have become a family treasure. It’s no surprise that these characters and tales about love and justice still touch the hearts of so many fans around the world,” said Ema Hirayama, Manager, Content Acquisition, Netflix. “It’s a dream come true for all of us at Netflix to have ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie’ join our expansive anime slate and to share this incredible story with fans around the world.”
Fumio Osano, Editor-in-Chief, Comic IP Development Team (Kodansha) also has a message for everyone: “We have long been hoping to bring the ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie’ to people around the world since the initial release in Japan in January and February, 2021. Today, we are excited to bring these movies to our fans through Netflix. Amidst these challenging times, it is our greatest pleasure for viewers to feel courage and hope by watching this story about love and justice.”
The trailer opens up with different audio translations of Sailor Moon saying “In the name of the moon…!”. Netflix also offers 17 different language closed captions to choose from. In the audio, you will hear the original Viz dub mixed in the intro. Several cast members who voiced in the Viz dub have confirmed via twitter that they are returning, including: Sailor Pluto, Sailor Neptune, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Mars, Sailor Chibi Moon, and Sailor Moon.
The theme of the upcoming movies is ‘Dreams’. Based on the ‘Dream Arc’ of the original hit manga series, the story is about the Sailor Guardians’ growth, both as teenage girls and as Sailor Guardians, as well as the faint first love of Chibi-Usa and Helios.
The movies takes place right after the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal. It sets in “April, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and Tokyo is in a festive mood as it celebrates the largest Total Solar Eclipse of the century. As the new moon obscures the sun and gradually dims its light, Usagi and Chibi-Usa encounter Pegasus, who is in search of the chosen Maiden who can break the seal of the Golden Crystal. Meanwhile, a mysterious troupe called the Dead Moon Circus appears in town who’s nefarious plan is to scatter the nightmare incarnations known as Lemures, seize the ‘Legendary Silver Crystal,’ rule over the moon and the earth, and eventually dominate the entire universe…”
Watch the trailer here:
I’m so excited to see the continuation of the manga adaption! What about you?
Official Netflix page to the Sailor Moon Eternal Movie: Sailor Moon Eternal
Originally created by: Naoko Takeuchi
Directed by: Chiaki Kon (‘The Way of the Househusband’, ‘Nodame Cantabile: Paris Edition & Finale’)
Music by: Yasuharu Takanashi (‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal’, ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season III’)
Character designs by: Kazuko Tadano (‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon’, ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens’
Animation Production: TOEI Animation / Studio DEEN