Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (anime series)
Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn

adventure, magical girl, romance, comedy, drama, fantasy

Directed by

Junichi Sato


Toei Animation


TV Asahi

Original run

March 7, 1992 – February 8, 1997

# of Episodes


Running time

24-25 minutes (per episode)

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン; meaning "Pretty Young Girl Warrior Sailor Moon"; officially translated as "Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon") was an anime that ran on Japanese television from March 7, 1992 to February 8, 1997 on Asahi Television. In fall of 2009 it began airing again on Animax. The series spanned 200 episodes, three feature films, five specials, and five memorials.


Sailor Moon

The first season of the Sailor Moon anime aired on Asahi Television at 7:00pm on Saturdays from March 7, 1992 to February 27, 1993. It consisted of episodes 1-46. This season was dubbed into English by DiC, and was eventually released on DVD by ADV.

Sailor Moon R

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 rather than based on the manga by Naoko Takeuchi to allow Takeuchi time to develop her storyline further. 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

The third season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 19, 1994 to February 25, 1995. It consisted of episodes 90-127. This season was dubbed into English by Cloverway, and released on DVD by Pioneer.

Sailor Moon SuperS

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

The fifth season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 9, 1996 to February 8, 1997. The series concluded with this season. It consisted of episodes 167-200. 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.


Funimation has considered dubbing Sailor Moon. In a poll they asked people if they would watch it. Little is known if they will. They said if they were to dub it they would use the characters' original names and not edit anything with reference to Japan. In the polls they didn't give the amount of votes of yes or no. In 2012, in some ads with polls that advertised the English dub of the anime "One Piece", one asked "What is your favorite manga series". One of the options were Sailor Moon.

Upcoming Series Reboot

Main article: Sailor Moon 2013

It was revealed on July 6, 2012 at the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Special Live Event, Kotono Mitsuishi and Tohru Furuya (the Japanese voices for Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon and Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask) announced a new Sailor Moon anime that will premiere in the summer of 2013 (though the time has been delayed), and these are things that have been confirmed about the new anime.

  • The anime will be streamed worldwide simultaneously.
  • It is said that both Kotono and Tohru will reprise their roles as Usagi and Mamoru, respectively.
  • It is confirmed it is an anime series, not a film.
  • The anime will not be a continuation after Sailor Moon Sailor Stars. It will be a whole new reboot.
  • Momoiro Clover Z will provide the theme song, but it is unsure if their song, Maiden's War, will be the new theme and replace Moonlight Densetsu.

Most things are unknown about the anime, such as if any other original voice actors will be reprising their roles, what the title of the new anime is, or if it will be subbed or dubbed when streamed.


  • 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. The film's English dub subtitle is "Hearts in Ice," and is based on the short story "Lover of Princess Kaguya" that preluded the Dream story arc in the manga.
  • 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 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:

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