- This page is for the anime series that ran from 1992 to 1997. For other uses, please see Sailor Moon (disambiguation).
Sailor Moon (anime series)
|Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn|
Adventure, magical girl, romance, comedy, drama, fantasy
March 7, 1992 – February 8, 1997
|# of Episodes||
24-25 minutes (per episode)
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン; meaning Very Beautiful Young Girl Warrior Sailor Moon; officially translated as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and also known as just Sailor Moon) was an anime series that ran on Japanese television from March 7, 1992 to February 8, 1997 on Asahi Television. The series spanned 200 episodes, three feature films, five specials, and five memorials. Following this series were two reboots: one live-action tv show and later Sailor Moon Crystal.
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 in 1995 and by Viz Media in 2014 and 2015. A second dubbed version by Viz Media was released on home video in two installments, with Part 1 released on November 11, 2014 and Part 2 released on February 10, 2015.
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 Disney XD). 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. A subbed version is currently available on Hulu and Viz Media's Neon Alley service. A second dubbed version was released on home video in two installments, with Part 1 released on July 14, 2015, and Part 2 released on October 27, 2015.
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 Inc., and released on DVD by Pioneer.
A subbed version is currently available on Hulu and Viz Media's Neon Alley service. A second dubbed version was released on home video in two installments, with Part 1 was released on November 15, 2016 and Part 2 was released on June 20, 2017.
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. The first part of the new dub was released on April 24, 2018, while the release of the second part was released on November 13, 2018.
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 separately from "Sailor Moon," which on their timeline concludes with the fourth season. In addition, the opening song changed from "Moonlight Legend," which it had been for the first four seasons, to "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 the show'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.
As of May 16th, 2014, Viz Media has obtained the rights to subtitle and dub Sailor Stars in English in North America. It's unknown why Toei Animation has suddenly changed its stance of not allowing Sailor Stars to be licensed for English-language distribution. The first episode of Sailor Stars was uploaded to Hulu on December 14, 2015, marking the official premiere of the series in America. The first part of the dub was released on June 18th, 2019.
- 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 Viz dub of the film was given a theatrical run in early 2017, was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 18, 2017.
- The Sailor Moon S movie - Theater run was from December 1994 to January 1995. based on the short story "Lover of Princess Kaguya" that preludes the Dream story arc in the manga, the film's original English dub's subtitle is "Hearts in Ice." The Viz dub of the film was given a theatrical run in summer 2018, was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 2, 2018.
- 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 original English dub's subtitle is "Black Dream Hole." The Viz dub of the film was given a theatrical run in summer 2018 and the DVD and Blu-ray was released on February 12, 2019.
- Make Up! Sailor Senshi - A special that appeared with the R movie in theaters.
- Dreaming Moon- A special of a fan event from Christmas 1993.
- 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 Memorial
- Sailor Moon R Memorial
- Sailor Moon S Memorial
- Sailor Moon SuperS Memorial
- Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Memorial
International Dubs and Voiceovers of Sailor Moon
The anime quickly found favor internationally and was bought by various television companies across the world and dubbed into numerous different languages, including:
- Cantonese Chinese (Hong Kong)
- Mandarin Chinese (mainland China)
- Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan)
- Portuguese (Brazilian)
- Portuguese (Portugal)
- Spanish (Castilian)
- Spanish (Latino)