Viz Offers English-Subtitled Episodes of Sailor Moon for Digital Purchase

Viz Media has announced that the first 23 episodes of the English-subtitled version of Sailor Moon are available for digital purchase on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, PLAYSTATION Network and the Xbox Marketplace. The episodes are available for download individually or bundled in high-definition and standard-definition.

The full set of episodes in HD costs US$34.99 and US$16.99 for SD. Individual episodes retail for US$0.99 each in SD and US$1.99 in HD.

Music Video for Sailor Moon Crystal’s Opening Theme Song

The music video for “Moon Pride,” Momoiro Clover Z’s opening theme song for Sailor Moon Crystal, is now streaming online.

I am embedding the video below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Viz Media Posts Third Sailor Moon English Dub Clip

Viz Media has posted a third clip for the new English dub of the Sailor Moon television anime series. This clip features Queen Beryl and Jadeite.

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Viz Media Announces Plans for Comic-Con International

Viz Media is delivering anime and manga content at the 2014 Comic-Con International. Attendees are invited to join a fun weekend in San Diego with special events, in-booth giveaways, informative panel discussions, and other fun activities and convention exclusives.

Viz Media is hosting an array of panel discussions detailing a host of forthcoming releases, new acquisitions and other surprises from the company’s animation and publishing teams. Fans will not want to miss a very special appearance by Junko Takeuchi, the Japanese voice actress who provides the original voice for Naruto in the popular anime series. She will join the staff of Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump for a special panel discussion on Naruto on Thursday, July 24th. Fans are also invited to attend the official Sailor Moon panel, which will offer new information on the return of the legendary animated series to North America.

Viz Media’s Booth 2813 on the Main Show Floor will be a continual hub of activity with special in-booth photo opportunities with an Uglydoll on Thursday, July 24th and everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future, Doraemon, on Saturday July 25th. Fans can also catch freebies and promo item giveaways throughout the convention including posters, temporary tattoos, posters, postcards, buttons and more for popular series such as Blood Lad, Deadman Wonderland, Sailor Moon and One-Punch Man. And don’t miss the return of the Viz Media convention tote bag, which is free with any purchase, available in four amazing designs while supplies last.

Collectors also can browse an array of limited edition items and special convention exclusives that will be offered for sale in the Viz Media booth throughout Comic-Con while supplies last. Notable items include One Piece Exclusive Replica Manga Art ($15.00); Limited Edition Bravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug ($35.00), with foil-accented slipcover and gilded page edges only 250 made – don’t miss the chance to have it signed by the artists at the exclusive in-booth signing; Bravest Warriors: Catbug’s Treasure Book ($15.00); Hello Kitty, Hello 40 Commemorative Art Book (50.00) only 250 printed with foil-accented slipcover and gilded page edges – don’t miss the chance to have it signed by Hello Kitty artists at the exclusive in-booth signing; exclusive Gecco Naruto Shippuden figure ($150.00); and Cryptozoic’s Naruto Shippuden Trading Card Game Presale ($50.00).

Also catch special advance pre-sales of several forthcoming new Viz Media titles including Food Wars Volume 1 ($10.00), Black Rose Alice ($10.00) and The Art of Princess Mononoke ($35.00) ahead of their street date releases later this summer. Don’t miss the latest Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack ($20.00) that contains more than 100 pages of the world’s most popular featured series and a limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh! card “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight,” as well as a special bonus exclusive game mat free with purchase while supplies last.

Viz Media’s Comic-Con Panels and Special Events

Thursday, July 24, 2014

10:00AM and 4:00PM UGLYDOLL PHOTO OPPORTUNITY at VIZ Media Booth #2813
Drop by the VIZ Media booth for a photo with an UGLYDOLL pal!

10:00AM – 11:30AM SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: NARUTO in Room 8
NARUTO is one of the world’s most popular manga series, with over 60 best-selling volumes published. Get all the latest news and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, Bandai Namco Games (Daisuke Koumoto, producer of the upcoming NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION) and a special guest Junko Takeuchi, Japanese voice of Naruto!

4:00PM – 5:00PM VIZ MEDIA PANEL in Room 7AB
Get the latest updates & exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime! There will be free manga for attendees while supplies last.

Friday, July 25, 2014

10:00AM – 1:00PM CATBUG VOICE ACTOR SAM LAVAGNINO In-Booth Signing & Personal Appearance at VIZ Media Booth #2813
Meet the voice of Catbug, the breakout star of YouTube hit Bravest Warriors, and get a signed art card!

10:00AM – 11:00AM VIZ MEDIA ANIMATION PANEL Feat. NEON ALLEY in Room 25ABC
Find out all that’s new and awesome with the VIZ Media animation team and the free streaming site Neon Alley! Bring all your anime questions because they will be there to answer them!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

12:30PM – 1:30PM OFFICAL SAILOR MOON PANEL in Room 5AB
VIZ Media is releasing the complete classic SAILOR MOON series for the first time on Blu-ray and with an all-new English dub! Join members of the VIZ Media animation team and learn all about this legendary anime series!

12:30PM DORAEMON PHOTO OPPORTUNITY at VIZ Media Booth #2813
Get a hug and take a picture with everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future, DORAEMON!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2:00PM – 3:00PM PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS – MAKING KIDS COMICS AWESOME in Room 32AB
Bring your kids along, or just your inner child, and join an eclectic group of creators and editors for a lively roundtable that will get you laughing, learning and looking at the craft of all-ages comics in a whole new way!

Other Notable VIZ Media In-Booth Events:

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Deck Building Game Demo
Check the daily booth schedule for a chance to try out the new card game debuting from Cryptozoic at SDCC!

In-Booth Signing and Photo-Op: HELLO KITTY
Join Hello Kitty herself and graphic novel artists for a special signing and photo opportunity!
Saturday, July 26th at 10AM: features Jenni Holm, Matt Holm, Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Lark Pien
Sunday, July 27th at 10AM: features Brianne Drouhard, Stephanie Gonzaga, Martin Hsu, Chynna Clugston Flores, Susie Ghahremani. Jacob Chabot will also be available Sunday July 27th at 1PM!

In-Booth Signing: BRAVEST WARRIORS
Meet the talented contributors for the brand new books based off of the YouTube smash-hit series and get your VIZ Media BRAVEST WARRIOR book or comic sampler signed!
Friday, July 25th at 4:00PM: features Stu Livingston, Tom Warburton, Jon Chad, Ian McGinty
Sunday, July 27th at 1:00PM: features Corin Howell and Inori Fukuda Trant

In-Booth Signing: NARUTO Figure Sculptor Shin Tanabe
Thursday, July 24th & Friday July 25th at 2:30PM
Meet Gecco figure Sculptor Shin Tanabe, creator of the Comic-Con exclusive NARUTO SHIPPUDEN figure and get your limited edition figure signed!

RANMA 1/2 Plinko
Available Throughout Comic-Con
Try your luck at our RANMA 1/2 Plinko board for a chance to win a limited edition Comic-Con only RANMA 1/2 water bottle! Check the daily booth schedule for times to play!

Comic-Con International is taking place July 23-27, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, California.

Viz Media Posts Another Clip of the New English Dub of Sailor Moon

Viz Media has uploaded another clip of the new English dub of the Sailor Moon television anime series. This clip is when Luna talks to Usagi for the first time.

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Viz Media Streaming Clip of the New Sailor Moon English Dub

Viz Media is now streaming a clip from the new English dub of the Sailor Moon television anime series.

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New English Dub Cast for Sailor Moon Announced

Viz Media announced the new English dub cast for the Sailor Moon television anime series during the company’s Anime Expo panel:

  • Stephanie Sheh is Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
  • Kate Higgins is Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
  • Cristina Vee is Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
  • Amanda C. Miller is Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
  • Cherami Leigh is Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
  • Robbie Daymond is Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask
  • Michelle Ruff is Luna
  • Johnny Yong Bosch is Artemis
  • Danielle Nicole is Naru Osaka
  • Ben Diskin is Gurio Umino
  • Tara Platt is Ikuko Tsukino
  • Keith Silverstein is Kenji Tsukino
  • Nicolas Roye is Shingo Tsukino
  • Cindy Robinson is Queen Beryl
  • Todd Haberkorn is Jadeite
  • Liam O’Brien is Nephrite
  • Lucien Dodge is Zoicite
  • Patrick Seitz is Kunzite

It was also announced that pre-orders for the first season’s Blu-ray and DVD release will open soon. The Blu-ray box set The Blu-ray box set will include three Blu-rays, a chipboard box with space for part two, and a collectible 88-page booklet filled with art, character profiles, and episode guides. Video extras include an interactive art gallery, dub recording behind the scenes, announcement panel and fan reactions, hype trailer, clean opening and ending, and trailers.

More Cast Members Announced for Sailor Moon Crystal

More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming Sailor Moon Crystal television anime series:

  • Misa Watanabe is Queen Beryl
  • Daisuke Kishio is Jadeite
  • Kousuke Toriumi is Nephrite
  • Masaya Matsukaze is Zoisite
  • Eiji Takemoto is Kunzite
  • Yuko Mizutani is Ikuko Tsukino (Usagi’s mom)
  • Seira Liu is Shingo Tsukino (brother)
  • Satomi Sato is Naru Osaka
  • Akemi Kanda is Haruna Sakurada
  • Hiroshi Okamoto is Motoki Furuhata
  • Daiki Yamashita is Gurio Umino
  • Hyang-Ri Kim is Yumiko
  • Yukiko Morishita is Kuri

Viz Media Celebrates Sailor Moon Day at 2014 Anime Expo

Viz Media celebrates the return of the Sailor Moon anime series with fun activities for Sailor Moon Day, taking place on July 5, 2014 during the 2014 Anime Expo.

Viz Media marks the acquisition of the series with a Sailor Moon Official Panel on July 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in LP1. Hosted by the company’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing, Charlene Ingram, and Sailor Moon Associate Producer, Joshua Lopez, the panel will reveal for the first time the brand new cast for the freshly produced English dub and premiere the first two dubbed episodes. Sailor Moon fans attending this official panel will get a special premium poster while supplies last. Following the Official Sailor Moon Panel, there will be a special showing of subtitled episode one of the all-new series, Sailor Moon Crystal, in Video 1 at 12:00 Noon. The series launches on July 5, 2014 in Japan, and fans in the United States may catch the simulcast on NeonAlley.com and Hulu, with new episodes debuting each Saturday.

Fans can also look forward to a special voice cast autograph session taking place at 1:00PM in the afternoon in the Anime Expo autograph area, and a cast photo opportunity with the official Sailor Guardian Cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise at 2:45PM in the Viz Media Booth #1601. To round out the day’s activities, be a part of the largest gathering of Sailor Moon cosplayers and fans in North America at 3:30PM in the Main Events Hall (LP1, Petree Hall). Bring your Sailor Guardian finest and you just might end up a part of an upcoming Sailor Moon video release!

If you can’t make the official Sailor Moon Day activities on July 5, Viz Media will also be running a special Sailor Moon event at their Anime Expo booth for the entirety of the convention. Find one of the official Sailor Guardian cosplayers at booth #1601 for information on how you can get a limited premiere event memorial coin!

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 10:00am SAILOR MOON OFFICIAL PANEL
Room LP1 (Petree Hall)

Join Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Senior Manager, Animation Marketing, and Joshua Lopez, Associate Producer, for the exclusive world premiere of the all-new, uncut English language premiere of the legendary anime series, SAILOR MOON! The session also will introduce the cast and screen the entire first two dubbed episodes of the newly re-mastered anime series. Immediately following the premiere, there will be a very special Q & A session with the animation team and the cast and a special premium poster for attendees, while supplies last!

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 1:00pm SAILOR MOON CAST AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Anime Expo Autograph Area

Stop by the VIZ Media booth and pick up your very own SAILOR MOON full-color poster, personally signed by the new Official English voice cast!

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 2:45pm SAILOR MOON CAST PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
VIZ Media Booth #1601

Fans can take photos of the talented new Official English voice cast for SAILOR MOON with the Sailor Guardian cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise in a special session!

Saturday, July 5, 2014, 3:30pm SAILOR MOON Cosplay Gathering
Room LP1 (Petree Hall)

Bring your Sailor Guardian finest and be a part of North America’s largest SAILOR MOON cosplay and fan gathering!

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Viz Media Acquires North American Rights for the Sailor Moon Anime

Viz Media has announced that the company has acquired the rights to the Sailor Moon anime franchise. Viz Media’s North American rights cover digital streaming, EST (Electronic Sell Through) and all home media products in the United States and Canada.

As part of the new agreement, VIZ Media has licensed all 200 episodes of the original SAILOR MOON anime series (rated ‘TV-PG’), including the never before licensed for North America fifth and final climatic season, “Sailor Stars.” The three feature films and additional specials for the long-running show are also part of the acquisition. SAILOR MOON will be presented digitally for the first time, with subtitled EST sets available starting Summer 2014 and dubbed editions late 2014, and DVD and deluxe limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo packs are planned for Fall 2014. The uncut and uncensored VIZ Media release of SAILOR MOON, featuring its original uncropped 4:3 aspect ratio, will also feature all original Japanese names, story elements and relationships, as well as an all-new, uncut English dub with a new voice cast.

Viz Media premiered subtitled versions of the first four episodes on May 19, 2014 on both Viz’s free Neon Alley service and through the subscription-based Hulu Plus in High Definition. Two new SAILOR MOON episodes will premiere every Monday.

Viz Media has also acquired the forthcoming Sailor Moon Crystal television anime series, and more details are forthcoming.

Masayuki Endo, General Manager, Toei Animation, Inc., says, “We’re pleased to partner with VIZ Media to bring the beloved SAILOR MOON anime series back to North America. This fresh uncut and uncensored release of SAILOR MOON featuring the most accurate adaptation available will be just as creator Naoko Takeuchi intended. We look forward to fans current and new discovering and falling in love with this classic series all over again!”

Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media Senior Manager, Animation Marketing, adds, “SAILOR MOON is one of the extremely rare breed of anime series truly deserving of the title of ‘Legendary.’ Since its initial debut in the mid-1990’s, SAILOR MOON has been unavailable to English-speaking fans for nearly a decade. It has also never seen a complete and proper unedited release in North America…until now!”

Brian Ige, VIZ Media Vice President of Animation, says, “SAILOR MOON was groundbreaking in the way its storyline and main characters resonated with both a male and female audience, and these aspects continue to attract a new generation of fans eager to see this iconic series. We’re thrilled to be able to release this empowering action title uncut and in its entirety. We invite fans to catch the official premieres on Neon Alley and to enjoy the series on DVD and Blu-ray later this year!”

VIZ Media will be celebrating SAILOR MOON at the 2014 Anime Expo, taking place July 3–6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. The company will be hosting a variety of special activities and panels throughout “Sailor Moon Day,” on Saturday July 5, 2014. More details forthcoming.