Viz Media today announced that “Sailor Moon Crystal”, the upcoming reboot of the classic “Sailor Moon” series, would be making its debut online through Hulu and Neon Alley the same day that its online streaming premiere in Japan takes place.
“Sailor Moon Crystal” is a true to the manga retelling of the story of Sailor Moon. The series follows Usagi Tsukino, a teenage girl who is a bit clumsy but also kindhearted, that possesses the ability to transform into Sailor Moon, a powerful guardian of love and justice. In order to stop Queen Beryl’s dark forces, Sailor Moon must seek out the rest of the Sailor Guardians and locate the Legendary Silver Crystal.
The first episode of “Sailor Moon Crystal” will be available in Japanese with English subtitles beginning July 5, 2014 through Hulu.com and Neon Alley. Future subtitled episodes of the series will then make their North American and Japanese debuts on the first and third Saturday of each month. A subtitled trailer for "Sailor Moon Crystal" is available up top.
This news follows the recent announcement by Viz Media, that July 5, 2014 would be “Sailor Moon” Day at the 2014 Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California. The publisher will hold a variety of events to celebrate the beloved series, based on the shojo fantasy action manga series from Naoko Takeuchi.
Viz will also be bringing the classic “Sailor Moon" anime series back, having licensed all 5 seasons of the original, spanning 200 episodes, with a new uncut English dub featuring a new voice cast. This means that fans here will finally be able to see the fifth season, “Sailor Stars”, which has never been licensed for North American release. DVD and Blu-ray sets are planned for release in time for the 2014 holiday season.