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Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン Bishojo Senshi Sera Mun) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It adapts most of the 52 chapters of the original manga written by Naoko Takeuchi. The first installment in the Sailor Moon series, the show first aired in Japan on TV Asahi from March 7, 1992 to February 27, 1993.

Synopsis

One day, Usagi Tsukino, a clumsy 2nd-year middle school student, stumbles upon a talking cat named Luna. Luna tells her that she is destined to become Sailor Moon: a soldier destined to save Earth from the forces of evil. Luna and Usagi assemble a team of fellow Sailor Soldiers to find their princess and the Silver Crystal, and together they fight to save the world from the certain doom brought upon by the Dark Kingdom.

Dubbing History

In 1995, after a bidding war with Toon Makers, who wanted to produce an American live-action/animated hybrid adaptation, DiC Entertainment licensed the first two seasons of Sailor Moon for an English-language release in North America. The Mississauga, Canada-based Optimum Productions was hired to dub the anime. As the anime was marketed as a children's show in North America, DiC had mandated cuts to content and length, which reduced the first 46 episodes into 40 (removing episodes 2, 5, 6, 20 and 42). The original music score was replaced with a new background score written by Bob Summers. Their adaptation was largely created to capitalize on the success of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Streamline Pictures founder and anime writer Carl Macek was originally hired as Creative Consultant but was fired early on due to creative differences with DiC's CEO Andy Heyward. Fred Ladd took his place.

Sailor Moon's original English release was the subject of heavy editing which resulted in large amounts of removed content and alterations that greatly changed the original work. Much of these changes included altering every aspect of the show from character names, clothing, scenes and dialogue of the show. Some scenes of brief nudity and bathing were also censored, and any type of violence including violence against children were also removed. Homosexual characters, including Zoisite, Fisheye, Sailor Uranus, and Sailor Neptune were also censored, with the former two's gender changed from male to female, and the latter two being explained as relatives rather than lovers (leaving the subtext very awkward). The final two episodes had so much footage removed that they were merged into one episode. The deaths of the Sailor Senshi were explained away as them having been "kidnapped" by the Negaverse, something which confused fans who had never seen the original. Toei also had to approve all of the changes, often without consulting Naoko Takeuchi. DiC's edits have received much criticism from fans, going down in infamy for their often poor attempts at censorship.

The first series premiered in Canada on August 28, 1995 on YTV and in first-run syndication in the U.S. on September 11. Despite moderate success in Canada, the U.S. airing struggled in early morning "dead" timeslots; the series originally aired in the U.S. in morning and afternoon timeslots which Anne Allison describes as unsuitable for the target audience. On June 1, 1998, reruns of the series began airing on Cartoon Network's weekday afternoon programming block, Toonami, allowing the series greater exposure and greater success.

For many years, Toei Animation and Kodansha declined to renew any Sailor Moon licenses worldwide beginning in 2003. This left DiC's dubs out of print and the prospect of an uncut dub extremely unlikely. However, on May 16, 2014, North American manga and anime distributor Viz Media announced that it had acquired the Sailor Moon anime series, as well as the three films and specials for an English-language release in North America, allowing Viz to restore the removed content from the first 89 episodes. The Studio City, Los Angeles-based Studiopolis was hired by Viz to redub the entire series

Cast

Main Characters

Image Character Seiyū DiC Dub Viz Dub
SMUsagiTsukino.png Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon
(Serena)
Kotono Mitsuishi Tracey Moore
(eps. 1-11 / 15 / 21)
Stephanie Sheh
SMSailorMoon.png Kae Araki
(eps. 44-46)
Terri Hawkes
(eps. 12-14 / 16-20 / 22-46)
SMAmiMizuno.png Ami Mizuno / Sailor Mercury
(Amy Anderson)
Aya Hisakawa Karen Bernstein Kate Higgins
SMSailorMercury.png
SMReiHino.png Rei Hino / Sailor Mars
(Raye Hino)
Michie Tomizawa Katie Griffin Cristina Valenzuela
SMSailorMars.png
SMMakotoKino.png Makoto Kino / Sailor Jupiter
(Lita)
Emi Shinohara Susan Roman Amanda Celine Miller
SMSailorJupiter.png
SMMinakoAino.png Minako Aino / Sailor Venus
(Mina)
Rika Fukami Stephanie Morgenstern Cherami Leigh
SMSailorVenus.png
SMMamoruChiba1.png Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask
(Darien Shields)
Tōru Furuya Rino Romano
(eps. 1-11)
Robbie Daymond
SMTuxedoMask.png Toby Proctor
(eps. 12-46)
SMMamoru young.png Megumi Ogata (young) Nadine Rabinovitch
Luna SM.png Luna Keiko Han Jill Frappier Michelle Ruff
Artemis SM ep37.png Artemis Yasuhiro Takato Ron Rubin Johnny Yong Bosch

Recurring Characters

Image Character Seiyū DiC Dub Viz Dub
SMNaruOsaka1.png Naru Osaka
(Molly Baker)
Shino Kakinuma Mary Long Danielle Judovits
SMGurioUmino.png Gurio Umino
(Melvin Butler)
Keiichi Nanba Roland Parliament Benjamin Diskin
Ikuko Tsukino.png Ikuko Tsukino
(Serena's Mom)
Sanae Takagi Barbara Radecki Tara Platt
Kenji Tsukino.png Kenji Tsukino
(Serena's Dad)
Yūji Machi David Huband Keith Silverstein
Sammy2.png Shingo Tsukino
(Sammy Tsukino)
Chiyoko Kawashima Julie Lemieux Nicolas Roye
Grandpa Hino.png Grandpa Hino
(Grandpa / Pox)
Tomomichi Nishimura David Fraser Michael Sorich
SMJiji.png Harvey Atkin
Yuichiro.png Yuichiro Kumada
(Chad Kumada)
Bin Shimada Steven Bednarski Wally Wingert
SMMotokiFuruhata.png Motoki Furuhata
(Andrew Hansford)
Yūki Satō Colin O'Meara Lucien Dodge
SMHarunaSakurada.png Haruna Sakurada
(Patricia Haruna)
Chiyoko Kawashima Nadine Rabinovitch Julie Ann Taylor
SM Mayumi Osaka.png Mayumi Osaka
(Susan Baker)
Michiko Abe Loretta Jafelice (ep. 1)
Lindsay Collins (ep. 23)
Yumiko.png Yumiko
(Yumi)
Mayumi Seto Wendy Lyon Michelle Ruff
Kathleen Laskey
Kuri.png Kuri
(Kari)
Masami Kamiyama
(ep. 7)
Loretta Jafelice Julie Ann Taylor
Etsuko Nishimoto
Loraine.png Usagi's Friend
(Loraine)
Mayumi Seto ¿? Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
SMMikaKayama1.png Mika Kayama
(Mika Cassidy)
Chieko Nanba (ep. 5) Kathleen Laskey Michelle Ruff
Ayako Shiraishi (ep. 18)
SMRyo-Urawa2.png Ryo Urawa / Bunbo
(Greg / Bumboo)
Shinichirō Ōta Eric Kimmel Vic Mignogna
SMBunbo.png Harvey Atkin
SMReikaNishimura.png Reika Nishimura
/ Rikoukeidar
(Rita Blake / Techniclon)
Rika Fukami Wendy Lyon (ep. 29) Erica Mendez
Lindsay Collins (ep. 41)
SMRikoukeidar.png Julie Lemieux
SMQueenSerenity.png Queen Serenity Mika Doi Barbara Radecki (ep. 1) Wendee Lee
Wendy Lyon (eps. 39-45)
SMPrincessSerenity2.png Princess Serenity
(Princess Serena)
Kotono Mitsuishi Terri Hawkes Stephanie Sheh
Kae Araki (ep. 46)
SMPrinceEndymion.png Prince Endymion
(Prince Darien)
Tōru Furuya Toby Proctor Robbie Daymond
Game Machine
(Central Control)
Yasuhiro Takato David Fraser Johnny Yong Bosch

Villains

Image Character Seiyū DiC Dub Viz Dub
Queen Beryl.png Queen Beryl Keiko Han Naz Edwards Cindy Robinson
SMQueenBerylT.png
Jedite.png Jedite Masaya Onosaka Tony Daniels Todd Haberkorn
Nephrite2.png Nephrite
(Nephlite)
Katsuji Mori Kevin Lund Liam O'Brien
Masato Sanjoi.png
Zoisite.png Zoisite
(Zoycite)
Keiichi Nanba Kirsten Bishop Lucien Dodge
Malachite.png Kunzite
(Malachite)
Kazuyuki Sogabe Denis Akiyama Patrick Seitz
The Negaforce.png Queen Metaria
(The Negaforce)
Noriko Uemura Maria Vacratsis Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Episodic Characters

Image Character Seiyū DiC Dub Viz Dub Episode
SMMorga1.png Morga Michiko Abe Maria Vacratsis Julie Ann Taylor 1
SMMorgaM1.png
SMBalm1.png Balm Hiroko Emori Tara Platt 2
SMBalmM1.png
SMFortuneTeller1.png Old Fortune Teller Kōhei Miyauchi Keith Silverstein
SMYuji1.png Yuji Kimura Ryōtarō Okiayu Lucien Dodge
SMFlau1.png Flau
(Fro)
Yoko Asagami Maria Vacratsis Mary Elizabeth McGlynn 3
SMFlauM1.png
Radio Producer.png Radio Producer Yoshio Kawai John Stocker Keith Silverstein
SMUsagisFriend1.png Usagi's Friend
(Brandy)
Naoko Nakamura Wendy Lyon Julie Ann Taylor 4
SMIguana1.png Iguana Yoko Matsuoka Carrie Keranen 5
SMIguanaM1.png
SMKyurene1.png Kyurene Emi Shinohara Stephanie Sheh 6
SMKyureneM1.png
SMYūsukeAmade1.png Yūsuke Amade Norio Wakamoto Keith Silverstein
SMAkikoYanagi1.png Akiko Yanagi Rumiko Ukai Megan Hollingshead
SMMikan1.png Mikan Shiratori
(Saffron)
Mika Kanai ¿? 7
SMDerella1.png Derella Chiyoko Kawashima Maria Vacratsis
SMGaroben1.png Garoben Hiroko Emori Kate Higgins 8
SMGarobenM1.png
SMRamua1.png Ramua
(Ramwoir)
Eiko Yamada Erin Fitzgerald 9
SMRamuaM1.png
SMBusDriver1.png Bus Driver Masato Hirano David Fraser Keith Silverstein
SMKigaan1.png Kigaan Reiko Yamada Maria Vacratsis Cindy Robinson 10
SMKigaanM1.png
SMMurid1.png Murid
(Dream Princess)
Eriko Hara Wendy Lyon Cherami Leigh 11
SMMuridM1.png
SMThetis1.png Thetis
(Titus)
Miki Itō Maria Vacratsis Colleen O'Shaughnessey 12
SMThetisM1.png
SMRuiSaionji1.png Rui Saionji
(Katie Sandler)
Satoko Kitō ¿? 14
SMTesuni1.png Tesuni
(Tensie)
Michiko Abe Maria Vacratsis Cindy Robinson
SMKunitachi1.png Kunitachi
(Mr. Baxter)
Toshiya Ueda Chris Wiggins Kyle Hebert 15
SMPetasos1.png Petasos Noriko Uemura Loretta Jafelice Dorothy Elias-Fahn
SMEngineer1.png Project Manager Michitaka Kobayashi David Fraser Matthew Mercer
SMHigureAkiyama1.png Higure Akiyama
(Helen Lambert)
Yūko Mita Maria Ricossa G.K. Bowes 16
SMWidow1.png Widow
(Black Widow)
Lindsay Collins Kate Higgins
SMFiance1.png Higure's Fiance
(Herbert)
Michitaka Kobayashi Greg Swanson Nicolas Roye
SMKijinShinokawa1.png Kijin Shinokawa
(Peter Fisher)
Tsutomu Kashiwakura Joel Feeney Bryce Papenbrook 17
SMCameran1.png Cameran Yuka Ōno Maria Vacratsis Rachel Robinson
SMYoshikoKayama1.png Yoshiko Kayama
(Mrs. Cassidy)
Miyoko Aoba Wendy Lyon Dorothy Elias-Fahn 18
SMJumeau1.png Jumeau
(Jumo)
Emi Shinohara Maria Vacratsis Michelle Ruff
SMSakiko1.png Sakiko Yuriko Fuchizaki Erin Fitzgerald 20
SMSakikosFather1.png Sakiko's Father Osamu Saka Kirk Thornton
SMHostess1.png Hostess Michiko Abe Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
SMFrankenstein1.png Frankenstein Michitaka Kobayashi Michael Sorich
SMWolfman1.png Werewolf Masato Hirano Steve Staley
SMHiromi1.png Hiromi Matsuno
(Laurie)
Miyako Endō Ellen Dubin Megan Hollingshead 21
SMKazuko1.png Kazuko Tadashita
(Cassie)
Hiroko Emori Hillary Goldhar Carrie Keranen
SMCastor1.png Castor
(Gemini Warrior)
Akiko Hiramatsu Alison Sealy-Smith Karen Strassman
SMPollux1.png Pollux
(Gemini Warrior)
Yuka Ōno Maria Vacratsis Jessica Straus
SMDirectorAsato1.png Director Asato
(Mr. Masterson)
Michitaka Kobayashi Tony Daniels Jamieson Price
SMPrincessDiamond1.png Princess Dia
(Princess Diamond)
Miki Itō Elizabeth Ortiz Cindy Robinson 22
SMYasha1.png Yasha Noriko Uemura Elva Mai Hoover Karen Strassman 23
SMYashaM1.png
SMGrape1.png Grape Sanae Takagi Megan Hollingshead 24
SMSuzukan1.png Suzuran Michiko Abe Lindsay Collins Erin Fitzgerald
SMHousenka1.png Housenka Chie Satō Kathleen Laskey Karen Strassman
SMCraneGameJoe.png Crane Game Joe / Gesen
(Game Machine Joe)
Masaaki Ōkura Rino Romano Grant George 25
SMDelfius1.png
SMPriest1.png Priest / Bokushi
(Father Pedro / Bobo the Vulture)
Hideyuki Umezu Chris Britton Kyle Hebert 26
SMDemonPriest1.png Tony Daniels
SMYumemiYumeno1.png Yumemi Yumeno / Binah
(Peggy Jones / Veena)
Yuriko Fuchizaki Kathleen Laskey Tara Sands 28
SMBinah1.png Maria Vacratsis
SMAnOhara1.png An Ohara Junko Shimakata ¿? Kate Higgins 31
SMRedman1.png Redman / Akan
(Wacky World Wrestler)
Shinobu Satouchi Steven Bednarski Patrick Seitz 32
SMRedman.png David Fraser
SMKarikoTokoyama1.png Kariko Tokoyama / Mitsuami Chiharu Kataishi ¿? Jessica Straus 36
SMMitsuami1.png Lisa Dalbello
SMCountessRose1.png Countess Rose / Shakoukai
(Polite Society)
Yōko Kawanami Wendy Lyon Erin Fitzgerald 37
SMShakoukai1.png Kirsten Bishop
SMEdward1.png Edward
(Charles)
Yūki Satō David Fraser Joe Ochman
SMSaekoYamamoto1.png Saeko Yamamoto / Blizzar
(Stormy Kinkade / Blizzard)
Yuko Sasaki Wendy Lyon Carrie Keranen 38
SMBlizzar1.png Maria Vacratsis
SMJanelyn1.png Janelyn
(Janelle)
Wakana Yamazaki Tracey Hoyt Veronica Taylor 39
SMJanelynM1.png
SMMisha1.png Misha Yoku Shioya Jeff Lumby Joe Ochman
SMMishaM1.png
SMPhantomoftheLake1.png Phantom of the Lake / Princess
(Ancient Creature of the Lake)
Aya Hara Lisa Dalbello Julie Ann Taylor 40
SMPrincess1.png
SMKatarina1.png Katarina / Papillon Yūko Mita Veronica Taylor 42
SMPapillon1.png
SMArmand1.png Alan Keiichi Nanba Wally Wingert
SMNanaAsahina1.png Nana Asahina / Oniwabandana
(Nancy Vargas / Ninjana)
Miyako Endō Lisa Dalbello Karen Strassman 43
SMOniwabandana1.png
SMDDGirls11.png DD Girls
(Doom & Gloom Girls)
Naoko Nakamura Julie Lemieux Wendee Lee 45
SMDDGirls13.png Asako Satō Nadine Rabinovitch
SMDDGirls12.png Alice Poon Tara Platt

Additional Voices

DiC Dub

Notes

  • Many of DiC's character renames were adapted into the Spanish dub. While it is to an extent based on DiC's dub, the Spanish dub was much more faithful to the original with little edits and no episodes being cut from the rotation.
  • The Lisa Ortiz who voiced Princess Diamond in the DiC dub is not to be confused with the New York-based voice actress of the same name. This Lisa Ortiz also appeared on the Canadian teen drama Hillside from 1991 - 1993, which many also assumed to be the latter voice actress.
  • Due to Viz not using any custom credits (just the original Japanese credits); most of the voice cast (aside from the main cast revealed by press releases and the actors) is unknown.

Transmission

Note that only the DiC dub has aired on Television.

Date(s) Channel Country
1995-2004 YTV Canada Canada
1995 Syndication United States United States
1997 USA Network
1998-2002 Cartoon Network
(Toonami)

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Dub Region Country
Buena Vista Home Video 1996-1997 VHS.jpg Various Episodes* DiC NTSC United States United States
6 Volumes
ADV Films 2000-2001 The Complete Series
10 Volumes
2002 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
7 Volumes*
Viz Media 2014-2015 The Complete Series Viz
2 Volumes
BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
2 Volumes

* (1) Episodes 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 14, 21, 29, 30, 31, 39, 40
* (2) Volume 7 includes first two episodes of Sailor Moon R

References

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