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#1 Zero

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 12:24 AM

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North American anime distributor Viz Media announced after its Anime Central panel on Friday that it licensed the original Sailor Moon magical girl anime franchise. The streaming, digital, and home video licenses include all 200 episodes from the five television series, the three feature films, and the assorted tie-in specials. This will include the first North American release of the final television series, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.

Viz is offering the franchise without edits in its original uncropped 4:3 aspect ratio, with the original Japanese names, story elements, and relationships. It is also producing an uncut English dub with a new voice cast.

Viz aims to release the franchise digitally with English subtitles starting this summer, followed by the English dub starting in late 2014. It also plans DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo releases in half-season sets starting this fall.

The first four television anime episodes will stream with English subtitles on Viz Media's NeonAlley.com service and the Hulu Plus service on Monday. Two more episodes will then debut every Monday ("Moon-day," as Viz's representatives deemed it).

Viz will celebrate "Sailor Moon Day" on Saturday, July 5 (the same day that the new Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime premieres worldwide) at Anime Expo. Viz will host panels with announcements of the new dub cast and staff, as well as what Viz hopes will be the world's largest Sailor Moon cosplay gathering.

Viz notes that the above trailer features a preview of the voice actresss for Sailor Moon in the new dub. Original manga creator Naoko Takeuchi will personally approve the new dub's cast.

Takeuchi launched the original magical girl team manga series in the shōjo monthly manga magazine Nakayoshi in 1992. It soon spawned anime, a live-action television project, musicals, and other adaptations, and it also sparked a worldwide boom. The 20th anniversary project began in 2012, and featured the first musical in eight years at the AiiA Theater Tokyo last September. Kodansha has been republishing the original manga in a complete edition since last November, and Kodansha USA Publishing's Kodansha Comics imprint has been publishing the manga in North America.

 

 

 

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 12:27 AM

Okay this was posted on May 5th but I missed it

 

Anyways what do you think about this? Since it's going to be launching on same day as the new anime, I don't really care about it.


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 12:30 AM

New Dub cool 

 

I wonder how this one is going to be



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 03:33 AM

GAH!!! GAH, GAH, GAH!!! YES!! YES, YES, YES!! :D :D :D FANGIRL WITH ME PEOPLE! FANGIRL WITH ME!!



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 01:26 PM

AWESOME I Can't WAIT SO EXCITED I CAN FINALLY GET THE WHOLE SET ONCE IT RELEASES I've been waiting for that. :chibiusa:  :chibiusa:  :chibiusa: FOR A VERY LONG TIME. YAY!!!


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:13 PM

Yay

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 11:17 PM

Hmm NeonAlley Requires you to have HULU

But this is pretty cool

For our members & fans in Canada:

We will soon have an announcement as to
how you too will be able to access all of the
great Neon Alley content
for free!


Woot! Free for Canadians :D Either way I have Hulu

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 12:03 AM

What is a Hulu? 


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 06:26 PM

What is a Hulu? 

It's a streaming site, kinda like NetFlix.



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Posted 18 May 2014 - 06:48 PM

It's a streaming site, kinda like NetFlix.

 

Yup exactly but it is monstly used to watch TVShows and it has new episodes.


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