Sailor Moon will be revamped in July 2014 on Hulu Plus. Twenty-six episodes will be released, but new episodes will only air twice a month. Many may remember watching the TV series based on the Manga in the mid-1990s. The show lasted for five seasons, but the last season was never dubbed in English. The last season never made it to the U.S. because of the season’s graphic content. It is no longer broadcast in any English-speaking countries, but that will change this year thanks to its collaboration with Hulu Plus.
It has been nearly a two-year wait since creator Naoko Takeuchi announced there would be a Sailor Moon return. The series will officially appear on July 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The new title Sailor Moon Crystal will not be a remake of the original show. However, it will be a closer adaptation to the Manga than the original series. Kotono Mitsuishi will be the only actor returning. She originated the role of Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) from the original anime; all other roles have been recast. It has not been determined as of yet if Tohru Furuya will reprise his role as Tuxedo Mask though he has shown interest. Many of the English voice cast have shown interest, but it is unclear if any will be involved. Some fans will not necessarily be opposed to new voice actors but will be more concerned about the quality and content of the show. Sailor Moon being revamped may help fill many plot holes that the last anime failed to cover.
If they do choose to follow the Manga completely, then fans will most likely see more of Tuxedo Mask this time around. The previous anime show did not feature the character Tuxedo Mask and in some seasons he was completely absent. He was the male lead in the show and most of the time the writers seemed to forget this detail. This may draw fans in who were initially only followers of the Manga. A considerable amount was left out of the original anime with other characters. For example, Sailor Mar’s had father issues that were never broached. Additionally, there was never any discussion addressing Sailor Pluto’s unrequited love for the King of Pluto. Lastly, in the previous anime they neglected to mention many of the mythologies that were discussed in the Manga, which left some characters with half-built characters instead of well-rounded characters.
Sailor Moon was an essential character that brought girl power into the spotlight. It was one of the first anime’s with a strong female lead character, even though in the beginning the lead female character was referred as a cry baby. This series also helped push LGBT to the forefront with the relationship between Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. This was nearly unheard of at the time and the U.S. even edited it where it was revealed they were cousins, instead of lovers. Fans felt this was another reason the final season was never released in the United States. Since Sailor Moon is being revamped, you can be sure we will see the LGBT relationships as it was an integral part of the manga.
Opinion by Heather Tillman