*** UPDATE: You can read our review of the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal by clicking here. ***
The premiere of Sailor Moon Crystal is just over two weeks away, and while it’s been safely assumed up to this point that Viz Media would be streaming the show, we now have official confirmation that the English subtitled edition of Sailor Moon Crystal will premiere on July 5th on both Hulu and Neon Alley, Viz Media’s own streaming site.
In addition to sharing the premiere date with its pure, subtitle-free source material, the Sailor Moon Crystal English sub’s regular schedule will run parallel to that of Nico Nico Douga, dropping a new episode on the first and third Saturday of each month, a sensible precaution in the age of the internet, especially in light of the recent Legend of Korra leak.
For those fans who’ve been living under a rock, Sailor Moon Crystal is the long awaited reboot of the Sailor Moon anime franchise. The 26-episode series is a retelling of the Dark Kingdom arc, the first and most iconic storyline of the metaseries, in which Sailor Moon and the four Guardian Senshi — Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Venus — fight the evil forces of Queen Beryl, who seeks to claim the Earth in the name of her master, the powerful demonic entity known as Metalia.
Both the art style and story of Sailor Moon Crystal are intended to cleave much closer to the manga. Whether this is going to be all that is intended or it is a test run for manga-loyal adaptations of the other four arcs remains to be seen, but at the very least, we’re getting a classic, beloved story retold with gorgeous, clearly superior animation quality, so… yeah!
A teaser trailer was released on the official Japanese website earlier this month, and fans got the gist, but Viz has now released the very same trailer fully subtitled for the enjoyment of those of us who don’t speak a lick of Japanese (as well as those of us whose Japanese is pretty rusty and was never that great to begin with because our colleges’ Japanese language programs totally sucked).
In the name of the moon, my head is damn near ready to explode!
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