Hulu to Stream Anime Classic ‘Sailor Moon’

Internet service adds episodes via pact with Viz Media, which has acquired exclusive North American rights to franchise from Toei Animation

Hulu has gotten its hands on iconic Japanese anime series “Sailor Moon,” bringing it back to U.S. audiences for the first time in almost a decade.

The Internet TV service will stream the first four episodes of “Sailor Moon” — uncut and remastered — starting Monday, May 19, through a deal with distribution company Viz Media, which acquired exclusive North American rights to the franchise from Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co.

Hulu will add two new episodes of the 200-episode series each subsequent Monday. Viz’s NeonAlley.com platform also will distribute the series via the Hulu and Hulu Plus video player. Initially, the “Sailor Moon” episodes will be subtitled.

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On Hulu, “Sailor Moon” will join other anime titles available at hulu.com/anime, including select episodes and movies of “Pokemon,” “Naruto Shippuden,” “Bleach,” “Shonen Jump’s One Piece,” “Yu-Gi-Oh” and “Dragon Ball Z.”

The agreement between Viz and Toei encompasses the fifth season, “Sailor Stars,” which has been previously unavailable in North America, as well as the forthcoming “Sailor Moon Crystal.” In addition, Viz is acquiring rights to three “Sailor Moon” feature films and additional specials, which it plans to release on electronic sell-through platforms starting in the summer of 2014 with subtitles with dubbed editions set for late 2014. DVD and limited-edition Blu-ray/DVD combo packs are planned for fall 2014.

“We’re pleased to partner with Viz Media to bring the beloved ‘Sailor Moon’ anime series back to North America,” Masayuki Endo, g.m. of Toei Animation, said in a statement. “This fresh, uncut and uncensored release of ‘Sailor Moon,’ featuring the most accurate adaptation available, will be just as creator Naoko Takeuchi intended. We look forward to fans current and new discovering and falling in love with this classic series all over again.”

A worldwide phenomenon, “Sailor Moon” is inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi. In the series, Usagi Tsukino (voiced in the series by Kotono Mitsuishi) is a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice: Sailor Moon. She meets allies along the way who share similar fates, and the team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation.

Hulu is a joint venture of Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal.

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  1. Minako says:

    I just watch them all on animehorizon.com I think they will have the new series too when it comes out.

  2. Jamie says:

    How reliable is this information regarding Sailormoon Crystal? This is the first we’ve heard about bringing the NEW anime over as a dub…

    “The agreement between Viz and Toei encompasses the fifth season, “Sailor Stars,” which has been previously unavailable in North America, as well as the forthcoming “Sailor Moon Crystal.” In addition, Viz is acquiring rights to three “Sailor Moon” feature films and additional specials, which it plans to release on electronic sell-through platforms starting in the summer of 2014 with subtitles with dubbed editions set for late 2014. DVD and limited-edition Blu-ray/DVD combo packs are planned for fall 2014.”

  3. Jennifer Barrett says:

    When would the whole series be uploaded? I would pay for a subscription, but only when I don’t have to agonize for a whole week for the next episode.

  4. Darien says:

    Salilor Moon Stars was cut only in the US. The rest of the Americas was able to see the whole 200 episodes.

  5. Usagi Kurono says:

    I guess people didn’t watch the video because they’re asking questions that have already been answered.

    – Hulu is streaming the subbed version, along with Viz (Neon Alley).
    – The show is going to be re dubbed, and uncut.
    – Yes, it is on Youtube, BUT, those are just uploads from members. The problem is, the show hasn’t been legally obtained years after the license expired until now, so we had the old stuff or fan subtitled shows. This is good news for people who want the whole complete set the way it originally came out.

    There’s also a new reboot anime coming out in July, called Sailor Moon Crystal, which was based on the comic book.

  6. Les Thompson says:

    The entire series is already on YouTube…

  7. Lori says:

    “Shonen Jump One Piece”? I think you mean just plain ol’ “One Piece”. Shonen Jump is the magazine that the One Piece manga is published in. (Bleach & Dragon Ball Z are/were also published by Shonen Jump)

    Anyway, super hyped about the HD Sailor Moon subtitles (of both classic & Crystal) and I can’t wait to see the brand new English Dub! :)

  8. ChrisP. says:

    Only two per week, though? Ouch.

  9. MissMerricka says:

    i used to watch this EVERY morning before school, along with Bananas in Pajamas!! YAAAAY!!!

  10. purplesamuraigoestomedicalschool26 says:

    Awesome!!! Brings back my childhood!
    Loved this show!

  11. Audrey says:

    I am SO happy about this

  12. Ted Atreides says:

    So does this mean an official dub of Sailor Stars is in the works after all these years too?

  13. Ah, but will it be in the original language with subtitles, or are we seeing a dub?

  14. B.C. says:

    Reblogged this on Cultural ApproBRIAtion and commented:
    Hello Childhood, my old friend.

  15. yabloggers says:

    Not going to stream the new sailor moon anime???

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