‘Sailor Moon R: The Movie’ Japanese And English Dubbed Set For US North America Release On January 2017

29 November 2016, 6:36 am EST By Gio C. Mobile & Apps
Title character Usagi Tsukino as portrayed in "Sailor Moon Crystal."  ( BagoGames / Flickr )

Twenty-three years after its original Japanese release, US fans will be able to experience more of Usagi and her friends' adventures with the release of "Sailor Moon R: The Movie."

Announced during the streaming event "Moonlight Party," the animated feature film "Sailor Moon R: The Movie" will be premiered in North America as a limited release, according to Crunchyroll. Alongside the theatrical short "Make Up! Sailor Guardians," the anime film will be presented in a full-length, HD remastered format.

The screening will be available in both English-dubbed version and Japanese version with English subtitles, IGN says.

The Japanese version will feature the film's original voice recording, with Kotono Mitsuishi as Sailor Moon Usagi, Toru Furuya as Tuxedo Mask Mamoru, and Hikaru Midorikawa as the main villain Fiore.

Meanwhile, the English dub, produced by Viz Media and Studiopolis, will feature Stephanie Sheh, Robbie Daymond and series newcomer Benjamin Diskin as Usagi, Mamoru and Fiore, respectively.

Eleven Arts, on its official website, will be releasing the list of participating theaters, as well as pre-sell tickets. Ticket holders may have a chance to receive special Sailor Moon gifts that will be handed during the screening.

Debuted in Japan back in 1993, "Sailor Moon R: The Movie" tells the story of Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians' mission to save Earth from a mysterious flower that has a capability to take over planets.

Meanwhile, the included "Make Up! Sailor Guardians," is an animated short that tells about Usagi and Chibi-usa as they overhear two girls having a debate on which Sailor Guardian is the best.

Although the upcoming release will be the film's North American theater debut, "Sailor Moon R: The Movie" has been released 16 years ago in DVD format through Pioneer Entertainment. The earlier release is reported to have some parts edited, however. The upcoming Viz Media release will feature dubs sticking closely to the original Japanese script.

The "Sailor Moon" franchise is expected to have its North American expansion as "Sailor Moon S" is speculated to be released on DVD and on streaming sites Crunchyroll and Hulu in the near future.

Stay tuned for more "Sailor Moon" updates.

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