VIZ Media and Toei are putting together a special event. It’s the big screen premiere of the first Sailor Moon feature film – Sailor Moon R: The Movie! Fans will be able to see the movie the way it was meant to be experienced, on the big screen. In partnership with Eleven Arts, the uncut movie will be coming to over 300 theaters across the U.S. in late January 2017 in English dubbed formats, with select screenings in Japanese with English subtitles. All attending fans of the limited engagement will also receive a special bonus gift, while supplies last.
Here’s the trailer:
And, here are actors Stephanie Sheh (Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon) and Robbie Daymond’s (Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask) introducing the voice behind villian Fiore:
This first feature film holds a special place in the hearts of multiple generations of anime fans. As Sailor Moon R: The Movie opens, the young Mamoru gives a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side – it has the power to take over planets and is tied to an ominous new near-Earth asteroid. Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, it’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru.
The Sailor Moon anime series depicts the adventures of Usagi Tsukino, a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, guardian of love and justice. The anime series had its origins in the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi, which he serialized from 1991 through 1997. Sailor Moon R: The Movie was originally released theatrically in Japan in 1993, and was released by Pioneer Entertainment in the United States in 2000. It has never been seen theatrically in the United States, however, so this is a first. It has since become a staple of anime fandom, and has made a significant contribution in defining the genre.