It’s been a busy time for the Moon-Chase staff, so here’s a quick post catching up on some details we’ve been waiting on some confirmation for and details around the Sailor Moon Classic release set for this November.
Viz Media announced our dub’s producers in a press release earlier this week, Jamie Simone and Rita Majkut. Suzanne Goldish was announced to be the dub’s voice director. Jamie Simone has worked on a multitude of anime, producing the English version of Bleach, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden and Tiger & Bunny. Rita Majkut has fewer works under her belt, but all of them are producer roles. Some of her featured works would include Digimon Fusion, Digimon Data Squad, and the Digimon Frontier movie as well as Rave Master and Zatch Bell. Suzanne Goldish has done ADR directing and voice directing for Bleach, and voice direction for K.
We also have a few more details on the Blu Ray and DVD release of Sailor Moon Season One, Part One. (Out November 11) It’s once again been confirmed that it will be shown in its original 4X3 aspect ratio, with a 1080p remaster. New details include the mention of a ‘signs and songs’ subtitle track that will be included in the release. One of the bonus features will include footage from the Sailor Moon Panel at Anime Expo. The Limited Edition Blu Ray will come with a foil accented box that will also hold Season One, Part Two. The Standard DVD release is not being ignored however, the three disc set will have a foil accented O-card cover (Slip cover) as well! The DVD release will also feature the ‘signs and songs’ subtitle track. Below is a picture of the Limited Edition box that will hold Season One, Parts One and Two.
Speaking of conventions, be sure to check out a recording of the Anime Expo panel, here! Part 2. Part 3.
For a little more information on the release, we emailed Viz Media with a few questions, it’s formatted like a Q&A below for easy reading:
Q. When you mean “chipboard” boxset, are we talking as in made out of pressed wood or reclaimed paper? And will this roughly look like other boxsets of anime series past where usually volume 1 would come in a special box with room for the other volumes?
A. Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1 will be packaged in a similar fashion to other Limited Edition DB/DVD box sets. To see the chipboard outer box, here’s an unboxing video of one of our other release, K, so you can see the thickness (Link). Keep in mind Sailor Moon will look different as it will have 23 episodes, rather than the standard 12-13. The Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1 LE will have a space to fit Season 1 Part 2 when it releases. When Sailor Moon R Part 1 releases, the plan is to have a Limited Edition option similar to Season 1 with space for part 2 and so forth, making for 5 total LE boxes across the 200 episode Sailor Moon series.
Q. Another fan has asked if the main cast will remain consistent throughout the series.
A. The plan is to keep the cast consistent throughout the 200 episode series, specials and movies, yes.
Q. When will Sailor Moon Crystal be dubbed? After all of the existing series and movies have been dubbed or will this be done concurrently?
A. There is no news on a dubbed production at this time. For anime properties, dubbed productions generally happen after a series is shown in Japan, but there is no news specifically on Sailor Moon Crystal at this time. We hope fans continue to show their support for Sailor Moon Crystal as well as Sailor Moon by watching the official simulcasts on VIZ.com, Neon Alley and Hulu. All these outlets are free and these views do a lot to show the creators fan support for the series.
Q. Will any of the theme song or ending singles be released in North America from Viz?
A. There is no news on any possible Sailor Moon North American music releases at this time.