North American Sailor Moon
The North American Sailor Moon English version was first produced by
a company called DIC and is now currently being produced by Cloverway,
Toei Animation's American branch. In total, DIC produced about 82
episodes which covered the first two seasons of"Sailormoon: SM and
SMR. DIC did not actually translate Sailormoon, and in the dub's
end credits, it calls the dub an "adaptation." DIC seriously edited and
changed the original Sailormoon anime. Dialogue, story elements, the
animation itself, music, and characters were changed, entire episodes
were dropped out, and there was the addition of 'Sailor Says' at the end
of the first 65-so episodes. (For some reason, the 'Sailor Says' often
had scenes cut out from the episode in it.)
The second and third seasons of Sailormoon, SMS and SuperS, were
produced by Cloverway and were shown on Cartoon Network's Toonami,
having started their run June 12, 2000. The two seasons were
also shown in Canada on YTV.
If you want to contact Cloverway, here is their information; thanks go
to AnimeGuru and
Barbara for it:
444 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 901-2444
NASM has been shown in several countries, enjoying high popularity in
Canada on YTV and then good ratings on Cartoon Network in the United
States. It also gained some popularity in Australia, and the first
few seasons were gradually shown in the United Kingdom.
Buena Vista Entertainment originally released select episodes of the DIC
Sailor Moon series on video tape, two episodes per tape. The boxes were
bright pink, glittery, tacky, and featured horrible artwork. There were
not many episodes released this way, though a Doom Tree box set with
four VHSes was sold.
ADV bought the rights to DIC's dub and is releasing all of the SM and
SMR on VHS. It also recently bought the rights to release the first
two seasons subtitled in English with Japanese voites. These seasons
will be released on VHS and DVD.
Pioneer has released the three Sailormoon movies subtitled on VHS, the
three Sailormoon movies dubbed on VHS, and the three Sailormoon movie
dual layer DVDs with both subbed and dubbed versions. The company is
releasing DVDs and VHSes of the Sailormoon S and SuperS TV series both
dubbed and subtitled.
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