High-pitched, relentlessly fast paced, and filmed in eye-gouging gumball colors, this video series combines two previously released dubbed episodes from the Japanese animated series, along with a couple of new ones. The ad... more »ventures of a group of schoolgirl superheroes, Sailor Moon is a lighthearted kiddy variation on a ubiquitous Japanese subgenre, stories of alienated adolescents granted paranormal powers and enlisted on the side of virtue in apocalyptic struggles across space and time. Imported to the U.S. in an attempt to create a post-Power Rangers franchise for girls, the show never became a mainstream megahit in the states, although it still has passionate fans (thanks to airings on the Cartoon Network). The chirpy, giggly tone may be off-putting, but the level of visual imagination (and the self-sufficient courage of the young heroines) can be exhilarating, especially when kids and parents watch together. This first volume kicks off with the "secret origin" episode, "A Moon Star Is Born," in which Tokyo middle-school student Serena is transformed into the title character by the occult power of a mysterious locket. She acquires a cute sidekick (a talking cat named Luna), and in the three succeeding episodes she begins to assemble her support team of spunky Sailor Scouts, with names like Sailor Mercury, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Venus. In the second episode, "Talk Radio," a phantom radio program is somehow connected with the door-to-door delivery of flowers whose fumes put people to sleep. Also includes the episodes "Slim City" and "So You Want to Be a Superstar," with a total running time of 90 minutes. These edited shows are appropriate for fans age 5 to 12. --David Chute« less
Sailor Moon Says: Spend your money on something else.
lemonzest | Pennsylvania | 04/24/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a Sailormoon fan since 1994, and have been impatiently waiting for a DVD release of this series ever since DVD players went mainstream. I was thrilled to find that Pioneer did a truly amazing job with the DVD release of the Sailormoon S and SuperS seasons. High quality, excellent covers, a product that kids AND adults wouldn't be embarrassed to buy. I couldn't wait to see if they would FINALLY release the first two seasons as well.Then ADV Films came along and bought the rights to the dubbed first season.This is a company that is known for releasing such shows as "Delinquent in Drag" and "Kekko Kamen" ("the most outrageous superheroine ever! Clad in a red mask, red boots and nothing else" - direct from the ADV website). I find myself putting their release of the Sailor Moon dub into the same category: "Who Would Watch This, Let Alone Pay For It?" Cheesy, low-quality cover artwork that would make anyone over age 12 reluctant to even be caught LOOKING at the DVD in the store, let alone buying it. No Japanese language track, nor seperate Japanese-only release (as Cardcaptor Sakura has done because of the hacking of the dubbed version). No uncut verson. Skipped episodes. I don't need Queen Beryl's crystal ball to tell me the future of this show.This DVD is appropriate for young children who were fans of the TV dub, and perhaps die-hard dub fans who just want a clean copy of the episodes. However, if you are a sub fan or simply curious about the show, I would suggest you skip this one over. Sailormoon may be the show that brought the magical girl genre back to life in Japan, but there's a reason that so many fans are adamently against this release: it reduces a beautiful, enjoyable series into a grating, childish hack job."
Sailor Moon: The Legend Begins
shishkabibble | USA | 04/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first 4 episodes of the 1st season of Sailor Moon. The story line is cleaver, and explains where Sailor Moon got her powers. The episodes are as follows:1. "A Moon Star is Born" in wich Serena meets a talking cat named Luna who gives her a broach with the power to transform her into Sailor Moon. Queen Beryl plans to take over the earth by sending deamons to steal energy. Sailor Moon defeats the deamon with the help of the mysterious Tuxedo Mask.2. "Talk Radio" in wich a love radio program is sending out pins that steal energy. Luna gives Serena a discuise pen that turns her into whatever she wants. She is able to defeat the demon.3. "Slim City" in wich Serena tries to diet down, but the gym is run by a demon and she has to stop it.4. "So You Want to Be A Superstar" in wich Serena tries to becom an actress and has to defeat a demon.If you don't like the dub's, don't buy it. But otherwise, you'll love it. Buy it today!"
Great anime, bad dub.
Brooks Austin | 09/15/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Sailor Moon is a classic example of how to make a bad dub of a great anime. There were actually three companies that worked on the dub of Sailor Moon. The first company was Dic, who produced the dub of the first two seasons. They made the most cuts to the show and are the main reason the dub is so loathed by most Sailor Moon fans. The second company was Geneon (formely known as Pioneer), who dubbed the Sailor Moon movies. Geneon was a little more accurate to the Japanese version but still continued to make most of the same types of cuts Dic made. The best of the three companies was Cloverway, who dubbed the S and Supers seasons. Although they were far from being perfect, they stayed the most faithful to the Japanese version, even going so far as to keeping the Japanese music, although they still made a lot of cuts to the dub. So, for this review I will focus on comparing the Japanese version of Sailor Moon to the Dic dub (since that's what is presented on this DVD). I won't list all of the cuts Dic made since there's just too many to list here, but I will list the major cuts to give you a general idea of what the Japanese version is like. Hopefully, it'll encourage you to seek out the Japanese version of Sailor Moon instead and see what this series is truly like.
The first major change is in the music. The Japanese version used a very beautiful orchestrated musical score which perfectly conveyed the emotions felt in each scene. The dub replaces all of this with cheesy disco style music, and while Dic attempted to recreate the original emotions of the series with their new musical score, it failed to recapture the same exact feeling the way the Japanese music had. All the Japanese songs were catchy J-pop songs sung by real proffessional Japanese pop singers while all the dub songs were cheesy songs about believing in the power of love which were all played on a synthesizer and sung by third-rate nobodies that Dic pulled off the streets. Dic also changed may of the Japanese names to American names, believing that American children are too stupid to remember the Japanese names. Once again, there's too many changes for me to list here, but I will list the name changes Dic gave to the major characters. Usagi Tsukino is changed to Serena; Ami Mizuno is changed to Amy Anderson (although there is some debate about whether Anderson is really her last name in the dub or not); Rei Hino is changed to Raye Hino; Makoto Kino is changed to Lita; Minako Aino is changed to Mina; Mamoru Chiba is changed to Darien; Chibi-usa is changed to Rini; Sailor Soldiers is changed to Sailor Scouts; and Dark Kingdom is changed to the Negaverse.
In the Japanese version, whenever the Soldiers transformed, they always shouted "Make up!" at the end of their transformation sequence, but the "Make up!" part is oddly omitted out in the dub for some unknown reason. Dic also changed many of the Soldiers' attack names even though they were all spoken in English to begin with. Censorship cuts Dic made included anything that they considered to be too violent for children's American television. Dic was so strict about the censorship of violence that they wouldn't even let the characters slap each other in the comical scenes, fearing that the stupid children of America would start copying the Scouts. Other cuts included strong language, brief nudity, and cutting out homosexuality by changing Zoicite's gender from being male to female.
Several episodes were also skipped and combined because Dic felt those episodes had too many scenes that needed to be cut. The episodes that were skipped were Japanese episodes two, five, six, 20, 42, and 67. And the two episodes which were combined were Japanese episodes 45 and 46 (dubbed episode 40). These episodes were combined because in the Japanese version, the Soldiers died while fighting the Dark Kingdom and Dic didn't want to expose children to death, so they combined the episodes by cutting out all the death scenes and re-writing the plot to have it explained that the Scouts were "captured" by the Negaverse instead. Needless to say, the ending to the first season was greatly screwed up in the dub. Several changes to character personalites were also made. Because Japanese episode 42 was skipped (an important background episode about Sailor Venus), part of the serious side of Minako's personality is missing from the dub and Dic also cut out Minako's habit of getting famous quotes wrong. It's no wonder so many American Sailor Moon fans think Mina is a rip-off of Serena.
Raye is also a lot snobbier than Rei is in the Japanese version. While yes, Rei and Usagi did argue a lot in the Japanese version, Rei used a thing called tact which made many of their arguments actually quite comical. Raye, on the other hand, was downright rude to Serena and many of the scenes in the Japanese version that showed that despite all of the arguments they had, Rei was still the closest of Usagi's friends, were completely screwed up, destroying part of Rei's character that made her so much fun. Rei's grandfather was also originally a very perverted man who often flirted with both guys and girls of any age and gained a bad reputation of being a perv. Dic decided to cut this out turning Raye's grandfather into just an ordinary old man and cutting out any of his funniest moments in the show completely.
Dic also inserted many CGI scene transistion graphics throughout the episodes and a Sailor Moon Says segment at the end of the show, in which Sailor Moon would appear and say some sort of cheesy moral value message that usually wouldn't have anything to do with the actual show itself, while various clips of the series were being played. These additions were completely pointless and only made the show exteremly cartoony. I doubt most kids could even care less about the Sailor Moon Says segments. I know I sure didn't. One thing that is interesting about Sailor Moon Says though, is that sometimes you could see clips that were cut out of the episodes in the Sailor Moon Says segment, like a clip of Umino/Melvin being hit in the face by a stream roller in the "So, You Wanna Be A Star?" episode.
Dic even went so far as to attempt to change parts of the plot, too. One example is that in the Japanese version all of the groups of villians worked seperately from each other, but Dic didn't like this for some reason and decided to change it so that all the villians came from the Negaverse. Even in the dub, this doesn't make any sense at all. Why should we believe that Ail/Alan and En/Ann worked for Beryl when they lived all alone their whole lives? How could the Black/Negamoon be from the Negaverse when they were originally human beings themselves? It makes no sense for them to try and link all of the villians together. Do they think kids won't like the new villians if they don't still work for Beryl or what? This is just a small example of many of the cuts Dic made to the dub. There are even more changes that they made to the show that destroyed the original series. The only reason why I'm giving the Sailor Moon dub two stars instead of one is because of the incredible impact the series has had in North America.
Even though the dub was really crappy, it was many fans first experience with the show, myself included. So, we as Sailor Moon fans do owe some credit to the dub for introducing us to the series. Sailor Moon was also a series that introduced many Americans to anime in general, and when compared to other bad dubs (like Cardcaptors or Mew Mew Power), Sailor Moon isn't that bad, but when compared to the Japanese version, it's downright terrible. If you've only seen the dub version, I urge you to seek out the Japanese version, which is widely available on DVD in the U.S. (it's even on sale at this very website). Yes, it's in Japanese, which means yes, you'll have to read subtitles to watch it, but it's not really hard to do at all. The subtitles are positioned at a good enough place on the screen were you can still see all the action that's going on while you read the subtitles. I actually think it's more fun to watch anime subbed than it is dubbed. Even if you hated the series because you've only seen the dub, you should still give the Japanese version a chance, anyway. There's so many differences between the two versions that they're almost like completely seperate shows. And if you've never seen Sailor Moon before for whatever the reason, do yourself a favor, ignore the crappy dub, and watch the Japanese version. Every anime fan owes it to themselves to see the original version of Sailor Moon at least once, if anything just to support the downfall of bad dubs. The Japanese version surely won't disappoint you."
The Beginning of a Great Series
ttmoore3 | Houston, TX | 12/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This tape is the first four episodes of the Sailor Moon english dub. The series, in any language, in wonderfully produced and enjoyable for most anybody. With five seasons and 200 episodes, long story archs are divided by season. However, this series has quite a bit of filler episodes (episodes not advancing the main story). In this tape, there is only 1 episode dealing with the main story.
For this 1st series, the story has to do with the wicked Queen Beryl who is trying to gather energy for the Negaverse. She commands her strongest warriors to create monsters to steal this energy.
Episode 1: A Moon Star is Born - 1st appearance of Serena (Sailor Moon), Darien (Tuxedo Mask), Luna, Queen Beryl, Jedite, Molly, Melvin, Andrew. Obviously, this is an important episode. Young 14 year old Serena is tapped by the talking cat, Luna, to become Sailor Moon and battle the forces of the Negaverse. Serena is a reluctant hero and spends much of her battles whining and crying. She is aided by the mysterious Tuxedo Mask and so how, she always manages to gather enough courage to face her fears and defeat the villain at hand.
Episode 2: Talk Radio - Jedite uses a radio love show to steal the energy from young girls. Serena stumbles upon the plot while attempting to get her love letter onto the show. Fun filler episode which introduces the Luna Pen, an object that allows Serena to change her appearance.
Episode 3: Slim City - Serena and her friend, Molly, attempt to work out and lose weight. However, Jedite is stealing the energy of those who work out. As her friends begin showing signs of drained energy, Serena catches on to Jedite's plot and faces another of his monsters. Good filler episode with a good message for young girls about weight and appearance.
Episode 4: So You Want to be a Superstar - Serena, Molly, and their friends are desperate to win a contest to be chosen as a new celebrity superstar. But, of course, Jedite is behind the contest and steals the energy of the girls until Sailor Moon leaps into action and defeats another monster to save her friends. Another fun filler episode.
This is a great series if you just sit back and enjoy it for what it is. These episodes are a good introduction to the show and this gives a preview of what a great series this will grow to become."
Sailor Moon: The Legend Begins
Judy | Rexburg, ID USA | 11/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gee, what can I say I bought this movie in hopes that it contained one of the few episodes that had never been seen in America, but I guess I was wrong. On the bottom it says Contains Previously Unreleased Episodes and I had heard from a web page that the Unrealeased Episode was one we've never seen before. But dispite my mis-understanding I was glad i bought it. Having the whole series in videos is great to collect and you can watch them anytime that you like. The sound and quality is much better than you's get by recording it off the T.V. and the cover boxes has great pictures on it. They still have the Sailor Says on the end of each episode and they have to start the show with the opening song animation and end it with end animation and song so it's kind of a hassel to get the the next episode. But I would buy for the sheer fact -more Sailor Moon bought in America the more we get-, and it's great to watch Thanks"