Classic Sailor Moon Anime Acquired by Viz Media Europe

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

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Sailor Moon

Toei Animation Europe has announced a deal with Viz Media Europe for the DVD distribution rights to the classic anime series Sailor Moon. The deal covers plans to release the series in Germany, and “all the French-speaking European countries”.

The French publisher Kazé will release the 46 episodes of the first series. Viz Media Switzerland will release all 200 episodes of the series, comprised of Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, Sailor Moon SuperS and Sailor Stars. Both the German and French releases will feature Japanese audio with subtitles and dubbed audio tracks in their respective language.

While this deal has no direct effect on a potential North American release, the fact that the series is getting licensed is a good sign. Combined with the success of the reprints of the original manga by Kodansha USA, it’s not unreasonable for fans to start hoping for the series to come out here, including the previously unaired Sailor Stars.

There is no announced release date, but according to a German newsletter Viz Media Switzerland expects it to be out this winter.


About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.

  • Randy_Thompson

    Toei has been shopping their Sailor Moon anime license around Europe for almost three years. This certainly has me excited for a potential deal in the States, but from what I’ve heard DiC had some really weird licensing terms that have prevented it for years. I’m still holding out hope, though!

  • Cool, but seriously though. Something really needs to be done about copyright, licensing, and patenting across the world. The old laws need to catch up with the modern world quickly.

  • With the Anime industry being reduced to a DVD Grindhouse in the US
    I find this will be impossible to see Sailor Moon have a US presence again

  • John Ellis

    Can’t this series just stay dead and hopefully be forgotten about

  • Vallen

    Hope VIZ NA gets the rights to sailor moon anime too