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Sailor Moon Returns!

May 19th, 2014 by Maria Gonima Hulu Communications

“Moon Prism Power!” When “Sailor Moon” first made its splash in the ‘90s, it quickly became an iconic series that helped introduce anime to U.S. audiences. Finally, after 10 years, the legendary anime classic “Sailor Moon” is available in the U.S. and is now streaming only on Hulu and Hulu Plus. This is the first time the hit series has been made available uncut, remastered and on-demand in North America.

Starting today, the four premiere episodes of “Sailor Moon” are available on Viz’s NeonAlley.com, Hulu and Hulu Plus. Two additional episodes will roll out every Monday. A total of 200 uncut and remastered episodes will be available, in addition to the second episode and fifth and final climatic season, “Sailor Stars”–all of which have never before been made available in North America.

Clumsy but kindhearted teenager Usagi Tsukino returns to transform into the powerful guardian of love and justice, “Sailor Moon,” and protect the universe from forces of evil with her team of planetary Sailor Guardians. Watch classic and never before seen episodes of the pioneering anime franchise that has inspired fans and endless costumes around the world.

To answer some questions about the breakthrough series return, we spoke with Charlene Ingram, Viz Media senior manager of animation marketing.

Hulu: “Sailor Moon” is finally available to stream! Why now?

Charlene Ingram: The rights to stream the groundbreaking anime series, “Sailor Moon,” were not available until recently, so we are thrilled to be able to bring it to fans in a newly remastered and uncut format.

Hulu: With four episodes at launch and two episodes each week, why should viewers new and old watch the episodes as they debut on NeonAlley.com and Hulu?

Ingram: Sailor Moon is a pretty expansive series and was originally aired in a weekly format, so it’s neat to see the characters progress in small chunks. That said, we’re getting the episodes as fast as we can in the new format, but these things take a bit of time to do right! Sailor Moon is the kind of anime series that demands the utmost in care.  We’ll be rolling out the Japanese with English subtitles version first and then previewing the new, uncut English dubbed versions as they become available. Remember, the only official place to watch “Sailor Moon” streaming online is through the Neon Alley network on Hulu and you’ll find the latest content here first!.

Hulu: Why is “Sailor Moon” so significant to U.S. audiences?

Ingram:  Without a doubt, Sailor Moon is the #1 Shoujo property of all time and one of the most recognizable anime titles in the whole world. When it first aired in the 1990s, it absolutely captured the hearts of a generation and that legacy endures today. One of the great things about the series is the expansive about of diverse characters in the story and how dynamic the relationships are. From action, romance, beautiful transformations and more, it’s a title that has it all. Though it originally aired in  the 1990s, the content is still quite progressive even by today’s standards. The version airing on Neon Alley on Hulu will be the first time the series has been presented in a fully uncut format and that is exciting.

Hulu: If fans love Sailor Moon, what other shows will they love on Hulu and Hulu Plus?

Ingram: If you like Sailor Moon, there’s a lot in the world of anime to check out while waiting for the two new episodes coming every Monday.  Fans of the action and variety of characters will find a lot of appeal in “Bleach” and “Naruto.”  Fans who want to check out something a little shorter, but still with glorious transformations will definitely want to check out the super hero dynamics of “Tiger & Bunny.”

“Sailor Moon” joins dozens of top anime series and movies that are already available on Hulu including “Pokemon,” “Naruto Shippuden,” “Bleach,” “Shonen Jump One Piece,” “Yu-Gi-Oh” and “Dragon Ball Z.”

Sit back, head to Hulu.com/sailor-moon and channel your inner Sailor Moon!

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