Viz Media to stream Sailor Moon Crystal via Neon Alley and Hulu

Sailor Moon Crystal Key Art (Neon Alley)

It was previously reported that Viz Media had acquired the licence to the upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal for North America. However, there wasn’t anything mentioned at the time as to how they would handle the release. It has now been revealed that Viz Media will be streaming Sailor Moon Crystal on Hulu and Neon Alley on 5 July.

The new anime will stream with subtitles in North America on Hulu and Neon Alley, allowing viewers to watch it for free and at the exact same time when it is broadcast at 7pm on 5 July on NicoNico in Japan (that’s 6am ET for those in the US). New episodes will be shown on the first and third Saturday of each month. A subtitled trailer for Sailor Moon Crystal has also been released by Viz Media.

Both Hulu and Neon Alley began streaming remastered episodes of the original Sailor Moon series last month, which are also uncut and in the original Japanese with subtitles.

“Fans everywhere have eagerly awaited the launch of the new Sailor Moon Crystal series,” said Charlene Ingram, Viz Media’s Senior Manager, Animation Marketing. “We are very excited to announce its premiere on Neon Alley and Hulu starting next month. More than two decades after it first captivated millions of fans, the smash hit story of the valiant sailor guardians returns in a big way to thrill a whole new generation of viewers.”

Viz Media are also planning a host of Sailor Moon activities at the Anime Expo held on 3 – 6 July at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. They will be marking 5 July (Sailor Moon Day) with an official Sailor Moon panel that will introduce the new English voice cast on their upcoming remaster of the original Sailor Moon anime. It will also include a showing of the first two newly dubbed episodes of the original series, as well as the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal.

Sailor Moon Crystal tells the story of Usagi Tsukino, a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who one day meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon mark on her forehead. Luna gives Usagi a special brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, a powerful guardian of love and justice. Usagi must now seek out her fellow Sailor Guardians and fight to keep the Legendary Silver Crystal out of the hands of the evil Queen Beryl.

 

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