On April 27, Netflix announced on its official news blog that Sailor Moon Eternal, also known as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie will premiere outside of Japan on June 3, 2021.
The film comes in two separate parts and was the first Sailor Moon movie to screen in Japanese theaters in over 26 years.
Netflix executive, Ema Hirayama, said in a statement, “It’s a dream come true for all of us at Netflix to have Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie join our expansive anime slate and to share this incredible story with fans around the world”.
The Dream Arc
Sailor Moon Eternal is a continuation of Sailor Moon Crystal and based on the “Dream” Arc of the manga, also known as the Dead Moon Arc. Netflix also released a teaser trailer which shows off the eclectic cast of characters.
The film follows Usagi, Chibi-Usa, and the rest of the scouts as they fight against the mysterious Dead Moon Circus to stop them from stealing the ‘Legendary Silver Crystal’ and taking over the world.
There is something particularly strange about this movie. As I mentioned, Sailor Moon Eternal is a follow-up to Sailor Moon Crystal but it isn’t available on Netflix. Sailor Moon Crystal is available on rival streaming service, Hulu. It’s unknown at this time whether Sailor Moon Crystal will make its way to Netflix in any capacity. Neither Netflix nor Hulu have commented on this.
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Despite this odd choice, the English dub voice actors and actresses for Sailor Moon Crystal have confirmed that they will be returning for this film.
Sailor Moon Eternal is Netflix’s latest anime acquisition as it is quickly becoming an important focus for the streaming company. In fact, Netflix is committed to launching 40 anime shows in 2021, and so we know that Record of Ragnarok and Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will soon be making their way onto the platform.
Anime has become a battlefield for streaming services as we’re seeing Sony planning to combine Crunchyroll and Funimation into a single service, which has caught the eye of the United States government.
Yet Another Year for Anime
2021, so far, has been a great year for anime films. The final entry in the Evangelion film series came out earlier this year and Demon Slayer: Infinity Train just recently came out to a lot of fanfare. Social media has blown up with people clamoring about how much they loved the new Demon Slayer movie.
Expect some awesome releases later on like Gintama The Final, which could very well be the final film in the series, and Knights of Sidonia: The Star Where Love is Spun, a film that will undoubtedly be just as weird as the source material.
What do you think of this new Sailor Moon movie? Will Crystal being on Hulu deter you from watching it? What other anime movies are you looking forward to?