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Sailor Moon (anime series)
Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn

Adventure, magical girl, romance, comedy, drama, fantasy

Directed by

Junichi Satou


Toei Animation


TV Asahi

Original run

March 7, 1992 – February 8, 1997

# of Episodes


Running time

24-25 minutes (per episode)

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン; meaning Very Beautiful Young Girl Warrior Sailor Moon; officially translated as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and also known as just Sailor Moon) was an anime series that ran on Japanese television from March 7, 1992 to February 8, 1997 on Asahi Television. The series spanned 200 episodes, three feature films, five specials, and five memorials.


Sailor Moon

The first season of the Sailor Moon anime aired on Asahi Television at 7:00pm on Saturdays from March 7, 1992 to February 27, 1993. It consisted of episodes 1-46. This season was dubbed into English by DiC in the 1990's and by Viz Media in 2014 and 2015.

Sailor Moon R

The second season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 6, 1993 to March 12, 1994. It consisted of episodes 47-89. Because the series was not developed with a second season in mind, the first 13 episodes (quarter season) of the series was an original story produced by Toei rather than based on the manga by Naoko Takeuchi to allow Takeuchi time to develop her storyline further. This season was the last to air in the UK on Fox Kids (now known as Disney XD). This season was dubbed into English by DiC and eventually released on DVD by ADV, though episode 67 was not dubbed nor released on DVD in the U.S. and Canada.

Sailor Moon S

The third season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 19, 1994 to February 25, 1995. It consisted of episodes 90-127. This season was dubbed into English by Cloverway Inc., and released on DVD by Pioneer.

Sailor Moon SuperS

The fourth season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 4, 1995 to March 2, 1996. It consisted of episodes 128-166. This season was dubbed into English by Cloverway and released on DVD by Pioneer, and was the last season of the series to air in the U.S. and Canada.

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars

The fifth season of the Sailor Moon anime aired from March 9, 1996 to February 8, 1997. The series concluded with this season. It consisted of episodes 167-200. On the anime timeline at the Toei Animation Gallery, "Sailor Stars" is listed separate from "Sailor Moon," which on their timeline concludes with the fourth season. In addition, the opening song changed from "Moonlight Legend," which it had been for the first four seasons, to the "Sailor Star Song." None of the episodes in this season have aired in English-speaking countries, and many rumors persist as to why Toei Animation has not allowed any company to license the last series for distribution in English. The most persistent rumors are that Toei wanted more money for licensing than anyone was willing to pay, and that Toei was afraid of hurting the show's "family friendly" image due to some content in Sailor Stars (such as the nudity in the last episode, Haruka and Michiru's relationship, and the gender-transforming Sailor Starlights). Despite this, however, this season aired in other foreign countries with little or no controversy.

As of May 16th, 2014, Viz Media has obtained the rights to subtitle and dub Sailor Stars in English in North America. It's unknown why Toei Animation has suddenly changed its stance of not allowing Sailor Stars to be licensed for English-language distribution. The first episode of Sailor Stars was uploaded to Hulu on December 14, 2015, marking the official U.S. premiere of the series.


  • The Sailor Moon R movie - Theater run was from December 1993 to January 1994. The film's English dub subtitle is "The Promise of the Rose."
  • The Sailor Moon S movie - Theater run was from December 1994 to January 1995. The film's English dub subtitle is "Hearts in Ice," and is based on the short story "Lover of Princess Kaguya" that preludes the Dream story arc in the manga.
  • The Sailor Moon SuperS movie - Theater run was from December 1995 to January 1996. Of the three films, this was the only one to have a Japanese subtitle, called "The Nine Sailor Warriors Get Together! Miracle in the Black Dream Hole." The film's English dub subtitle is "Black Dream Hole."



Sailor Moon Around the World

The anime quickly found favor internationally, and was bought by various television companies across the world and dubbed into numerous different languages. For more details, see the following:

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