Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Limited Edition Bluray Review

23rd October 2019

Dear Chibi,

IT’S FINALLY HERE! *tears of joy* The fifth and final season of Sailor Moon – Sailor Stars (Part 1) is out in Australia :D As a kid, my sister and I used to rent VHS tapes from our local video store. We watched Sailor Moon in Cantonese and recorded it so we could have a copy at home to watch over and over again. Watching Sailor Moon on repeat was our favourite past time, and Sailor Stars was no doubt my favourite season.

At the time, there was no other way for us to watch the show as Sailor Moon stopped airing on TV after season 2. To have it officially licensed and released in Australia after 2 decades, is a childhood dream come true. Why is this such a big deal? Because for the first time ever, Sailor Stars is available to the English audience (it’s also uncensored and uncut). Not a fan of English dubs? The Bluray and DVDs also contain the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Win-win!

Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Limited Edition Bluray Set (Madman)
Eternal Sailor Moon graces the front, side and back of the limited edition collector’s box.
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Limited Edition Bluray Set (Madman)
Bluray box cover art
Sailor Pluto is featured on the back of Volume 1

The limited edition box & Bluray case uses some beautiful illustrations by Marco Albiero. I especially love the group shot with all 10 Sailor Guardians <3 This set includes 17 uncut episodes (167-183) on 3 Bluray discs.

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Sailor Moon SuperS Part 2 Bluray Unboxed

12th April 2019

Review on: Sailor Moon SuperS Part 1

Dear Chibi,

Now that I’m officially on maternity leave, I’ve got some time to sit down and enjoy some Sailor Moon SuperS! Part 2 got released in Australia back in February and covers episode 147-166.

Sailor Moon SuperS Part 2 Bluray

Here’s the part 2 disc sitting in the Limited Edition Bluray box. Isn’t it lovely how Uranus and Neptune sit in the same box set? ;) 

Sailor Moon SuperS Part 2 Bluray

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Sailor Moon SuperS DVD & Bluray Limited Edition Review

1st July 2018

Dear Chibi,

Sailor Moon’s fourth season ‘Sailor Moon SuperS’ tends to get a lot of hate. Too much Chibiusa, no Outer Senshi and way too many filler episodes; these are usually the main arguments I hear. Although I can understand where they’re coming from…I personally really enjoyed SuperS. There, I said it 8D. SuperS is actually not that bad. Chibiusa does a fine job as it’s leading character and I loved watching her relationship with Pegasus slowly grow over the course of the season. It’s so endearing, and rewarding. She also matures and gets heavy character development, and how can that be a bad thing?

The villains are great characters too, especially the Amazon Trio, each with their distinctive personalities and quirks. The slightly crazy, bizarre circus villains makes it ridiculously funny to watch (You can’t take them seriously). Viz Media’s English cast did great job with the voicing and the dialogue (My only issue is them calling Fish Eye, “Fish’s Eye”). All these make for a entertaining watch though, as long as you don’t mind letting the characters do their thing, and the main story unravel in due time.

Packaging

Quite a few of you have been wondering if it’s worth continuing the DVD sets, or starting anew with the Blurays. Today I’ll be sharing with you side by side comparisons of both products so you can decide for yourself :)

Sailor Moon SuperS

Bluray vs DVD limited edition boxsets. Apart from the DVD box being larger the packaging is basically identical (Crisis Compacts not included ;D)

Sailor Moon SuperS

The cover art always looks so pretty in Madman’s releases :3
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Sailor Moon R and S Limited Edition Bluray Set Review

2nd June 2018

Dear Chibi,

Wow, it’s June already. With Sailor Moon SuperS coming out in a couple of days here in Australia, I thought it’s a good time to get these two sets reviewed!

Sailor Moon R & S Bluray

Sailor Moon R & Sailor Moon S~ Isn’t the design lovely?

Sailor Moon R & S Bluray Sailor Moon R & S Bluray

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Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 (Limited Edition) Review

19th March 2018

See my review of Sailor Moon Crystal: Set 1 and Set 2.

Dear Chibi,

Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 finally made its way to Aussie Bluray/Dvds :D! The wait for Season 4 has been painfully long (we still don’t know when it’ll be out) but at least I can now revisit the latest season in its full glory. It has both the original Japanese audio with English subtitles as well as Viz Media’s English dub.

The Packaging

As you can see, the packaging is on point! Like the previous two sets, this limited edition case is glossy and really pretty :D I do feel like I’m getting a premium product.
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Sailor Moon Season 1 Set Bluray Review

3rd January 2018

Dear Chibi,

Ready for the first review of 2018?

Sailor Moon season 1 is finally out on Bluray in HD format for the first time in Australia. It uses the newly created High Definition masters from Japan which is super exciting~ but what about the DVD sets fans have been collecting so far?

Madman will continue to release SuperS and Sailor Stars on DVD, but will be using the Japanese HD upscales instead of the European masters. I actually really liked the European masters used for seasons 1-3, so I’m hoping these will be just as good.

Comparing the limited edition DVD next to the Bluray boxset, the packaging is basically identical (just different sizes)

Box cover

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‘Your Name’ Bluray Review

30th December 2017

Dear Chibi,

It’s been a long time since an anime film (or rather, any animation film) has left this much impression on me. Shinkai Makoto’s ‘Your Name’ (Kimi no Na wa.) is the highest-grossing anime film of all time and it’s easy to see why. The moment the film starts I’m mesmerized by the stunning art, the gorgeous colours and the compelling animation. Every scene is a work of art. The detailed visuals and audio work harmoniously together to convey a very realistic portrayal of Japan. Yet, in the end… it was the emotionally powerful story that moved me. “Your Name” is pretty perfect to me. Tears were shed :’D

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Sailor Moon S Part 2 DVD Review

17th September 2017

Dear Chibi,

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been spending my free time indulging in the newly released Sailor Moon S Part 2 on DVD :D Madman has also recently announced we’ll be getting the 90s Sailor Moon on Blu-Ray for the first time ever! The first 3 seasons will be available as complete Blu-Ray sets starting from 6th December 2017, and the remaining sets will roll out along with the DVDs. SuperS and Sailor Stars (the final 2 seasons) will use newly created masters from Japan for both the DVD and BD sets. Ahhhhh, I can’t wait to see how these look :D!!

For the meantime, here are my thoughts on Sailor Moon S Part 2! (Check out my Sailor Moon S Part 1 review here)

Sailor Moon S DVD Part 2 Madman

“Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune’s search for the three talismans has led them to become targets of the Witches 5, the Death Busters’ beautiful and deadly agents, who also seek the talismans to summon the powerful Holy Grail! Now, Sailor Moon and the other Sailor Guardians are on a race against time to save their friends’ lives and prevent the power of the Holy Grail from falling into the wrong hands. 

Meanwhile, Chibi-Usa befriends a young girl named Hotaru, whose mysterious power quickly attracts the attention of both friend and foe. Is there a connection between Hotaru and the enemy? And who is the Messiah of Silence that is said to bring destruction? Will Sailor Moon’s new power be enough to protect the world from the impending apocalypse?”

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Sailor Moon R The Movie~ The Promise of the Rose Review

25th June 2017

Dear Chibi,

Sailor Moon R The Movie: The Promise of the Rose is out on DVD remastered! I haven’t seen this movie in quite a while, but it was by far my favourite of the 3 Sailor Moon movies. Seeing it again so many years later, my thoughts largely remain the same.

Sailor Moon R The Promise of the Rose

“Long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he befriended a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side. Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, it’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru!”

As with most anime movies, this film is best enjoyed as a standalone. Nothing in the film affects the main story at all, and the actual villains from the series (The Black Moon Clan) are never mentioned. The events portrayed in the film seem to take place somewhere between episode 77 and 82, after Chibiusa learns of everyone’s identity and when Usagi and Mamoru get back together. It makes sense since the film debuted in Japanese theaters on 5 December 1993, a week before episode 77 aired. While it’s not necessary to watch the movie, it’s a delightful experience with plenty of emotion and drama.

Sailor Moon R The Promise of the Rose

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Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 (Limited Edition) Review

30th April 2017

See my review of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Limited Edition.

Dear Chibi,

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 (Madman release)

Guess what? Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 is finally here!! :D I was super excited to find it in the mail (thank you Madman!) and proceeded to quickly unbox it like a child during Christmas. Except when I finally held it in my hand, my first thought was ‘Wait.. what is this?’ I swear all the promo pictures had the box looking white, but when I held it in my hand the box looked gold! Thankfully, it’s not actually white but a slight beige/gold because I wasn’t a fan of the white. This looks a lot prettier in person than it did in the pictures :)

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 & 2 (Madman release)

Wow…so pretty and shiny *_*

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