Beautiful choice in cover art. THIS LOOKS AMAZING. Look at all the pink and shinies!
This DVD contains 22 episodes, from ep 25-46. This volume actually excites me a lot more than the first one, because the story really starts to pick up its pace once the fourth Sailor Soldier is introduced- Kino Makoto/Sailor Jupiter. AND SHE COMES IN RIGHT OFF THE BAT at episode 25. And of course, we also get the introduction of Sailor Venus.
Last year, Kaz and I were lucky enough to see the Sailor Moon Musical ‘Petit Etrangere‘ live at AiiA Theatre in Tokyo! It was a very magical experience :D This year there was a third musical production based on ‘Sailor Moon S/Infinity Arc’, titled ‘Un Nouveau Voyage’! This is one of our favourite Sailor Moon seasons because it marks the debut of Sailor Uranus, Neptune and Saturn~ AHHH!! :D <333 Now I wish we had gone to see this one live too!!
On Christmas Eve, I invited Kaz and Kat over to watch the performance together ^^ It was so AWESOME.
YESSSSSSSSS. I am shedding happy tears :’D I’ve finally got a hold of Madman’s newly released Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1 on DVD! I was over the moon when I first heard Madman had officially acquired both the 90s Sailor Moon anime (all 200 episodes and movies!) and Sailor Moon Crystal. This is a pretty big deal, as Sailor Moon has never been released in Australia complete, remastered, uncensored and uncut :D WOOO!
This new release features a brand new English dub by Viz Media. Having grown up watching the original English dub by DiC, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the change. However, I came into the first episode feeling rather refreshed by Stephanie Sheh’s take on Usagi. I had this massive smile on my face the entire time. I hope the other major characters have suitable voices too. But of course, if you prefer to watch it in Japanese, that too is available with English subtitles.
I know a lot of you might be curious about the video quality, compared to the DVDs released in the US. Instead of following suit with Viz Media, Madman used the same video masters as the European release~ which I believe is a fantastic choice! I was very pleased with the video. Everything looks so pretty and detailed! This DVD seems to tick all the boxes.
Lets have a look at the packaging:
This DVD comes with 4 discs and contains the first 24 episodes. The extras include behind the scenes of the new English dub as well as textless songs. It uses the original 4:3 aspect ratio.
I pre-ordered this ‘Moonlight Memory Series’ Star Locket back in October 2014 and after 6 months worth of anticipation, it’s finally here!! It end up costing me around $90 all up, so it’s quite an expensive toy…but what can you do when you really want it? :3
IT’S SO PRETTTTTTTYYYY :D <3333
The Star Locket is something I’ve been wishing for since the start of the Sailor Moon’s 20th Anniversary merch releases. If I knew about the Star Locket Proplica coming out in 2016 (It was announced a few days after I preordered this version) I might’ve gotten that instead. Oh wells! When the time comes.. I might get that too, though I’m really happy with this one already :3
Watch the star locket play “Moonlight Densetsu” as the crescent moon rotates! :3
Sometime last month, I received my very own Usagi blanket~ yaaaaay! It’s basically the same blanket the character Usagi (Sailor Moon) uses in the 90s anime series ^^ (In Sailor Moon Crystal, the pattern is slightly different though still bunnies and moons) I’ve had this item on my wishlist for a long time, and my bro finally got it for me for xmas, woo!!
The blanket is an unofficial merch from lookhuman.com. It’s soft, furry and thin. I love it so much but it’s also quite expensive (this one was $60).
We spent our last 2 remaining days in Japan exploring Ikebukuro. We managed to do a lot of shopping here and found heaps of Sailor Moon merch!! Wooo! :D So this last blog entry will just be sharing some of the goodies we saw, and wrap up with general thoughts on my trip :)
On Sunday 24th August, Kaz and I dressed up in a Yukata to experience Japan’s Summer Festival for the first time!! And what better festival to check out, than the one in Azabu Juban where the story Sailor Moon is set? We managed to find these Yukata sets in Harajuku (Takeshita Dori) for a reasonable price. We’ve never worn one before, but luckily thanks to youtube, it wasn’t too difficult and was a lot of fun to wear! We met up with Brad in the afternoon at Hiroo Station, who then took us around to several Sailor Moon real life locations! YOU ARE AWESOME BRAD, THANK YOU :D!
Arisugawa No Miya Memorial Park
A lot of scenes from Sailor Moon took place in this park :D
I’m finally back from my “SAILOR MOON TRIP TO JAPAN” adventure~ flying to Tokyo for the Sailor Moon Musical :D Instead of always ‘wishing I was there’, I decided I was going to make it happen this time. The idea itself excited me just as much as being there :D Sailor Moon is one of my most favourite things ever, so being able to watch a live show for its 20th Anniversary, meeting other moonies, buying merch and shopping in Tokyo in general (I LOVE JAPAN)~ was going to be great. So the journey begins, with just me and Kaz (my twin sister) who’s also into Sailor Moon!
Unfortunately, the trip didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped. The moment I got off the plane from Narita Airport, I was hit with the crazy humidity and 36°C heat and got sick… so sick that I end up wasting an entire day lying on a couch without air con :’D Thankfully, Kaz came home that night with some dinner and meds for me :D She spent the day exploring Shibuya herself.
Kaz with our 7-Eleven dinner :’D We stayed in Shin-Okubo.
The next day was the day of the the Musical~ Pretty SoldierSailor Moon: Petite Étrangèr :D :D Brad helped us and Cycyn get tickets to the first show, so we met up to see it together. Both Brad and Cycyn have been my long-time online Sailor Moon friends, and it was my first time meeting Cycyn in person!! SHE IS SO CUTE AND BUBBLY!! AHHH I’M SO HAPPY I COULD FINALLY MEET HER :D!! (She’s even appeared in my dream before…lol that sounds kinda creepy XD)
Me with Brad (MoonKitty)!
Kaz and Cycyn
We dropped by several stores in Shibuya to check out Sailor Moon merch :D
A few days ago (before the SMASH! con weekend), I entered Japan Foundation’s Facebook competition and was lucky enough to be a winner!! :D The prize is a copy of the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Tribute album, signed by voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi/Sailor Moon! yaaay! I feel so lucky ^^
I’ve never won a contest before so this is super sweet!! Also, less than a week to go before I’m off to Tokyo to see the Sailor Moon musical. CAN’T WAIT!! :D :D :D