Sailor Moon R: The Movie

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Sailor Moon R: The Movie
Sailor Moon R The Movie poster.png
Japanese theatrical release poster
Kanji劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンR
Literal meaningPretty Soldier Sailor Moon R: The Movie
Revised HepburnGekijō-ban Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn R
Directed byKunihiko Ikuhara
Screenplay bySukehiro Tomita
Based onSailor Moon
by Naoko Takeuchi
Produced byIriya Azuma
CinematographyMotoi Takahashi
Edited byYasuhiro Yoshikawa
Music byTakanori Arisawa
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • December 5, 1993 (1993-12-05) (Japan)
Running time
62 minutes[1]
Box office¥1.3 billion[2]

Sailor Moon R: The Movie[a] is a 1993 Japanese animated superhero fantasy film directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara and written by Sukehiro Tomita based on the Sailor Moon manga series written by Naoko Takeuchi. The film takes its name from the second arc of the Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Moon R, as Toei Company distributed it around the same time. The events portrayed seem to take place somewhere in the very end of the series, as Chibiusa knows about the identities of the Sailor Guardians, the characters are in the present rather than the future, and Usagi and Mamoru are back together. The film centers on the arrival of an alien named Fiore on Earth, who has a past with Mamoru and wishes to reunite with him. However, Fiore is being controlled by an evil flower called Xenian Flower, forcing Usagi and her friends to save Mamoru and the Earth from destruction.

Japanese theaters featured a 15-minute short recap episode before the film titled Make Up! Sailor Soldier (メイクアップ!セーラー戦士, Meikuappu! Sērā senshi) (later as Make Up! Sailor Guardians).

The film was released theatrically in Japan on December 5, 1993, while Pioneer Entertainment released it in the United States on February 8, 2000. On January 13, 2017, Viz Media re-released the film re-dubbed and uncut for the first time in US theaters.[4] The Sailor Moon R: The Movie redub also included the English dubbed 15-minute short Make Up! Sailor Guardians. It was later premiered in Canada on March 1, 2017.[5]


Make Up! Sailor Guardians[edit]

Usagi and Chibiusa overhear two girls talking about the Sailor Guardians after they see a poster. As the girls debate over the smartest, most elegant, strongest, and the leader of the Sailor Guardians, Usagi grandly claims those titles for herself. Chibiusa shakes her head at Usagi's delusion. Clips appear from the debut of each Sailor Guardian, and that girl's image song plays in the background. When even Tuxedo Mask has been mentioned, and the girls are about to leave, Usagi butts in on their conversation and asks them directly about Sailor Moon. The girls give a series of glowing compliments about Sailor Moon, but unlike their analysis of the other Sailor Guardians, they also list her faults. After the girls leave, Usagi sarcastically apologizes to the viewers for being a clumsy cry-baby and then bursts into exaggerated tears.

Sailor Moon R: The Movie[edit]

A young Mamoru Chiba hands a mysterious boy a rose before he disappears, vowing to bring Mamoru a flower. In the present, Mamoru meets up with Usagi Tsukino and the Sailor Guardians at the Jindai Botanical Garden. Usagi attempts to kiss Mamoru, but when he suspects the other girls of spying on him, he walks off outside alone.

The stranger appears from the garden's fountain and takes Mamoru's hands into his own, which makes Usagi uncomfortable. Usagi tries to break the man's grasp from Mamoru but is knocked down. The man vows that no one will prevent him from keeping his promise before disappearing again. Mamoru tells Usagi that the stranger's name is Fiore (フィオレ, Fiore). At Rei Hino's temple, the Sailor Guardians discusses an asteroid that has started to approach Earth and on which Luna and Artemis have discovered traces of vegetal life. The talk turns into rumors about Mamoru's and Fiore's possible relationship, while Usagi thinks about how Mamoru had told her that he had no family and was alone, and how she had promised him she would be his family from now on.

Fiore sends his flower-monster henchwoman, Glycina (グリシナ), to Tokyo to drain the population's life energy, but the Sailor Guardians free them and destroy the monster. Fiore appears, revealing his responsibility for the attack, and uses a flower called a Xenian (キセニアン, Kisenian) before severely injuring the Sailor Guardians. Mamoru attempts to talk Fiore out of fighting but the Xenian controls Fiore's mind. After Mamoru saves Usagi from certain death by intercepting his attack, Fiore takes Mamoru to an asteroid rapidly approaching Earth and begins to revive him in a crystal filled with liquid. While in the crystal, Mamoru remembers meeting Fiore after his parents died in a car accident. Mamoru had previously assumed that he had made up the boy as an imaginary friend. Fiore explains that he had to leave Mamoru because of the Earth's unsuitable atmosphere; Mamoru gave Fiore a rose before disappearing. Fiore searched the galaxy to find a flower for Mamoru, finding the Xenian in the process. Seeking revenge on the humans for his loneliness, Fiore returns to Earth.

Meanwhile, Luna and Artemis tell Sailor Guardians that the Xenian can destroy planets using weak-hearted people. Ami Mizuno realizes that the energy from the asteroid matches the flower monster's evil energy, deducing that Fiore has hidden there. The Sailor Guardians decides to rescue Mamoru. Despite her initial reluctance, the Sailor Guardians and Chibiusa convince Usagi to save Mamoru and confront Fiore.

After the Sailor Guardians fly to the asteroid, Fiore reveals his plans to scatter flower seeds to drain humanity's energy on Earth. The Sailor Guardians then fight hundreds of flower monsters, but they end up captured. When Fiore orders Usagi to surrender, she is unable to feel his loneliness; Fiore begins to drain her life force. Mamoru escapes and saves Sailor Moon by throwing a rose at Fiore. The rose embedded in Fiore's chest blossoms, freeing him from the Xenian's control. The flowers on the asteroid disappear, but it continues to hurtle toward Earth. Usagi uses the Silver Crystal to transform into Princess Serenity to change the course of the asteroid. Fiore then attempts to assault the group in a suicidal effort to defeat them, but upon coming into contact with the Silver Crystal, Fiore discovers the truth that when Usagi and Mamoru were children she gave Mamoru the rose that was once given to him after Fiore had left. Emotionally incapacitated, Fiore ignores the Xenian's pleas and allows her and himself to be vaporized by the Silver Crystal's powers. With Fiore and the Xenian destroyed by the Silver Crystal, Serenity, Endymion, and Sailor Guardians combine their powers to divert the asteroid away from the Earth. The Silver Crystal is shattered and Serenity dies of exhaustion. Back on Earth, despite Luna and Artemis' concern over why the Sailor Guardians are taking too long, Chibiusa assures them that the girls are all right.

In the aftermath, now safely drifting in orbit, the Sailor Guardians and Tuxedo Mask are devastated by Sailor Moon's death in her still form after her transformation brooch is damaged, saying that it wasn't worth it to survive if they lost the one most dear to them. The spirit of Fiore reappears and thanks Tuxedo Mask and his comrades for freeing him. Using a nectar-filled flower with Fiore's life energy, Tuxedo Mask wets his lips with the nectar and kisses Sailor Moon, reviving her, restoring her transformation brooch, and repowering the Silver Crystal. Fiore, reduced to the form of a child again, ascends to the afterlife to live in peace. She smiles weakly at them and says she told them she would protect everyone. The Sailor Guardians smile through their tears and collapse into her arms.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice actor English dubbing actor
(Pioneer/Optimum Productions, 2000)
English dubbing actor
(Viz Media/Studiopolis, 2017)
Usagi Tsukino Kotono Mitsuishi Serena Tsukino Stephanie Sheh
Terri Hawkes
Mamoru Chiba Toru Furuya
Megumi Ogata (young)
Darien Shields Robbie Daymond
Vincent Corazza
Julie Lemieux (young)[6]
Rei Hino Michie Tomizawa Raye Hino Cristina Valenzuela
Katie Griffin
Ami Mizuno Aya Hisakawa Amy Anderson Kate Higgins
Karen Bernstein
Makoto Kino Emi Shinohara Lita Kino Amanda C. Miller
Susan Roman
Minako Aino Rica Fukami Mina Aino Cherami Leigh
Stephanie Morgenstern
Luna Keiko Han Jill Frappier Michelle Ruff
Artemis Yasuhiro Takato Ron Rubin Johnny Yong Bosch
Usagi "Chibiusa" Tsukino Kae Araki Serena "Rini" Tsukino Sandy Fox
Tracey Hoyt
Fiore Hikaru Midorikawa
Tomoko Maruo (young)
Steven Bednarski
Nadine Rabinovitch (young)
Benjamin Diskin
Xenian Flower Yumi Tōma Kisenian Blossom Carrie Keranen
Catherine Disher

Make-up! Sailor Guardians[edit]

Character Japanese English
Yui Chieko Nanba Carrie Keranen
Aya Rumi Kasahara Cherami Leigh
Garoben Hiroko Emori Megan Hollingshead
Katarina Yūko Mita Veronica Taylor
Queen Beryl Keiko Han Cindy Robinson
Alan Keiichi Nanba Wally Wingert
Queen Serenity Mika Doi Wendee Lee


The film was created by the same production staff of Sailor Moon R, with Kunihiko Ikuhara as a director, Sukehiro Tomita as a screenwriter, and Kazuko Tadano handling the character designs and animation direction.


Japanese release[edit]

The film was released in Japanese theaters on December 5, 1993.

The Japanese Blu-ray collection of the three films was released on February 7, 2018, with this film titled Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon R: The Movie.[3]

English release[edit]

The film was first released in North America on VHS by Pioneer Entertainment on August 31, 1999, in Japanese with English subtitles.[7] Pioneer later released the film to uncut bilingual DVD on February 8, 2000, alongside another VHS release containing an edited version of the English dub.[8][9] Pioneer re-released their DVD on January 6, 2004, under their "Geneon Signature Series" line.[10] The DVDs later fell out of print when Pioneer/Geneon lost the license to the film. The edited version was also shown on TV in Canada on YTV and in the US on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.

The English dub was produced in association with Optimum Productions in Toronto, Canada, and featured most of the original DIC Entertainment English cast reprising their roles. The edited version of the dub was censored for content and replaced the music with cues from the DIC version of the first two seasons of the anime; the vocal song "Moon Revenge" was also replaced with "The Power of Love." The uncut version of the dub was only seen on the bilingual DVD, featured no censorship, and all of the original Japanese music was left intact, with the exception of the DIC theme song being used. However, no DVD or VHS release contained the "Make-up! Sailor Soldier" short.

In 2014, the film (including the "Make-Up! Sailor Guardian" short) was re-licensed for an updated English-language release in North America by Viz Media, who produced a new English dub of the film in association with Los Angeles-based Studiopolis and re-released it to DVD and Blu-ray on April 18, 2017.[11] It has also been licensed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.[12] In addition, Viz gave the film a limited theatrical release in the United States, beginning January 17, 2017 in association with Eleven Arts.[13] The redub premiered in the United Artists Theater at the Ace Hotel, where it retained just the original title of Sailor Moon R: The Movie, rather than the subtitle The Promise of the Rose. The theatrical release included the "Make-Up! Sailor Guardian" short, and was available in both dubbed and subtitled screenings. The film was screened in North American theaters again nationwide with one-day showings as a double feature with Sailor Moon S: The Movie in association with Fathom Events. Dubbed screenings were on July 28, 2018, and subtitled screenings on July 30.[14]


Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network gave the film's Viz Media dub an "A−". She praised the animation, stating that it was "several cuts above what we typically see in the TV series". She also praised the film for distilling the franchise's themes effectively, its soundtrack and use of imagery relating to flowers.[15] Charles Solomon of the Los Angeles Times also reacted positively to the film's portrayal of the main characters' "sisterly friendship" and praised Viz Media's dub for not censoring Fiore's implied feelings for Mamoru, unlike previous English translations.[16]


  1. ^ Originally released in Japan as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R: The Movie (劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンR, Gekijō-ban Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn R), and later as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon R: The Movie.[3] Released in the U.S. as Sailor Moon R: The Movie – Promise of the Rose on the Pioneer Entertainment dub in 2000, and simply Sailor Moon R: The Movie on the Viz media re-dub in 2017.


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