Sailor Moon S: The Movie

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Sailor Moon S: The Movie
Sailor Moon S The Movie poster.jpg
Japanese theatrical release poster
Japanese劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンS
HepburnGekijō-ban Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Sūpā
LiterallyPretty Soldier Sailor Moon S the Movie
Directed byHiroki Shibata
Produced byIriya Azuma
Screenplay bySukehiro Tomita
Based onSailor Moon
by Naoko Takeuchi
Starring
Music byTakanori Arisawa
CinematographyMotoi Takahashi
Edited byYasuhiro Yoshikawa
Production
company
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • December 4, 1994 (1994-12-04) (Japan)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office¥1.05 billion[1]

Sailor Moon S: The Movie[a] is a 1994 Japanese animated superhero fantasy film directed by Hiroki Shibata and written by Sukehiro Tomita. It is the second film in the series, following Sailor Moon R: The Movie (1993), and is adapted from a side story of the original Sailor Moon manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi, The Lover of Princess Kaguya. It takes its name from the third arc of the Sailor Moon anime series, Sailor Moon S, as Toei Company distributed it around the same time. The film was released in Japan on December 4, 1994, as part of the Winter '94 Toei Anime Fair.

Plot[edit]

An extraterrestrial ice entity named Princess Snow Kaguya (プリンセス・スノー・カグヤ, Purinsesu Sunō Kaguya) arrives on Earth in an attempt to freeze it, but a fragment of her comet has been lost and she is unable to proceed without it. She has her henchwomen, the Snow Dancers, search for the missing fragment. In Tokyo, a young astronomer named Kakeru Ōzora (宇宙 翔, Ōzora Kakeru) finds the fragment and keeps it in his observatory to study it further.

Meanwhile, the Sailor Guardians are enjoying a day in the Juban Shopping District. Luna falls ill and decides to go back to Usagi's house. Along the way, she collapses while crossing the road, and is almost hit by a car, but is rescued and nursed to health by Kakeru. Luna then develops romantic feelings for him, even kissing him on the cheek in his sleep, leaving Artemis crushed. Luna herself ends up with unrequited love because it is revealed that Kakeru himself has a girlfriend, an astronaut named Himeko Nayotake (名夜竹 姫子, Nayotake Himeko), and more importantly, because Luna is a cat. The two are devastated because Himeko is oblivious to Kakeru's belief of Princess Kaguya's existence. Later, after finding herself unable to reconcile her differences with Kakeru, Himeko leaves on a space mission.

The fragment of the comet attaches itself to his life force, and begins slowly stealing his life-force energy, causing him to become very ill. Kaguya later steals the shard, but because it is linked to his life-force, he is brought even closer to death when Kaguya throws the shard into the ocean and creates an enormous ice crystal that will continue to drain away Kakeru's life-force energy completely. She and her Snow Dancers then begin freezing the entire Earth, little by little. The Sailor Guardians attempt to stop her, only for Kaguya to revive the Snow Dancers using the Crystal. Just before Kaguya could kill the Sailor Scouts, Sailor Moon arrives and tries to talk her out of her plot. Wanting more strength, she activates the mighty powers of the legendary Holy Grail to evolve into Super Sailor Moon, but is easily overpowered by Snow Queen Kaguya. Determined to protect the Earth and its people, Usagi prepares to activate the Legendary Silver Crystal's immense energy and power. The eight Sailor Guardians, along with Sailor Chibi Moon, combine their own strength and Sailor abilities at once to further strengthen the healing power of the Legendary Silver Crystal, destroying Snow Queen Kaguya and the Snow Dancers head-on, and eliminating the ice crystal in the ocean, as well as her comet.

Usagi wishes for Luna to become the mythical Princess Kaguya for one night. Concerned about Himeko's safety, Kakeru wanders in the snowstorm and is saved by Luna at the exact point Kakeru saved her, transformed into a human. She takes him near the moon, where Himeko, on her space mission, witnesses the phenomenon and realizes that Princess Kaguya does exist. Luna tells him that he needs to start focusing on his relationship with Himeko, and the two kiss. After returning to the Earth, Kakeru takes up Luna's advice and meets Himeko at the airport, where the two lovingly hug. Artemis meets up with Luna, and the cats reconcile.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice actor English voice actor
(Pioneer/Optimum Productions, 2000)
English voice actor
(Viz Media/Studiopolis, 2018)
Usagi Tsukino Kotono Mitsuishi Terri Hawkes as Serena Stephanie Sheh
Ami Mizuno Aya Hisakawa Karen Bernstein as Amy Anderson Kate Higgins
Rei Hino Michie Tomizawa Katie Griffin as Raye Hino Cristina Valenzuela
Makoto Kino Emi Shinohara Susan Roman as Lita Kino Amanda C. Miller
Minako Aino Rika Fukami Stephanie Morgenstern as Mina Aino Cherami Leigh
Usagi "Chibiusa" Tsukino Kae Araki Tracey Hoyt as Serena Tsukino Sandy Fox
Setsuna Meioh Chiyoko Kawashima Sabrina Grdevich as Tristamail Meioh Veronica Taylor
Haruka Tenoh Megumi Ogata Sarah Lafleur as Amara Tenoh Erica Mendez
Michiru Kaioh Masako Katsuki Barbara Radecki as Michelle Kaioh Lauren Landa
Mamoru Chiba Tōru Furuya Vincent Corazza as Darien Shields Robbie Daymond
Luna Keiko Han Jill Frappier Michelle Ruff
Artemis Yasuhiro Takato Ron Rubin Johnny Yong Bosch
Princess Snow Kaguya Eiko Masuyama Catherine Disher Melissa Fahn
Kakeru Ōzora Masami Kikuchi Jeff Lumby Chris Hackney
Himeko Nayotake Megumi Hayashibara Jen Gould Eden Riegel
Snow Dancers Mariko Onodera
Yūko Nagashima
Esther Thibault TBA
Announcers Tomohisa Asō
Yasunori Masutani
Tony Daniels TBA
Journalist Yoshiyuki Kōno unknown TBA

Production[edit]

Sailor Moon S: The Movie is based on the 135-page side story "Princess Kaguya's Lover" (かぐや姫の恋人, "Kaguya hime no Koibito"), written and illustrated by series creator Naoko Takeuchi and later published by Kodansha.[2] Dissatisfied that she had left the production of the previous film to others, Takeuchi envisioned "Princess Kaguya's Lover" as the plot of Sailor Moon S: The Movie, and proceeded to write the story "all in one go."[2] She modeled the antagonist after an Art Deco antique named "Salome", while the Snow Dancers are modeled after a German china piece, which Takeuchi thought resembled "a character dancing in a snowstorm."[3] On July 8, 1994, she traveled to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of her research; there, she watched the launch of space shuttle Columbia.[2] She enjoyed working on the film, and liked the overall result, particularly Luna's transformation sequence.[2] The film was soft matted for its theatrical release, as it was animated in 4:3 aspect ratio.

English releases[edit]

The film was first released in North America on VHS by Pioneer Entertainment on August 31, 1999, in Japanese with English subtitles.[4] Pioneer later released the film to uncut bilingual DVD on May 23, 2000, alongside another VHS release containing an edited version of the English dub.[5] Pioneer re-released their DVD on January 6, 2004 under their "Geneon Signature Series" line.[6] 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 on November 9, 2001.[7]

The English dub was produced in association with Optimum Productions in Toronto, Canada, and featured most of the original DiC 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 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.

In 2014, the film was re-licensed for an updated English-language release in North America by Viz Media, who have produced a new English dub of the film in association with Los Angeles-based Studiopolis and re-released it on DVD and Blu-ray on October 2, 2018.[8] The film was released to North American theaters with one-day screenings nationwide as a double feature with Sailor Moon R: The Movie, in association with Fathom Events. Dubbed screenings were on July 28, 2018, and subtitled screenings on July 30, 2018.[9] It has also been licensed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.[10]

Reception[edit]

Animerica noted that the film incorporates aspects of the Japanese folklore The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (竹取物語, Taketori Monogatari) and Yuki Onna (雪女, snow woman) in the antagonist's character.[11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Released in Japan as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S: The Movie (劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンS, Gekijō-ban Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Sūpā), Sailor Moon S: The Movie – Hearts in Ice in the 2000 Pioneer English adaptation, and simply Sailor Moon S: The Movie in the Viz media re-dub in 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "過去興行収入上位作品 一般社団法人日本映画製作者連盟". www.eiren.org. Retrieved 2020-08-05.
  2. ^ a b c d Takeuchi, Naoko (October 2001). Sailor Moon. 11. Los Angeles: Tokyopop. pp. 138–141. ISBN 978-1-892213-99-0. OCLC 48491100.
  3. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (October 2001). "Antique Talk". Sailor Moon. 11. Los Angeles: Tokyopop. pp. 178–9. ISBN 978-1-892213-99-0. OCLC 48491100.
  4. ^ "Sailor Moon S: Sailor Moon Vs. Snow Queen Special Uncut Subtitled Edition [VHS]". Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  5. ^ "Sailor Moon S The Movie - Hearts in Ice (VHS)". Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  6. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Sailor-Moon-Movie-Geneon-Signature/dp/B00012QLVO/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1426805966&sr=1-2
  7. ^ "Sailor Moon Season 3 Episode Guide". TV.com. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  8. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-05-16/viz-licenses-original-sailor-moon-anime-franchise
  9. ^ "Viz Media to Screen Sailor Moon S The Movie, Sailor Moon SuperS The Movie Films in N. American Theaters". Anime News Network. May 19, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  10. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-11-28/madman-entertainment-acquires-sailor-moon-series-and-sailor-moon-crystal/.81519
  11. ^ "Animerica Feature: The Sailor Moon Movies". Animerica. Viz Media. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004. Retrieved November 10, 2011.

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