North American “Sailor Moon” fans can rejoice: “Sailor Moon Crystal,” the new reboot of the classic anime franchise, will be available to stream starting July 5 on Hulu and Viz Media’s Neon Alley.
Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s long-running manga series, “Sailor Moon Crystal” will retell the story of Usagi Tsukino discovering she is Sailor Moon. As revealed in the trailer below, Usagi meets Luna, a black cat that can talk, who has been searching for her. After she is given a special brooch to transform into Sailor Moon, Usagi is tasked with the mission to gather her allies, other Sailor Senshi or “Guardians,” and defeat the enemy.
As in the original anime series that aired in the U.S. starting in 1995, Sailor Moon’s mission also involves seeking out the Legendary Silver Crystal and protecting it from Queen Beryl.
“Fans everywhere have eagerly awaited the launch of the new ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ series, and we are very excited to announce its premiere on Neon Alley and Hulu starting next month,” said Charlene Ingram, Viz Media’s senior manager of animation marketing, in a statement. After the premiere, new episodes of the anime, subtitled in English, will be available on the first and third Saturdays of each month.
To commemorate the series’ launch, Viz Media will also be hosting Sailor Moon Day on July 5 at the 2014 Anime Expo with special activities. Among the planned events is a panel where the first two newly produced dubbed episodes of the original animated “Sailor Moon” series will premiere. The Anime Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 3 to 6.