Toei Animation and VIZ Media have joined forces with LA-based film distributor ELEVEN ARTS to present the US premiere of Sailor Moon R: The Movie in a series of special, limited engagements in late January at more than 300 theaters across the nation. The event will also feature the North American theatrical debut of the original short, Make Up! Sailor Guardians.
The film features the English-language voice cast already familiar to fans of the anime series: Stephanie Sheh reprises her leading role of Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon along with actor Robbie Daymond as Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask. Newcomer Ben Diskin will voice the role of the film’s villain, Fiore.
“Sailor Moon holds a special place in the hearts of multiple generations of anime fans and these exciting premieres present the film in a vivid way befitting its celebrated status among viewers,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “Fans will love the new, uncut English dub and we’ve worked closely with our partners at Toei Animation and ELEVEN ARTS to bring Sailor Moon R: The Movie to many major cities and metropolitan area across the US. We look forward to audiences enjoying all the action and drama as the Sailor Guardians face their new foe on the big screen!”
The English-dubbed screenings (select theaters will present the film in Japanese with English subtitles, check listings) will be even sweeter to fans as a special Sailor Moon bonus gift will be given to ticket holders while supplies last. A list of participating theaters and advance ticket purchase will be online soon at elevenarts.net and the VIZ’s movie page.
Long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to 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 – it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth! 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!
In Make Up! Sailor Guardians, Usagi and Chibi-Usa are at a cafe when they overhear two girls debating which one of the Sailor Guardians is the best. Will Usagi’s alter-ego, Sailor Moon, end up being their favorite? Fans will not want to miss the answer!
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