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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I went on a trip to Toys “R” Us with my grandmother. Sailor Moon’s popularity within the US was still in its infancy, and I was wrapped up in it in every conceivable way. I begged my grandmother to buy me the VHS version of Sailor Moon R: The Movie, which was encased in a gorgeous pink case with Usagi on the cover, featuring rose petals and an offer for a special watch.
That was ages ago, however, before Sailor Moon had made its return to store shelves with a brand new dub and cast of actors. Now, Sailor Moon R: The Movie, affectionately subtitled “Promise of the Rose” back when I first saw it, is coming back for a limited engagement in over 300 theaters across the United States beginning on January 20th. A list of 50 theaters will begin showing the movie on January 19, so you may have to end up waiting (or not get to go at all if you live in Kentucky, like I do) if you’re interested.
Viz has debuted a new trailer for the movie showing off the new dub cast’s talents, and you can get a better feel for how the new voices work in comparison to the original DiC track that so many of us know all too well from childhood. Theaters will also be showing the subbed version as well, so if you’re a hardcore sub apologist, don’t worry — you’ll be able to watch Usagi transform and save the day in Japanese too.
It’s been years since I’ve seen the movie, and it originally opened in Japan in 1993. It made its debut on VHS and DVD from Geneon Entertainment between 1999 and 2004, so for many fellow Sailor Moon fans it’s no doubt a huge throwback. If you’ve got the time, you should absolutely try and make it out to one of the screenings. It’s a wonderful time to be a Sailor Moon fan.