VIZ Media announced at Anime Central that it has acquired the Sailor Moon anime franchise. VIZ will release all 200 episodes of the series uncut and uncensored, include the fifth and final "Sailor Stars" season, which has never been licensed in North America, beginning with a subtitled streaming option this month, and a DTO and home media release to follow. VIZ confirmed that the three feature films (Sailor Moon R, Sailor Moon S, and Sailor Moon SuperS) and the specials are also part of the acquisition.
The VIZ Sailor Moon release will be newly created from the Japanese remaster, with new translations for the subtitles. The presentation will be in the original uncropped 4:3 aspect ratio, and will include use of all the original Japanese names, story elements, and relationships.
VIZ will also create a new dubbed version of the complete series later this year, with a voice cast to be announced.
Viz intends to release a DVD only AND a limited BluRay/DVD combo pack version, in half season sets, beginning later this fall. Both versions will be both subbed and dubbed, so not only are we getting SM back, we're getttng in on BLURAY!!!. Am I excited about this? Heck yeah! But we've been waiting and hoping for this to happen for so long it's more of a relief that we FINALLY have confirmation. I think I'll take the rest of the day off... -_^