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Sailor Moon (classic) – Season 1 Bluray set

With the upcoming first season set, which will be Bluray only, I managed to grab the set before street date via RightStuf. The set is a VAST improvement over the 2014 sets which Viz initially released, that included a slew of ghosting issues, as well as oversaturation and pixilation. But, this new release addresses those problems and so much more.

Therefore, the site has a long-awaited update to compare Viz’s releases of the classic anime, and get this thing back on the road!

Let’s get to them!

REMEMBER: This is a small sample of the shots that were fixed. But majority of issues were addressed for this release.

Viz Media, 2014

I will make more updates as it comes.

Where’s The Comparisons?

This was asked numerous times on here, and on twitter. So, let’s lay it all down and give you guys the full scoop and status on Season 3’s comparisons.

When the first volume of season three came out, we hoped there be come changes. But, after scanning the first 4 episodes, and learned about the second volume’s lack of changes from a post in a certain forum, it became pretty clear on what was going on.

Why I haven’t done any after Act 29 is…well, why bother?

I thought there’d be at least one change in ANY episode…just ANY would do. But, the lack of such came to the obvious solution: Toei was more prepared than before. When the first 26 episodes started airing on a 2-episode-per-month schedule, the third-party animators that Toei assigned actually finished episodes just weeks before they air on the net, which was the reason behind so many wonky frames from episodes 2 to 26. After Sakai left and Chiaki Kon took over, the scheduling for making episodes was re-arranged and more prepared. This was proven, if I can find it, by seeing that one of the third-party animation studios Toei hired finished one episode months before it aired.

Finishing an episode months in advance was the big change in how Crystal was animated, considering how Toei treats their properties. If something was finished ahead of time, chances of changes happening are slim-to-none.

So, if you’re looking to see more comparisons…I’m afraid the chances of seeing those are pretty low, at this time.

Keep your expectations on this low, cause Toei may of 1-upped on me, and knew what was going on, to prevent me from comparing anything. But, don’t pull out those pitchforks and demand Toei to change stuff, cause it’s already on home video in Japan, and we’re going to get that versions down the road. We may be lucky, if Toei pulls a rabbit out of the hat and changes a few, but it’s not to be expected.

I did all I can here. I hope you guys understand my position. If anyone asks “Where’s the comparisons for Act ___ ?”, this is your answer.

Viz to air dubbed Crystal episodes on Hulu, next month!

Viz Media announced, at New York Comic Con 2015’s Sailor Moon panel, that Sailor Moon Crystal will air dubbed episodes (up to Act 14) on the streaming service, Hulu, next month, using the home video masters! Continue reading Viz to air dubbed Crystal episodes on Hulu, next month!