Sailor Moon was one of those first anime series that laid the foundations for the West to look at the great productions that were being created in Asia in the 90s. In fact, it was so important that a production company wanted to release an American version, which never came to light. But today, we can see at least the first chapter, thanks to a YouTuber.
Saban Moon is the name by which the American version of Sailor Moon is known and has a rather interesting history. According to The Verge: “The story of the Americanized Sailor Moon begins in 1993, about two years before the debut of the nicknamed Sailor Moon that we know today. At the time, the animation studio Toon Makers partnered with Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment, the producers behind the original Power Rangers, in an attempt to make an English-language version of the series. The two companies launched a project combining live-action with animation that was ultimately never released. We only got a glimpse of what came out of the project in a short music video that was shown at an anime convention in the 90s.”
Until now, Saban Moon was considered a lost media series, because there was practically no trace of it on the Internet. However, YouTuber Ray Mona set out on a multi-month journey to bring it to light. After many efforts, Ray Mona obtained the approval of the former president of Bandai America, Frank Ward, to obtain a copy of the first chapter of Saban Moon, which was in the possession of the Library of Congress. You can watch the first chapter below:
Ray Mona published a 2-part documentary in which he detailed his great journey to rediscover Saban Moon. If you’re interested in seeing all the work that went into saving this lost media series, you can check it out below:
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