Then in 2013-2014 a company called VizMedia got the rights in their hands and planned on re-releasing the series and its movies, once more, for the next generation but this time, the series would take a different path. You see whenever an anime a Japanese based cartoon, would be released here in the U.S.A. Changes and edits would be made, adding on music, or changing themes or namesakes from the original Japanese version. So the fans growing up with the original series were of course settled on their own version and may or may not have seen the Japanese version with English subtitles.
In any case VizMedia had gotten the rights and has been re-releasing the series and movies under the Japanese styling of using the music, namesakes, and more so sticking to it, to the core that the fans of old and new could see this series and it's movies the proper way. So the 90's to 2000's versions were pretty much non-existed and would never return sadly....
That being said, the first movie in the Sailor Moon series, titled Sailor Moon R The Movie, set during the first and second season of the TV series, the story goes,
“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!”
But before this story is told a mini episode short titled Make Up! Sailor Guardian, showcasing Usagi and Chibiusa having a snack at a shop, as these other girls, do the same, discussing who is there favorite Sailor Guardian. This short never being released in the U.S.A. Before so it being released alongside this film of course, to tie it all together.
In any case, the U.S.A. premiere event was taking place in none other than Los Angeles, California in Downtown Los Angeles, at The Theater Of Ace Hotel set in the center of Downtown, under the city lights of the beautiful city, as fans lined up outside the sold out event, some dressed up in cosplay attire, in short costume, of their favorite character of the Sailor Moon series. While others came in casual wear, as people were let into the theater, as doors opened around 7PM. Fans filed in, checking out the merchandise booth, setting themselves aside for photo shoots, while everyone else grabbed something to eat and drink, and others entered the theater itself, finding a place to sit down.
Entering the theater myself, going upstairs to the balcony level, it was empty as no one was heading in that direction as of yet, I took my seat in the upper balcony section, in the front row, having a great center off right look of the screen, of this gorgeous theater. It having a very gothic theme with it's lighting and sound system fitting in quite well. Fans started to make their way upstairs taking seats in the balcony and lower mezzanine sections, as the hostess walked onto the stage to introduce the movie and why everyone was there this fine evening.
After introductions were made, the Sailor Guardians themselves, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus made an appearance live on stage, performing the “Sailor Planet Attack” power, in which glitter and sparkles were shot into the air, as roars of applause erupted the theater with pure excitement, as the movie was drawing ever so nearer to starting. The lights dimmed as shouts could be heard throughout and a brief interview with three of the cast was shown, soon after, the mini episode short, was shown and then the main event, the Sailor Moon R The Movie!
Shown on a big screen in the U.S.A. for the first time ever was quite the sight to see. Tons of chills ran down my spine as smiles spread across my face, as I sat there, watching my favorite super heroin fight the forces of evil on the big screen! The movie itself looked beautiful in it's high definition stance, the voice cast and music used, working wonders, while this was the uncut and unedited Japanese version, the Japanese namesakes, and music, was of course used, so that being a tad hard to adjust too at times, but still a very fun and outgoing experience for all.
Hearing the laughs, cries, and happiness of the audience was so much fun and exciting to experience with other fan goers being there, because we have all been fans for so long, and fans of the current and next generation will get to experience Sailor Moon in their own way sooner or later if not currently. It was just a great overall experience and the movie itself, just as it was back in the 90s to 2000s time frame, was just as great now as it was back then.
Sailor Moon will always be my all time favorite anime and my very first anime introduction to anime in general. She is the one to right wrongs and fight for love and justice, she is the one named Sailor Moon!