Lost Sailor Moon US Reboot Found, Watch It Now

By James Brizuela | Published

Sailor Moon is one of the most popular anime series in history. The Japanese series made its way to the United States and became a cultural phenomenon in the 1990s. However, once upon a time there was an American reboot that existed. Footage of this reboot was lost for a while, but has since been unearthed online. It’s quite rough and looks completely different from the original Japanese dubbed anime that fans have loved for decades. You can see this reboot below:

The video above is an in-depth documentary on YouTuber Ray Mona trying to find that long-lost footage. Apparently this Sailor Moon the reboot was stored at the Library of Congress, though it never made its way to a mainstream release. What makes this sequence all the more confusing is that the opening intro also mixes an animated cartoon look into a live action sitcom style show. Ray Mona talks about the intro being a music video intended to accompany the series. The result of the video clip and the pilot is very strange.

This Americanized version of Sailor Moon was supposed to be called sabanmoon after involving children’s television producer Haim Saban. People might recognize his name by producing the American version of Power Rangers, which also became a household name in the 1990s. We’re very glad this Americanized version never got a chance to debut, because it’s pretty terrible. The opening credits and song are enough to drive even the greatest Sailor Moon fans away. Nothing about this reboot would have succeeded, which could be a big reason why the footage remained hidden for so long. Even though animation was difficult in the 1990s, this reboot version seems to have taken a step back to the 1980s.

Luckily, the series everyone got was the normal Japanese dubbed version of Sailor Moon. Saban could have been the genius behind it Power Rangersbut he wouldn’t have been so successful if that sabanmoon the series had been created. It’s downright terrible. The animated pilot was basically meant to lead to a live reboot or vice versa. Either way, it wouldn’t have gone over well with the fans at all.

The United States has a bad habit of constantly trying to reboot or turn foreign properties into something that just doesn’t work. It’s been done a lot in the horror genre, with many foreign films being altered and Americanized, and not landing well with audiences. For example, Spike Lee attempted to redo the Korean hit, Old boybut his version was just terrible. Saban Moon aka US Sailor Moon is just another example of that.

For those who want to see this new version of Sailor Moon, you can watch the documentary above. The docuseries is two parts long, but we have only attached the second part which contains the pilot episode of sabanmoon. But be warned, this Americanized version might not be something you want to see. We certainly did not.

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