New Sailor Moon anime restores same-sex relationships

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A new version of the Sailor Moon anime has restored previously censored same-sex relationships restored to the series.

The original anime show – released in the US in 1995 – was subject to heavy censorship compared to the the Japanese source material, with lovers Sailors Uranus and Neptune portrayed as ‘cousins’.

However, a new restored version of the show will be released, finally restoring the relationship between the pair, as well as several other LGBT characters.

The revamped version of the show, produced by Toei Animation and released in the US by Viz Media, is part of a deal which will entail new releases of over 200 TV episodes, three films, and several TV specials.

A statement from Viz said: “The uncut and uncensored VIZ Media release of SAILOR MOON, featuring its original uncropped 4:3 aspect ratio, will also feature all original Japanese names, story elements and relationships, as well as an all-new, uncut English dub with a new voice cast.”

Masayuki Endo, of Toei Animation said: “We’re pleased to partner with VIZ Media to bring the beloved SAILOR MOON anime series back to North America.

“This fresh uncut and uncensored release of SAILOR MOON featuring the most accurate adaptation available will be just as creator Naoko Takeuchi intended. We look forward to fans current and new discovering and falling in love with this classic series all over again!”

Viz senior manager Charlene Ingram said: “It has also never seen a complete and proper unedited release in North America…until now!”