Say it ten times fast, Ladies and Gents: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie. Ye olde intrepid yellow journalist in the very best Edward R. Murrow tone of voice I could possibly muster attempted a ten time recitation of that catchy yet mouthful of a title; halfway through my second effort my wife was convinced I was having my long overdue stroke and no emergency calls to Netflix, the new home for – catching my breath here – Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie (whew!) – could assuage her concern…
Through the Hollywood Reporter grapevine this morning, Vents has learned that popular anime characters Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians, first introduced back in 1991 by creator Naoko Takeuchi, will be making their Netflix debut this coming June 3 in a two-part movie. The alternate title for the film is Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Season IV: Eternal the Movie which I will not even attempt to utter within a ten mile radius of my Better Half. Because I care.
The official plot description for the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie goes a little like this – or a lot like this, as I am now quoting some industrious yet anonymous summarizer from Netflix: “The story is about the Sailor Guardian’s growth, both as teenage girls and as Sailor Guardians, as well as the faint first love of Chib-Usa and Helios.”
In a press release, Netflix Big Wheel (and, incidentally, the Manager of Content Acquisition) Ema Hirayama said that “Like so many others around the world, I trace my love for anime back to watching Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon when I was a toddler – pictures of me in Usagi’s Bun Head have become a family treasure. It’s no surprise that these characters and tales about love and justice still touch the hearts of so many fans around the world. It’s a dream come true for all of us at Netflix to have Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie join our expansive anime slate and to share this incredible story with fans around the world.”
In acquiring the new adventures of Sailor Moon and Pretty Guardian, Netflix pulled out all of the stops, purchasing the global streaming distribution rights – sans Japan – to the anime gem. The films themselves have already seen a release in their home country of Japan earlier in 2021 after a delay due to the worldwide pandemic.
In all sincerity and joking to the side, this reporter has long been a fan of comic books and one of their many counterparts, the genre of anime. Here’s hoping for yet another dreamy adventure in (deep breath) Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal the Movie!