Sailor Moon DVD
Sailor Moon Vol1
The legend of Sailor Moon begins with these first six classic episodes. A must have for any Sailor Moon fan... if you can find it.
The DVD used for this review is the Region 4, Australian / New Zealand version which seems to contain the same episodes taken from the same source as the Region 1, North American DVD but with a fresher redesigned navigation menu that actually lists the episodes in numerical order rather than the "title only" approach used by the Region 1 designers. The Region 1 menus were also static and silent while the Region 4 ones are animated with music in the background (more on the menus further down this page).
The cover features a piece of artwork created for the Region 1 DVD cover though with one major difference, the inclusion of a disk number on the spine and the front top right corner!
Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask and Luna all look rather good, though slightly different due to the artwork being created stateside. The back cover shows screencaps of several episodes in yellow star shaped frames against a pink and blue moon and star background (in a similar fashion to the transitions used in the show itself). A rather dramatic introduction to the series is also included which sells the show rather well to the customer who hasn't seen Sailor Moon before and may be interested in picking it up.
The six episodes contained on this DVD are also listed which is nice when you have a craving to watch a certain episode and can't remember which DVD it's on.
The menus, well the one menu anyway, is very nice. It reflects the feeling of these early episode very well with it's bright pink and purple colour theme and the reusing (though slightly edited) image of Luna and Sailor Moon from the cover. While the image itself is static, the background is completely animated with several layers of stars floating down behind the two characters. An instrumental version of the English Sailor Moon Theme Song also plays in the background (a version I didn't know existed until I bought this DVD!) keeping the menu upbeat.
The menu loads immediately with no delay whatsoever and the episodes, once selected begin playing right away. Navigation is very easy due to the fact that everything is on the main page.
The Special Features
Unfortunately there aren't any Special Features on this DVD which is a shame, but then the Japanese DVDs didn't really have any Special Features either. There is though an Easter Egg to be found if you click on the disk number star next to the "Sailor Moon" title which is a basic static screen of disk credits. Not much, but it's something.
The first six episodes of the first season really are a fun treat. Not only do we get the first appearance of Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury (and all the other characters!) but we get to enjoy the more fun adventures Sailor Moon has before the more plot heavy episodes that appear later on in the season appear.
A Moon Star is Born is a great start to the series as we see how Luna awakens Sailor Moon and guides her during her first battle which is humour infused and action packed. Several long running storylines are introduced here such as the mystery of Tuxedo Mask and the Imperium Silver Crystal which add a few layers to what could have been a simple introduction episode.
Talk Radio shows us a more super hero side to Sailor Moon (which unfortunately was removed significantly in later seasons) as Serena goes undercover to investigate a mysterious radio show host.
Slim City continues Sailor Moon's undercover adventure of the week with her infiltrating a gym which may be used by the Negaverse. Several supporting characters also get a lot a screen time, particularly Miss Haruna and Molly which make this well worth watching.
So Your Want to be a Superstar is simply a fun episode where the whole of Tokyo is caught up in idol fever. Keep an eye out for Melvin's cross-dressing!
Computer School Blues introduces us to the second Sailor Scout, Sailor Mercury and Time Bomb gives us our first real Sailor Moon and Mercury team up since Mercury's introduction in a hillarious clock store caper.
If you ever see this disk for sale anywhere grab it. With six full episodes, all of them very fun it's a great purchase unfortunately it's also a very rare one!
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