So a few nights ago on Twitter, a message started circulating that a user on YouTube had his video featuring Sailor Moon footage removed. Yeah, whoop de doo right? Well, according to this person the reason why the video had been removed was because of a copyright claim by Funimation. Naturally (because this IS the internet after all) this was followed by rampant speculation and rumor mongering that Funimation had finally rescued the classic and beloved magical girl series from obscurity.
I, for one, am a proud member of the Sailor Moon generation of anime fans so this intrigued me quite a bit. I was never able to afford the DVDs upon their original release and still can’t as an adult because of the extraordinary collector prices it’s fetching now (Used copies of the Season 1 Box Set released by ADV sells for over $100 on Amazon). I’m not one to put stock in Twitter rumors however and so I went straight to the source and asked, does Funimation have Sailor Moon? Short answer: No.
In an email from Funimation rep Jackie Smith, I was told very firmly that while Sailor Moon is ‘”one of the most popular anime series of all time and most U.S. licensing companies would love to add it to their respective libraries”, Funimation doesn’t have it.
Sorry everyone, guess we’re going to have to wait for another day to fight evil by moonlight. But don’t worry, hopefully someday there will be a company always ready for a real fight who will be able to acquire the one named Sailor Moon.
Updated: Here’s the full quote from Jackie Smith at Funimation that should’ve been included with the original posting of the article:
Updated Again to make the quote readable
Yes, there is no doubt Sailor Moon is one of the most popular anime series of all time and most U.S. licensing companies would love to add it to their respective libraries, but we do not have it.