Sailor Moon is one of the quintessential Japanese anime series and has been loved for many years. There was a severely butchered version that ran on American TV in the early 90s and it was many kids first exposures to anime. I know it was certainly mine.
Sailor Moon hit me like a ton of bricks when I was a little kid and I never fully recovered. I first discovered it when my family moved across country. I had no friends, severe culture shock and a circadian rhythm that couldn't cope with the three hour time difference. I would wake up at 4am and hide in the family room and watch very early morning cartoons. Sailor Moon completely captivated me. I loved the idea of these superhero girls who lived double lives and saved the universe. Even in the butchered American cut the characters were compelling and the plots interesting. Sailor Moon was the reason I first started to use computers, how I discovered fandom and fanfiction and flame wars. Ahh, those were the days...
Hulu has worked out a contract to bring Serena/Usagi and all her friends to your computer in all their glory. The episodes have been remastered and are offered in HD. While subtitles are the only available format, a whole new English dub is in the works. Even better, the entire series is going to uploaded bit by bit. We're finally going to see the fabled Sailor Stars series, as well as all the movies!
Why is that such a big deal? Despite having a massive fanbase around the world, Sailor Moon has never been re-released after its disastrous Americanized version chopped it to ribbons. Many characters that were LGBT were twisted around (Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune being "cousins") or cut out entirely. It's been a huge sore point for the fans especially those of us in America where whole seasons were never made available. This time nothing has been changed and we are seeing the series as it was intended to be watched. No more changing the gender of a gay character or making a couple into cousins. That's why there is so much excitement around this release. It's what Sailor Moon fans have been waiting for for almost a decade!
All of this comes from the fact that it's the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon and a rebooted series will be coming out in July. The reboot was officially endorsed by Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi so my hopes are very, very high. I am so excited! A new DVD boxset of the series will be available at the end of the year as well.
The first four episodes of Season 1 are now available and two new episodes go live every Monday until the end of time. They're uncut, uncensored and purely wonderful. The only thing missing from them is the excellently bad American Sailor Moon theme song. I still know all the words.