Sailor Moon is perhaps the best-known entrant in the popular magical girl genre of Japanese animation. The five-season television series has spawned a vast array of merchandise, as well as musicals and the three films included in this PlayStation2-compatible DVD box set.
The first 2 seasons of Sailor Moon were first shown on North American television in Fall 1995, dubbed (badly) in English. A few years later, Cartoon Network began showing more of the series, with an even worse English dub than before >:-( In both cases, the series was also edited for North American TV. The DVD box set, however, provides the opportunity to both watch and hear the three Sailor Moon films as intended: unedited and in Japanese!!! I originally owned all three films on subtitled VHS and showed them to a group of friends who had never seen the films (sub or dub), and they were all pleasantly surprised at the differences when unedited and subtitled.
For those who have only seen the North American version of the TV series, a potential point of confusion is that the characters have different names in the original Japanese: Usagi becomes Sailor Moon, Ami becomes Sailor Mercury, Rei becomes Sailor Mars, Mako becomes Sailor Jupiter, Mina becomes Sailor Venus, Hotaru becomes Sailor Saturn, Setsuna becomes Sailor Pluto, Haruka becomes Sailor Uranus, Michiru becomes Sailor Neptune, and Mamoru becomes Tuxedo Mask/Kamen.
Finally, for those completely unfamiliar with the Sailor Moon series, these are standalone films. In fact, one of my professors showed the Sailor Moon S film in one of her classes, and none of the students wwere familiar with the series or the films. However, if this is your first Sailor Moon purchase, it likely WILL NOT be your last!!!!!