SAILOR MOON R (The Promise of the Rose): THE MOVIE (UNCUT SPECIAL EDITION) (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

October 1, 2002 by  


COMPANY: Pioneer Entertainment
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara
PRODUCED BY: Hiroe Tsukamoto and Louis Hurtubise
RATING: For ages 13 and up
DURATION: 80 minutes

The future depends on scout power!  Sailor Moon and her four Sailor Scouts (Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter) must save the planet and her best friend Darien from the most evil and dangerous creature in the Universe; the bewitching and deadly Kisenian Blossom.  She appears as a beautiful, tiny flower, but looks can be deceiving!

Kisenian, traveling from a far-away galaxy disguised as a meteor, aims to gather all the “positive” energy from earth and plant the seeds of “negativity” leaving Earth full of hatred.  But she cannot do it on her own.  Kisenian preys on the vulnerable heart of Darien’s childhood friend, Fiore.  Fiore, jealous of Sailor Moon and Darien’s passionate friendship, joins Kisenian in her wicked endeavor to gather energy from every star and the planet!

Can the magic of Sailor Moon’s Crystal and Scepter protect all of mankind from Kisenian’s evil plan?  Is she strong enough to save the Earth and her loved ones?  Or will she be forced to choose between them?


• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated
• Bilingual: English & Japanese!
• Image Gallery
• Character Information

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of at this time.


I have been an avid watcher of the “Sailor Moon” series for a long time now and I just had to check out the DVD version of the series which includes the Japanese uncut edition which I was happy about.

I must admit that I liked the dubbed version that was on TV but when watching this DVD, I didn’t care for the dub…because Sailor Moon is much enjoyable watching it in Japanese with the subtitles (if you don’t understand Japanese that is).

So, that out of the way, let’s talk about the movie.  The movie is actually pretty good.  Touching in some areas and it’ll maybe make you want to cry.  When people buy this, they may think they can just buy this for their kids but if you want to explain to your children about homosexuality references and so forth, then go ahead and buy it.

The only disappointing thing for me is the sound.  Why is the movie done in mono?  Oh well…

The special features features the image gallery and character information which is something that should be on most if not all anime DVD’s with a large character cast.  I am glad they included both languages for the purists and the dub fans.

Check out Sailor Moon R, you’ll most likely dig it!


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