- A YouTuber uncovered a pilot of the that had been missing since the ’90s.
- Ray Mona unearths “lost media” by trawling through the Library of Congress.
- The episode blends live-action with Disney-esque animation.
Youtuber Ray Mona has ended a decades-long search for the unaired pilot of an Americanized version of “Sailor Moon,” the ’90s anime cult-classic TV show.
The animated series, which premiered over 30 years ago, follows a teen girl (Usagi Tsukino in the original Japanese show, Serena Tsukino in the English-dubbed version) with magical powers who has a normal life by day and saves the world by night. Its final episode aired in 1997, but; American rapper Megan Thee Stallion, a , wore a to a 2022 performance.
The Americanized version of the show, dubbed “Saban Moon” by fans because of the involvement of Haim Saban (the producer of “Power Rangers”), is believed to have originated a couple of years before the dubbed version of “Sailor Moon” began airing in the US in 1995.
After months of trying to track the episode down, Monain a Youtube docu-series (find and ) that she contacted the Library of Congress and, with the help of reporter Cecilia D’Anastasio, received permission from the copyright owner, Bandai America’s Frank Ward, to access the lost footage.
Mona made the footage public at the. It includes live-action and animation that’s reminiscent of canonical cartoons such as “Scooby Doo” or Disney’s animated princesses.
“Sailor Moon” portrayed a powerful teenage girl, but it. Briana Lawrence, the fandom editor at The Mary Sue, told that a new generation of fans may be responding to an unedited version of the show that wasn’t available in the ’90s, which .
The “Saban Moon” pilot is what’s known as “lost media” — digital ephemera that’s largely gone missing from the present-day internet. Lost media encompassesto the “ to unreleased and . Like digital historians or nostalgia librarians, YouTubers such as , , and unearth and preserve digital culture.
Youtuber Ray Mona did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.