Sailor Moon R
The second season of the Sailor Moon anime series, titled Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R (美少女戦士セーラームーンR, Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn Āru), was produced by Toei Animation and directed by Junichi Sato and Kunihiko Ikuhara. According to the booklet from the Sailor Moon Memorial Song Box, the letter "R" stands for the word "Romance", "Return" or "Rose".
Like the rest of the series, it follows the adventures of Usagi Tsukino and her fellow Sailor Guardians. The first 13 episodes consist of the "Makai Tree" arc, while the following 29 episodes consist of the "Black Moon Clan" arc which adapts the fourth through seventh volumes of the Sailor Moon manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. After defeating the Dark Kingdom, the Sailor Guardians encounter the Hell Tree aliens. Afterwards, the Black Moon Clan starts planning an operation to steal energy at the Star Points of the future Crystal Tokyo, forcing the Sailor Guardians to confront them with her daughter from the future, Chibiusa.
This season makes use of two pieces of theme music: one opening theme and one ending theme. The opening theme, titled "Moonlight Densetsu" (ムーンライト伝説, Mūnraito Densetsu, lit. "Moonlight Legend") , is performed by the idol group DALI. The ending theme "Otome no Policy" (乙女のポリシー, Otome no Porishī, lit. "A Maiden's Policy") is performed by Yoko Ishida. DIC Entertainment used an English-language version of the Japanese opening theme as both the opening and ending theme.
The season aired from March 6, 1993 to March 12, 1994 on TV Asahi in Japan. In the 1994 "favorite episode" polls for Animage, "Protect Chibiusa! Clash of the 10 Warriors" came in eighth place. The following year, "The Final Battle Between Light and Darkness! Love Sworn to the Future" came in seventh place.
The season was licensed and heavily edited for a dubbed broadcast and VHS/DVD release in English by DIC Entertainment. It was the last season to be dubbed by DIC. The first 25 episodes of their adaptation were aired on the Canadian channel YTV from October 25 to November 28, 1995. Eventually, the remaining 17 episodes aired from October 4 to November 21, 1997, omitting only one of the season's 43 episodes. Starting with the third season, Cloverway Inc. took over dubbing new episodes for broadcast on Cartoon Network. Later, ADV Films re-released the series in an uncut, albeit subtitle-only, DVD box set, which also omitted episode 67 from the release. Afterward, in 2014, Viz Media began redubbing the series from the start for an uncut release, and released R in two DVD/Blu-ray boxsets on July 14 and October 27, 2015.
In 1993, Bandai published Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R for Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In 1994, Angel, a subsidiary company of Bandai, developed and published Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R for Game Boy.