Sailor Moon in France

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Sailor Moon in France refers to the Sailor Moon translations and merchandise released in France.

Anime

Translation and Channels

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France was one of the first foreign countries to screen the Sailor Moon anime, which premiered in the country on December 23, 1993 on TF1's now defunct children's programming block "Club Dorothée." Like the original North American distributors, the French did not originally get the rights to Stars, and ended the series at SuperS. The first eight episodes were broadcast Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, but subsequent episodes were shown every Wednesday. In April 1994, reruns started airing and were shown every Monday and Thursday, while the new episodes continued being shown on Wednesdays. Once summer started, the older episodes started being shown every weekday.

After the first season finished airing on June 1, 1994, Sailor Moon R started on June 8. Although episode 67 was aired on December 12, 1994, the subsequent episodes did not start airing until February 8, 1995. While the second season was still airing, reruns of the first season began showing once more, and aired between June 26 and August 28 in the same year. The second season finished with episode 89 on October 10, 1995.

The success of the series until that point on TV prompted the producers to release the Sailor Moon R movie in the country as well, dubbed as "Sailor Moon, Le Film: La Fleur Maléfique" (Sailor Moon, the Film: The Evil Flower). It was first shown in theaters on May 15, 1996 (the same premiere date as the premiere of episode 123), but was considered a commercial failure, with only 17,000 tickets sold in Paris. The movie was shown on TV in the same month, on AB Cartoons, then a VHS release followed in April 1997.

The third season began on October 11, 1995 and concluded June 12, 1996, while the fourth season aired beginning June 19, and finished with episode 149 in August 1997. The last seventeen episodes of the SuperS season were not initially broadcast on TV, but were released on VHS, then later on DVD. When they were aired on TV, they were aired only on TMC and AB Cartoons.

Later reruns of the series were aired on TMC's children block "Récré Kids" (1996 - 1997), AB Cartoons (1996 - 1999; renamed "Mangas" in 1998), RTL9 (1998), Club RTL (Luxembourg and Belgium; 2002), and Fox Kids (beginning with 2000).

Home Media Releases

There have been three VHS releases in France. The first was produced by MangaLand in 1995. The first 64 episodes were released on VHS by Mangas over sixteen tapes, each containing four episodes. The last tape, covering episodes 61 to 64 was released on January 1, 2001. The last seventeen episodes of the SuperS season were not initially broadcast on TV, but were released on VHS in December 1996, and then on three DVDs in 2004. This release started at episode 149 and used promotional images from the first three seasons, which included Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune, and the Moonlight Knight.

In September 2013, Kazé France started releasing the entire Sailor Moon anime on DVD box sets, containing all episodes in Japanese and French with new French subtitles. The previously unreleased fifth season, the Sailor Moon S movie, Sailor Moon SuperS movie, and the Sailor Moon SuperS Special have also been released on DVD, dubbed with a completely new cast.

Censorship and Changes

  • The original opening and ending theme songs were replaced with a new song called "Sailor Moon," sung by Bernard Minet. Certain episodes from SuperS used the third opening from Sailor Moon S and featured footage originally used along with "Tuxedo Mirage" as the ending theme, although it was played with "Otome no Policy."
  • Episodes 18, 20, 106, and 108 were not broadcast by TF1 at any time. However, they were aired on every other channel on which the series was broadcast.
  • Haruka and Michiru's relationship was explained away by saying that Haruka was a man in civilian form, and Michiru was his girlfriend.
  • Fisheye was changed to be female, but the moment where "he" showed his chest was kept.
  • Artemis was changed to be female in some episodes, but later other characters referred to him as "he" or sometimes with both male and female pronouns. Luna remained female, however.
  • A few cultural references were removed and some scenes showing Japanese writing were cut.
  • In several occasions during the third season, Rei's nightmare about the upcoming Silence was cut. It was entirely removed from the beginning of episode 90, leaving only the brief flashbacks she had later on. In episode 119, her nightmare was again cut from the beginning of the episode. Most of the scenes in which characters' Pure Heart Crystals were stolen were shortened.
  • The opening preview and title card sequence were cut from the beginning of each episode, and the French title of the episode would instead be shown in the very first scene. The only exception was in episodes 59 and 86, in which the opening preview of the episode was shown.

In Kazé's uncut DVD release, all visual changes made to the show by AB were removed and the original theme and insert songs were used.

Character Names

The French dub changed some characters' names without explanation during the show: for example, An was first called "Annette" in episode 47 but was then called "Anne" in episode 59, and Naru and Umino changed from "Nanou" and "Marc" to "Nina" and "Joël," respectively, in episode 131. That is because there were multiple persons who adapted the scripts for each season, the person in charge varying almost every episode.

Sailor V was almost never called by that name. In the first episode she was called "Sailor Moon", but in later episodes she was just called "Sailor." Some exceptions included episode 21 where she was "Sailor V," episode 33 which used "la cinqiuème Sailor" (the fifth Sailor), and in episode 42 where they called her "Sailor Vénus."

The villains in the Stars season and the Sailor Moon SuperS movie were the only ones who did not receive localized names.

Sailor Senshi

Original French
Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity Bunny Rivière/Sailor Moon/Princesse Sérénité
Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury Molly/Sailor Mercure
Rei Hino/Sailor Mars Raya Hino/Sailor Mars
Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter Marcy Maurane/Sailor Jupiter
Minako Aino/Sailor Venus Mathilda (Amélie)/Sailor Venus
Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus Frédérique/Sailor Uranus
Michiru Kaiou/Sailor Neptune Mylène/Sailor Neptune
Setsuna Meiou/Sailor Pluto Sylvana/Sailor Pluton
Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn Olivia Williams/Sailor Saturne
Chibiusa/Sailor Chibi Moon Camille/Sailor Chibi Moon
Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask Bourdu/L'Homme Masqué
Tommy (episode 36)

Friends of the Senshi

Original French
Naru Osaka Nanou
Nina (episode 131)
Gurio Umino Marc
Joël (episode 131)
Shingo Tsukino Charly
Tommy (episode 40)
Guillaume (SuperS)
Reika Nishimura Prisca
Marine (SuperS)
Yuuichirou Kumada Théodore Lambert
Hippolyte (SuperS)
Momoko Momohara Magali
Léa (SuperS)
Kyuusuke Sarashina Joël
Gaullame (SuperS)

First Season

Original French
Dark Kingdom Le royaume des ténèbres
Queen Metalia Reine Métallia
Queen Beryl Reine Péril
Jadeite Jedaïte
Nephrite Néflyte
Zoisite Zoïzite
Kunzite Kunzite

Sailor Moon R

Original French
Moonlight Knight Le Chevalier du Clair de Lune
Ail/Seijuurou Ginga Alex/Serge Antonin
An/Natsumi Ginga Annette (episode 47 - 49)/Nathalie Antonin
Anne (episode 50+)
Rubeus Robin
Rubeus (episode 89)
Esmeraude Émerald
Koan Carole
Berthier Bérénice
Calaveras Sélimène
Petz Perrine
Saphir Saphir
Prince Demande Prince Diamant

Sailor Moon S

Original French
Kaolinite/Kaori Carolina/Carole
Eudial Eugénia
Mimete Babette
Tellu Théodora
Cyprine Emilie
Ptilol Emilia
Mistress 9 Grande prêtresse Alexandra (High Priestess Alexandra)
Pharaoh 90 Pharaon 90

Sailor Moon SuperS

Original French
Tiger's Eye Oeil de Tigre
Hawk's Eye Oeil de Faucon
Fisheye Oeil de Poisson
Zirconia Zirconoa
CereCere Flora
JunJun Nina
VesVes Prisca
PallaPalla Carla
Nehellenia Néhélénia
Helios/Pegasus Prince Hélios/Pégase

Sailor Stars

Original French
Kou Seiya/Sailor Star Fighter Aster/Sailor Star Fighter
Kou Yaten/Sailor Star Healer Nocté/Sailor Star Healer
Kou Taiki/Sailor Star Maker Ether/Sailor Star Maker

Movies

Original French
Kakeru Ozora Ludovic
Himeko Nayotake Estelle

Voice Actors

In the French dub, one actor often played several roles, and several actors played the same role, sometimes changing during the same episode.

AB dub

The French dub was produced in the SOFI studios and was directed by Philippe Ogouz. The translation and adaptation was done by Michel Salva, Marie-Annick Billaud, and Emmanuelle Ogouz for the first season. Laurence Salva and Patricia Llense replaced the first two in the second season. For the third season, Marie-Annick Billaud and Christine Fau translated and adapted the scripts. In the fourth season, Marie-Jo Dolladille replaced Marie-Annick Billaud.

Actors Characters
Emmanuelle Pailly Bunny Rivière/Sailor Moon/Princesse Sérénité (seasons 1-3)
Sylvie Jacob Bunny Rivière/Sailor Moon/Princesse Sérénité (season 4)
Flora
Philippe Ogouz Bourdu/L'Homme Masqué/Le Chevalier du Clair de Lune/Endymion
Frédérique (episode 95+)
Nephrite
Makaiju
Wiseman
Helios
Zirconia
Kenji-papa
Raya's Grandfather
Most of the male monsters
Gérard Dessalles Bourdu/L'Homme Masqué (episode 47)
Maurice Sarfati Bourdu/L'Homme Masqué (episodes 53-56)
Virginie Ogouz Molly/Sailor Mercure
Sailor Pluton (season 2)
Artémis (season 2+)
Queen Metallia
Annette/Nathalie Antonin
Bérénice
Eugénia
Babette
Mistress 9
Pégase
Prisca
Queen Nehellenia
Nanou
Charlie (first episodes)
Claude Chantal Raya/Sailor Mars (seasons 1-2)
Artémis (seasons 1-2)
Ikuko-mama (seasons 1-2)
Carole
Many monsters
Francine Lainé Raya/Sailor Mars (season 2+)
Sailor Uranus
Diana
Carolina (episode 113+)
Théodora
Carla
Ikuko-mama (season 2+)
Marie-Laure Beneston Raya/Sailor Mars (episodes 62-67)
Françoise Pavy Raya/Sailor Mars (episodes 84-89)
Agnès Gribe Marcy/Sailor Jupiter
Mylène/Sailor Neptune (episode 92+)
Sylvana/Sailor Pluton (episode 110+)
Olivia/Sailor Saturne
Queen Serenity
Luna
Queen Beryl
Séliméne
Esmeraude
Black Lady
Carolina (episodes 90-102)
Viluy
Oeil de Poisson
Melle/Sabine Rose
Some monsters
Amélie Morin Mathilda/Sailor Vénus
Camille/Sailor Chibi Moon
Sailor Neptune (episodes 90-91)
Pérrine
Yui Bidoh
Emilie
Emilia
Nina
Annabelle Roux Mathilda/Sailor Vénus (episodes 48-52)
Sophie Gormezzano Mathilda/Sailor Vénus
Camille (episodes 84-89)
Mark Lesser Frédérique (episodes 92-94)
Zoisite
Alex/Serge Antonin
Prince Diamand
Marc
Charlie
Théodore (second voice)
François Leccia Jadeite
Kunzite
Robin
Saphir
Professeur Williams
Oeil de Tigre
Tommy
Théodore (first voice)
Olivier Destrez Oeil de Faucon
Julie Turin Xénian

Kazé dub

The French dub for the fifth season and the second and third movies was produced in the Time-Line Factory studio and was directed by Grégory Laisné. The translation and adaptation of the scripts was done by Virginie Stobinsky, Ophélie de San Bartholomé, Jessica Bluthe, Pauline Beauruel, Amélie Marriq, Marie Ryckebusch, Sophie Marousez, Baptiste Barré, and Marien Marcheschi.

Character Actor
Bunny Rivière/Sailor Moon/Princesse Sérénité Isabelle Volpé
Molly/Sailor Mercure Pascale Chemin
Raya/Sailor Mars Pauline De Meurville
Marcy/Sailor Jupiter Marie Nonnenmacher
Mathilda/Sailor Vénus Frédérique Marlot
Camille/Sailor Chibi Moon Corinne Martin
Sylvana/Sailor Pluton Agnès Manoury
Frédérique/Sailor Uranus Françoise Escobar
Mylène/Sailor Neptune Jade Lanza
Olivia / Sailor Saturne Caroline Combes
Bourdu / L'Homme Masqué Bastien Bourlé
Chibi Chibi Sarah Marot
Aster/Sailor Star Fighter Claudine Gremy
Nocté/Sailor Star Healer Jessie Lambotte
Ether/Sailor Star Maker Nathalie Bienaimé
Ikuko-mama Céline Duhamel
Luna Bérangère Jean
Artémis Bruno Méyère
Diana Caroline Combes
Reine Néhélénia Céline Duhamel
Sailor Iron Mouse Sarah Marot
Sailor Aluminum Seiren Olivia Dutron
Sailor Lead Crow Nikie Gay Lescot
Sailor Tin Nyanko Fanny Bloc
Professeur Williams Emmanuel Gradi
Ludovic Alexandre Coadour
Estelle Jessie Lambotte
Princesse Kaguya Nathalie Bienaimé
Perle Nayéli Forest
Poupelin Grégory Laisné
Banane Adrien Solis
Orangeat Jessie Lambotte
Reine Badiane Pascale Jacquemont

Transformations and Attacks

Sailor Moon

Original French Translation
Moon Prism Power, Make Up
Moon Cosmic Power, Make Up
Pouvoir du prisme lunaire, transforme-moi! Moon prism power, transform me!
Moon Power, [disguise] ni nare! Pouvoir du prisme lunaire, transforme-moi en un(e) [disguise]! Moon Prism Power, transform me into a(n) [disguise]!
Moon Crystal Power, Make Up Pouvoir du prisme lunaire, transforme-moi!
Pouvoir de cristal de lune, transforme-moi! (episode 52)
Moon prism power, transform me!
Moon crystal power, transform me!
Crisis, Make Up Pouvoir suprême, viens à mon secours! Supreme power, come to my rescue!
Moon Crisis, Make Up Pouvoir suprême, transforme-moi! Supreme power, transform me!
Moon Eternal, Make Up Pouvoir eternel, transorme-moi! Eternal power, transform me!
Moon Tiara Action Frisbee lunaire, agis tout de suite!
Vite, agis tout de suite! (episodes 1-3)
Pouvoir lunaire, action! (episode 163)
Disque Lunaire! (SNES game)
Moon frisbee, act immediately!
Quick, act immediately!
Moon power, action!
Moon Disc!
Moon Healing Escalation Cicatrisation lunaire, exécution!
Anneau Lunaire! (SNES game)
Guérison Lune Escalade (SNES game)
Moon Healing, execution!
Lunar Ring!
Climbing Moon Healing
Moon Prism Power Pouvoir du prisme lunaire! Moon Prism Power!
Moon Princess Halation Cicatrisation (lunaire), exécution!
Pouvoirs de la Lune, venez et aidez-moi! (episode 52)
(Moon) Healing, execution!
Moon powers, come and help me!
Sailor Body Attack Forces de la Lune, aidez-moi! Strength of the Moon, help me!
Moon Crystal Power Pouvoir du prisme lunaire, agis tout de suite!
Pouvoir du cristal lunaire, agis tout de suite! (episode 88)
Pouvoir du prisme lunaire, transforme-moi! (episode 89)
Moon prism power, act immediately!
Moon crystal power, act immediately!
Moon prism power, transform me!
Moon Spiral Heart Attack Baguette du Cœur Lunaire, fais disparaître le mal, tout de suite! (episode 91)
Cicatrisation lunaire, exécution!
Moon Heart Rod, eliminate the evil, right now!
Moon Healing, execution!
Rainbow Moon Heartache Cicatrisation lunaire, exécution! Moon Healing, execution!
Moon Gorgeous Meditation Attention! C'est apporté! (episode 128)
Kaléidoscope lunaire, action!
Warning! It is brought!
Moon kaleidoscope, action!
Starlight Honeymoon Therapy Kiss Baiser étoilé de la Lune de miel! Star kiss of the Honeymoon!
Silver Moon Crystal Power Kiss Lune d'argent! Par la puissance du baiser du cristal! Silver Moon! By the power of the crystal kiss!

Sailor Mercury

Original French Translation
Mercury Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Mercure, transforme-moi!
Par le pouvoir du Mercure, transforme moi! (episode 8)
Pouvoir du Prisme de Mercure, transforme-moi! (episode 11 and 27)
Pouvoir du prisme mercurien, transforme-moi! (episode 20)
Mercury power, transform me!
By the power of Mercury, transform me!
Mercury Prism Power, transform me!
Mercurian Prism Power, transform me!
Mercury Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir du Mercure, transforme moi! Power of Mercury, transform me!
Mercury Crystal Power, Make Up Pouvoir du cristal et de Mercure, transforme-moi!
Pouvoir de Mercure, transforme moi! (episode 151)
Power from the crystal and Mercury, transform me!
Mercury power, transform me!
Sabão Spray Paillettes d'argent, agissez tout de suite!
Fumée, disperse-toi! (episode 8)
Paillettes magiques, agissez tout de suite! (episode 13)
Boule d'eau (SNES game)
Silver sparkles, act immediately!
Mist, spread!
Magic sparkles, act immediately!
Water sphere
Sabão Spray Freezing
Double Sabão Spray Freezing
Paillettes d'argent, agissez tout de suite! Silver sparkles, act immediately!
Shine Aqua Illusion Vague d'argent, agis tout de suite
Paillette d'argent(, agissez tout de suite)!
Frisson noir, disparaître! (episode 71)
Silver wave, act immediately!
Silver sparkle(, act immediately)!
Black thrill, disappear!
Mercury Aqua Rhapsody Rhapsodie de l'eau, agis tout de suite!
Paillettes d'argent, agissez tout de suite! (episode 157)
Water rhapsody, act immediately!
Silver sparkles, act immediately!

Sailor Mars

Original French Translation
Mars Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Mars, transforme-moi!
Pouvoir du Prisme de Mars, transforme-moi! (episode 11)
Pouvoir du Prisme martien, transforme-moi! (episode 20)
Mars power, transform me!
Mars Prism Power, transform me!
Marsian Prism Power, transform me!
Mars Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Mars, transforme-moi!
Pouvoir de Mars, agis tout de suite! (episode 99)
Mars power, transform me!
Mars Power, act immediately!
Mars Crystal Power, Make Up Pouvoir du cristal et de Mars, transforme-moi!
Pouvoir de Mars, transforme moi! (episode 152)
Power from the crystal and Mars, transform me!
Mars power, transform me!
Fire Soul Âme de feu, agis (tout de suite)!
Esprit de feu, agis! (episode 11)
Boule de feu (SNES game)
Fire soul, act (immediately)!
Fire spirit, act!
Fireball
Fire Soul Bird Âme du feu, agis tout de suite! Fire soul, act immediately!
Burning Mandala Cercles du feu, agissez!
Âmes du feu(, agissez tout de suite)!
Par les pouvoirs de Mars, agit tout de suite! (episode 65)
Anneaux de feu, agissez! (episode 70)
Cercles de feu, brûle! (episode 106)
Fire circles, act!
Fire souls, act immediately!
By the powers of Mars, act immediately!
Fire rings, act!
Fire circles, burn!
Mars Flame Sniper Flèche du feu, agis tout de suite!
Attention! Prêt! Parti! (episode 152)
Âme de feu, agis tout de suite! (episode 157)
Fire arrow, act immediately!
Warning! Ready! Here goes!
Fire soul, act immediately!

Sailor Jupiter

Original French Translation
Jupiter Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Jupiter, transforme-moi!
Pouvoir du prisme de Jupiter, transforme-moi! (episode 25)
Jupiter power, transform me!
Jupiter Prism Power, transform me!
Jupiter Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Jupiter, transforme-moi!
Par le pouvoir de Jupiter, eclair suprême, agit tout de suite! (episide 65)
Pouvoir de Jupiter, agit tout de suite! (episode 96)
Jupiter power, transform me!
By the power of Jupiter, supreme lightning, act immediately!
Jupiter power, act immediately!
Jupiter Crystal Power, Make Up Pouvoir du cristal et de Jupiter, transforme-moi! Power from the crystal and Jupiter, transform me!
Supreme Thunder Eclair suprême, agis tout de suite!
Tonnerre suprême (SNES game)
Supreme lightning, act immediately!
Supreme thunder
Supreme Thunder Dragon
Super Supreme Thunder
Eclair suprême, agis tout de suite! Supreme lightning, act immediately!
Sparkling Wide Pressure Eclair suprême(, agis tout de suite)!
Disque d'argent, agis tout de suite!
Force lumineuse, ecarter le mal! (episode 65)
Force lumineuse, ecarter le mal et jamais! (episode 105)
Supreme lightning(, act immediately!)
Silver disc, act immediately!
Light force, ward off evil!
Light force, ward off evil for good!
Jupiter Oak Evolution Couronne de Jupiter, agis tout de suite! Jupiter crown, act immediately!

Sailor Venus

Original French Translation
Venus Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Vénus, transforme-moi! Venus power, transform me!
Venus Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Vénus,transforme-moi!
Par le pouvoir de Vénus, croissant d'amour, agissez tout de suite! (episode 65)
Venus power,transform me!
By the power of Venus, love crescent, act immediately!
Venus Crystal Power, Make Up Pouvoir du cristal et de Vénus, transforme-moi! Power from the crystal and Venus, transform me!
Crescent Beam Croissant d'amour(, agis tout de suite)!
Laser vénusien (SNES game)
Love crescent(, act immediately)!
Venusian laser
Crescent Beam
Crescent Beam Shower
Croissant d'amour, agis tout de suite! Love crescent, act immediately!
Venus Love-Me Chain Croissants d'amour, agissez tout de suite !
Croissants d'amour, ecarter le mal! (episode 65)
Chaîne tournoyante (SNES game)
Love crescents, act immediately!
Love crescents, ward off evil!
Spinning chain
Crescent Beam Barrage Je suis Sailor Venus! La déesse de l'amour et de la beauté! Mais aujourd'hui vous recevrez l'énergie de ma colère! I am Sailor Venus! The goddess of love and beauty! But today you will receive the energy of my anger!
Venus Love and Beauty Shock Cœur de Vénus, agis tout de suite! Venus heart, act immediately!

Sailor Chibi Moon

Original French Translation
Moon Prism Power, Make Up Pouvoir du prisme lunaire, transforme-moi! Moon prism power, transform me!
Luna-P Henge Luna Balle, transforme-toi! Luna Ball, transform!
Pink Sugar Heart Attack Nouveau cœur lunaire, fais disparaître le mal! (episode 103)
Cicatrisation lunaire, exécution! (episode 107)
Pouvoir du prisme lunaire, agis tout de suite! (episode 117)
New moon heart, make the evil go away!
Moon healing, execution!
Moon prism power, act immediately!
Moon Crisis, Make Up Pouvoir suprême, transforme-moi! Supreme power, transform me!
Twinkle Yell Pégase, s'il te plait, protège les rêves des gens! Carillon de Cristal, action!
Je t'en prie Pégase, accorde-nous ta protèction! Carillon de Cristal, action!
S'il te plait Pégase, accorde-nous ta protèction! Carillon de Cristal, action!
Oh, Pégase, Pégase! Je t'en prie, protège notre rêves! Carillon de Cristal, action!
S'il te plait Pégase, protège les rêves des gens! Carillon de Cristal, sonne!
Pegasus, please, protect the peoples' dreams! Crystal Carillon, action!
I beg you Pegasus, give us your protection! Crystal Carillon, action!
Please Pegasus, give us your protection! Crystal Carillon, action!
Oh, Pegasus, Pegasus! I beg you, protect our dreams! Crystal Carillon, action!
Please Pegasus, protect the peoples' dreams! Crystal Carillon, ring!

Sailor Uranus

Original French Translation
Uranus Planet Power, Make Up Pouvoir d'Uranus, transforme-moi! Uranus power, transform me!
World Shaking Cercle de feu, brûle! Circle of fire, burn!
Space Sword Blaster Goutte de l'infern spatial! Drop of the space inferno!

Sailor Neptune

Original French Translation
Neptune Planet Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Neptune, transforme-moi! Neptune power, transform me!
Deep Submerge Cercle de glace, gèle! Circle of ice, freeze!
Submarine Reflection Réflexion aquatique! Aquatic reflection!

Sailor Pluto

Original French Translation
Pluto Planet Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Pluton, transforme-moi! Pluto power, transform me!
Dead Scream Globe de Pluton, roulez!
Pouvoir de Pluton, agis tout de suite! (episode 113)
Globe of Pluto, roll!
Pluto power, take action immediately!

Sailor Saturn

Original French Translation
Silence Glaive Surprise Glaive de silence, surprise! Silence glaive, surprise!
Silence Wall Mur de silence Silent wall

Sailor Star Fighter

Original French Translation
Fighter Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir de l'étoile combattante, transforme-moi! Fighting star power, transform me!
Star Serious Laser Rayonnement stellaire, attaque! Star radiation, attack!

Sailor Star Healer

Original French Translation
Healer Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir de l'étoile guérisseuse, transforme-moi! Healer star power, transform me!
Star Sensitive Inferno Infern astral, attaque! Star inferno, attack!

Sailor Star Maker

Original French Translation
Maker Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir de l'étoile créatrice, transforme-moi! Creative star power, transform me!
Star Gentle Uterus Matrice éthérée, attaque! Ethereal matrix, attack!

Crystal

The French dub of Sailor Moon Crystal premiered on August 30, 2015 on Canal J. Due to poor ratings, only the first two seasons were dubbed and aired. All transformation and attack phrases were left untranslated. The dub was done by the studio MJM PostProd.

Kaze France began releasing the show on DVD and Blu-ray in July 2016.

Voice Actors

Actors Characters
Anouck Hautbois Usagi Tsukino/ Sailor Moon
Jessica Barrier Ami Mizuno/ Sailor Mercury
Ikuko Tsukino
Jennifer Fauveau Rei Hino/ Sailor Mars
Chibi-Usa
Haruna Sakurada
Céline Melloul Makoto Kino/ Sailor Jupiter
Queen Serenity
Queen Metallia
Maëlys Ricordeau Minako Aino/ Sailor Venus
Koan
Calaveras
Vincent Ribeiro Mamoru Chiba/ l'Homme Masqué
Naiké Fauveau-Mellerin Luna
Petz
Diana
Antoine Nouel Artemis
Motoki
Zoisite
Kenji Tsukino
Marie Millet Giraudon Queen Beryl
Setsuna Meiou/Sailor Pluton
Naru
Shingo
Philippe Bozo Umino
Nephrite
Saphir
Vincent De Bouard Jadeite
Kunzite
Prince Demande
Marianne Leroux Esmeraude
Marc Bretonnière Rubeus
Wiseman
Brigitte Virtudes Berthier
Josephine Ropion Reika Nishimura
Black Lady
Benjamin Bollen Asanuma

Manga

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Manga volume 1 cover

The manga was first published in France by a company called Glénat. It was released from 1995-1999 in paperback book editions, most of which had the same covers as the Japanese editions. The back of each book had no summary and simply featured art from one of the artbooks. Each of the covers was extra-long and folded over, to create cover flaps which also had art from the artbooks. The front cover flap gave a summary of the volume, and the back listed books previous to that one in the series. The logo used was the one from the artbooks, minus "Pretty Soldier" in Japanese, and each volume was given its own title. Three of the French manga covers were printed with mixed-up covers: volume one had the cover for volume two, volume two had the cover for volume six, and volume six had the cover for volume one.

Each volume of the manga was given its own title:

  1. Métamorphose (Metamorphosis)
  2. L'homme masqué (The masked man)
  3. Les justicières de la lune (The moon fighters)
  4. Le cristal d'argent (The silver crystal)
  5. La gardienne du temps (The guardian of time)
  6. La planète Némésis (Planet Nemesis)
  7. Black Lady
  8. Le lycée infini (The infinite high school)
  9. Uranus et Neptune (Uranus and Neptune)
  10. Sailor Saturne (Sailor Saturn)
  11. La princesse Kakuya (Princess Kakuya)
  12. Pégase (Pegasus)
  13. Hélios (Helios)
  14. Royaume Elusion (Elusion Empire)
  15. La reine Nérénia (Queen Nerenia)
  16. Les Starlights (The Starlights)
  17. Sailor Galaxia
  18. Le Chaos Galactique (Galactic Chaos)

Most of the dialogue in the French editions was accurate, and there were very few alterations of Japanese elements. The only major change in this regard was that Rei Hino became Catholic and her chant was changed to "Vade retro, satanas!" ("Go back, demon!", a Latin exorcism). Her school's name was also changed to the "Saint Anne Academy for Girls."

The bulk of the main characters had the same or similar names as the Japanese version. However, the attacks and transformations were not given exact translations, and some were never called the same thing twice. The villains' names were also very different, and many had their genders changed: Kaolinite became "Elvira," Zirconia became a man, the Amazon Trio were all female (and Hawk's Eye was named "Oak"), and the Amazoness Quartet were never given names. Mistress 9 became "Maîtresse 9" (literal translation). The Death Busters were also incorrectly called "Death Bastards." Princess Kaguya's name was incorrectly translated as "Kakuya."

In addition, there were some mistakes such as referring to the previously named "Rubis" as "Zoisite" in the short story "Casablanca Memory." A few other characters were given different names for no apparent reason: Sailor Mercury became "Sailor Mercure" by the third book and Séverine was once called "Setusna."

There is a common misconception among fans that Haruka Tenou became a man for the French manga, but this was not the case. She was referred to as "he" at first, before anyone knew she was female. After her identity was discovered, she was always referred to as "she," and her feminine figure was undeniable even outside of sailor uniform. The relationship between Haruka and Michiru remained vague; when they first appeared and Haruka was thought to be male, they were referred to as boyfriend and girlfriend, but later they were called "best friends."

Glénat also published the three original volumes of Codename: Sailor V. In their translations, the names of the enemies were either changed or poorly romanized: Fluorite and Danburite became "Flolight" and "Danbright," and Kunzite was called "Qunsight" instead of the usual "Quartz." Ace's name was spelled as "As," the French spelling of the name of the card.

The first artbook was also licensed by Glénat and was released in a hardcover format with the liner notes translated.

The shinsoban edition of the manga, including Sailor V, was released in France by Pika Edition beginning in July 2012. Their translation was closer to the original than Glénat's, and kept all the original names, although some accents were added to the names to help younger readers with the pronunciation (for example, "Tomoe" was written as "Tomoé"). "Daimon" was spelled "Daemon," and some English words such as "Queen" were unchanged. The names of the attacks were not translated, though Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber became "Tuxedo Smoking Bomber." The two pages at the end of the second volume where the early concept art was shown were left entirely untranslated. In the Sailor V manga, the villains in the "Pet" chapters had their names changed to French versions of their original Japanese onomatopoeia names, and became "Miaw Miaw," "Waf Waf," and "Buzz Buzz."

Beginning in October 2020, Pika Edition released the "Eternal" edition of the manga, with an all-new translation, faithful to the original.

Character Names

Japanese French
Usagi Tsukino Bunny Tsukino
Mamoru Chiba Manoru Chiba
Ami Mizuno Amy Mizuno
Rei Hino Raya Hino
Makoto Kino Mako Kino
Minako Aino Minako Aïno
Haruka Tenou Frédéric Tenno
Michiru Kaiou Mylène Kaio
Setsuna Meiou Séverine Meio
Hotaru Tomoe Olivia Tomoe (Glénat)
Hotaru Tomoé (Pika Edition)
Chibiusa Mini-Bunny
Sailor Chibi Moon Sailor Mini Moon
Tuxedo Mask Tuxedo Masqué
Kunzite Quartz
Zoicite Rubis
Nephrite Nethrite
Jadeite Jade

Transformations and Attacks

Sailor Moon

Original French Translation
Moon Prism Power, Make Up Pouvoir du prisme lunaire! Métamorphose!
Pouvoir lunaire! Transformation! (act 4)
Moon Prism Power! Metamorphosis!
Moon Power! Transformation!
Moon Power ni nare! Pouvoir lunaire! Transforme-moi en... Moon Power! Transform me into...
Moon Crystal Power, Make Up Pouvoir de cristal lunaire! Transforme-moi!
Pouvoir de cristal d'argent! Transforme-nous!
Pouvoir de cristal lunaire! Transformation!
Moon Crystal Power! Transform me!
Silver Crystal Power! Transform us!
Moon Crystal Power! Transformation!
Moon Cosmic Power, Make Up Pouvoir comisque lunaire! Métamorphose! Moon Cosmic Power, metamorphosis!
Crisis, Make Up Pouvoir suprême, viens à mon secours! Supreme power, come to my aid!
Moon Frisbee Frisbee lunaire! Moon Firsbee!
Moon Twilight Flash Crépuscule lunaire! À toi d'agir! Moon Twilight! It's up to you to act!
Moon Healing Escalation Crépuscule lunaire! Agis tout de suite!
Sceptre lunaire! Agis tout de suite!
Moon Twilight! Act now!
Moon Scepter! Act now!
Moon Princess Halation Princesse de la Lune! Agis tout de suite!
Sceptre lunaire! Agis tout de suite!
Pouvoir de la Princesse Lunaire!
Sceptre lunaire! Amène le crépuscule!
Moon Princess, act now!
Moon Scepter, act now!
Moon Princess Power!
Moon Scepter! Bring twilight!
Moon Spiral Heart Attack Cicatrisation lunaire! Agis tout de suite! Moon Healing! Act now!
Rainbow Moon Heartache Bâton de Lune, agis tout de suite!
Sceptre de Lune, agis tout de suite!
Moon Stick, act now!
Moon Sceptre, act now!

Sailor Mercury

Original French Translation
Mercury Power, Make Up
Mercury Planet Power, Make Up
Pouvoir de Mercure! Métamorphose! Mercury Power! Metamorphosis!
Mercury Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir de Mercure! (Metamorphose!) Mercury Power! Metamorphosis!
Shine Aqua Illusion Illusion aquatique, agis tout de suite! Aquatic Illusion, act now!
Shine Snow Illusion Illusion de neige! Agis tout de suite! Snow Illusion, act now!

Sailor Mars

Original French Translation
Mars Star Power, Make Up Pouvoir de la planète Mars! Transforme-moi!
Pouvoir du Mars! (Metamorphose!)
Mars Planet Power! Transform me!
Mars Power! (Metamorphosis!)
Mars Planet Power, Make Up Pouvoir du Mars! (Metamorphose!) Mars Power! (Metamorphosis!)
Akuryo Taisan Vade Retro Satanas! Go back, demon!
Burning Mandala Force de Mandara! Agis tout de suite! Mandara Force! Act now!
Mars Snake Fire Feu de serpent, brûle! Snake Fire, Burn!

Sailor Jupiter

Original French Translation
Jupiter Star Power, Make Up
Jupiter Planet Power, Make Up
Pouvoir de Jupiter! (Metamorphose!) Jupiter Power! Metamorphosis!
Jupiter Thunderbolt Mercure! Que la tempête se leve! Et frappe! Foudre! Mercury! Let the storm rise! And hit! Lightning!
Flower Hurricane Tempête de fleurs! Storm of flowers!
Sparkling Wide Pressure Arme de Jupiter! Agis tout de suite!
Tonerre de Vénus! Agis tout de suite!
Jupiter Weapon, act now!
Venus Thunder! Act now!
Jupiter Coconut Cyclone Cyclone Jupiter! Lève-toi! Jupiter Cyclone! Get up!

Sailor Venus

Original French Translation
Venus Star Power, Make Up
Venus Planet Power, Make Up
Pouvoir de Vénus! (Metamorphose!) Venus Power! Metamorphosis!
Venus Love-Me Chain Chaîne de l'amour de Vénus! (Agis tout de suite!) Venus Love Chain! (Act now!)
Rolling Heart Vibration Cœur de Vénus! Agis tout de suite! Venus Heart! Act now!
Venus Wink Chain Sword Glaive de Vénus! Venus sword!

Sailor Chibi Moon

Original French Translation
Pink Sugar Heart Attack Cœur en sucre rose, agis tout de suite! Pink Sugar Heart, act now!

Sailor Uranus

Original French Translation
Uranus Planet Power, Make Up Pouvoir d'Uranus! Transforme-moi! Uranus Power! Transform me!
Space Sword Blaster Glaive spatial, agis tout de suite! Space sword, act now!

Sailor Neptune

Original French Translation
Submarine Reflection Reflet abyssal, agis tout de suite! Abyssal Reflection, act immediately!

Sailor Pluto

Original French Translation
Time Stop Ô temps... suspends-toi! O time... suspend yourself!
Chronos Typhoon Typhon de Chronos! (Agis tout de suite!) Chronos Typhoon! (Act now!)

Trivia

  • The French dub has also been shown in Monaco and Canada.
  • The first SNES video game was officially translated into French and released in France by Bandai S. A. in 1994. It was the only known official international release of any Sailor Moon video game.
  • Episode 1 of the dubbed anime was titled "Le vilain petit canard devient un cygne !" (The ugly duckling becomes a swan!) in Kazé's DVD release, which was a reference to the fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling" written by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Episode 200 was titled "L'amour d'Usagi ! Le clair de lune illumine la galaxie" (Usagi's love! The moonlight lights up the galaxy), even though Usagi's dub name was "Bunny."
  • Episode 103 was titled "Le retour de la petite guerrière" (The return of the small warrior) even though it was not known at the time that Chibiusa was a Sailor Senshi.
  • The Messiah was often referred to as "la grande prêtresse" (the high priestess), which became part of Mistress 9's name (Grande Prêtresse Alexandra).
  • Haruka's name in the French manga was "Frédéric," which is a name spelling used only for men ("Frédérique" is the feminine spelling). This was a possible reason why many fans believed that her gender had been changed in the manga.
  • Although Minako was renamed "Mathilda" in the French dub, she was sometimes called "Amélie Morin," which was the name of her voice actress.
  • In episode 46, Usagi's failed test was changed to a math test instead of an English test, as it was in the first episode.
  • Frédérique called Bunny "Face de Lune" (Moon Face).
  • Viluy was never given a name in the French dub, and she had two voice actresses: one, Agnès Gribe, for her Viluy form, and another, Amélie Morin, for her Yui Bidoh form.
  • François Leccia, an actor who played a number of roles in the French dub, died in 2009.