Sailor Moon’s US Revival
Good news for all you Sailor Moonies (Mooners?) out there!
Kodansha USA has announced that it will be re-releasing the Sailor Moon Manga in the USA in all new volumes. The series has not been on general sale for six years.
The format will follow Japan’s 2003 re-release of the series, and takes it from 18 volumes, to just 12, with an additional two volumes of short stories. The series will be retranslated by Kodansha, and the art will be retouched, with brand new covers for each volume. They have also promised ‘extensive bonus material’ from Naoko Takeuchi, the author, and detailed translation notes.
Alongside this, the prequel series Codename Sailor V is being released by Kodansha as well for the first time ever in the US.
“I’m very excited to reintroduce Ms. Takeuchi’s work to her American fans,” said Yoshio Irie, president and CEO of Kodansha USA Publishing, and the former chief editor of Nakayosi magazine in which the SAILOR MOON manga was serialized. “As we continue to build the Kodansha Comics manga list, a title like SAILOR MOON is the jewel in our crown. As the former chief editor of the work in Japan, I’m especially thrilled to finally release the prequel, CODENAME: SAILOR V, to the many fans who have been asking for it at long last.”
Sailor Moon is probably one of the most recognised manga and anime properties in the world, with references across western pop culture, including the Barenaked Ladies song One Week, and in The Princess Diaries books.
There is no word yet on when, if ever, the manga will be released in the UK.