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18 March 2011 @ 04:40 pm
Sailor Moon and Sailor V Manga are finally being released in the USA  


Kodansha USA Publishing announced on Friday that its Kodansha Comics imprint will publish Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon magical girl manga and its two-volume prequel Codename: Sailor V starting this September.

Kodansha USA Publishing announced on Friday that its Kodansha Comics imprint will publish Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon magical girl manga and its two-volume prequel Codename: Sailor V starting this September. The former has been condensed into 12 bi-monthly "deluxe-edition" volumes (from its original 18), and two more volumes of short stories have been added.

The new edition — with "new cover art, retouched interior art and dialogue along with extensive bonus material from Takeuchi" — is based on the 2003 Japanese re-release of the manga.

The 1991 manga Codename: Sailor V revolves around middle schooler Minako Aino, a magical girl and crime fighter. In the more well-known 1992 Sailor Moon series, Minako Aino is the side character "Sailor V" while Usagi Tsukino ("Bunny" in the previous English-language manga edition and "Serena" in the English version of the television anime adaptation) takes the lead role, the titular Sailor Moon.

Mixx Entertainment (now called Tokyopop) licensed the manga for English release in North America, but the series has been out of print for six years. Codename: Sailor V has never had an official English-language release in North America.

In 1992, Toei Animation premiered a television anime adaptation that would run through 1997, and then be dubbed into Italian, Spanish, German, English, Tagalog, and other languages. The anime has seen a resurgence of interest in recent months, including an upcoming Italian videogame for the Nintendo DS and a relicensing by m4e in Germany (PDF).

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snarkflakes for breakfastdevochkazhenya on March 18th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
why wasn't it released originally?
never seen by waking eyes.bodyline on March 18th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
It was released several years ago but had the same problem as the anime: it got butchered. It's been out of print for years so copies are hard to find and expensive as hell. Sailor V never got released at all.
The Countxlovexlessxtyx on March 18th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Why is ChibiUSA so tall;?
never seen by waking eyes.bodyline on March 18th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Because when she comes back in the later arcs she's older?
~A rhyme just like a *melody*~: [tangled]Smilemelodyic_rhyme on March 18th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)


That's all I can articulate right now.
jevangelion on March 20th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
i still have so many of the little one-issue comics <3