It was just this morning that I was feeling grouchy and envious that the French have the first volume of Saint Young Men in their spoiled little hands. Who would have thought that ill will would be washed away a few hours later? What is the cause of this renewal of my normally sunny disposition, you ask?

Yup. She’s coming back, courtesy of Kodansha Comics. I love it when I can type “Fulfilled” onto the license request roster.

Updates: Deb (About.Com) Aoki delivers a terrific round-up of coverage and reactions. So many exclamation points! And the Manga Bookshelfers form our battle robot to discuss this joyous news.

Here’s the press release, which I’m sure you’ll also see in full seventy other places:


Never-before-published Enhanced Editions of the Groundbreaking Manga SeriesShare Long-Awaited US Publishing Debut with CODENAME SAILOR V

NEW YORK, New York – March 18, 2011 – Kodansha USA Publishing, a subsidiary of Kodansha, announced today the exciting return of Naoko Takeuchi’s SAILOR MOON, one of the most significant names in comics and manga, to US publishing. Brand new deluxe editions of the acclaimed series will be released by Kodansha USA’s Kodansha Comics imprint in September 2011. Out of print for six years, SAILOR MOON re-launches along with Takeuchi’s two-volume prequel series CODENAME: SAILOR V, in print in the US for the first time—making this one of the most highly anticipated manga releases in years.

The SAILOR MOON manga, which originated in Japan in 1992 and debuted in the US in 1997, follows Usagi Tsukino, a young girl who transforms into super heroine Sailor Moon to combat evil and fight for love and justice in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. The first successful shôjo (girls’) manga release in the US, SAILOR MOON changed the book landscape and helped establish the foundation for the manga craze; in particular drawing attention to the popularity of comics among female readers.

Prequel series CODENAME: SAILOR V, the first of Takeuchi’s “magical girl” manga, will make its highly anticipated debut in the US alongside the SAILOR MOON re-launch. In CODENAME: SAILOR V, teenager Minako Aino fights as Sailor V against the villains of the Dark Agency before she discovers Sailor Moon.

The Kodansha USA editions of SAILOR MOON will be published on a bi-monthly schedule and follow the 2003 Japanese re-release format of the classic series. The original 18 volumes have been condensed into 12 volumes covering the main storyline, and two volumes dedicated to short stories. Each volume has gorgeous new cover art, retouched interior art and dialogue along with extensive bonus material from Takeuchi, and detailed translation notes.

One of the most recognized manga and anime properties in the world, SAILOR MOON took American pop culture by storm, with mentions in music (“One Week” by Barenaked Ladies), bestselling books (The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot) and more. In Japan, over 15 million copies have been sold and the series has generated everything from animated features to live action musicals, a live action television series and countless merchandise.

“I’m very excited to reintroduce Ms. Takeuchi’s work to her American fans,” said Yoshio Irie, president and CEO of Kodansha USA Publishing. Irie is also 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.”

About Kodansha USA Publishing

Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC, a subsidiary of Kodansha Ltd. aims to bring the best names in manga to the North American market, and partners with Random House Publisher Services for distribution. www.kodanshacomics.com

About Kodansha Ltd.

Kodansha Ltd. is Japan’s largest publisher, with its headquarters in Tokyo.  Originally established in 1909 by Seiji Noma, the company is still a family-run business.  Under the leadership of Sawako Noma, company president since 1987, Kodansha continues to play a dominant role in the media world, producing books and magazines in a wide variety of genres including literature, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, business, lifestyle, art, manga, fashion, and journalism.  Recently, the company has ventured into digital distribution of content as well.




  1. Hee! I was about to e-mail you and Kate to see who wanted to put up the press release, and I saw you already had! 😀 I should have expected it!

    • David Welsh says:

      Let’s all post it! Spread the joyous news throughout the empire! I’ll find more old cover scans, enough for everyone!

      • Since Michelle is currently experiencing what may be LETHAL levels of squee, possibly she and I should do a post together! It can just be a page full of exclamation points.

      • You should find some of the new anniversary edition scans, since that’s the basis for this license (main story in 12 vols, side stories in 2). They’re very purty.

        • I have been staring longingly at those anniversary editions for years. Everytime I see them in Japan, or even in Kinokuniya in NYC, I’m like…just get the two with Uranus and Neptune on the cover…. But I never do. I have all of it (and Codename ha Sailor V) in Japanese, and all of the Tokyopop version and why the heck do I need another edition?

          Well I am pleased as punch that I have an excuse to get the new version in English. Goodbye Bunny, hello Usagi! Goodbye Lita, hello Makoto!

          Most importantly, I cannot believe they actually listened – that entirely unique and different of them. Good for Kodansha USA.

          • Happily, right around the time I was looking to buy the series, the anniversary editions came out so that is the set I have. And I read them about five years ago with the help of a bunch of Word document translations that had all the old chapter numbers! Fun times. :)

            The ones of Uranus and Neptune really are the most beautiful… I picked the latter for my own squee post. I wish there had been a Starlights cover.

            I am so happy they actually listened, and that we’re getting Sailor V as well!

  2. When the economy crashed, my mother tearfully sold her first edition Mixx volumes of Sailor Moon. I can’t even begin to tell you how pleased we are to finally get our hands on it again along with Sailor V, especially since this was the series that got us into manga all those years ago.

  3. Wow, never expected this. Well kinda sorta, I figured if there was any old manga title that should be reprinted that wasn’t by CLAMP that was likely to actually get printed, this was a good contender.

    Only thing is that I’m not sure that this series is “my thing”, so convince me I should buy it! If I see it as just a magical girl, so convince me otherwise!

  4. I ended up mentally spazzing a bit on the streets of NYC, but yes this is fantastic news.. sooo happy to finally read something that I have read half on and half off with Chinese releases.. although I do know what Erica is saying there, since I also have a portion of the old Mixx versions of Sailor Moon in my other bookself, never could read it.. but yay.. spazzing out again, since I finally see the press release.

  5. Jade Harris says:

    Why did she call her Ms. Takeuchi? Did her and Togashi get a divorce?


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