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Author Topic: Sailor Moon Manga Relicenced in the US  (Read 1638 times)
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« on: March 18, 2011, 03:36:28 pm »

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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
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011, 05:07:04 pm »

That's some good news, didn't know there was a related story where Usagi wasn't the main character.
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2011, 01:05:27 pm »

Yep. Sailor Moon came about after Toei asked Naoko Takeuchi to make a more TV-friendly (milk-able) franchise.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011, 01:55:22 pm »

Was Codename: Sailor V too limited in scope?
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2011, 01:43:45 pm »

It was only about Sailor V as opposed to a team of Sailor Soldiers. Toei was interested in it, but wanted something that they could merchandise the hell out of. Five - 9 Sailors = 5 - 9 dolls, 5-9 wands, etc. Sailor V could have been a cash cow, but not the cash cow Sailor Moon was.
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