My Sailor Moon manga arrived yesterday! I’m pretty excited to read them, I pre-ordered both Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and Codename Sailor V way back when it was announced they were being published. I flipped through them and they look nice, there’s color pages, and a new translation.
I’ve already noticed that in Codename Sailor V, there are characters that look just like Ami, Rei, and Makoto, so that’s going to be confusing for me, but it still looks like a lot of fun to read – at one point Mina turns into a MALE idol!
By now, this should be old news. Kodansha is reprinting the Sailor Moon manga in the United States! Sailor Moon was one of the very first anime I started watching, and it was the very first manga I’d ever read, so I have some strong nostalgia for it.
Way back when Mixx (now Tokyopop) actually published single issues of Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura, much like you’d find a Spider-Man or Batman comic book. My first exposure to Sailor Moon manga happened when my mom stopped by my favorite comic book shop, and picked up a couple issues for me, recognizing the Sailor Moon name from the cartoon I liked to watch every morning. (My mom is pretty awesome that way.)
The issues were not the first of the run, so reading from the middle of the story initially gave me a headache. I initially wasn’t fond of the black and white format, thinking initially that it made scenes harder to read. (For some artists, and some manga this is still true for me.) However, once I got used to the format, I loved it. I still love the delicacy of Takeuchi’s artwork.
I have a complete set of the all the Sailor Moon manga that were released in the United States, starting back in 1998. These manga are different from the manga gracing the shelves today in that they’re more the size of a paperback novel, and were more expensive ($11.95 – not much actually). It’ll be great to read these again in a larger format with hopefully better binding – one of my volumes has pages falling out. I’m also really excited to read the prelude manga, Codename: Sailor V. It’ll be great to see the roots of the Sailor Moon franchise, and hope that maybe the manga being released again might just lead to another release of the anime. After all, if Dragonball Z can maintain a constant presence on store shelves, I really don’t see why Sailor Moon can’t also.