Kodansha Publishes Sailor Moon and Sailor V “Complete Edition”

In celebration of Sailor Moon’s 20th anniversary, Kodansha is releasing a kanzenban or “complete edition/full version” of the Sailor Moon manga series. The interior artwork has been digitally remastered and reviewed and approved by Naoko Takeuchi. All color pages from the original serialization are included. The complete edition is printed in the A5 size and is larger than any previous release (even the English editions), with high quality binding and partially-holographic covers with new art by Takeuchi.

Volumes 1 through 10 include the main Sailor Moon story arcs and the side-stories. Two volumes have been published every month from November 2013 to March 2014. Each volume includes a raffle entry ticket to win various prizes (source).

Codename Sailor V was originally scheduled to be released as volumes 11 and 12 but is now being released separately as volumes 1 and 2 on May 28, 2014, per the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Official Site.

I’m not entirely sure what is meant by “digitally remastered”. The artwork was touched up and partly redrawn for the 2003 release already. What more needs to be revised? The posts on the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Official Site refer to the quality of the reproduction of the color pages and the beautiful binding supervised by Naoko herself (everything has to be approved by Naoko nowadays so that’s not surprising).

The new covers with the gold and silver foil lettering are absolutely stunning. These would be a beautiful set to have on one’s shelf. I’m quite happy with my English “new edition” versions, but these are very, very nice productions that make Sailor Moon look quite classy.

Available now at JList.


Codename wa Sailor V vol. 1 and vol. 2

Codename wa Sailor V vol. 1 and vol. 2

How to watch Sailor Moon on Hulu outside the United States

You can access the Sailor Moon episodes streamed online through Hulu from outside the United States using the Hola! browser extension. It works for me here in Canada: I’m currently watching Nana.

Viz will release the franchise digitally with English subtitles starting this summer, followed by the new English dub starting in late 2014. The first four episodes will stream with English subtitles on Viz Media’s NeonAlley.com service and the Hulu service on Monday, May 19, 2014 and two more episodes will then debut every Monday. (via Anime News Network). According to Viz, being available for free is “important to us, because this is such a big title, to have a free option available. Sailor Moon has never been free, legal, and official online here.” (Viz Media’s Charlene Ingram and Josh Lopez on Sailor Moon)

True that! Streaming the episodes online ahead of the home video release is a smart move on Viz’s part as it will generate interest in both the original and new series and hopefully drive sales of the blu-rays and DVDs. No need for fansubbed bootlegs anymore, thank god.

Viz Licences Sailor Moon Crystal and ALL of original Sailor Moon franchise; new English dub in the works

The holy grail of Sailor Moon has just been achieved. I never thought I’d be re-buying the Sailor Moon anime, but it looks like that’s about to change!

Viz Licenses Original Sailor Moon Anime Franchise – All 200 TV episodes, 3 films, & specials unedited with subtitles & new dub

North American anime distributor Viz Media announced after its Anime Central panel on Friday that it licensed the original Sailor Moon magical girl anime franchise. The streaming, digital, and home video licenses include all 200 episodes from the five television series, the three feature films, and the assorted tie-in specials. This will include the first North American release of the final television series, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.

Viz is offering the franchise without edits in its original uncropped 4:3 aspect ratio, with the original Japanese names, story elements, and relationships. It is also producing an uncut English dub with a new voice cast.

Viz aims to release the franchise digitally with English subtitles starting this summer, followed by the English dub starting in late 2014. It also plans DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo releases in half-season sets starting this fall.

Exclusive Interview: Viz Media’s Charlene Ingram and Josh Lopez on Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon is kind of that unlicensed “big” show that anybody would love to have, and I’m sure everybody has tried for it. So it’s been well over a year at least, trying to acquire it.

There’s going to be a combo pack that will be the limited edition, but there will also be the DVD version accessible to more mass-market retailers, that’s going to be positioned for new fans that might not know anime. Hopefully people will discover it that way or through the Hulu streams, too. For the limited editions, we want it to be beautiful and worthy of what Sailor Moon means to anime and deserves to have. It’s more than just making it pretty because it’s Sailor Moon. It needs to be an avatar for a great anime title, and have a full release look across all five seasons. We want that shelf continuity, we want that pride, and we want the fans old and new to look at it and say “Yeah, that’s the way it ought to be done.”

Viz Licenses New Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal Anime

North American anime distributor Viz Media announced after its Anime Central panel on Friday that it licensed the new Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime series. Viz will announce more details on its release of the magical girl anime in the future.

The new 26-episode series will stream worldwide twice a month for one year with Kotono Mitsuishi reprising the starring title role. The anime will also star Hisako Kanemoto as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury, Rina Satou as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars, Ami Koshimizu as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter, and Shizuka Itou as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus.

You can hear the voice of Sailor Moon’s new English voice actress call out “Moon Prism Power, Make Up!” at the very end of the official Viz announcement trailer:

- cross-posted at Sailormusic.net