Kodansha USA Publishing announces relaunch of Sailor Moon manga series.
Friday, March 18, 2011 – According to the Associate Press, it is confirmed that Kodansha USA Publishing will be bringing back the Sailor Moon manga series (created by Naoko Takeuchi) since it went out of print six years ago. Sailor Moon will be released in a new deluxe editions in September under the Kodansha Comics imprint as “Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon.”
On top of that, the new release will also be accompanied by a two-volume prequel series untitled “Codename: Sailor V,” which will be the first time this print will be seen in the U.S. This two-volume collection features a teenaged Minako Aino fighting as Sailor V against the Dark Agency before discovering Sailor Moon.
Sailor Moon and its iconic characters helped cement the Japanese comic art from with American readers in the late 1990s and is still a major influence to the magical girl genre.