An entire generation of American girls got their aesthetics permanently shaped by the Sailor Moon animated series. The anime, though, was based on a series of manga by Naoko Takeuchi–the apotheosis of the “magical girl” genre. And, while the English translations of Takeuchi’s Sailor Moonmanga volumes were immensely popular in the U.S. between 1997 and 2005, they’ve been out of print here since their former American publisher Tokyopop’s license expired six years ago.
That’s going to change this fall, when Kodansha USA the American branch of Sailor Moon‘s original Japanese publisher relaunches the manga series this September. Back in 2003, when a live-action Sailor Moon TV series appeared in Japan, Takeuchi resequenced the original eighteen volumes into twelve books following the main storyline and two more collecting various short stories; that’s the edition that Kodansha will be publishing.