A Sailor Moon revival? Yes, that’s exactly what Kodansha USA are doing, and in a rather grand way, with “deluxe editions” of the manga classic scheduled to debut this September in the U.S.
Kodansha are condensing the 18-volume Sailor Moon manga into 12 volumes, plus two volumes of short stories. Following volume 1’s release in September, a new volume will be published every two months. Kodansha will be re-translating the series, and touching up the interior art, in addition to new cover art for each volume. They also promise detailed translation notes and “extensive bonus material” from author, Naoko Takeuchi.
The new re-print of Sailor Moon will follow the 2003 Japanese re-release format of the series. The prequel to the series, Codename: Sailor V, will also be published by Kodansha in the U.S. for the first time ever.
This news comes soon after after Namco Bandai’s announcement of a Sailor Moon game on the Nintendo DS for the Italian market.