Since it is with daily frequency that I am asked about this, chances are you are one of the customers who have inquired about the whereabouts of the Sailor Moon manga at Forbidden Planet, otaku Mecca of Union Square. “How could you not have Sailor Moon? Everyone knows Sailor Moon!” you may have wondered with an air of frustration, not sure why something so iconic would be so rare. To be fair, there are a lot of older classics that have become uncommon, like the original Gundam, or Star Blazers, Saint Seiya, and the like. Unlike Sailor Moon, however, none of these were responsible for the spawn of an entire “too-young-for-Akira” generation of anime fans worldwide. Sailor Moon was the first of its kind; a magical girl show that featured a team of heroines fighting evil. Despite its young target audience, it catered to a wider variety of fans with its short skirts and smartly written storyline; incorporating far more mythology than most people realize at a glance. Sailor Moon was, without a doubt, the anime induction-rite for pretty much any youngling of the early 90s, keeping it in such a special and nostalgic place for so many of us.
But in case you haven’t heard, the Sailor Moon drought is about to end come September. Kodansha, who holds the rights to the Sailor Moon manga, is returning the beloved magical girl series to us at last with English imprints of Naoko Takeuchi’s touched up version of the manga. And for the first time ever, they are releasing Code Name: Sailor V, the prequel that gave way to the Sailor Moon (and Sailor Venus!) we know and love. That’s not to say that Sailor Moon merchandise will necessarily resurface though, so expect prices for those retro art books and toys to skyrocket as Sailor Moon regains momentum with fans both new and old. There are also no plans for a rerelease of the anime, which hasn’t been in print for quite some time; so that will still be a bit hard to come by. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of other Sailor Moon nonsense to satiate you in between! Continue reading