By Jeremy Kahn
Starting September 2011 on a bimonthly release basis, Kodansha will be releasing a new print of Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon last saw a run in the English under the TokyoPop label. Eventually the license expired and Kodansha acquired it. Kodansha is moving forward trying to publish manga in the west by acquiring as many catalogue titles as they can. Recently they even acquired the U.S. publisher Vertical as well as buying back many of their title rights from publishers previously licensed them to companies such as Del Rey. In addition to releasing the Sailor Moon run, they are going to be releasing Code Name: Sailor V, a prequel title to Sailor Moon that never saw an English-language release. Sailor Moon was an important landmark in manga and anime as it help spark interest among those at the time who normally wouldn’t be interested in the genre. This among other titles help create the manga/anime boom that eventually came about.