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Kodansha to re-publish Sailor Moon manga in North America!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Pirate

After all these years of waiting, Kodansha’s US division has answered many fan’s prayers: the return of cult phenom Sailor Moon! Many fans rejoice! Kodansha will release the first three volumes as one big kazenban this September. Each volume will contain about three volumes. Also, each volume will contain all-new artwork!

Sailor Moon, written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi, ran in Japan in Nakayoshi from 1992 to 1997 with 18 volumes. It was adapted into an anime, which was animated by Toei and directed by Junichi Sato (ARIA) and made 46 episodes. The anime was followed by four anime TV sequels, three films, and a live-action series.

The manga was originally licensed by Tokyopop, which released all 18 volumes, but went out of print around 2003, untill this September. The anime was first licensed by DIC Entertainment, who dubbed the first two series. Series three and four were licensed and dubbed by Geneon. The final series was never licensed in North America. The first four series all aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.

Kodansha will also be releasing the Sailor V prequel manga for the first time ever in North America. I am pretty glad; I read the manga when I was a little kid.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

Kodansha USA licenses manga galore!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by Pirate

Alot of you manga fans are probably annoyed at Del Rey. They delay titles, drop them randomly, sometimes releases are totally erratic, lately they release manga in big packs for more money, etc. Well, a few months ago, Kodansha announced that they would personally release some manga that Del Rey had dropped and delayed. Well, they didn’t lie!

Kodansha USA will publish the next volumes of the following manga that Del had dropped/delayed:

Air Gear

Arisa

Fairy Tale

I Am Here!

Negima

Negima!? Neo

Ninja Girls

Rave Master

Shugo Chara

The Wallflower

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

Pretty cool, huh? Also, Kodansha USA announced that they have licensed some manga that were previously unreleased in North America. These include:

Phoenix Wright – Ace Attorney by Kenji Kuroda

Monster Hunter Orange by Hiro Mashima

Deltora Quest by Makoto Niwano

Mardock Scramble by Yoshitoki Oima

Animal Land by Makoto Raiku

Bloody Monday by Ryo Ryumon

Cage of Eden by Yoshinobu Yamada

I am personally most excited about Deltora Quest, since I read the original novels and watched the anime, which airs on The Hub every day, and since I like the novels and the anime, I am also looking forward to the manga, which beforehand, everyone thought would never, ever get licensed.

Anyway, I am glad because this gives hope for other manga that Del Rey dropped. Anyway: Thanks Kodansha!