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Kodansha Comics USA announces Sailor Moon art releases!
Look out, Moonies! At the NYCC12 Kodansha Industry panel, Dallas Middaugh and his colleagues at Kodansha announced that there would be a simultaneous world release of 5 brand spankin’ new artbooks. The Sailor Moon Art Book joins several announcements pertaining to the popular franchise including a new anime slated for airing in 2013. This new book will be released in the United States, Japan, and five other countries. The books will be in the trade paperback format with a dust jacket. Unlike Kodansha’s manga releases, the trim sizes and page count will remain uniform throughout each country. They will contain color images and bonus material that will be exclusive to each country – meaning your United States edition will not have the same bonus material as the Japanese counterpart and so on. These books will be a compilation of Takeuchi’s most popular work from the previous five art books released in Japan along with unpublished materials for fans to see for the first time. For those of you who want all of the bonus material; I suppose if you want to catch em’ all – you’ll have to import or trade editions with people!
The Kodansha panel wasn’t for Moonies only. There were a few announcements about some forthcoming releases:
Fairy Tail – Hiro Mashima
Fairy Tail will be released in print every month as of March ‘13 and it will be released in digital formant bimonthly. They hope to catch up as closely as possible to the Japanese releases.
Air Gear Omnibusby Oh!Great will release in May 2013
Sankarea: Undying Loveby Mitsuru Hattori will release in June 2013
No. 6by Atsuko Asano(art by Hinoki Kino) will release in June 2013.
Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura will release in October 2013.
Tokyo Mew Mew A la Mode by Mia Ikumi will release in November 2013.
Also check out Kodansha’s redesigned website! http://kodanshacomics.com/
Kodansha: Sailor Moon 1 Reprinted after 50,000 Sell Out
Kodansha USA Publishing, the American arm of the Japanese publisher Kodansha, announced on Friday that the English version of Sailor Moonmanga volume 1 will get a second print run after the first print run of 50,000 copies “sold out in just four weeks.”
Kodansha USA did not specify if the 50,000 copies of Naoko Takeuchi’s magical girl manga sold out at the distributor level or at the retailer level. With the second print run, the volume will have 100,000 copies in print.
Kodansha noted that the first volume of Sailor Moon has stayed on top of The New York Timesmanga bestseller list for a third week in a row since it debuted on September 13. Takeuchi’s related Codename: Sailor V volume 1 had two weeks at #2 after debuting on September 13.ANN
“Kodansha Comics also announced that it will release The Sailor Moon Art Book worldwide next year... The Sailor Moon Art Book will be a new publication with selections of artwork from the five Japanese art books from creator Naoko Takeuchi. It will also have previously unpublished art pieces as well. The trade paperback book will ship in the same trim size and page count for seven countries, include the United States and Japan." ”—
Kodansha announcement translated by Anime News Network
SO FUCKING READY YOU GUYS SO FUCKING READY
Is the No. 6 manga going to use "Rat" for Nezumi's name?
We will be translating the name, so we’ll be using Rat. I know this is a very sensitive issue for a significant group of No. 6 fans, and we took this decision very seriously. There were several factors that we took into account. First, the Japanese creative team asked us to use Rat, and while that was important, it’s not the only reason we chose to do what we did. (They also asked us to use the spelling “Sion,” but we convinced them “Shion” was a better choice.)
I’m going to get into very minor spoilery territory for No. 6 here. Nezumi is not a Japanese name - it just means “rat.” So Japanese readers seeing the name for the first time find it jarring and unusual, which is precisely the intended effect. Shion finds it odd as well. He later makes a reference to the character as a rat (when they’re about to jump into the sewer), and at the end of Vol. 1 asks Rat to tell him his real name. None of these scenes really make any sense to new readers if we left the name as “Nezumi,” which sounds to an American reader like it could just be a Japanese name.
We considered keeping the name Nezumi and adding a footnote, but ultimately decided that this would be confusing as well, since it might imply that Nezumi is a Japanese name that means “rat,” rather than just the Japanese word for rat. We also try to avoid footnotes because they interrupt the flow of the story. When we use them, it is only to explain some word or concept that cannot possibly be translated.
We decided that using Rat was in the best interests of the translation, and would make the book most accessible to readers picking it up for the first time. I also hope that stalwart fans will try it out, even if it is not what they’re used to. Sometimes you can’t make everyone happy, but regardless, we’re putting a lot of love into these books.
Pre-order Codename: Sailor V Graphic Novel 1 and Sailor Moon Graphic Novel 1!
I just preorderd both of these! They are $8.24 each if you preorder.
You can preorder them here. Just type Sailor Moon in the search bar.
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