October 13, 2012

Sailor Moon artbook on the way!

Oh my!! What wonderful news have we here!? Things just keep getting better and better for us Moonies!! I've said it before and I'll say it again: What a wonderful time to be Sailor Moon fans! All our wishes are being granted one by one! :D

Barely two years ago, we were going through a horrible dry spell in the moonieverse. Over here in the States we were just watching with envious eyes how Italy got all the awesome stuff like the re-airing of the anime, a Sailor Moon magazine, the manga and a bunch of toys! But then, out of nowhere, Hot Topic starts selling shirts, GEAnimation starts productions of MASSIVE amounts of Sailor Moon merch (keychains, mugs, backpacks). Then we start getting a new version of the manga in English. This past July, we had amazing news that a new anime would come out in the summer of 2013 as a worldwide release. On our general wishlist, there are a bunch of things listed, and today we get another one checked off!

The NewYork Comic-Con 2012 is in full swing this weekend. Just as usual, Kodansha is attending the event to promote their various manga titles being published, including Sailor Moon. At their table, they gave out  super cute pins and 2013 calendars for those who demonstrated they follow Kodansha on Facebook or Twitter


Later on, Kodansha held a special panel to announce their plans for next year. Like in previous presentations, they introduced several new mangas coming out and omnibuses for other manga series, and then switched their attention to OUR HEROINE. Boy! did they share a LOT of AMAZING news with us Moonies! This just hot of the press:

THERE WILL BE A WORLD WIDE RELEASE 
OF A SAILOR MOON ARTBOOK! 

Image source: Athenia45 on Twitter

YES, YES, YEEEES!!!! A Worldwide release artbook! This is a first for the U.S. and any other English speaking country. The originals were printed in Japan, and reprinted in some countries of Europe and Asia for a limited market more than 10 years ago. But finally, we're getting one officially on this side of the pond!

Unlike what they showed in the picture above, Kodansha's twitter and Kodansha's Official blog announced they will publish only ONE volume with selected works from the five previous Japanese books and it will also include NEW unpublished art! We also have confirmation from the panel that each country (Japan, US and other 5 undisclosed countries) will also include their own special artwork for each! The edition is a trade paperback with dust jacket in full color. The size and page count is roughly the same as the previous editions.

Then Kodansha went on to deliver another very nice surprise! They showed fans a couple of slides with a message from Naoko hime!! Don't you love it when we get messages from her!! AWWwww...

Image source: Ghoulkitty on tumblr


Letter reads as follows:

"Hello American Sailor Moon fans, it’s Naoko Takeuchi. 

Thank you for all the support you’ve given Sailor Moon! It makes me very happy that so many people are caring for my precious baby, Sailor Moon, after she has crossed the sea to America. I’ve seen pictures of American fans cosplaying as Sailor Moon characters and heard that all of you are collecting lots of manga and merchandise, and it makes me happy and moves me deeply that Sailor Moon and I have received so much love, even in another country. 

This is the 20th Anniversary of Sailor Moon, and there are lots of plans I’m sure you will enjoy. First, for the Thanksgiving Day season on Nov 20, 2012 there will be a Sailor Moon box set, and also an art book will be released simultaneously worldwide in 2013. I’m sure they will both be wonderful. I know we’ll continue to come up with even more fun things in the future. Please look forward to them! 

 Naoko Takeuchi"

Isn't this just faboulous news!?!  Kodansha also mentioned a few updates concerning the release of volume 1 Box Set. According to what they said in the panel, the blue box (seen below) is indeed the final design. They've made a few changes though. They've changed the type of paper they use and have resized the mangas to this particular format,  so the volumes inside cannot be sold separately and previous manga issues will not fit into this box. No mention about the translation, but lately a few revised editions have been popping on shelves of bookstores, so maybe all the volumes in this boxset have the revised translations? We'll know for sure soon enough.


There is still no official date for the Artbooks, but I will share as soon as it is announced. I personally think they will come out at the end of the manga run, maybe after the second bookset is publised (The first box set will come out in November, the second box is still unknown), and it will coincide with the new anime.

Ahhh! YES! This is amazing news for us guys! Things are looking pretty great for us and now we have to do the hardest thing for a few months, and that is WAIT. WAIT VERY PATIENTLY. :p
  

October 13, 2012

Sailor Moon artbook on the way!

Oh my!! What wonderful news have we here!? Things just keep getting better and better for us Moonies!! I've said it before and I'll say it again: What a wonderful time to be Sailor Moon fans! All our wishes are being granted one by one! :D

Barely two years ago, we were going through a horrible dry spell in the moonieverse. Over here in the States we were just watching with envious eyes how Italy got all the awesome stuff like the re-airing of the anime, a Sailor Moon magazine, the manga and a bunch of toys! But then, out of nowhere, Hot Topic starts selling shirts, GEAnimation starts productions of MASSIVE amounts of Sailor Moon merch (keychains, mugs, backpacks). Then we start getting a new version of the manga in English. This past July, we had amazing news that a new anime would come out in the summer of 2013 as a worldwide release. On our general wishlist, there are a bunch of things listed, and today we get another one checked off!

The NewYork Comic-Con 2012 is in full swing this weekend. Just as usual, Kodansha is attending the event to promote their various manga titles being published, including Sailor Moon. At their table, they gave out  super cute pins and 2013 calendars for those who demonstrated they follow Kodansha on Facebook or Twitter


Later on, Kodansha held a special panel to announce their plans for next year. Like in previous presentations, they introduced several new mangas coming out and omnibuses for other manga series, and then switched their attention to OUR HEROINE. Boy! did they share a LOT of AMAZING news with us Moonies! This just hot of the press:

THERE WILL BE A WORLD WIDE RELEASE 
OF A SAILOR MOON ARTBOOK! 

Image source: Athenia45 on Twitter

YES, YES, YEEEES!!!! A Worldwide release artbook! This is a first for the U.S. and any other English speaking country. The originals were printed in Japan, and reprinted in some countries of Europe and Asia for a limited market more than 10 years ago. But finally, we're getting one officially on this side of the pond!

Unlike what they showed in the picture above, Kodansha's twitter and Kodansha's Official blog announced they will publish only ONE volume with selected works from the five previous Japanese books and it will also include NEW unpublished art! We also have confirmation from the panel that each country (Japan, US and other 5 undisclosed countries) will also include their own special artwork for each! The edition is a trade paperback with dust jacket in full color. The size and page count is roughly the same as the previous editions.

Then Kodansha went on to deliver another very nice surprise! They showed fans a couple of slides with a message from Naoko hime!! Don't you love it when we get messages from her!! AWWwww...

Image source: Ghoulkitty on tumblr


Letter reads as follows:

"Hello American Sailor Moon fans, it’s Naoko Takeuchi. 

Thank you for all the support you’ve given Sailor Moon! It makes me very happy that so many people are caring for my precious baby, Sailor Moon, after she has crossed the sea to America. I’ve seen pictures of American fans cosplaying as Sailor Moon characters and heard that all of you are collecting lots of manga and merchandise, and it makes me happy and moves me deeply that Sailor Moon and I have received so much love, even in another country. 

This is the 20th Anniversary of Sailor Moon, and there are lots of plans I’m sure you will enjoy. First, for the Thanksgiving Day season on Nov 20, 2012 there will be a Sailor Moon box set, and also an art book will be released simultaneously worldwide in 2013. I’m sure they will both be wonderful. I know we’ll continue to come up with even more fun things in the future. Please look forward to them! 

 Naoko Takeuchi"

Isn't this just faboulous news!?!  Kodansha also mentioned a few updates concerning the release of volume 1 Box Set. According to what they said in the panel, the blue box (seen below) is indeed the final design. They've made a few changes though. They've changed the type of paper they use and have resized the mangas to this particular format,  so the volumes inside cannot be sold separately and previous manga issues will not fit into this box. No mention about the translation, but lately a few revised editions have been popping on shelves of bookstores, so maybe all the volumes in this boxset have the revised translations? We'll know for sure soon enough.


There is still no official date for the Artbooks, but I will share as soon as it is announced. I personally think they will come out at the end of the manga run, maybe after the second bookset is publised (The first box set will come out in November, the second box is still unknown), and it will coincide with the new anime.

Ahhh! YES! This is amazing news for us guys! Things are looking pretty great for us and now we have to do the hardest thing for a few months, and that is WAIT. WAIT VERY PATIENTLY. :p