The first of the two volumes of the Codename: Sailor V Eternal Edition manga was released today, September 28th. Following in the style of the Sailor Moon Eternal Edition manga which was published in 10 volumes from 2018 to 2020, this Sailor V manga has similar large high quality glossy pages. This release includes all of the colour pages which haven’t been published since the manga was originally serialized in RunRun from 1991 to 1997. The Sailor V manga, written by Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi, tells the story of Minako during her time as Sailor V which chronologically predates the story of the Sailor Moon manga. The first chapters were published before Sailor Moon, though the manga continued to be published until after the Sailor Moon manga had been completed. The story is quite interesting and at times includes story elements and characters who bear striking similarities to some that we see later in the Sailor Moon manga and in some cases adapted as ideas in the Sailor Moon anime.
As with the Japanese Complete Edition releases, which were similar but slightly smaller equivalents to the English Eternal Editions, we have the same cover art. While the Sailor Moon Complete and Eternal Editions featured original art for the covers the Codename: Sailor V covers, originally released in Japan in 2014, use the same art from volumes 1 and 2 of the original Japanese manga releases. I don’t have my hands on this manga yet but you can see my post about the Japanese releases for a look at what those looked like. These really are the definitive versions that fans should be looking to collect. Forget about those Naoko Takeuchi Collection versions which keep getting delayed. Those are terrible. Waste of money. Spend a little more and get the Cadillac Eternal Edition manga. They are expensive but worth every penny.
The first volume is out today and the second will be available next month on October 21st. Feel free to support the site by ordering volume 1 or any volumes of the Sailor Moon manga and pre-ordering volume 2 using the links below.
Also please check out the very outdated Sailor V Page of Funk which I made back in 1998 when no English version of this manga existed. The first time I read this manga I had a printed translation of the script which I followed along with.
Singer Dua Lipa’s latest music video for the song Levitating is a joy to watch for fans of classic anime. The art style seems inspired by 80s and 90s anime while the content of the video itself seems to be influenced by Sailor Moon. The Moon is featured prominently. A locket with a crescent Moon on it is very similar to Sailor Moon’s first transformation broach. The crescent Moon frequently appears in the background. There’s even a short magical girl style transformation! You can watch the video on YouTube embedded below.
Though the Sailor Moon references are surely intentional the art style of the video itself doesn’t match Sailor Moon much. I would say that it more closely resembles 80s anime styles. Many have compared it to Creamy Mami, an anime series from 1983 which I am not personally familiar with. The colours and designs do appear to be similar. A friend of mine pointed out the similarity to Dirty Pair, from 1985, which I think could also be an inspiration. Creamy Mami can be streamed for free on Retrocrush.
The video’s animation was done by NOSTALOOK who specialize in making retro style anime. A full length music video done in traditional style animation certainly is impressive! I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what else this group makes. You can follow the group on Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.
Do you like the video? What elements do you think are inspired by Sailor Moon and which might be from other series?
It’s a live action Sailor Moon series reunion as Masaya Kikawada, Jouji Shibue and Miyuu Sawai appear on screen together in the upcoming Super Sentai prequel special “The Legacy of the Master’s Soul”. All three actors appeared in the live action series as Motoki, Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon! The three are reprising their roles as Master Red, Master Blue and Master Pink from the Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger series which played in Japan starting in 2019. Masaya Kikawada, Jouji Shibue and Miyuu Sawai were not usually in the same episodes however all three were on screen together in the first episode of the series.
The film, which will serve as episode 0 for the series, will be made available to the Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club on October 17th. There’s currently no indication of how, if at all, the special might be made available outside of Japan. Scenes from the series were used as the basis for Power Rangers Dino Fury which aired on Nickelodeon earlier this year and is available on Netflix. No Japanese actors are seen in this version of the show as that footage is replaced with English speaking actors as is typically the case with Power Rangers series.
A trailer for the special can be seen on YouTube embedded below.
Did you watch Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger? If so, what did you think of these actors’ performances in the series?