A new Sailor Moon Art Book “Sailormoon Raisonné” is coming April 12th!

Sailormoon Raisonné Art Works 1991-2023

A new Art Book titled “Sailormoon Raisonné Art Works 1991~2023″ will be released in less than a month on April 12th! Yesterday Sailor Moon editor Fumio Osano teased that some announcements would be made today, and this seems to be the big one! What does the French word for “reasoned” have to do with Sailor Moon? I really have no idea but it is certainly following in the tradition of using random non Japanese or English words in the last decade’s Sailor Moon musical titles. This one doesn’t seem to be overtly incorrectly spelled but the phrase doesn’t really make sense. What is “Sailormoon Reasoned?”

Update: It seems the term “raisonné” in this context refers to a “Catalogue raisonné” which is a catalogue listing all known works by an artist. This suggests that this work would reference everything that Naoko Takeuchi did related to Sailor Moon during the years 1991 to 2023. I’ve been speaking French for 45 years and this term is new to me!

By starting in 1991, the year in which Sailor Moon first appeared in the pages of Nakayoshi and that Codename: Sailor V appeared in Run Run, we will be covering the entire history of the manga. This “ultimate” colour illustration collection gathers a whopping 745 illustrations in its 200 pages.

The front cover features Sailor Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter while the back shows Sailor Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Chibi Moon and Saturn. A “B5″ sized file folder featuring one of these images will be available for those ordering it through the Fan Club or purchasing it at the Sailor Moon Store in Japan. B5 size is roughly but not exactly 7×10″. With an MSRP of 5980 yen, the book will cost about $40 US though expect to pay a bit for shipping or a mint for shipping if you’re still ordering from Amazon Japan, something I have stopped down due to exponential increases in their shipping costs.

This announcement has lead some to wonder if this is the same art book which was announced by Kodansha at New York Comiccon back in October of 2012. At the time the new art book was said to be released in seven countries including the United States. This announcement was made by Kodansha in Japan and doesn’t mention an international release, but such an announcement may still be coming. It’s also possible that after so much time this is a totally different project which might not actually come out here. I’m trying to figure out how long I want to wait before pre-ordering this.

Will you be getting it?

Source: Sailor Moon Official Site

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19 thoughts on “A new Sailor Moon Art Book “Sailormoon Raisonné” is coming April 12th!

  1. I really hope all of the artwork is full page like in the original artbooks. Because 200 pages doesn’t seem like enough to contain the entirety of 7 artbooks (1-5, Materials Collection/6 and Infinity/7) plus decades of new additional artwork. Even if by 200 pages they meant 400 (both sides of each page) that still wouldn’t be enough.

  2. Leave it to a French Canadian to be annoyed by the French words used in Sailor Moon merch!

    La fatalité, la fatalité, de l’amour!

  3. I’ve never owned any of the artbooks, so if this one has some of the old stuff, I’d definitely want it. Not sure I’d be interested in just Crystal artwork.

    • This announcement has lead some to wonder if this is the same art book which was announced by Kodansha at New York Comiccon back in October of 2012

      So did that never happen? That was over a decade ago. Guess that seems on par for how slow they’ve been with everything else lately.

  4. I couldn’t resist and I preorder it on Amazon japan.

    From what I understand, I believe I’m living in the same country, if not the same province as you Adam, and as you point out, I’m going to have pretty expensive customs to pay once it arrives.

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