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This page is for the original manga series of the franchise. For other uses please see Sailor Moon (disambiguation)

Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Mars.

"Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon", or renamed in 2011 to "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon", is the original manga release of Sailor Moon which was written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi and published by Kodansha. It stars the young middle-school student Usagi Tsukino who discovers the power within herself alongside her friends as they save the world from destruction.

Chapters

The Sailor Moon manga is comprised of 5 main story arcs covering 60 chapters with an additional 10 short-story chapters adding to 70 total. This increases to 86 chapters when Codename: Sailor V is included which acts as an additional prequel-arc.

For specific chapters, see Chapter Guide

Dark Kingdom arc

Starting with Act 1, comprises 14 chapters.

Black Moon arc

Starting with Act 15, comprises 12 chapters.

Infinity arc

Starting with Act 27, comprises 12 chapters.

Dream arc

Starting with Act 39, comprises 11 chapters.

Stars arc

Starting with Act 50, comprises 11 chapters.

Side Stories

Chibiusa's Picture Diaries

Exam Battle stories

Releases

Magazines

Like many comics, Sailor Moon was originally released in monthly magazines in Japan. The main story was released in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine from December 28, 1991, to February 3, 1997. The short-stories were published in RunRun within this timeframe which is the same magazine Codename: Sailor V was released on. The final short story, Parallel Sailor Moon, was not released this way. In 1999, after the series was completed, it was released through the Materials Collection Artbook.

Tankoubon

This original release of the collected Sailor Moon manga outside of magazines is known as the "Tankoubon" and its volumes released from 1992 to 1997 collecting chapters not long after their publication in magazines. It consisted of 18 volumes covering 52 acts of the main story and with 9 short stories interspersed between the volumes. Codename: Sailor V was also released in this run with 3 additional volumes covering its 15 chapters. As it was released later in 1999, Parallel Sailor Moon is not part of the Tankoubon release.

An English translated version of this edition was produced by TokyoPop a few years after Japanese release. It finished its run of all 18 volumes in 2001. TokyoPop did not localize the original edition of Codename: Sailor V and that manga was not released in English until the next edition.

Shinsouban

Starting in 2003, the series was re-released in Japan in a new format known as the "Renewal Edition" or "Shinsouban" (新装版; lit. "newly bound edition"). The new edition consisted of 14 volumes total with 12 covering the main story line and 2 separate volumes covering the 10 short stories, which now include Parallel Sailor Moon. All 14 volumes in this release feature new new cover art. Starting in this edition, the main storyline now covers 60 acts with a few chapters in the original release being split to create 8 additional chapters. This wiki uses this newer numbering of chapters when referring to the Sailor Moon storyline as this numbering is standard in the following editions. Slight corrections and alterations were made to dialog and art in this edition. For example, Luna is redrawn in many panels in the first few chapters compared to the original release. Codename Sailor V was also released in this format in 2 volumes for 16 chapters - the final chapter was split into two starting with this release.

Kodansha themselves re-released this edition in English starting September 13, 2011, under the new title, "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon". This edition featured a different translation from the previous release. This also saw the first official English release of Codename: Sailor V.

Kanzenban

Revealed in 2012, and confirmed on August 4, 2013 at the second Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary, there was be information in the upcoming October 2013 Nakayoshi magazine about the brand new "Kanzenban" (完全版) or "Complete Edition"of the Sailor Moon manga.

This version again had new cover art, and the inside pages were digitally remastered, with color restored to pages that had been in color in the original Nakayoshi run, but were not in colour in the subsequent tankoubon or shinsouban releases. The volumes are a larger A5 sized paper - the same size as the original magazine publication. There were tweaks to manga panels and art on top of the changes made in the previous release but they were not as extensive. The kanzenban edition was released with 10 volumes total with each of the 5 main arcs taking up two volumes. Like the original release, the short stories are included within it rather than separated and are spread between volumes 4, 6, 8, and 10 - in the volumes containing the end of each arc but the first. There are also 2 volumes covering Codename: Sailor V like the shinsouban but in this larger format and additional colour pages from the original RunRun run.

This version of the manga was released by Kodansha in English as the Eternal Edition beginning on September 11, 2018. The Eternal Edition features a completely new English translation done by Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley. This is a premium priced release where each book is large with premium paper and the size of a magazine rather than a novel. In addition, starting on July 1, 2019, the Sailor Moon manga was officially released in digital format for the first time when Kodansha released the Eternal Editions digitally which are also included on several digital eBook platforms such as ComiXology, Kobo and others. While the first four volumes were released together during the initial launch, the fifth volume's digital release was not done until October 15, 2019. However, starting from Volume 6, the release of the digital version of the Eternal Editions were not done alongside the physical releases. As of May 2022, the Eternal Edition of Codename: Sailor V have not been released digitally.

Bunkoban

Starting in September 2018, the "Bunkoban" or "Takeuchi Naoko Bunko Collection" version of the manga started to release. It is largely the same as the previous "Kanzenban" edition with the same volume count and chapter distribution but each volume is smaller (A6 size) and cheaper. It includes fewer colour pages and is a budget release of the manga. The covers are modified versions of the previous edition as well rather than being completely new art. This treatment extends to Codename: Sailor V as well

Starting in May 2022, this edition started to release in English as the "Naoko Takeuchi Collection". It is novel sized, like the shinsouban, and is similarly cheaper than the Eternal Edition but has the smaller volume count of that later release and, understandably, does not completely revamp the English translation for the first time. The Eternal Edition translation by the Nibley twins returns with small tweaks. For example, Rei's attack Akuryo Taisan uses its original Japanese name rather than the localized "Evil Spirit, Begone" found in the Eternal Edition.

All-Colour Kanzenban

In 2019, a fifth edition of the manga was announced: オールカラー完全版 or "All-Colour Complete." This edition is, as the name implies, fully coloured. Every page is no longer black and white but in full colour and the colouring process was supervised by Naoko Takeuchi herself. Even the pages previously released in colour were re-coloured in for this new edition to match the new colouring style. Aside from the colouring, this edition has new covers with new art by Naoko Takeuchi and the chapter makeup follows the previous Kanzenban (Complete) edition of the manga. The first two volumes released simultaneously on June 29, 2020 but in a departure from previous editions: only digitally. In another departure, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions of the manga had their volumes released in rapid succession in Japan. As of May 2022, no further announcements have been made about volume 3 and beyond or on a physical release.

Volume List

Vol. Edition Chapters Pages Release Date
1 Japanese (Original Release) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 192 July 6, 1992
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 241 September 22, 2003
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 November 29, 2013
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 September 28, 2018
Japanese (Colour Kanzenban) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 June 29, 2020
English (Original Release) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 192 December 1, 1998
English (Re-release) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 248 September 13, 2011
English (Eternal Edition) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 September 11, 2018
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 304 May 3, 2022
2 Japanese (Original Release) Act 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 October 6, 1992
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 September 22, 2003
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 November 29, 2013
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 September 28, 2018
Japanese (Colour Kanzenban) Act 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 June 29, 2020
English (Original Release) Act 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 December 24, 1998
English (Re-release) Act 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 244 November 15, 2011
English (Eternal Edition) Act 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 September 11, 2018
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 June 7, 2022
3 Japanese (Original Release) Act 10 • 11 • 12 April 6, 1993
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 October 23, 2003
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 December 26, 2013
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 October 31, 2018
English (Original Release) Act 10 • 11 • 12 May 21, 1999
English (Re-release) Act 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 240 January 17, 2012
English (Eternal Edition) Act 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 March 19, 2019
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21
4 Japanese (Original Release) Act 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 July 6, 1993
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 November 21, 2003
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 December 26, 2013
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 October 31, 2018
English (Original Release) Act 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 September 14, 1999
English (Re-release) Act 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 240 March 13, 2012
English (Eternal Edition) Act 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 May 14, 2019
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21
5 Japanese (Original Release) Act 17 • 18 • 19 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 1 November 6, 1993
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 December 22, 2003
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 January 25, 2014
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 November 30, 2018
English (Original Release) Act 17 • 18 • 19 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 1 September 28, 1999
English (Re-release) Act 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 256 May 8, 2012
English (Eternal Edition) Act 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 June 25, 2019
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33
6 Japanese (Original Release) Act 20 • 21 • 22 March 15, 1994
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 January 22, 2004
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 34 - 38 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 2 • Lover of Princess Kaguya January 25, 2014
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 34 - 38 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 2 • Lover of Princess Kaguya November 30, 2018
English (Original Release) Act 20 • 21 • 22 February 8, 2000
English (Re-release) Act 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 July 10, 2012
English (Eternal Edition) Act 34 - 38 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 2 • Lover of Princess Kaguya November 12, 2019
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 34 - 38 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 2 • Lover of Princess Kaguya
7 Japanese (Original Release) Act 23 • 24 June 7, 1994
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 • 35 February 23, 2004
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 39 • 40 • 41 • 42 • 43 • 44 February 26, 2014
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 39 • 40 • 41 • 42 • 43 • 44 December 28, 2018
English (Original Release) Act 23 • 24 June 6, 2000
English (Re-release) Act 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 • 35 September 11, 2012
English (Eternal Edition) Act 39 • 40 • 41 • 42 • 43 • 44 January 21, 2020
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 39 • 40 • 41 • 42 • 43 • 44
8 Japanese (Original Release) Act 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 November 2, 1994
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 36 • 37 • 38 • 39 March 23, 2004
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 44 - 49 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 3 • Entrance Exam Wars 1, 2, 3 February 26, 2014
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 44 - 49 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 3 • Entrance Exam Wars 1, 2, 3 December 28, 2018
English (Original Release) Act 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 December 5, 2000
English (Re-release) Act 36 • 37 • 38 • 39 232 October 30, 2012
English (Eternal Edition) Act 44 - 49 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 3 • Entrance Exam Wars 1, 2, 3 March 23, 2020
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 44 - 49 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 3 • Entrance Exam Wars 1, 2, 3
9 Japanese (Original Release) Act 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 February 6, 1995
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 40 • 41 • 42 • 43 • 44 April 23, 2004
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 50 • 51 • 52 • 53 • 54 • 55 March 28, 2014
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 50 • 51 • 52 • 53 • 54 • 55 January 31, 2019
English (Original Release) Act 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 April 17, 2001
English (Re-release) Act 40 • 41 • 42 • 43 • 44 264 January 29, 2013
English (Eternal Edition) Act 50 • 51 • 52 • 53 • 54 • 55 September 8, 2020
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 50 • 51 • 52 • 53 • 54 • 55
10 Japanese (Original Release) Act 33 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 2 June 6, 1995
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 45 • 46 • 47 • 48 • 49 May 21, 2004
Japanese (Kanzenban) Act 56 • 57 • 58 • 59 • 60 • Secret Hammer Price Hall • Parallel Sailor Moon March 28, 2014
Japanese (Bunkoban) Act 56 • 57 • 58 • 59 • 60 • Secret Hammer Price Hall • Parallel Sailor Moon January 31, 2019
English (Original Release) Act 33 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 2 July 10, 2001
English (Re-release) Act 45 • 46 • 47 • 48 • 49 March 26, 2013
English (Eternal Edition) Act 56 • 57 • 58 • 59 • 60 • Secret Hammer Price Hall • Parallel Sailor Moon October 20, 2020
English (Naoko Takeuchi Collection) Act 56 • 57 • 58 • 59 • 60 • Secret Hammer Price Hall • Parallel Sailor Moon
11 Japanese (Original Release) Lover of Princess Kaguya • Casablanca Memory July 6, 1995
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 50 • 51 • 52 • 53 • 54 June 23, 2004
English (Original Release) Lover of Princess Kaguya • Casablanca Memory October 15, 2001
English (Re-release) Act 50 • 51 • 52 • 53 • 54 May 21, 2013
12 Japanese (Original Release) Act 34 • 35 • 36 September 6, 1995
Japanese (Shinsouban) Act 55 • 56 • 57 • 58 • 59 • 60 July 23, 2004
English (Original Release) Act 34 • 35 • 36 March 16, 1999
English (Re-release) Act 55 • 56 • 57 • 58 • 59 • 60 280 July 16, 2013
13 Japanese (Original Release) Act 37 • 38 • Exam Battles 1, 2, 3 December 6, 1995
Japanese (Shinsouban) Chibiusa's Picture Diary 1, 2, 3 • Exam Battles 1, 2, 3 • Secret Hammer Price Hall August 23, 2004
English (Original Release) Act 37 • 38 • Exam Battles 1, 2, 3 September 21, 1999
English (Re-release) Chibiusa's Picture Diary 1, 2, 3 • Exam Battles 1, 2, 3 • Secret Hammer Price Hall September 10, 2013
14 Japanese (Original Release) Act 39 • 40 March 6, 1996
Japanese (Shinsouban) Lover of Princess Kaguya • Casablanca Memory • Parallel Sailor Moon September 22, 2004
English (Original Release) Act 39 • 40 January 11, 2000
English (Re-release) Lover of Princess Kaguya • Casablanca Memory • Parallel Sailor Moon November 26, 2013
15 Japanese (Original Release) Act 41 • 42 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 3 July 5, 1996
English (Original Release) Acts 41 • 42 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 3 August 15, 2000
16 Japanese (Original Release) Act 43 • 44 • 45 September 6, 1996
English (Original Release) Act 43 • 44 • 45 March 13, 2001
17 Japanese (Original Release) Act 46 • 47 • 48 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 4 December 6, 1996
English (Original Release) Act 46 • 47 • 48 • Chibiusa's Picture Diary 4 June 19, 2001
18 Japanese (Original Release) Act 49 • 50 • 51 • 52 April 4, 1997
English (Original Release) Act 49 • 50 • 51 • 52 September 18, 2001

Artbooks

Naoko Takeuchi also released seven art-books containing art from the manga series, including the cover illustrations, pictures from the chapter heading pages, and other images of the characters.

It was announced in 2013 that a new art book would be released and its cover art was shown but as of May 2022, this artbook has not materialized.

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