Codename: Sailor V

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Codename: Sailor V
CodeNameSailorV_vol1_Cover.jpg
The Japanese cover of the first volume, depicting Sailor V and Artemis
コードネームはセーラーV
(Kōdo Nēmu wa Sērā Bui)
Genre Magical girl, Romance
Manga
Written by Naoko Takeuchi
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine RunRun
Original run August 3, 1991July 3, 1997
Volumes Original: 3
Reissue: 2 (List of volumes)
Related Series
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Codename: Sailor V (Japanese: コードネームはセーラーV Hepburn: Kōdo Nēmu wa Sērā Bui?) is a manga created by Naoko Takeuchi. The series revolves around the character Minako Aino, a cheerful schoolgirl who finds out that she has magical powers that she must use to protect the people of the Earth. Codename: Sailor V is the basis for its sequel, Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon.

Plot[edit]

Minako Aino is a 13-year-old young middle school student who is slightly distracted, out-spoken and dreams about someday finding her true love and boyfriend. One day, she encounters a talking white cat with a crescent moon on its forehead named Artemis. He reveals that Minako possesses the magical ability to transform into a much stronger, more powerful, and more beautiful girl than anyone.

He calls her "Sailor Venus" and tells her she has a mission to protect Earth in the name of her guardian planet Venus. To help her with her new mission, Artemis gives her two items, a crescent moon shaped compact and a magical pen. The magical pen allows her to transform into the Soldier of Justice: Sailor V.

Minako begins fighting the evil agents known as the Dark Agency, who fight under Danburite's command. He is in charge of sending his many talented idols to enslave the public.

Minako has many adventures as a Soldier of Justice, some sparking the envy and admiration of the police force. She also later gains the aid of Saijyo Ace, who had for a moment taken her spotlight due to his popular TV show.

Eventually, Minako realizes that her duty is more important than romance and discovers her true identity as Sailor Venus. From there, she decides to search for the other four Sailor Soldiers and the moon princess.

Release[edit]

Codename: Sailor V made its debut as a one-shot in the summer vacation issue of the manga magazine RunRun, published on August 3, 1991.[1][2] It returned as a serial in RunRun, which lasted until July 3, 1997.[1] Kodansha compiled the fifteen chapters into three bound volumes and published them from December 18, 1993 to November 6, 1997.[3][4] In 2004, the series was re-released in two deluxe volumes with revised artwork and dialogue.[5][6] In 2014, Codename: Sailor V was published in a two-volume Kanzenban or "Complete Edition".[7][8]

In North America, Kodansha Comics USA licensed the deluxe editions of Codename: Sailor V for an English-language release, along with its re-printing of the Sailor Moon manga.[9] The series was published from September 13, 2011 to November 15, 2011.[10] [11] The series has also been translated into other languages, including French and Spanish by Glenat;[12][13] German by Egmont Manga & Anime;[14] Italian by Star Edizioni and later by GP Publishing, serialized in its manga magazine Amici;[15][16] and Polish by JPF.[17]

Cancelled OVA[edit]

An OVA series was teased in promotional materials, but never came to fruition, the Sailor Moon anime being created instead.[18]

Videogame[edit]

Codename: Sailor V
Developer(s) Caroline Software Inc.
Publisher(s) NEC
Writer(s) Konstantin Sukhorukov
Platform(s) NEC PC-88, NEC PC-98
Release 14 September 1993
Genre(s) Shoot-em-up, Beat-em-up
Mode(s) Single player, Double player

The Codename: Sailor V - The Game - a side-scrolling beat'em up video game was a prototype of an imaginary arcade game in the Sailor Moon anime. It was developed by Vladimir Kutiakov's collective named "Caroline Software Incorporated" and released to the NEC PC-88 and NEC PC-98 system in September 14, 1993.[19]

Chapters[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 December 18, 1993[3] ISBN 4-06-322801-0 [3]
  • Vol. 1: "Sailor V is Born!" (セーラーV誕生! "Sērā Bi Tanjō!"?)
  • Vol. 2: "Minako in 'Crown Game Center'" (美奈子in「ゲームセンタークラウン」 "Minako in 'Gēmu Sentā Kuraun'"?)
  • Vol. 3: "Sailor V Appears! Channel 44 / Pandora's Plot" (セーラーV初登場--「チャンネル44」パンドラの野望編 "Sērā Bi Hatsu Tōjo! -- 'Chaneru 44' Pandora no Yabō Hen"?)
  • Vol. 4: "Petite Pandora's Plot" (プチ・パンドラの野望編 "Pechi Pandora no Yabō Hen"?)
  • Vol. 5: "The Dark Agency's Plot" (ダーク・エージェンツーの院謀編 "Dāku Eejentsū no In Bō Hen"?)
  • Vol. 6: "Showdown! Sailor V vs. Electronic Fighter Girl Luga" (対決!セーラーV vs. 電脳少女闘士ルゥガ "Taiketsu! Sērā Bi vs. Dennō Shōjo Toshi Rūga"?)
Minako complains about her uniform not being 'cool' enough and goes to the Crown Game Center to play video games. Artemis installs a special Sailor V game in the Crown Game Center to train Minako to be a better Sailor Soldier, which leads to her getting the high score on another video game. Minako is attacked by the previous champion of the game, who believes she is a transvestite. Minako transforms her clothes into armor from the video game, but she finds it too heavy to fight in. She then transforms into Sailor V and successfully repels the man.
2 October 22, 1994[20] ISBN 4-06-322810-X [20]
  • Vol. 7: "Sailor V's Vacation / The Hawaiian Plot!" (セーラーVバカンス編--ハワイヘの野望! "Sērā Bi Bakansu Hen -- Hawai e no Yabō!"?)
  • Vol. 8: "Love on the Tree-Lined Road / Tearing at Turbo Full-Throttle!" (並木道の恋--ターボ全開バリバリ!編 "Namiki Michi no Koi -- Tābo Zenkai BariBari! Hen"?)
  • Vol. 9: "Sailor V vs. Debrine" (セーラーV vs. デブリーネ "Sērā Bi vs. Deburīne"?)
  • Vol. 10: "Sailor V in a Pinch!? Kaitou Ace Appears!" (セーラーVピンチ!?怪盗A登場! "Sērā Bi Pinchi!? Kaitō A Tōjō"?)
3 November 6, 1997[4] ISBN 4-06-322834-7 [4]
  • Vol. 11: "The Pet Stories / Number 1: Nyan-Nyan's Plot" (ペット編その1.娘々の陰謀 "Petto Hen Sono 1 Nyan Nyan no Inbō"?)
  • Vol. 12: "The Pet Stories / Number 2: Wan-Wan's Plot" (ペット編その2.王々の陰謀 "Petto Hen Sono 2 Wan Wan no Inbō"?)
  • Vol. 13: "The Pet Stories / Number 3: Chuu-Chuu's Plot" (ペット編その3.触々の陰謀 "Petto Hen Sono 3 Chū Chū no Inbō"?)
  • Vol. 14: "Youth Bet on the Hachimaki Stone!!" (ハチマキ石にかけた青春!! "Hachimaki Ishi ni Kaketa Seishun!!"?)
  • Vol. 15: "A New Journey Begins!!" (新たなる旅立ちッ!! "Arata Naru Tabidachi!!"?)

Shinsōban editions[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 29, 2004[21] ISBN 4-06-334929-2 [21] September 13, 2011[10] ISBN 978-1935429777
  • Vol. 1: "Sailor V is Born!" (セーラーV誕生! "Sērā Bi Tanjō!"?)
  • Vol. 2: "Minako in 'Crown Game Center'" (美奈子in「ゲームセンタークラウン」 "Minako in 'Gēmu Sentā Kuraun'"?)
  • Vol. 3: "Sailor V Appears! Channel 44 / Pandora's Plot" (セーラーV初登場--「チャンネル44」パンドラの野望編 "Sērā Bi Hatsu Toujō! -- 'Chaneru 44' Pandora no Yabō Hen"?)
  • Vol. 4: "Petite Pandora's Plot" (プチ・パンドラの野望編 "Pechi Pandora no Yabō Hen"?)
  • Vol. 5: "The Dark Agency's Plot" (ダーク・エージェンツーの院謀編 "Dāku Eejentsū no In Bō Hen"?)
  • Vol. 6: "Showdown! Sailor V vs. Electronic Fighter Girl Luga" (対決!セーラーV vs. 電脳少女闘士ルゥガ "Taiketsu! Sērā Bi vs. Dennō Shōjo Toshi Rūga"?)
  • Vol. 7: "Sailor V's Vacation / The Hawaiian Plot!" (セーラーVバカンス編--ハワイヘの野望! "Sērā Bi Bakansu Hen -- Hawai e no Yabō!"?)
  • Vol. 8: "Love on the Tree-Lined Road / Tearing at Turbo Full-Throttle!" (並木道の恋--ターボ全開バリバリ!編 "Namiki Michi no Koi -- Tābo Zenkai BariBari! Hen"?)
2 November 22, 2004[22] ISBN 4-06-334947-0 [22] November 15, 2011[11] ISBN 978-1935429784
  • Vol. 9: "Sailor V vs. Debrine" (セーラーV vs. デブリーネ "Sērā Bi vs. Deburīne"?)
  • Vol. 10: "Sailor V in a Pinch!? Phantom Ace Appears!" (セーラーVピンチ!?怪盗A登場! "Sērā Bi Pinchi!? Kaitō A Tōjō"?)
  • Vol. 11: "The Pet Stories / Number 1: Nyan-Nyan's Plot" (ペット編その1.娘々の陰謀 "Petto Hen Sono 1 Nyan Nyan no Inbō"?)
  • Vol. 12: "The Pet Stories / Number 2: Wan-Wan's Plot" (ペット編その2.王々の陰謀 "Petto Hen Sono 2 Wan Wan no Inbō"?)
  • Vol. 13: "The Pet Stories / Number 3: Chuu-Chuu's Plot" (ペット編その3.触々の陰謀 "Petto Hen Sono 3 Chuu Chuu no Inbō"?)
  • Vol. 14: "Youth Bet on the Hachimaki Stone!!" (ハチマキ石にかけた青春!! "Hachimaki Ishi ni Kaketa Seishun!!"?)
  • Vol. 15: "A New Journey Begins!! First Part" (新たなる旅立ちッ!!前編 "Arata Naru Tabidachi!! Zenpen"?)
  • Vol. 16: "A New Journey Begins!! Last Part" (新たなる旅立ちッ!!後編 "Arata Naru Tabidachi!! Kōhen"?)

Characters[edit]

Reception[edit]

For the week of 11 September 2011 to 17 September 2011, Codename: Sailor V was second on The New York Times Manga Best Sellers list, behind the first volume of Sailor Moon.[23][24] The following week, it was again second on the list behind the first volume of Sailor Moon.[25][26] The week after that, it slipped to third place.[27][28] For the week of 9 October - 15 October, it reappeared at eighth place,[29][30] the next week appearing at ninth.[31][32] For the week of 6–12 November 2011, the first volume appeared at #2 on the list, above Sailor Moon for the first time.[33][34] The following week, the second volume of Codename: Sailor V appeared at #2 on the list, and the first volume did not appear.[35][36] For the week of 20–26 November, the second volume placed third on the list.[37][38] On the BookScan Top 20 Graphic Novels of November 2011, the second volume placed third, and the first volume placed thirteenth.[39]

Brigid Alverson of MTV Geek described Codename: Sailor V as feeling like a rough draft of Sailor Moon.[40] Ed Sizemore felt from Comics Worth Reading Sailor V had less character development than Sailor Moon, feeling that this was not a drawback.[41] Sean Gaffney of Manga Bookshelf notes that unlike Usagi, Minako performs her missions alone, and describes the tone of the manga as an " action comedy".[42] Writing for Anime News Network, Rebecca Silverman noted that most of Sailor V is episodic, but feels it is worth reading due to the insights it gives into Minako's character, and the groundwork it lays for Sailor Moon.[43] Katherine Dacey wrote for Manga Critic that while an adult may see the series as "repetitive, hokey, and poorly drawn", a child would see it as an "appealing fantasy in which an ordinary girl can assume a new, powerful identity" to defeat bullies and evil. Dacey sees Codename Sailor V's strength as being Minako's enthusiastic character.[44] The Fandom Post's Matthew Warner saw the book as being a "lighthearted spoof" of magical girl titles.[45]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c Takeuchi, Naoko (November 1997). コードネームはセーラーV (3). Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-322834-7. 
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  17. ^ "Oficjalna Witryna Wydawnictwa J.P.Fantastica" (in Polish). JPF. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
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