Favorite version of the manga?

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What's your favorite version of the manga?

  • The original serialized run in Nakayoshi

    Votes: 1 9.1%
  • The first edition (tankoban)

    Votes: 2 18.2%
  • The revised edition (shinsouban)

    Votes: 2 18.2%
  • The eternal edition (kanzenban)

    Votes: 6 54.5%

  • Total voters
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Mar 8, 2012
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#1
There are four versions of the manga:

  • There's the manga as it originally appeared in Nakayoshi. This can be considered the "unadulterated version" of the series.
  • There's the manga as it was first compiled in the tankoban format. This 18 volume version had many new pages added, lots of touched up art, rewritten dialog, and rearranged panels. It was also all in black-and-white and included numerous messages from Naoko in both the margins and in the author's pages at the end of each volume.
  • There's the manga as it was re-released in the shinsouban format. This 14 volume version restored a few color pages at the beginning of each volume and featured more dialog rewrites and touched up and completely redrawn art (especially in the first arc). All of the marginal messages were removed and replaced with chibi drawings of the characters. The original end-of-volume author's pages were also removed and replaced with new messages/comics from Naoko. The main canon stories were compiled in 12 volumes; the side stories were compiled separately in 2 "Short Stories" volumes, which also included "Parallel Sailor Moon," which was written after the release of the tankoban.
  • Finally, there's the manga as it was re-re-released in the kanzenban format. This 10 volume version restored all of the color pages and did not separate out the side stories. There were further art and dialog changes, though not as extensive.
So, of the four versions of the manga, which is your favorite?

For me, I'd have to say it's the tankoban. As much as I love all of the beautiful color pages of the original run and kanzenban, and as much as I appreciate how the shinsouban separated out the side stories, I still think the tankoban is the superior release. I think it has the best cover art, I love all of Naoko's messages throughout each volume, I love how Eternal Sailor Moon's transformation phrase is actually consistent, and it's just the version that makes me the most nostalgic. I definitely appreciate some of the changes made in the shinsouban (e.g. "Mercury Aqua Mist," a lot of the redrawn artwork), but at the same time I also think some of the redone art looks....bad. I'd love for the tankoban version to get a full-color re-release some day, but I know that if the manga ever does get colorized, it'll be the kanzenban version.
 

FloraKiraraHime

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#4
My dream version of Sailor Moon manga would be a mix of everything:
Tankoban covers, full color pages in every chapter from kanzenban (and the big format of the US release), pink print from the original release and shinsouban art ^^
Oh my gosh! That would be the best version of the manga ever!
 
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#5
I like the second edition best. I love how each senshi gets its own volume plus the re-drawings are amazing and much needed (id argue Naoko could do some more but the ones she did were the most important). Also i think keeping all story chapters together make the story flow better while the side stories are better off in their own volumes
 
#6
I'd probably go with shinsouban. I didn't get around to reading the manga until Kodansha did their release of it. ^_^' But as far as translation goes, kanzenban is my favorite. I do have my gripes with it like everyone else, but it seems to strike the best balance of accuracy vs readability.

I do love the tankoban covers though. I'll get around to doing a read-through of that version one of these days.
 

sapphire91

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#7
For me the Kanzenban is the best. I wish it had some of the Naoko messages in their own section, but oh well. While the English translation is not the best it is miles better than the Shinsoban. Tankobon only advantage are the notes and the covers, but they are in the artbooks and I happen to own all but one.
 

FloraKiraraHime

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#9
I'd probably go with shinsouban. I didn't get around to reading the manga until Kodansha did their release of it. ^_^' But as far as translation goes, kanzenban is my favorite. I do have my gripes with it like everyone else, but it seems to strike the best balance of accuracy vs readability.

I do love the tankoban covers though. I'll get around to doing a read-through of that version one of these days.
The tankobon has lovely covers!
 

Crystal Moon

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I never love the fact that each guardian (or two of them) shares a cover in shinsouban and kanzenban. I love the cover of tankoubon most, since they follow the progress of the story. What's the point of letting Mercury, Mars and Jupiter...... be their Eternal form since volume 2 of shinsouban? And why are the guardians in their primary form in the kanzenban? I can never get it.