The long wait is over: The first volume of Sailor Moon and its prequel, Codename Sailor V, both go on sale in bookstores on Tuesday, though they may take a bit longer to reach comics shops. Sailor Moon was one of the first shoujo manga to become popular with English-language readers, and Kodansha is publishing a new edition of the main series with a new translation—and bringing Codename Sailor V to English-speaking readers for the first time.
With these two on the way, it would be easy to miss the fourth volume of Arisa, a solid shoujo story about a high school where a mysterious, shadowy entity has led the students to form a secret society. But that would be a shame; written and drawn by Natsume Ando (Kitchen Princess), Arisa is a great series that deserves more of an audience.
My next pick of this busy week is the first volume of Witch & Wizard, Svetlana Chmakova's adaptation of the James Patterson novels. Chmakova was a star right out of the gate with her first graphic novel, Dramacon, and she followed that up with another original story, Nightschool. Now she's turning her hand to an exciting story about teenagers with magical powers struggling against a tyrannical government in a world that has suddenly turned upside down.
Turning to this week's Yen Press releases, here are two good bets: Vol. 4 of Bunny Drop, a sweet, funny series about a young, single man who adopts his six-year-old girl, and vol. 12 of Goong, a lovely romantic fantasy story from Korea.
Viz follows up last week's blast with a few new volumes, including vol. 58 of One Piece, the latest installment of Japan's best selling manga. Also out this week are vol. 7 of Arata: The Legend, vol. 18 of Hayate the Combat Butler, and vol. 6 of Kurozakuro, so there's plenty of good shonen action on the way.
As always, the new releases are gleaned from ComicList, augmented by the publishers' announced release dates.