Codename: Sailor V
Codename: Sailor V (コードネームはセーラーＶ) was the manga which started the entire Sailor Moon franchise. Originally intended as a one-shot in Nakayoshi, it was the story of Minako Aino, a girl who was approached one day by a talking cat called Artemis who told her she was an incarnation of the goddess Venus, and gave her a pen and a mirror which allowed her to transform into the heroine Sailor V.
The series continued in RunRun as the Sailor Moon manga ran in Nakayoshi, but at a much slower release rate than the latter. It ended shortly after the Sailor Moon manga ended and was collected into three tankoubon. In autumn 2004, the manga was re-released in a new two-book "New Cover" edition, following the Sailor Moon manga re-release in 2003-2004. This new version had 16 chapters as opposed to the original 15, because the last chapter had been split in two for the later release. A Codename: Sailor V OVA was planned, but never happened.
An English-translated version of the new edition of the Sailor V manga was released by Kodansha Comics beginning in September 2011.
Chapter List (original release)
- The Birth of Sailor V!
- Minako in "Game Center Crown"
- Sailor V Arrives! - "Channel 44" Pandora's Ambition
- The Ambition of Petite Pandora
- The Machinations of the Dark Agency
- Showdown! Sailor V vs Cyber-Girl Warrior Lurga
- Sailor V on Vacation - Desire for Hawaii!
- Love on the Boulevard - Full Throttle Turbo
- Sailor V vs deVleene!
- Sailor V in Trouble?! Phantom Ace Arrives!
- Pet Chapter 1, Nyan-Nyan's Schemes!
- Pet Chapter 2, Wan-Wan's Schemes!
- Pet Chapter 3, Chuu-Chuu's Schemes!
- The Young Man Who Bet on the Headband Stone
- Setting Out on a New Journey