“Secret” Sailor Moon Books

Sailor Moon SuperS Himitsu AlbumBeing a fan of Sailor Moon for over 20 years now, I feel like I’ve seen almost all the merchandise that came from the anime and manga. However, I was fairly surprised to learn three years ago, that Sailor Moon had some "secret" books that wasn’t really common knowledge. The books I’m referring to, are the "himitsu" books published by Kodansha for the Sailor Moon anime. Not many people know about these two books, but they are mass produced and aren’t really that rare.

"Himitsu" means secret, so its definitely amusing that not many fans know about these two books’ existance. Here is the reason why so few people know about these volumes: It is common knowledge to fans that Kodansha published short hard-cover childrens’ books during Sailor Moon’s run on TV. These hard-cover books are made of board, and have no more than a few pages summarizing the storyline of the anime. Some fans collect these hard-cover books, but most fans do not because they are made to be simplified for pre-school-aged kids.

After publishing 45 hard-cover childrens’ book, Kodansha decided to release a special book for Volume 46, which summarizes the secrets to Sailor Moon. This book was called, "Sailor Moon Himitsu 100" and reveals one hundred secrets from the anime up to Season 3. Sailor Moon SuperS Himitsu Album"Sailor Moon Himitsu 100" was made to be a full length book of 36-pages, and came with a free sheet of stickers inside.

A year later, Kodansha published another special book as Volume 64 called "Sailor Moon SuperS Himitsu Album." This book discussed the secret identities of the Sailor Senshi and covered events up to Sailor Moon Season 4. "Sailor Moon SuperS Himitsu Album" became a bit of a collectors’ item, because it featured a rare image of Sailor Saturn on it’s cover.

I personally don’t think both volumes are very rare. I see them come up in either Yahoo Japan Auctions, Ebay, or even Mandarake once every two months. And they sell for anywhere around $15 to $30 each. They’re pretty cheap compared to other Sailor Moon books; So if you have ever thought about collecting Sailor Moon periodicals, these two would be a great place to start. Enjoy the scans everyone!

+ Sailor Moon Himitsu 100 – [ Download | View in Gallery ]
+ Sailor Moon SuperS Himitsu Album – [ Download | View in Gallery ]

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  1. Rika-Chicchi says:

    Great to see the Outers shown on a SuperS TV anime book!

  2. Lisa says:

    @ RC – I think so too! I loved the cover the first time I saw it. Although, I tend to like anything with all the Sailor Senshi on it. I wish there was one for the Sailor Stars series. ^_^

  3. kappacha says:

    Do you know the name of the artist that did the cover for these, and the various poster/card/game illustrations in the same style? (I just saw the posts about Fukano, but I don’t think it’s him…)

  4. Guy says:

    there were huge differences (or I didn’t think I did?) becuase there aren’t. All I was saying was that names and terms have been localized in some of the manga I’ve been buying recently from Viz, including newer stuff. We most likely are reading different mangas though, since most (if not all) of the ones I’m referring to I haven’t seen you post about. And actually, I don’t watch as much anime as I read manga either, and I also don’t usually watch dubs. The video game mangas I was referring to I knew about the localization already from playing the English games, and the manga I was referring to I knew the difference from the different names than the original and from researching and realizing that the names being used were the localized ones used in the anime dub. Most of the series I’m referring to though are video game mangas so that isn’t really that surprising since games still tend to get localized, but I was surprised by a few mangas using localized dub names instead of the original now. So I was just pointing that out that Viz not localizing much anymore isn’t exactly true. And I could give you some examples if you’d like, but I’m kind of busy today so that’d have to wait a bit. I actually already realized that about every editor having different styles though, I’ve known that for a good while now I believe. It’s especially apparent with Viz, who’s editors seem to have quite a variety in their style compared to other manga company editors. So it’s kind of funny you mention that since that’s actually what I’ve been brushing it off as, lol.And interesting. And yeah, I understand some edits are understandable since they’re trying to hit a certain age-rating. Sometimes there will be one or two though I’ll think is just being a bit overly sensitive about something (i.e. thinking it’ll come across as worse than it does) but meh, doesn’t usually happen in my experience at least. That’s true. Never said it wasn’t really.Sure did! I can’t remember what it was called either at the moment, but I did read it and find it very interesting and informative. And I noticed that! That’s very impressive of you since some bloggers aren’t as thorough, but I’m glad you are since it makes it so much easier to find things. Oh I see then, I obviously didn’t know not being familiar with the manga or anything about it. Was just speculating possibilities is all. That’s cool that it was the first manga to be released in English simultaneously with the Japanese chapters though, that’s awesome! I hope more series will end up getting the same treatment sometime. And yeah, I know that there are plenty of scanlators that will scanlate a series despite an English release being pretty close by. As long as a series has enough fans scanlations seems to be a thing bound to happen. I was just saying that in a lot of cases scanlators will be more likely to scanlate something if the English release of something is far behind or a series was never released in English or the original release is out-of-print or never finished. That doesn’t apply to all cases of course, but that seems to be a common one. As for ripping a series (ripping is what you call it when people put scans of the English version online), that’s a lot more uncommon, if not downright rare. I have seen it a few times, but very very rarely and it’s usually with an out-of-print series or a series that had an official English release in someplace hard to get, like Singapore. (since Singapore has their own English-Language releasing manga-company, believe it or not) Again though, this is just some cases not all. And well, Naruto and One Piece aren’t good examples. Saying if more people bought more of the books, Viz would release at a faster pace doesn’t really fit the fan’s situation with Viz there. Those two titles are two of the most popular ones Viz has and fans HAVE bought them enough to get Viz to release them at a faster pace, since they even released four volumes a month to catch up before and what not. Sales is not the problem with those two series, Viz is. Not saying Viz is bad, but once Viz gets fairly close to catching up to a series, no matter how popular or well it sales, they ALWAYS slow down to where they are a few volumes behind the Japanese release. I don’t know why but that’s been my experience in every Viz release I follow and even others I don’t, the only time it doesn’t seem to apply is to already completed series. My guess is Viz fears catching up for the possibility of infrequent releases of future volumes, but most manga series have some sort of release schedule in Japan so I’m not too sure if that’s really the case or not. While there always will be scanlations no matter what pretty much, if Viz was completely up to date with more series and translated volumes pretty much as soon as they came out, I think it would decrease the demand for them even more and make there be less readers of them. Just my opinion on the matter. I do agree with you though that if fans bought more of the books for any manga series it would (most likely) make companies release books at a faster pace. (although I have known Viz to do some different things instead when they get good sales, on a couple manga) Because like you said, the better the sales the more attention a manga will get. And most if not all companies are pretty good at that.

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