Code Name wa Sailor V
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Code Name wa Sailor V

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English: Sailor V
Synonyms: Codename Sailor V, Codename Is Sailor V, Codename wa Sailor V
Japanese: コードネームはセーラーV


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 15
Status: Finished
Published: 1991 to 1997
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Run Run
Authors: Takeuchi, Naoko (Story & Art)


Score: 7.501 (scored by 52565,256 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #25522
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1391
Members: 10,428
Favorites: 321

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"The Pretty Guardian in a Sailor Suit! Sailor Venus has arrived!"

13-year-old Minako Aino is an active tomboy who loves idols and video games, and is a popular member of Shiba Koen Junior High School's volleyball team. One day during her PE class, Minako accidentally stumbles upon a white cat, who later sidetracks her from talking to her crush. At home, Minako wonders if she is beautiful, and hearing this, the cat introduces himself as Artemis and gives her a compact mirror that shows Minako more than just her beauty...

Before she can fully take in the cat's words, Minako receives a special pen that can transform her into masked champion of justice, Sailor V! As her carefree love-seeking days begin to include adventures against the energy-seeking Dark Agency, Minako will learn to embrace the full extent of her destiny in this prequel to Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Code Name wa Sailor V was serialized in the RunRun magazine as the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon manga ran in Nakayoshi, with a much slower release rate than the latter.

The series was published in English by Kodansha Comics USA from September 13, 2011 to November 15, 2011, along with the republishing of the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon manga.

Code Name wa Sailor V had an OVA adaptation planned, but it never happened; the Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon anime was created instead.

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Jun 8, 2016
majokkodaisy (All reviews)
Codename : Sailor V was originally written as a one shot in the summer season issue of RunRun by Naoko Takeuchi, most famously known for writing the series ' squeal, Sailor Moon. Shortly after, it began its serial run also in RunRun and was later complied into 3 volumes by Kodansha. As of 2011, Kodansha Comics USA has condensed those 3 volumes into 2 and released both in English.
The Sailor V serial focuses around Minako Aino, your typical Japanese middle schooler. She's somewhat lackadaisical, but is still free spirited and energetic. One day, she encounters a mysterious talking cat read more
Oct 25, 2019
firestar0629 (All reviews)
This just was not good.

I actually dropped this for about a year because I was so bored out of my mind. Every chapter follows the same villain-of-the-week formula, and it's only in the last two chapters that any actual story development occurs. It's alluded to that everything thus far was supposed to have been connected, but you never would have known had Artemis not outright said it, because each chapter is basically the same thing with a different villain.
The humour is barely humour and is really trying too hard, and the art progression can be very confusing. There are too many special effects read more
Feb 21, 2021
Pande91 (All reviews)
It is possible to acknowledge that a work was influential to a genre, while also recognizing its faults. This is the case with 'Codename: Sailor V', whose existence and success made it possible for 'Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon' to exist — whose role in making both anime and the mahou shoujo subgenre popular all over the world, you are already familiar with.

One day, 13-year-old middle schooler Minako Aino is approached by a talking cat, who introduces himself as Artemis and claims that she has magical powers and has been chosen to fight against mysterious creatures that want to drain the population's energy, which she does read more
Jan 30, 2015
chubar (All reviews)
This manga is the prequel to the all-famous franchise. Originally, it was supposed to be only a oneshot but Naoko decided to continue it as “Sailor Moon”.

But is it any good? Is it really worth the read to learn about Sailor Venus’s origins and why she managed to get Artemis?

Well, you won’t really miss much if you don’t. The manga was only supposed to be a oneshot after all, and it shows.

The battles itself are really episodic and really formulaic – Minako nearly falls into a villain’s trap where they’re to get human energy by manipulating means and she defeats them. Artemis tries to motivate read more

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