The “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” comic books have been published in digital format for the first time since the original manga series started its run in the 1990s.

The globally popular title became available at leading Japanese e-book stores from July 1 in 10 languages, including Japanese, English, Chinese and French. Each volume is priced at 780 yen ($7.20), excluding tax. Some episodes are also available for previews on a special website at (

According to the publisher, Kodansha Ltd., the comic books were digitized from the 10-volume “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition,” with color pages of the originals also reproduced for the digital versions.

Written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi, “Sailor Moon” started its run in Kodansha’s Nakayoshi comic anthology in February 1992, before spawning an animated TV series adaptation a month later.

The story focuses on a junior high school student named Usagi Tsukino, who transforms into the superheroine, Sailor Moon, dressed in a costume based on a sailor-style uniform. She fights evil along with the other Sailor Guardians and with the help of Tuxedo Mask.

The title still remains popular more than 20 years after the original manga series, as well as the anime TV show, ended in 1997. Related goods and other projects are still offered for adult fans who were children when the manga series was running.