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A Scout is Born [Paperback]

Naoko Takeuchi , Stuart J. Levy
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Read For Children, Not For Purists!! Dec 3 2000
Let me prelude my review by stating that I am a very purist Sailor Moon fan. The American forms of most Sailor Moon products usually infuriate me, such as the dub of the show, the movies, and the manga (comic). I speak Japanese, and the translations of the show on television and the VHS movies are horrible! This is mainly because the show was intended for adults and teens in Japan, but in America it is intended for children. Therefore, some of the complexity of the story lines and some of the deep love and emotion is lost, but the story of Sailor Moon, or Tsukino Usagi (Serena, for the dubbies) is still wonderful. To any adult or teen fan of Sailor Moon, I recommend the DVD versions of the movies (where you can watch the subtitled Japanese version) and the Mixx manga translations (which are quite good, at least as good as English can be translated from Japanese). This book is simplified greatly, and the characters are far more archetypical; therefore I recommend this book not to die-hard SM fans, but to young children who love the tv show or who need a new hero.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible! Aug. 21 2000
By Ariss
This is the first English edition of Sailormoon that I have,and to say that I was shocked would be an understatement.The translation is extremely bad,like it was written for a first grade student.The names have been changed,along with every indication that this story ever originated in Japan!This is such an americanized version that I found no pleasure at all in reading it.I wont even start on the cover issue.
For Sailormoon purists,this book is an outrage.Even if you intend to buy this book for your little sister,I recommend the graphic novel.At least it has pictures and the translation from what I heard is better.If you are buying this for yourself,get the graphic novel or manga version.Why start your acquaintance with this series in such a way?Dont buy this book,its just a waste of money.I wouldnt give it any stars if I could.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tsk-tsk, yet another sad thing July 1 2001
By A Customer
I'm going to go ahead and give up. I guess these books are directed straight for little kids. Frankly I'm sick and tired of everything being directed toward little kids when it comes to Sailor Moon. What about us other kids who grew with it? This book is just-"uf." SAD! SAD! I could do better and KEEP it between reading levels. Get a professional! Or try to make even MORE money by making a more mature Sailor Moon novel books - wait. That'd result in literal slauter too. SAD! SAD! These books are okay to buy I guess if you think they look cute on your shelf (which is me I must admit) but if you really want something serious or not so STUPIDLY WRITTEN(because that's exactly what this book is) then read mature fanfics because this is just... "Read once, collection purposes only" material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A way for Americans to appreciate Sailor Moon! March 17 2000
This novel is not an easy thing to rate. If you're a purist, then you will probably find the Americanization of Sailor Moon (or rather, Sailormoon) offensive. And yes, this is a highly Americanized novel. However, for those of us who can see past the cuts to the true genius of DiC's dub, this novel is a good collector's item. Yes, it is written for eight-year-olds. Yes, it shamelessly omits all references to Japanese culture. But Sailor Moon is not merely an anime cartoon; it is a world-famous cartoon, and it's time America gave it the proper respect and treatment, updating it for wide release. This novel deserves four stars, despite the basic rewrite; it can be funny and it brings Sailor Moon to a whole new level and audience, something that most of us fans, at heart, have always wanted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I personally liked the book Oct. 28 1999
By A Customer
YES i am a huge manga fan and i love sailormoon the book was halirous and rather cheap for it to be a novel........ otherwise the book was cool it had some bo-bo's but what great artists doesn't???? and come on people this is the first comic book you can't say you love the first couple of episodes there kinda serena fans which I know most people like the other scouts more than usagi (serena) i got the book cuz of the $$ it was rather cheap but i am collecting the expensive mangas to soooo the people who judged this book 2 or less is rather picky..... like i said before this book is the first episode of the entire sha-bang what can you say about the first episode except the introduce the characters???? So the book is actually pretty good
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4.0 out of 5 stars A few flaws, but overall, pretty good! ^_^ June 2 1999
By A Customer
The Sailor Moon novel _A_Scout_Is_Born_ is based on the first part of the (DiC) anime. This book uses the DiC names (Serena, Jedite @_@, etc.), but covers the first three *original* episodes. Yeah, the one about the psychic is there!!! The way Stuart Levy describes the story is actually pretty good. There are *quite* a few spelling errors and such, and some of the (American) pop culture references are a little ridiculous, but this is really fun to read and it's cool to read about the "lost" second episode (one of the episodes DiC didn't dub). It's pretty inexpensive and the stories are cute, so if you don't mind reading the DiC names (and some spelling mistakes), this is a good buy for a Sailor Moon fan. *^_^*
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mixx Misjudges May 28 2000
By Usagi
This would be a good book for an 8-year-old. However, if you're a dedicated, true fan, don't waste your money. I was excited to see that Mixx was putting out a novel series about my favorite anime, but I soon found that it was a sorry stab (cough, cough, DiC) at making the American population understand and relate to Sailor Moon. Usagi (Serena, for the dubbies) has never cared how many pairs of CK jeans she has or where her boyfriend buys his sunglasses. Sailor Moon is a wonderful story, Usagi is a wonderful character, and they make her out to be shallow and superficial. Still, I have to give them a couple of stars for trying to get America more interested in our favorite heroine. Too bad they did it so poorly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really potrays the characters.
I love this book! It's great for people who love comedy,romance,and action. Serena (Usagi) is really explained to you in this book. How she's lazy and I hate to say stupid. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Sailor Chibi Catrina
5.0 out of 5 stars This begins the great novel series.
I personally think this better than the anime. However, I can't say that about the uncut version because I've never seen it before. But I guess thta's the point of Amazon. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2003 by Gwenn Cosmis
5.0 out of 5 stars I actually love this book
I love this book. Sailor Moon (Serena) seems so like the average girl. She's so funny!! I love the battle scenes. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
The Sailor Moon novel series is very well written and great for fans of the TV show. The books are written very much like the cartoon series, so if you like watching the show,... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars American Sailor Moon, 1
Of course, no one expects much from the Americanized version. And if you do, just know now that you shouldn't. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2001 by Ileana
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
When I first saw the series, I rolled my eyes at it, thinking it was just like the american series and I didn't need to read it. Read more
Published on July 5 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Anime or Magna?
I thought the book was ok, except all the americanizing he did. I am offering you the advice I always tell my friends,"If you want it modernized with editings and add ons and... Read more
Published on March 22 2001 by mary
2.0 out of 5 stars What Happened!?
Okay,Here is my explanations of these stories,since i own the first three and read them.What Happened,there was no N'snyc, Jennifer Lopez,Backstreet Boys or any of that Kind on the... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2000 by A Fan of SailorMoon
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
Hmmmm this is a tuff one. To the beginner Sailor Moon fan(if you can't tell if you're a beginner ask yourselve theses two questions Can I name all the Sailor Scouts? Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2000 by M******
1.0 out of 5 stars Agree with 90% of reviews
I am a newbie to Sailor Moon and wanted to read what I missed from earlier seasons. I bought both magna and this book, what a bomb! Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2000 by P.Kolyer
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