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. Well, just out of curiousity, I bought the first two books and found them emmensly enjoyable. They are great reads. Even added into the books are "lost episodes". Episodes that DiC and Cloverway didn't dare turn into a show. Only problem is, is the Calvin Kleins, Brad Pitt, ect. Too much americanizing. I would not recommend this for 8-year-olds. A few things are a tad bit obscene for that age group. Stuart J. Levy did a great job wording things and showing some things *such as transforming* into Usagi's point of veiw.