Sail Moo Scout G Venus Paperback – Mar 14 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
My favorite parts of the book are the Sailor Venus Episode Best 5, Mina's Friends, and the Poetry section. The Episodes section has the best five episodes that reveal Mina's true nature. The Friends section has short descriptions of all her friends and their relationships. The Poetry section has translations of four poems, including Route Venus by Naoko Takeuchi (SM creator, duh). Other good points - the book is simply stuffed with illustrations, and it's printed on glossy magazine-quality paper.
The worst parts about this book are that it seems to have been written before SM SuperS and SM Sailor Stars, so Venus Crystal Power and Venus Love and Beauty Shock are never mentioned. Also, the narrative viewpoint of the book often switches between first and third person, which can be confusing. One of the worst points is that Mixx did not account for the fact that English-speakers look at pictures from left to right. Therefore, when pictures are arranged in sequence, they must be looked at starting on the right. I can only imagine how confusing this would be if you didn't know Japanese was read from right to left. Also, in order to fit into the space where the Japanese characters were, the captions are turned on their sides, which is tiring to read.
To recap: Buy it if you want a good Venus resource (or if your goal is just to own every SM product...). Don't buy it if you just want entertainment (buy manga instead! manga, manga, manga!).
Included in the work are illustrated synopses of Venus-centric episodes from the first 4 seasons of Sailor Moon, *including* the _Sailor V_ episode which DIC cut from the North American dub, a brief look into the astrology and mythology behind Venus (the planet and indrectly the Senshi), answers from Minako to personal questions illustrated with scenes from various episodes, and other fun surprises!
The book is remarkably comprehensive, pulling in background information from the manga and the anime to make an excellent Sailor V / Sailor Venus / Aino Minako (Mina Aino in the book) compendium.
The pictures, are of course, first rate.
Since this book is directly translated from the Japanese original, you have to look at the pictures from right to left, otherwise the order doesn't make sense (this is important because unlike other MIXX works, the pictures in the original were not reversed to compensate for the way Westerners read). Also, the captions are turned sideways to fit in the areas where horizontal Japanese writing would normally go. This can wear on the eyes after a time.
There are also some tiny editing glitches, like her attacks being called "Love Chain Encircle" and "Love Me Chains" on alternate pages, and the names "Serena" and "Bunny" being used on the same page, but these are fairly minor nitpicky problems which in no way detract from the fun of the book, which is what's really important.
Even with that, as I said before, it's a must-have for any fan of V-chan. Five stars.
The big thing to watch out for, however, is that you get confused by the layout. In the episode summaries, the events may seem to occur out of order, maybe even backwords. Fans who know how to read Japanese manga (right-to-left) will have an easier time with this book.
Most recent customer reviews
Great book to read all about the Sailor Venus
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This book is great. If you are a fan of Sailor Venus this is a must-have! The info is accurate and the pictures are mind boggling! (Great.) I recommand you buy this book!!Published on Oct. 13 2003
This book is GREAT! The information is accurate and the pictures are awesome! If you're a big Venus fan, YOU HAVE to get this book! It's wonderful! Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003
i thought this guide was fantastic i have 3 mars jupiter & venus and venus was my favorite...but you like sailor moon this is a must have.Published on Dec 28 2002
Since Sailor Venus is my favorite scout, I knew I would enjoy her scout guide. It's a lot of fun and pretty interesting, though not as entertaining as the comics or the show.Published on Sept. 16 2001 by Amanda M
This is a great book for all ages even if you aren't a sailor moon fan but you would like to learn more about Sailor Venus then this is the perfect book for you! Read morePublished on July 23 2001
This is a must for Sailor Venus fans!!!! This book even taught me something new about Sailor Venus and I thought I knew everything there was to know about her(and then some rumored... Read morePublished on July 7 2001
This book is so cool! This book has: Sailor V's images and her story before she became Sailor Venus and tons more!!! Read morePublished on June 29 2001
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