Sailor Moon 2 Paperback – Nov 15 2011
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"With its whimsical sense of fashion, thrilling adventure and complex backstory, Sailor Moon was like little else young girls had ever before seen on television, and miles above anything American animators were offering them. The anime led to interest in the manga, which in turn became the sort of success that made the bookstore market sit up and take notice. Scratch a modern-day manga fangirl, and you're likely to find someone who watched Sailor Moon when she was young." -The Comics Journal
About the Author
Naoko Takeuchi lives in Tokyo, Japan. Takeuchi's works have a wide following among anime and manga fans worldwide. Her most popular work, Sailor Moon, rose to become as of 2011 one of the most recognized manga and anime products to date. The author lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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Kudos to them for translating!
Though, it is also odd that Usagi's dad would say, "...Say, Mother?" "What is it, Father?"
They had names, didn't they? But hey, oh well.
This volume continues the story right where it left off and even includes a few extra pages of Naoko's early concept artwork! The art is as always, amazingly beautiful and is a great read. A must have for any Sailor Moon fan!
The way Sailor Mercury looks on this cover is so striking. The water droplets are so gorgeous and the Chibi Sailor Mercury on the back cover is a really nice touch! Very 'Sailor Moon Channel'!
It's not the story itself that is bad, it is the translating of words that simply confuse me and sound effects that make no sense at all! I'm not too knowledgeable of Japanese 'honorific's' and what they are, but how the characters talk to each other does not seem logical in any way to me in most of the story.
It is better than the first book, but just not enough. I also am sick of the printing issues. I had no missing pages, but the ink in my book was incredibly LIGHT in parts which made it hard to read and which reminded me of the bad photocopying jobs they did when I was at school to save money...
The art is still gorgeous and the color pages are so pleasing! Ah, they're fantastic. It all goes together well with the memory reveals, and the origin story. Mythology! Yes, thank you! (It was sorely missing from the anime.) The tragic past of Prince Endymion and Princess Serenity is the right kind of tragedy and melodrama I love. Especially when there's plenty of sweet notes to make my cynical heart go all "ahhhhhhhhh!"
It can be argued that this volume still has it's "monster of the week plot". Let's be honest most super hero/fighting manga do. This time around Takeuchi does a wonderful job with volume two and lifts it up from the last volume’s cheesier standardized monster of the week fodder. Even more I enjoyed the gem stone guys—as I fondly call the guys named after rocks—when their twist came up. Which I wasn't expecting, but wish it could have been explored more! There was a hint of a lost love with Sailor Venus that is just begging to be realized!
It's a official I'm hooked! Volume 2 is a great indicator of how this series can grow. Usagi has already grown so much, but what I love is that deep down she's still the fun and lazy person she was before. She's just growing up. More growth on the other scouts would be the cherry on top, but there's still plenty of time for that. The funny thing is that harsh manga judge inside of me wants to give this series a lower rating, but I've been converted. Especially since Sailor Moon gets to save damsel Tuxedo Mask as well as be saved sometimes. It's official the manga is working for me, when the anime couldn't. (I lied, I mentioned the anime.)
Sexual Content: Some kissing not much else. Clean!
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.
Orginally reviewed at Book Whispers.