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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha Comics; Tra edition (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935429760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935429760
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 one of the most recognized manga and anime to date, and with this reissue, it has once again taken its place as one of the most popular manga in America.

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By Sakura Yamato on Dec 3 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm really enjoying reading all the Sailor Moon mangas. Vol.3 is the conclusion to the original Sailor Moon story and leads into Sailor Moon R (Act 15 of this volume). So it is especially my favorite because it's the start of Sailor Moon R from the anime series. Sailor Moon R was my favorite in the anime series and I thought that the manga was even better. The story for Sailor Moon R is much different from the anime as was the original Sailor Moon. So if you ever watched the anime, you really can't go wrong with reading any of these mangas, because they give you a new and original perspective.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The battle continues.. Jan. 18 2012
By Rywn - Published on
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Sailor Moon Volume 3 finishes up the equivalent of Season 1 of the Sailor Moon anime, and beginning the next arc of the story. In Volume 3 we see the senshi use the Moon Sword for the first time, and a much more tragic telling of the battle against Queen Beryl. As the inner senshi struggle to help Sailor Moon with the battle, Usagi fights to return Mamoru to normal and bring him back to her. As a fan who had mostly only seen the anime, it's wonderful to see more of the bond between Usagi and Mamoru that is often glossed over. Sailor Moon never moves along slowly, and the final battle is no exception to the rule. NOTE: The second arc of the manga is one place where the anime starts to depart from the series, and does not contain the 'Ail & Ann' storyline. The next arc soon begins and we are introduced to Chibi-Usa, and the Black Moon Clan. Peace never lasts however, and things quickly begin to fall apart for the Sailor Senshi.

Fans of the the use of the Japanese names will be happy to know that this has followed through to the Black Moon clan, and we see 'Demando' instead of 'Diamond' and 'Chibi-Usa' rather than 'Rini'.

I was extremely happy to see the gorgeous color pages at the beginning of the volume, as these are beautifully detailed and painted. In a bit of fan-girl squeeing, I was also happy to see the use of the image showing the inner senshi paired with the four generals as well for a chapter image and use of Mamoru's actual abilities as Prince of the Earth.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Loving this series~ Feb. 16 2012
By ChibiNeko - Published on
Format: Paperback
I finally got my hands on this the other day and as my grades can attest, I spent the day reading and re-reading this rather than focusing on studying for tests.

This volume finishes off the first story arc of Sailor Moon and moves into the second arc concerning Chibi-Usa and the Dark Kingdom. It's been a while since I've read the TokyoPop versions, but I could notice a few things that seemed to be different in this volume. (For one, I don't remember seeing the DK crew vaporizing what appeared to be a young girl/teen.) It brings a darker tone to the series that the initial English releases never had.

I'm still absolutely loving the manga covers for the series so far. The artwork in general is gorgeous, but the covers look fantastic and are attractive to look at. (People unfamiliar with the series might not know what they're picking up, but odds are that anyone savvy with manga could give them a rough description of the series.)

Now something I want to mention in this review is that if you're more familiar with the anime version, you'll probably be wondering where the Ail and Ann story arc is and why it's not here. That's because the Doom Tree saga was an anime only story arc that was written so the manga could progress far enough for a second anime season to be made. (Depending on how much you liked this arc this will either be a good or bad thing.)
A Great Wrap-Up to the First Arc and the Inspiration for Buffy's Angelus Arc Jan. 12 2015
By MereChristian - Published on
Format: Paperback
Okay, all I'll say is that Joss Whedon is a genius and everything. A very smart guy. But like so many others, he takes unique spins on concepts from others. One such area is obviously the end of the first arc in *Sailor Moon*. It isn't just the similariity and all, but the fact that Whedon has stated he's a fan of Sailor Moon.

The end of this arc is quite similar to an extent to the end of season 2 of *Buffy: The Vampire Slayer*. Not directly copying, but the former obviously inspired the latter. It's kinda fun to see the similarities, especially when I know that Whedon is a fan of the Sailor Senshi.

The story was a careful balancing act. On the one hand, the mangaka, Takeuchi Naoko, seemed to want to create a powerful male character and not have him nerfed like so many males are in female settings. On the other hand, he wanted the girls, especially Usagi/Sailor Moon, to handle threats. This isn't something that is her pronouncement, but my own theory for the way the last chapter was written. It was a little clumsy, but worked in the end.

The second arc ended literally at the end of the concluding chapter of the first arc. Literally. Part of the impetus of the second arc fell into the heroes. I'm not kidding. Kinda clumsy and cliched, but still funny and workable nonetheless.

Great art and a really tightly woven, if somewhat clumsy at points, story. This is one of my favorite *shojo* manga.

Highly Recommended.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Still awesome March 17 2012
By Purgabirdie - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's so nice to be able to reread one of my favorite series again! I am so happy that they decided to rerelease it in its original format.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Holy crap: NO FILLER! Jan. 30 2012
By bink1227 - Published on
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TL:DR - Awesome bang for your buck. This manga won't be wasting your time drawing out battle after pointless battle, and with only 12 volumes in the entire series, it won't be an economic quagmire to get hooked on this story.

And, in 15 chapters, the entire story arc for the first season of Sailor Moon is a wrap! WHAT? Yeah, you heard me: this manga moves at frightening, lightning speed. And I'm not complaining! I was very weary of buying this because I was worried this would turn out to be some Inuyasha debacle with 60 volumes, which will end up costing near $500 to own the entire set. This worry was unfounded. The entire Sailor Moon manga series only runs 12 volumes. This fact also worried me, because I thought I would just be getting a manga that had fight after pointless fight drawn out. NOPE! Really, the only other manga I've ever read with less filler is probably Claymore. (A shonen manga that goes out of its way to end battles quickly? WHAT?)

The only thing that bothers me is that some things are ridiculously filler-less. Take Mamoru's backstory in volume two. The whole thing is wrapped up in...2 panels. I found it to be highly comical, what with a picture of a car careening off a cliff in one panel and a doctor in the next going, "It's a miracle he survived that horrible accident...except the poor dear has no memory..." IT DIDN'T EVEN TAKE UP THE WHOLE PAGE! (I guess it's justified because he a) has no memory and b) his OTHER back story is the one everybody cares about, but still.) Drawing out two panels instead of him just mentioning what happened off camera kind of makes it seem a little melodramatic. HOWEVER, it certainly lives up to the NO FILLER standard that has been set by this series!

If you're worried about getting into this because the anime makes it seem like this manga will go on forever, then don't. It's relatively short and JAM-PACKED with story, so check it out!