I was quite surprised to see this book on shelves in Kinokuniya Bookstores on January 11, 2012 when the release date isn't til another six days on Amazon. For my review, I'm going to *SPOIL* a lot of things, mainly names and events that happen in this manga. As a hardcore Sailor Moon fan, I picked it up on the shelf and instantly began reading it (after buying it, cuz of its shrinkwrap), judging the new, accurate translations and comparing it to Tokyopop's version (which is half of books 3 and 4). Overall, like the first two books, Kodansha has managed to keep the translation very good with a couple mistakes here and there, but not that big (I'm not sure I caught any mistakes in this translation).
This book introduces the R season arc of the anime, "Black Moon," which features Chibi-Usa (not Rini!) and the Black Moon clan. It concludes the Dark Kingdom arc off with Sailor Moon sealing away Queen Metalia and obtaining her new Crystal compact. It ends with Rubeus kidnapping Sailor Mercury (cliffhanger). Just like in ADV's uncut subtitled DVD set of the R season, the names translated for the new antagonists are the same with Prince Demande (although I think they said Diamonde in the ADV version, but I don't remember), Saphir, Crimson Rubeus, and I don't think it mentioned Esmerald's name yet. The slight difference was the name of the Phantom Sisters (Ayakashi sisters in Japan). This version calls them the Spectre sisters, which I never heard of before, but I guess its the same as phantom. The two sisters introduced are Koan and Berthier (Catzy and Bertie in the dub).
The chapters included in this volume are:
Act 12-Enemy, Queen Metalia
Act 13-Final Battle, Reincarnation
Act 14-Conclusion and Commencement, Petitie E'trangere
Act 15-Infiltration, Sailor Mars
Act 16-Abduction, Sailor Mercury
The Sailor Mars cover art is beautiful, we get 5 beautiful colored pages at the beginning of the book (one large one with the entire cast) and the beautiful images will have the reader engaged and wanting more (since volume 4 will come out in March). Overall, Kodansha has managed to please fans of the old series, Sailor Moon with these special reprints and accurate translation. It'll be another two years until all the volumes come out, but as a hardcore Sailor Moon fan, I think its worth the wait. Now if only we can do something about Funimation licensing the entire anime series.