Sailor Moon 4 Paperback – Mar 13 2012
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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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My only big problem, and I'm sure it isn't with every copy, is that pages 44 and 45 have a huge thick black line down them, which completely obscures much of the text and image. This is in the first part of the book, Act 17. I thought at first maybe it was part of the story, so I dug out my Mix edition, and it wasn't present, and I even dug out my original Japanese release and it wasn't present. I guess I got the bad copy. This is the only thing I would say to watch out for! If you happen to buy the book somewhere else, in person, be sure to check first! I bought my copy from Amazon so I couldn't check. As always though, I have no issues with Amazon, everything comes at a great price, packaged perfectly and with good shipping speed.
I had to subtract one star because:
- the translations are somewhat stilted and awkward in places
- the translator notes at the end of this particular volume are mostly useless
- some of the lettering/dialogue gets caught between the pages and interrupts an otherwise smooth reading experience
Still highly recommended, this series broke a lot of new ground when it was first published, and brings back happy memories.
What I love is how the guardians are slowly being picked off. However, what I loved the most is that this allowed some time with Makoto, Sailor Jupiter. It allowed readers to see past her strong "yankee" persona and see the softy she is. Plus, I caught a hint of a romance? What's even cooler is how the time traveling is coming in, and I believe it's affecting Usagi. It's interesting how she's jealous of Chibiusa and the attention that Mamoru gives her. Clearly Mamoru immediately understands who Chibiusa is and her importance to him. Usagi. Well let's be honest she's a bit of a selfish person. Mamoru is her man, and I understand that in both lives she really hasn't had time with Mamoru. They still need to build up their love and trust. So Usagi's jealousy is understandable. Unlike a lot of readers I can see how this could lead to her future self becoming distant with someone she's supposed to love unconditionally. Jealousy is a powerful emotion. Plus, let's be honest Mamoru does kind of ignore her . . .
The Black Moon arc is in full swing and the art style is truly inspiring. The future world of Crystal Tokyo is gorgeous, even in its death. The villains are meh. The evil Prince Demand having a crush on Neo Tokyo Princess Serenity is a very interesting plot device. Looking at the drawing of Serenity who could blame him? Usagi clearly is still an average girl at heart, she's only human. So as her heart breaks so does her powers. What I'm hoping for is that by seeing the negative emotions shape her present and future she can enter a more positive state of being. That her love can extend past her ultimate obsession for Mamoru. Also, I think Mamoru's complete obsession with taking care of Chibiusa is kind of creepy. Outside of some alone time where he comforts Usagi, after she's had a total heart breaking melt down, he really doesn't do much to assure Usagi—or me—that he is thinking of her. There should be two women he's worried about here!
All right away from my tangent. The dramatic events of this title and the repercussions of time travel are refreshing! Especially since it's not just the affect upon the world, but the characters down to their emotional levels. The introductory of Sailor Pluto was fun and as always I'd love more on her. At least Jupiter got some development and I'm hoping this is a sign that other guardians will get the same attention. Tuxedo Mask finally gets some powers! (No rose tossing thank you!) Usagi's personal growth is fascinating--I f you can't tell by my serious over analyzation above—and I'm practically just as hungry for more of that and if Mamoru might finally realize that he's got two leading ladies to share the love with. Especially after that cliffhanger. No really. Have the next volume on hand!
Sexual Content: Kissing. And I'm seriously wondering if the kiss that was hinting at a steamy make out session . . . may have been more steamier then we're led to believe.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
Originally reviewed at Book Whispers.
I was almost immediately rewarded with a lovely set of splash pages in full color. If there's one thing I absolutely love about the reprints, it's that Kodansha has tried as hard as possible to mirror the Japanese editions. The translations might be awkward, but at least we're saved from the terrible nicknames that Mixx/TokyoPop gave us. (I'll never forgive them for having Tuxedo Mask/Darien/Mamoru call Usagi "Buns" as a shortening for Bunny.)
The translation will probably still have awkward points for some readers, but overall I was pretty happy with this volume. I didn't see anything that really stood out that bugged or bothered me, which was nice. It was awesome being able to step back into the series and enjoy all of the differences between the anime and the manga, especially in this saga. I have to say that I seem to like the character of Chibi-Usa more in this translation in the manga- she seems more like a scared child than the manga equivalent of Scrappy-Doo that she seemed to appear like in the Mixx translations.
One thing that sort of surprised me was that there were hints of sexuality in this volume, with Usagi and Mamoru sharing a pretty lingering floor kiss at one point. (There's also a scene of him later bare-chested in a flashback, which came across to me that they did more than kiss.) Don't worry parents, there's absolutely nothing gratuitous here and if you weren't looking for it or looking to read anything into it, you'd never even pick up on it. I just wanted to mention this because I really thought this brought a deeper level to the romance between Usagi and Mamoru and it's one of those things that I think TP/Mixx tried very hard to scrub away. (I'll have to check and see, but I don't remember this in the previous translations.)
If you've loved the series so far, buy this volume. The Black Moon arc isn't necessarily my most favorite of the arcs (the first arc and S are my absolute favs), but it's definitely worth reading.