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Great story and art, spotty translation Oct. 30 2012
By Tsu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'll refrain from posting excessive spoilers here, so my review mostly pertains to the art, general story and translation.

Art (5/5): Takeuchi continues to boggle the mind with her illustrations, which are marvelously lovely and convey emotion extremely well. As always, we're treated to the new covers featuring the lovely Neptune on the front and a cute chibi-fied stylized version of her on the rear cover. There are also a pair of glossy color images on the first couple pages.

Story (5/5): Sailor Moon 8 covers the end of the Infinity Arc and the beginning of the Dream Arc, or Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon SuperS if you're more familiar with the anime. The fate of Hotaru/Mistress 9/Sailor Saturn is revealed here, as well as Chibi-Usa, who is still being supported by Mamoru after the happenings of the prior volume. The final battle follows the formula of most of the prior final battles with the big enemy of the arc, but it's motivating and lovely nonetheless.

Translation (3/5): There are, as always, flubs in the translation. Pharaoh is misspelled as "Pharoah" at least once, and there's a painful moment where a key character informs Sailor Moon that "With every ending come hope and rebirth" which is later quoted with the exact same syntax error. (It should've been "comes hope and rebirth.") However, the major issue that stands out with the translation here is that the attack "Death Reborn Revolution" is mistranslated as "Death Ribbon Revolution". The kanji for the two is slightly different and was apparently overlooked by the translator. Sadly, for an ability that can destroy the world, it's demeaned by translating it wrong, especially since there's so much emphasis on how things start again ("reborn") after being destroyed. It wouldn't be such a big deal if it were any other word that was mistranslated, but honestly, it's a massively poignant moment in the manga and could have been easily caught and fixed by any fan of the series. It also echos Jupiter's "Spark Ring Wide Pressure" from way back in Volume 3, which just shows that they're not paying any more attention to the translation accuracy now than they were then.

General: This volume lacks the preview of volume 9 (in either Japanese or English) and also lacks any sort of translation notes (aside from a small currency conversion notation below a panel.)

I'd just like to point out that the highlights from the publisher include "An entirely new, incredibly accurate translation!" and "Detailed translation notes!" yet Kodansha has continued to release a marred product from Volume 1 to now, ranging from slight translation errors to horrid ones, a smudged printing with Volume 5 and they've left out the "Detailed translation notes" on more than one volume that they claim as a selling point on the entire series. Even the official synopsis for this volume is incorrect, stating that Hotaru is possessed by Master Pharaoh 90. She's possessed by Mistress 9. Unfortunately for fans, Kodansha has at best released an OK version, not a great one. I love Sailor Moon, but I don't love this release.
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Beautiful artwork, awkward translating Nov. 27 2012
By ChibiNeko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been reading along with the volumes so far and I've enjoyed them for the most part. I do, however, have to comment that there's just something about the translation for this volume that just feels a little lifeless and awkward at times. I can't entirely put my finger on where exactly this happens, just that at times the story feels a little dull. Perhaps it's just that I'm an older reader and am comparing this to my initial thrill for the series in my late teens/early twenties, but this just lacks the spark that (cringe) the TokyoPop versions did. I'm cringing as I write that because the TP versions were pretty bad in various places. I see from other reviews that there are still issues with translation in this volume, as there were in previous volumes, so this might explain it. Goodness knows that there were some spelling/grammatical errors in here, something that always frustrates me with a supposedly finished project.

As far as the story goes, it's the ongoing adventures of Sailor Moon. If you've enjoyed the series so far then you're likely to enjoy this one as well despite it focusing fairly heavily on Sailor Chibi Moon. (Not nearly as much as the anime adaptation did, thankfully.) If you haven't been liking the series' focus on science fiction as opposed to the more magical girl feeling that the anime has, then this probably won't sway your opinion much.

Artwork-wise, this is Takeuchi and that means that her artwork is either incredibly gorgeous or incredibly adorable. Or both, as that tends to be Usagi's one saving grace in most cases. I don't think I'd have liked her character half as much if she'd been drawn with less skill or by a different artist.

Overall this is a decent volume, but if you haven't fallen for the series yet then this volume probably won't be the one that loops you back in.
The best of the worst and the beginning of the best. Oct. 3 2014
By Patrick Correa - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this cheap just so I could have all of the Dream Arc, but I'll be honest with you; the conclusion to the Infinity Arc was actually quite good overall. Still doesn't exactly make up for the borefest leading up to it, but it was actually my favorite part of this volume. The first act of the Dream Arc was good, but it's my least favorite part of it. It just seemed kind of weak compared to the beginning of the anime. Everything from the ending with the age switch between Usagi and Chibiusa is gold, but like I said I prefer the anime's start (though the manga definitely has the better finish). This is probably going to be my least favorite of the Sailor Moon volumes I intend to collect (I'm not collecting volumes 6 and 7), but it was still enjoyable.
Yet another beautiful but inbetween arc book Feb. 23 2013
By Usagi Uchiha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Some content in this volume I had seen before, more like half of the book but still the story presented was great. The wording wasn't too awkward, instead the content about a certain future daughter wanting to be considered a woman in her father's eyes was. The only thing that was worth concern for was the binding of the book. The pages kept falling out. I don't know if that's Kondansha's fault or not but I was disappointed. The picture of Michiru on the cover and back cover was really lovely and there were more colored pages than usual. In all, I give this volume a 4 out of 5.
Saturn Finally Arrives June 16 2015
By A. Hammond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite volumes in the Sailor Moon series. Naoko Takeuchi's drawings are so beautiful and it was awesome to re-experience the guardians prevailing against the Death Busters in the end. Volume 8 also features the appearance of my favorite sailor senshi, Saturn. She's fantastic and the wait for her was worth it. I did have some issues with the translations in this volume as to who was speaking. The word bubbles didn't really connect to any particular character so I felt like I had to guess who was speaking. Besides that error, this volume was perfect.


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