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Sailor Moon 8 [Paperback]

Naoko Takeuchi

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Oct. 30 2012 Sailor Moon (Book 8)
Chibi Usa’s sickly friend Hotaru isn’t just Sailor Saturn, Deity of Destruction. She’s also possessed by Master Pharaoh 90. Facing this cataclysmic power will be impossible – unless Sailor Moon can unite the powers of every Guardian of the Solar System. Then, when the moon eclipses the sun, a mystical unicorn begs for help. An elaborate ship floats through the sky, and Usagi and Chibi-Usa have trouble seeing eye to eye….

This new edition of Sailor Moon features:

- An entirely new, incredibly accurate translation!
- Japanese-style, right-to-left reading!
- New cover art never before seen in the U.S.!
- The original Japanese character names!

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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sailor Moon 8 March 12 2014
By Sarah Courtney Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I grew up watching this television show, and the comic books series is both fantastic and magical! I love Chibi chibi Moon!
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Renewal Edition #8 March 10 2014
By Crystal_Dark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This volume was really good and did a great job of ending the Death Busters plotline of the story. The last chapter of this volume also introduces a new character as well as the next group of villains. The new plot is the basis for season 4 of the anime and I am really looking forward to reading the next volume.

Contains Acts 36 - 39
Act 36: Infinity 10, Infinite -- Upper Atmosphere...
Act 37: Infinity 11, Infinite -- Judge...
Act 38: Infinity 12, Infinite -- Journey...
Act 39: Dream 1, Eclipse Dream
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome manga! Feb. 5 2014
By Matthew R. Daniels - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the volume I've been waiting for as Sailor Saturn is my favorite guardian! I see many people complain about the translation, but I don't see the problem since I don't know Japanese (with the exception of 'Spark Ring Wide Pressure' lol) But this has been my favorite volume so far. I couldn't put it down! I highly suggest you pick this up asap! And of course we get the lovely Sailor Neptune on the cover! (My third favorite guardian!)

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