0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Decent, but not fantastic.,
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Codename: Sailor V 1 (Paperback)So, the biggest problem I have with the Sailor V series is that it seems to have been written before the rest of the Sailor soldiers, and even Sailor Moon herself, was conceptualized. I know that Sailor Venus was supposedly the prototype for Sailor Moon and it's quite obvious, since Sailor V runs around shouting "Moon Power: Transform!", has a crescent-shaped compact (which Sailor Moon doesn't have, but it's essentially her symbol), and has a crescent moon on her forehead when she is transformed - something that is supposed to be specific to Sailor Moon.
I guess that can't really be changed, but it BUGS me... it's a sharp inconsistency that makes it harder to enjoy the two Sailor V manga books (1 and 2) by Kodansha comics, which I just recently purchased. It doesn't help that my introduction to Sailor Moon was around age 9 or 10 with the anime TV series, so I know what the complete concept of the Sailor soldiers is like (even if it still differs from the manga).
My other problem with the Sailor V 1 comic is that it's kind of cheesey. It's not funny, hardly interesting, and as such, it's barely worth reading. I'm glad Sailor V wasn't the main character, because if she were, I probably wouldn't have liked the anime, or felt enough interest 15 years later to actually watch the original Japanese version of the anime (which is better than the English one, in many ways, though the English one was good in it's own ways too). Of course, I have to watch it with subtitles since I don't speak Japanese...
Anyway, I still recommend buying it if you're a diehard fan, and definitely if you still like Sailor Moon even though like me, you are now in your mid-twenties. I sincerely hope that the actual Sailor Moon manga (I have to finish Sailor V 2 first!) is better. It still provides a lot of enjoyment despite it's obvious failings, since it gives background on the series that I wouldn't get just from watching the anime.