- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha Comics (Sept. 13 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935429779
- ISBN-13: 978-1935429777
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Codename: Sailor V 1 Paperback – Sep 13 2011
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"With its whimsical sense of fashion, thrilling adventure and complex backstory, Sailor Moon was like little else young girls had ever before seen on television, and miles above anything American animators were offering them. The anime led to interest in the manga, which in turn became the sort of success that made the bookstore market sit up and take notice. Scratch a modern-day manga fangirl, and you're likely to find someone who watched Sailor Moon when she was young." -The Comics Journal
About the Author
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 as of 2011 one of the most recognized manga and anime products to date. The author lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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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.
Sailor V was the original Sailor Scout until Naoko Takeuchi began developing other characters and made Sailor Moon the central character. No wonder there are so many similarities between Sailor Moon and Sailor V including that of their looks.
Sailor V was discovered by Artemis and was an independent Sailor Scout until she reunited with the rest of the Sailor Scouts much later.
It was interesting to see that Usagi Tsukino admired Sailor V, and watched Sailor V on the news headlines, even before she knew that she was a Sailor Soldier herself.
Another interesting thing to watch out for in this manga is how the Sailors cross paths with each other unknowingly, how they hang out at the same arcade, and walk past each other like stangers on the road.
The only negative thing about this manga is that it's too short (only 2 books)!!
There are several translation problems in the English mangas in which the translator got lazy or wrote over the Japanese meaning. It is confusing for native speakers who are English.
Still, people who like Sailor Moon shoulf check out Sailor V to see the prequel.
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