- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha Comics; 1st edition (Sept. 13 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935429744
- ISBN-13: 978-1935429746
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sailor Moon 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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Phew~ That was a mouthful.
Volume one sets up the characters and the plot of the manga. The little boy in me was beaming with nostalgia and such happy memories from my childhood. This was my first time reading the manga and I only had the anime to compare it too. I’m so happy that they aren’t carbon copies of each other. The manga is fast paced and the whole first season of the anime is pretty much covered.
Sailor Moon and he scouts are still the same girls I remember from the show. Their personalities and their choices are the same. I love the helplessness but strong leadership of Usagi, the intelligence of Ami, the fierceness of Rei, the strength of Makoto, and the grace of Minako.
Watching this show brought back so many warm childhood memories. When the manga series in English came out again with better translations, I knew that I had to have it. So I ordered this manga and read it. It was really refreshing to read. The story never gets old. The artwork is so beautiful.
I highly recommend the manga to any Sailor Moon fan. It is a must for the collection!
A perfect buy for any Sailor Moon fan!
For those who don't know, this is the original story that Naoko Takeuchi wrote in the early 90s that was the basis of the popular show. This manga had already been translated to English in the past, but supposedly the translation was poor (or so I've heard, haven't been able to get my hands on a copy), and is quite rare and expensive today. This re-release edited many of these errors, and is now easily accessible to Sailor Moon fans :D (woot!)
The artwork is simply beautiful, the story line is quirky and fun. I like how the original names were kept for the characters (for instance, Sailor Moon is Usagi. NOT Serena or Bunny). The story really draws you in, similarly to how the TV show did for a whole generation of young girls (and secretly, boys as well). This first volume compiles the stories of how the first 4 sailor scouts join the team (Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter), as well as Sailor Moon's growing intrigue of Tuxedo Mask (of whom I'm reliving a school-girl crush on, haha).
In terms of criticism, i only have the teeny-tiniest things to report. For instance, the scenes tend to be a little jumpy, but this is so common in manga that it was almost expected. Also, there still seems to be some issues with translation here and there. Some expressions were poorly translated and didn't make much sense, although these cases are so minor that they're hardly worth mentioning. Again, very common in manga, so I won't let this affect my rating of 5-stars for this volume ;D
I can't wait now for the release of Volume 2. In the meantime, i got myself a copy of Sailor V (vol.1), which was actually written BEFORE Sailor Moon.
All-in-all, I Highly recommend this AWESOME manga.
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