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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha Comics; First Edition edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935429787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935429784
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Sailor V was NEVER released back then so it was exciting to read it now.
D. Griffith
We continue our adventures with Minako and Atremis in the second and final volume of Sailor V. The over arching plot and the stories become more woven together.
Paige
Highly recommended for any Sailor Moon fan, Sailor V is reminiscent of a lot of the first season of the anime.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Flores on November 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Just absolutely amazing! The final installment to the prequel series of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga series, the volume tells the last bit of information of Mina's journey as Sailor V. before her memories of her previous life and duty are awoken. Many of the stories in this volume are split into one to three parts as a continuation to either the end or previous parts (or episodes as they are called in the manga.) There is some hardships between Mina and Artemis and Mina shows more characteristics of Serena before she fully awakens as the confident and smart Sailor Soldier she is later on when she first appears in both the manga and the anime. It's really awesome book the only thing sad thing is it's left at a cliffhanger so Sailor V can be added to the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series. So be sure to get your hands on this if you are interested in Sailor V's back story. And if you didn't know she makes her debut in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 2 and she will continue on in the remaining 10 volumes of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manga.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on November 19, 2011
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I have to say, I've really enjoyed the Sailor V manga. It's such a great look into the thought processes of Takeuchi. In the first volume she played around with character designs that would later appear in Sailor Moon. In this volume we can see where she had fun fleshing out the world from the first Sailor Moon arc. (This series ended about the same time as the Sailor Moon manga did, so all of this was drawn way after the Dark Kingdom arc ended.)

It's really neat to see manga like this, where you not only get to see the creator play around with character designs but to also develop their art and storytelling styles as well. It's a pretty fun experience, to be honest. (And of course the artwork is spectacular.)

As far as storyline goes, I found that volume 2 had a tighter plot. You can tell that Takeuchi had a better idea of how the story was going to end, so as a result the characters were better defined and the stories were faster paced. I was a bit sorry to see it end, but it wouldn't have fared well if there were more volumes to the series.

This is an absolute must have for all Sailor Moon and shoujo fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jma on November 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this volume of Sailor V! I could definitely see the tension between Mina and Artemis in this volume which surprised me. The stories were a lot better in this one, but the plots were still a little weak but much better than the first volume:) The translations were not that bad either. I do wish Naoko would finish Sailor V! I believe there is so much more she could have done with the series. There are also a few other surprises in this volume.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Stephenson on December 7, 2011
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Presentation

Visually this English language release of Codename Sailor V #2 looks fantastic. Like the first volume, it's quite a bit bigger than the original Japanese release though the artwork doesn't suffer at all and is actually easier to appreciate in this size format (which is the typical size for an English manga).

The cover also looks better with this release with the shiny cover really helping the colours pop a lot more than the original.

Somewhere where this volume improves on over the first is in the lettering. Almost immediately I notice just how much better the dialogue and sound effects looked. The choice of fonts is much more varied and appropriate here compared to the first volume whose lettering fell flat and looked rushed. A look at the back credits confirms that a new letterer was indeed hired. Here's hoping they keep this one for future volumes.

PRESENTATION: 5/5

Story

First time readers of Codename Sailor V are really in for a treat with this last batch of stories which continues the stand alone stories of the first volume though gradually builds to a dramatic climax involving past life memories, a potential love interest and some rather good character growth for Minako and several supporting characters.

This volume really has a fantastic mix of comedy, drama and action and I really want to give it five stars though it really wouldn't be a proper review if I didn't mention the "Chinese people eat cat" stereotype and the dated racist portrayal of Mary Lin-Lin who is given a rather offensive style of speaking that made reading the final two chapters very uncomfortable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hawk Soar on March 23, 2012
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This is pretty much the same review I gave Sailor V Volume 1. The artwork is beautiful, it really flows off the page, and the larger format makes it easier to read and enjoy. The translations looked rush, and the English Adaption seemed awkward, so it lsoes a star. Otherwise this is an excellent ending to Sailor V and a great prequel to Sailor Moon. I recommend this for everyone, fans of the series may be off-put by the translations, but I think for new readers it will be a great read and a very minor point
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By Jude on July 14, 2012
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~3.5/5
[Taken from my blog.]

So this book took way too much time for me to get through. I started it around the same time I finished the last one (or, um, maybe a bit after), but then it took me quite a while to finally get around to reading all of it. Mostly I think it was because every chapter had a new villain that Sailor V had to go defeat, in which most of it was filler type stuff. That just doesn't interest me enough.
I am glad that I finally got around to finishing it, though, particularly because the last two chapters had an actual plot and point. Honestly, the fact that Takeuchi decided to wait until the last two chapters to show me that she could actually write a story with plot and character development and a point, kind of infuriated me. I mean, I somewhat suffered through one and a half volumes before she showed that she could write something worthwhile.
And I was kind of suffering, too. I don't know if it was just the mood I was in while reading it or something, but I was nitpicking almost everything that was happening. Not that I didn't have reason to.
The first half, or maybe six chapters, in this volume were terrible. Dumb. Sailor V was shallow, as was every other chapter introduced. There was one chapter in particular, where a villain used chocolate to make everyone fat and then a spa or workout place to make them think that they were getting skinnier, and every single person was obsessed with it and upset about being fat. It was utterly ridiculous and unrealistic. Another chapter showed that everyone wants to be in love, and how Sailor V needed to find another guy to fall for, which is also dumb. (Really? You can't just be happy on your own?
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