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Sailor Moon 1 Paperback – Box set, September 13, 2011
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I am far from a new Sailor Moon fan, but it was with great eagerness that I awaited this new translation of Sailor Moon. The new translation returns Usagi to her rightful name - no "Bunny" or "Serena", with the rest of the cast returning to their original japanese names as well. The manga reads right to left, without the flipped drawings that were in the previous translation. Minor things have been updated to show updates in technology, such as a floppy disk becoming a CD. These updates are handed down from a recent rerelease of the Sailor Moon manga over in Japan, and are completely unnoticeable if you aren't looking for them. Honorifics have been preserved well for the most part, although I did cringe a little at a 'Princess-sama' moment.Read more ›
Fangirl gush aside, I really enjoyed this volume. The artwork is gorgeous, which is what you'd expect for a mangaka of Takeuchi's caliber. It's interesting to flip through the pages and let my eyes slide over the illustrations.
The translations are a little awkward at times, though. One of the things that Kodansha really hyped up was that they were going to be as faithful as possible, which included the honorifics. I was actually looking forward to this since I enjoy reading honorifics for the most part. I enjoyed much of the honorifics but I'd be lying if I said that some of them just felt really silly to tack on. Things that sound fantastic in Japanese with the untranslated word just sound clunky here, such as Hime-Sama being turned into Princess-Sama. (As one reviewer so aptly put it.) I think that Kodansha just tried a little too overly hard to stay faithful to the original translations, possibly due to all of the complaints over the Tokyopop translations. This just doesn't come across as organically as it should, which might bore a few readers.
I can't really hate the Sailor Moon manga for this and I waffled over giving it 4 stars and giving it 5 stars. I eventually had to concede that while the flaws didn't ruin my experience as a whole, they were definitely noticeable and kind of interrupted my reading at least slightly.
For the Sailor Moon fans, this is an absolute 100% must buy. For any new readers or those on the fence, I'd still recommend it. It's worth having in my opinion and the awkward translations should ease up over time as Kodansha gets used to what they do and don't have to add.
These updated mangas have a couple more arcs in them than the previous ones, much to my liking. The story is still funny, exciting, fresh and suspenseful. The anime was too slow at times, and then too fast.
If you're a fan, get it before it's gone! At my Barnes and Nobles they had one copy left. ONE.
Still proof that Sailormoon has as much power and influence as before. Go Takeuchi!
There are 6 arcs, Usagi/Sailor Moon, Ami/Sailor Mercury, Rei/Sailor Mars, Masquerade Dance Party, Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter and Tuxedo Mask.
Remaining spoiler free, I just want to say that the manga moves a lot faster unlike the anime which had preriods of being too slow, then too fast like slaughterhouse episodes where 3+ people die.
Read it the way you like and keep in mind it's translated. Lovely artwork and story. Can't wait for the next 11! Ugh it's taking forever!
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I LOVE the newly translated sailor moon manga! It's definitely one of those manga's I can read over & over again without getting tired of it :) If you are trying to start your... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jsa1992
Sailor moon is a amazing combination between girl power and action. How they add strong girls "fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight" is very inspirational... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered this manga because I love sailor moon. If you are unaware sailor moon starts with a 14 year old girl named Usagi (Serena in the original DIC dub) who finds a magical... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amanda Piegan
Came in perfect condition and on time. Love the updated style and artwork!Published 6 months ago by A. Peacock
Sailor Moon is a an amazing manga series as well as anime series. Let me start of by saying the manga series is a whole lot shorter than the anime series with four sailor guardians... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michelle Raby