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Sailor Moon 4 Paperback – March 13, 2012
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My only big problem, and I'm sure it isn't with every copy, is that pages 44 and 45 have a huge thick black line down them, which completely obscures much of the text and image. This is in the first part of the book, Act 17. I thought at first maybe it was part of the story, so I dug out my Mix edition, and it wasn't present, and I even dug out my original Japanese release and it wasn't present. I guess I got the bad copy. This is the only thing I would say to watch out for! If you happen to buy the book somewhere else, in person, be sure to check first! I bought my copy from Amazon so I couldn't check. As always though, I have no issues with Amazon, everything comes at a great price, packaged perfectly and with good shipping speed.
I had to subtract one star because:
- the translations are somewhat stilted and awkward in places
- the translator notes at the end of this particular volume are mostly useless
- some of the lettering/dialogue gets caught between the pages and interrupts an otherwise smooth reading experience
Still highly recommended, this series broke a lot of new ground when it was first published, and brings back happy memories.
What I love is how the guardians are slowly being picked off. However, what I loved the most is that this allowed some time with Makoto, Sailor Jupiter. It allowed readers to see past her strong "yankee" persona and see the softy she is. Plus, I caught a hint of a romance? What's even cooler is how the time traveling is coming in, and I believe it's affecting Usagi. It's interesting how she's jealous of Chibiusa and the attention that Mamoru gives her. Clearly Mamoru immediately understands who Chibiusa is and her importance to him. Usagi. Well let's be honest she's a bit of a selfish person. Mamoru is her man, and I understand that in both lives she really hasn't had time with Mamoru. They still need to build up their love and trust. So Usagi's jealousy is understandable. Unlike a lot of readers I can see how this could lead to her future self becoming distant with someone she's supposed to love unconditionally. Jealousy is a powerful emotion. Plus, let's be honest Mamoru does kind of ignore her . . .
The Black Moon arc is in full swing and the art style is truly inspiring. The future world of Crystal Tokyo is gorgeous, even in its death. The villains are meh. The evil Prince Demand having a crush on Neo Tokyo Princess Serenity is a very interesting plot device. Looking at the drawing of Serenity who could blame him?Read more ›
I was almost immediately rewarded with a lovely set of splash pages in full color. If there's one thing I absolutely love about the reprints, it's that Kodansha has tried as hard as possible to mirror the Japanese editions. The translations might be awkward, but at least we're saved from the terrible nicknames that Mixx/TokyoPop gave us. (I'll never forgive them for having Tuxedo Mask/Darien/Mamoru call Usagi "Buns" as a shortening for Bunny.)
The translation will probably still have awkward points for some readers, but overall I was pretty happy with this volume. I didn't see anything that really stood out that bugged or bothered me, which was nice. It was awesome being able to step back into the series and enjoy all of the differences between the anime and the manga, especially in this saga. I have to say that I seem to like the character of Chibi-Usa more in this translation in the manga- she seems more like a scared child than the manga equivalent of Scrappy-Doo that she seemed to appear like in the Mixx translations.
One thing that sort of surprised me was that there were hints of sexuality in this volume, with Usagi and Mamoru sharing a pretty lingering floor kiss at one point. (There's also a scene of him later bare-chested in a flashback, which came across to me that they did more than kiss.) Don't worry parents, there's absolutely nothing gratuitous here and if you weren't looking for it or looking to read anything into it, you'd never even pick up on it.Read more ›
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Naoko did it again a fun read! Assembling all sailor scouts and putting more events together ! I won't tell ya though cause it's a spoiler!Published 1 month ago by Rina Hansen
Great Installment in the Manga Series. It's great that they are finally releasing the manga in its original form with accurate translations and even the original format for manga.Published 3 months ago by James Vuong
Love it! My littlest sister adores these and it is neat for me to look at now since I loved them when they first got released many years ago in English.Published 7 months ago by Jenni C.
Gorgeous artwork throughout, especially the color pages. Ends on a cliffhanger (they all do) so I'm so impatient for vol.5 to arrive in the mail.Published 10 months ago by Brynnlux
I purchased volumes 1 & 2 for my daughter who is an avid Sailor Moon fan. Initially, I was concerned that it wouldn't meet her expectations. However, she was more than happy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cheri
There's a reason Sailormoon has been popular for years! There's over 200 of them in total and multiple publishers. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Japan Expert
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I really, really want to like this series. Read more