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Codename: Sailor V, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 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
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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 has many of the same elements as Sailor Moon, as it's the series that spawned the craze we know and love.
Minako Aino, a playful, happy-go-lucky teeanger, crosses paths one day with a talking cat who informs her that she is, in fact, Sailor V, a sort of Venus incarnate who has the power to bring love and justice to the world. The Dark Agency, who's name leaves nothing to the imagination, is out causing quite the uproar, and V-chan has the power to put a stop to it.
I do like the fact that Naoko later incoporated the fact that Sailor V has been out there kickin' butt longer than all the other Senshi when she started Sailor Moon, so that when V joined the team she was already well established as a guardian. And, of course, I can never get enough of her drawing style.
This is definitely worthy purchasing! V-chan's adventures are cute, and while she isn't a perpetually hungry crybaby, she is a bubbly young girl who is sure to keep you entertained.
Now while I still insist that anyone who collects SM stuff should definitely snatch these up, it should be noted that in some portions, the language is a wee bit outdated (but these comics were originally released from 1991-1997), so that doesn't really surprise me. Audiences should also keep in mind that even though the language is clunky in places, the books are still a good read for Sailor Moon fans. However, I personally believe that since Sailor Moon came later (the sequel), it was better constructed and a little more thought out than Codename: Sailor V. That doesn't really surprise me as most artists tend to get better with age and practice.
The villains are just as goofy, if not more so and it's nice to see a little bit of what went on with Minako before she joined the Sailor Scouts as Sailor Venus. The attack names are ridiculous and Minako is well, kind of a flake.. but not really a shock to people who knew her from Sailor Moon.
I would say this is a definite must for fans of Sailor Moon.
Volume 1 of Sailor V manga keeps the original Japanese names, maintains honorifics, and the right to left format of the manga as well. It's a wonderful chance to read the manga that inspired the Sailor Moon series, and as such should be read by any Sailor Moon fan. An excellent chance to see what Minako was doing before she joins up with the rest of the Sailor Senshi and has never before been released in the United States.
- This version contains some color pages, the original one does not
- This version has improved printing quality over the original, with much nicer details
- This book is about half an inch taller and wider than the original
- The pages are unflipped and many background sounds / signs / etc are left in Japanese. There's translations in the margins, blank areas, and in a list in the back.
- The original character names are preserved
Overall, I'd say this is a BUY for any Sailor Moon / Sailor V fan, even if you still have the originals.
My only problem with the books, is that there's a couple of mis-printed words. Like the words "the the" or instead of "this" it's printed "tis." I've also heard a few of the translations were wrong. That I can't confirm though. ;)
If you haven't read Sailor Moon/V before, what's wrong with you? Lol. If your a fan of manga/anime you have to read it. It's what originally made manga/anime so popular in the states. If you have a child, it also has a great life lessons about love, friendship, never giving up, etc. And if you just want a feel good read, well, I can speak for my self when I say Sailor Moon and Sailor V mangas make me feel good. It's heart warming. <3