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Sailor Moon 1 Paperback – Box set, 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
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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Hearing that not only was Sailor Moon going to be re-released, but that we were going to get entirely new Sailor Moon anime the summer of 2013? My heart just about stopped beating out of the sheer explosion of glee and rainbows going on inside me.
A newly minted Moonie? Let's back pedal.
PGSM is about Usagi Tsukino, a slightly lazy, snack hungry crybaby of fourteen who gets bad grades and just wants to have fun. She stumbles across a cat sporting a crescent moon, and finds her life forever changed. It turns out she is Sailor Moon, a Sailor Senshi and who must search for her fellow guardians and protect the Princess of the Moon, all while trying to balance schoolwork and the normal social life of a teenage girl.
I have no cons for this, only pros!
- Newly translated manga. No more Bunny and Darien; Usagi and Mamoru.
- A section in the back explaining some Japanese translation blocks, as well as general customs and commonplace things that some fans unfamiliar with the culture may not understand (for example, the intimacy that comes with the nickname Usako). Azumanga Daioh, published by ADV, had a similar section, and although I am pretty familiar with a good bit of the culture, there are always new things to find out!
- Availablity of course! Before I had to scrounge and scrape to find my favorite manga, and now it's as simple as going online and ordering a copy for anywhere from six to nine dollars, as opposed to hunting down a semi-battered copy for about twenty some dollars, or vastly more, without being able to see just how worn it may be.
- Bringing Sailor Moon back, as well as the forthcoming anime, opens the doors up for this beloved magical girl manga to once again sweep the nation. And, perhaps, bring with it something we fans have been waiting for, for quite some time; a proper dub of Sailor Stars!
Someday soon I plan on mass-ordering the other eleven volumes, so I can zip through them while giggling like the crazed fangirl I am, happy as a clam.
If you want to know how the series kicked off before the original anime, then pick this one up; for those of you of the younger generation, give this a read because believe it or not, the series didn't start with Sailor Moon Crystal. It's much more detailed than both the original anime and Crystal. This proves that looks can be deceiving...in a good way.
This is a great series. One thing I think all parents should know, is let your kid read comics. My little sister had a hear time learning to read, and she was also unmotivated. I gave her my Sailor Moon comics and made her read them out loud to me, and that just opened the door to her enjoying to read even more. Obviously, it can't be all they read. But, don't ever say comics are bad for your mind. <3
Some of the major differences between this and the original English translation is A)The characters have their original names.Which for people who only watched the English dub might be a tad confusing so here's the breakdown for anyone who needs to know. Usagi= Serena, Ami=Amy, Rei is the same Makota= Lita, and Minako= Mina, and Mamoru=Darien Tuxedo Kamen= Tuxedo Mask. B) It's presented in the authentic reading order, right to left, so the art looks better. When it was originally translated, it was presented in the English reading order of left to right.
In terms of the storyline in this volume, we are introduced to our cry baby, but loyal heroine Usagi Tsukino(whose name literally means rabbit of the Moon). She reluctantly becomes the Sailor Soldier of love and justice Sailor Moon. We see her first encounter with evil and her first meeting with Tuxedo Mask. She meets Sailor Mercury and Sailor Mars and she has a few encounters with Mamoru as well.
I know that for many people reading Sailor Moon is about nostalgia and taking a trip down memory lane but I think it's good for children who are a bit young to remember Sailor Moon in its hay day because if it weren't for manga and anime like Sailor Moon there wouldn't be dedicated manga sections in every bookstore. I recommend it for Sailor Soldiers of all ages.