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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.
There are some flaws, as others have mentioned. But flaws aside, I literally squeeled in delight when I opened the volume and saw that the color pages had been included, the artwork had not been flipped (reads right to left) and that the Japanese names were kept. Names are names and, in my opinion, should not be translated. It is so good to finally see "Usagi" here.
I can not wait until the next volume. While I do not like the new presentation when compared with the original (Japanese) I do understand that this is what Naoko Takeuchi wants to have published now. I did, however, feel as though the whole redesign and rerelease (in Japan) was sort of like messing with a classic. You just don't do it. However, seeing that it is done, I guess it is fitting that our translation be of the new version as well.
To those who might not yet know the story - it is charming and if you are interested in anime, manga, or Japan in general - it really is a must read. Sailor Moon is a huge part of why and how anime and manga made it to the U.S. in the first place. Pay her some respect, and give these a read!
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I was extremely happy when I had heard they were coming out with sailor moon again but when I had ordered it I compared this copy to one of my original books and every word is re... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I grew up watching the original anime of this series when it first came to America in the early 90's so while I was reading this, I already kind of knew what was going to happen. Read morePublished 4 months ago by zombie phreak
Honestly one of the best manga I've ever read, & actually my first to ever read. I originally read the series that came out in the 90s & when I saw that they came out with the new... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maria
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