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Sailor Moon 7 Paperback – September 11, 2012
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Story & Art: Volume 7 covers the second part of the Infinity Arc. While I'll try to avoid going into spoilers, it highlights the return of a beloved character, and the rise of new powers, both good and evil. The story starts to get very intense in this volume and a lot of plot and background story revolving around Hotaru and Mugen Academy that was alluded to in Sailor Moon 6 is revealed here. Takeuchi's art is some of the most beautiful in this volume, and as always, there are several color images for the first few pages of the book. The fully-translated preview of Volume 8 is also back at the end of the book.
Translation & Writing: The translation itself doesn't seem to have any serious flaws like in some prior volumes. However, it does have serious typos which could have been avoided with a simple spell-check, or from being carefully read even once before being published. Multiple words in the book are missing spaces, causing two separate words to become one jumble; a "what" gets turned into "whatt", and letters are omitted ("Pease" instead of "Please"), "Sasanqua Camilla" instead of "Sasanqua Camellia", even though it's referred to as the "Christmas Camellia" in the very next panel. (It's a flower, not a Duchess.Read more ›
That being said, I didn't really like the translation for the end of this novel. I think it's because I've read the old Tokyopop version (though I will admit this is the first time I've read the series in its entirety. I'd read most of the series, but not all of it, when Tokyopop/Mixx was still publishing it. BUT the last volume of this series I'd read many many many many times haha). I just felt that there had to be a more efficient way of saying 'heavenly body' (because that reminds me of the literal planets floating in space lol). For once, I happened to like the older translation of those lines (starting when Usagi and Mamoru are in the bed). It almost came across as cheesy to me (why why heavenly body??).
This line burned me the most:
"Sailor Moon, you will likely be forever immortal. For you are the most beautiful, shining, HEAVENLY BODY, of all time." Forreal? I assumed immortal would mean forever. lol
(for the record, the original translation is, "Sailor Moon, you will always be invincible. The most beautiful shining star.", just seemed more tasteful).
Sailor Pluto has stationed Diana (Chibi Usa's royal cat) at her post, the Time Gate, and rushes to the struggle. She sees and reconizes, but barely can believe Chibi Usa, her beloved Small Lady, the innocent girl that would once rule the Moon, is Black Lady. She (Pluto) can't stand it, and sees Prince Diamond trying to destroy everything in his hatred. She gives herself up in agony, stopping time with her forbidden power, and taking up her lifeforce. Usagi is awakened along with the other Sailor Senshi, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus, and is ordered by a dying Pluto to take back the Silver Crystals and return Black Lady to her former self. And with that, she dies.
Black Lady takes a long look at Pluto, a remembers her old friend. She cries, and her heart breaks, knowning she will never get the chance to say good-bye. She returns to her old self, and spontanously transforms into Sailor Chibi Moon! Her mother, the beautiful sleeping Neo-Queen Serenity, awakens and embraces her daughter.
Want to know the rest? Read it for yourself! Enjoy! ^^
Translation-wise, I feel like I'm reading an entirely new volume. I admit to being a little vague on exactly how the original Mixx/TokyoPop translation read, but I can honestly tell that there's a difference here. The only thing I raised an eyebrow over was the statement that Uranus was both a man and a woman. This was probably intended to read as her having male personality traits as well as female ones, but it's a little vague and considering that for the longest time there were urban legends that Uranus *was* a guy in her non-senshi form, I wish that this was a little clearer. (Long story short, for a long time in the 90s and early 2000s there were stories that back in early Moon Kingdom times Uranus had a twin brother and that the reincarnated Uranus was a man in human form and transformed into a fraternal twin sister in senshi form.) Given Haruka/Uranus's infamous history where some have tried giving her a sex change, I felt that this could have used a note in the back of the book. It's a small quibble, but one that might confuse some readers as to the context. Read as-is it sort of seems like they're saying Uranus is a hermaphrodite.
Other than that, there aren't really any huge problems. I'm struck by how sci-fi the book is in comparison to it's overly shoujo anime adaptation, but it's all in good fun. I'm eagerly awaiting the next volume of this series, especially to see how the artwork looks. I believe I can see where there's been a lot of cleanup on the artwork, but even with that this artwork has aged rather well and is a style that manga fans should definitely look at!
A must have for shoujo and manga fans!
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