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Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon Paperback – May 16, 2005
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Early Thoughts: As an 'unauthorised' publication (clearly marked as such on the front cover) WoL offers an independent and unvarnished view of the Sailor Moon legend and its connections with real life in Japan, which is wonderful, but for the same reason, and the necessity to publish relatively cheaply, it suffers from a lack of colourful pictures, which would help bring to life the real Japanese locations it describes, and of course it cannot reproduce any art from the original anime and manga. This reduces its accessibility to readers who are not already familiar with the appearance of the Sailor Moon characters (and may not understand their appeal), and makes it impossible to run side by side comparisons of locations and objects as shown in the series and their real-world counterparts.Read more ›
At first glance, the show is merely fictional and full of fantasy. Beneath the surface, however, there is much commentary on Japanese society that one, as a foriegner, may not be able to easily decipher. This book, by examining the series from an anthropological stance, helps to peel away the layers, exposing the hidden messages underneath.
Warriors of Legend almost effortlessly draws parallels between scenery seen in the animated series to real-life locales in Tokyo. Family life and culture as depicted in the show are shown to be direct reflections of Japanese attitudes and beliefs. Of particular interest are the essays on religion and how lines between faiths in Japan are often blurred. All of these concepts have been present in the show, but often go unnoticed to average person.
The book itself is a little bit rough around the edges. That being said, it gets the job done as a nice introduction to the Japanese mindset and way of life.
I've been a Sailormoon fan for many years, yet there were things in this book that I never knew. It's like you're walking down the streets of Japan. Anyone who calls themselves a Sailormoon otaku needs this book!
The first part of the book shows how the city of Tokyo, in particular the Minato Ward district, has had an influence on the Sailor Moon story. Several real life landmarks have made their way into the plotline of the story, and this book takes a look at how these landmarks has played a role in the shaping of the characters lives. The book also looks at has how these landmarks have had an influence on the creation of the various stories in Sailor Moon, both by Naoko Takeuchi and the animation staff. An avid Sailor Moon fan will find themselves going back to their DVD library in no time to check out these landmarks!
The second part of the book looks at how the daily culture of Japan has made its way into the characters lives. The reader begins to understand the pressures that the Sailor Soldiers would be experiencing if they were real life people living in Japan. We also look at how the show critiques the daily culture of Japan (including among other things, education and religion) through the Sailor Soldiers. We also learn how Japan inspired some of the trademarks and imagery of the Sailor Moon series, such as the Sailor Team's introductory speeches and the concept of the futuristic Crystal Tokyo.
Overall, this book offers a fresh look at one of the biggest and well-known anime series of all time. If you are a fan of Sailor Moon, or if you are a fan of Japanese culture, this book is an essential read. Buy this book, and let your tour of the Sailor Moon universe begin!
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Arrived in good time and as described. Sailor Moon has been enjoyed by our daughter for many years. Good one.Published 21 months ago by Emily L.
I would've given this a 5 star rating if "chapters" were a bit better organized (maybe into sections). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Chi
This book actually reaches beyond Sailor Moon and applied to a lot of animes and fills in gaps and helps you recognize things you normally wouldn't get or wouldn't even think... Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Stephanie
My grand daughter was the recipient of this book as a gift for Christmas. We was very excited to receive this book. Loved it!Published on January 15, 2014 by Victoria M. Toporek
A lot of what is written in this book is merely the opinions of the authors, other than that a lot of the "information" is wrong, I honestly think they've just made stuff... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Customer