There isn't a lot of plot movement so far in this manga. The fight between Jack the Ripper and Sebastian crossed over into this volume. After that, th...moreThere isn't a lot of plot movement so far in this manga. The fight between Jack the Ripper and Sebastian crossed over into this volume. After that, there was a funeral and then more of the antics of Ciel's household staff. While they are somewhat amusing, I would have never stopped myself from firing them all the way Ciel and Sebastian have. Especially since they are just barely prevented from embarrassing their master in front of his future mother-in-law. I'm either not getting this brand of humor, or just not finding it funny. Also, I keep waiting to figure out what Ciel does for the Queen, but other than hunting Jack the Ripper, they haven't specified. The cursing is still rather frequent although the f-bomb doesn't make an appearance. This one has more blood in the violence than the second volume. The fight scene involves a chain saw. Finally, the reaper desperately wants to be female and mentions it constantly along with bringing up cutting out female reproductive organs because he is jealous. (less)
This volume feels a tad disjointed to me. It could be because I keep expecting things to follow the English dubbed version. Some of the changes so far...moreThis volume feels a tad disjointed to me. It could be because I keep expecting things to follow the English dubbed version. Some of the changes so far to this arc are at least simplifying things. I remember there are more enemies and the side plots (including Sailor Uranus and Neptune) took much longer to develop. I am torn between really enjoying the pacing and thinking that the pacing is overly quick by sacrificing character development. Otherwise, a good introduction into a new arc of a series.
I don't remember previous volumes including cursing, but this one has a couple of minor ones (as in ones you can hear on daytime TV). It also has a character originally referred to as a guy, who is, not only definitely a girl, but probably dating another girl. She definitely kisses another girl at least once. I was glad to see those scenes because I was disappointed when they changed this in the dubbed version of the anime (instead of being lovers, they were cousins) and they took out as much of the teasing between Haruka and Usagi as possible without making the show look disconnected.(less)
There were quite a few differences between this and the anime. For one thing, in the anime, they go back to the present for the big battle and there a...moreThere were quite a few differences between this and the anime. For one thing, in the anime, they go back to the present for the big battle and there are more Black Moon people. The extra Black Moon people eventually lead to the redemption of some of them, whereas this manga is more black and white about the enemies being evil. They also fight Wise Man in the future (view spoiler)[and meet Neo Queen Serenity (hide spoiler)] which is a bit weird to me. I suppose the changes make things simpler and eliminate some of the more lengthy parts that weren't necessarily needed for the story. I did miss some of the characters though. The creepiest thing about this volume is that Chibi-usa turns into an adult who is still fascinated by Mamoru (who is going to be her father in the future) and controls his mind so that he will follow her as well as "love" her. This includes allowing her to kiss him more than once. I already get a little unnerved by the age difference between Usagi and Mamoru, which is only three or four years in these, and then the author throws in an Elektra complex (which was in the anime, but still). The violence is a bit more pronounced. One of the enemies tries to choke someone, the enemies are trying to destroy the planet and make everyone disappear and attacks throw or dissolve targets. Still no cursing.["br"]>(less)
This volume focuses on Natsume's relationship with the youkai much more than people (probably because the previous volume did the opposite). In additi...moreThis volume focuses on Natsume's relationship with the youkai much more than people (probably because the previous volume did the opposite). In addition to the increase in intensity from the local youkai, Natsume must deal with his father's home, which the family wants to sell. He decides to go see it one last time and this look into life before he started to be shuffled around is so painfully sweet. You can also see just how much he tried not to make trouble for the families he stayed with despite being constantly harassed by things they couldn't protect him for or even see. There really isn't anything terribly objectionable in this one. Even Nyanko-sensei's drinking is toned down. There are some harsh things said to Natsume by one of his cousins, but nothing with actual cursing. You can also see some painful family dynamics, but most parents shouldn't be too upset by any of it.(less)
I was glad that, despite Rin not jumping directly into his next adventure or major fight, this volume didn't seem as extraneous as the last chapter of...moreI was glad that, despite Rin not jumping directly into his next adventure or major fight, this volume didn't seem as extraneous as the last chapter of the previous volume. Rin and his classmates are tasked with dealing with the fallout on the Academy of what the rest of the Order is facing across the globe. It is a good way to introduce readers to the next arc without going too far back on character development. This is definitely going to be different than the anime, which didn't include the previous arc or, as far as I can tell so far, this one. One of the enemies in this volume is a cross-dresser desperate to get a kiss from a "prince". This isn't the only instance of innuendo in the volume because another enemy appears in the girls bathroom and all of the guys dress up as girls. The violence level is much less in the volume than in the previous one, but you still see some in the scenes with the side characters. There is some cursing, but nothing major.(less)
The end of the Dark Kingdom arc verges on over-dramatic, but it hits most of the right notes with Usagi finding her power and defeating the enemy. I c...moreThe end of the Dark Kingdom arc verges on over-dramatic, but it hits most of the right notes with Usagi finding her power and defeating the enemy. I could do with a little less "I was destined to love you and love you forever!!!!", but it is drawn beautifully so I can largely stand to endure the mushiness to see the rest.
I don't completely mind skipping Sailor Moon R and going straight to the Black Moon. The arc with the twin aliens is strange in the anime and would be difficult to justify with the way the battle ended in this volume.
Black Moon includes Chibi-usa who starts off as one of my least favorite characters (she grows on me as some of her more annoying aspects start to go away). She appears with a bang, knocking over Usagi and kissing Mamoru which is just disturbing... She quickly takes over Usagi's family and suddenly she is competing for Mamoru with an elementary student.
Chibi-usa's interactions with Mamoru are for me the most objectionable part of this volume (and a couple of the next ones). She can't seem to decide whether to act like a child or not and no one seems to treat her like the child she is rather than an equal (which leads to awkward interactions and weird jealousy from a teen girl). The complete lack of respect she shows for adults and reality may also cause some problems. Other than that, there is a scene with a sword stabbing two people to death that is a bit more violent than the previous volumes (though too stylized to be realistic or disturbing to me).(less)
Usagi finally learns that Chibi-usa came from the future in this volume. She and Chibi-usa struggle to keep the little girl safe from the bad guys, bu...moreUsagi finally learns that Chibi-usa came from the future in this volume. She and Chibi-usa struggle to keep the little girl safe from the bad guys, but neither can decide how to treat the other. Eventually, Usagi seems to decide to act like an adult with Chibi-usa as a child, but when they go to the future she reverts to reacting to Chibi-usa as though she were a rival.
This arc moves much more quickly at the beginning of the action. Once you reach the future, things diverge from the anime and slow down a bit. I'm not sure which I prefer, but I do wish that there was more opportunity for development of the other guardians.
This volume features the continuation and increase of tension and jealousy between Chibi-usa and Usagi over Mamoru. Usagi and Mamoru get a little more intimate than just kissing (though all their clothes stay on). Finally, one of the bad guys has a creepy obsession with future Usagi and the implications of some of the scenes with him and Usagi are a bit uncomfortable. There isn't too much violence in this one although the enemies still die when defeated.(less)