There is a lot of exposition in this volume. Instead of battle scenes or character development through interaction, this volume relies on the outer sc...moreThere is a lot of exposition in this volume. Instead of battle scenes or character development through interaction, this volume relies on the outer scouts explaining across dozens of pages why the inner scouts are inadequate (or why Sailor Saturn will destroy everything). If there wasn't so much focus on Uranus and Neptune, who are two of my favorites, I wouldn't like this one nearly as much. Also, with so much that I remember from the anime cut out, the manga seems to be trying to streamline things. Usually the manga has more plot lines and characters than the animated version, but this is completely opposite. If the original manga had all of the extra stuff, then maybe the author cleaned up the story. It does flow well, I just miss some of the strange characters and the growth of the scouts we saw as a result. We see a character with cybernetic parts, enemies practicing magic and trying to summon people from another world as well as Hotaru being rude to an adult. I would be rude to her too... The violence is at about the same level and there isn't any cursing. (less)
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)
Bringing in Jack the Ripper so soon in the series was bound to make the storytelling a bit awkward. The author also so far thinks that starting with a...moreBringing in Jack the Ripper so soon in the series was bound to make the storytelling a bit awkward. The author also so far thinks that starting with a random slice of daily manor life that has nothing to do with the rest of the volume is a good idea. We do get to see some development of the characters. The look inside Sebastian's viewpoint was especially funny. I just wish they would either explain the past more quickly or ramp up to things like Jack the Ripper more slowly.
There is still quite a bit of cursing and violence in this volume. Ciel dresses as a girl and is harassed by an older guy. There is the suggestion is a dream sequence that Sebastian and Ciel are in an inappropriate relationship. The text also mentions (more than once) that the Jack the Ripper murders were committed on prostitutes and that their reproductive organs were removed.(less)
This one is a bit odd. I have to admit from all the rave reviews I have heard from various kids and colleagues, I was expecting something else. Sebast...moreThis one is a bit odd. I have to admit from all the rave reviews I have heard from various kids and colleagues, I was expecting something else. Sebastian is Ciel's butler, and he is one of the best at the job you've ever seen. Ciel is an Earl in Great Britain as well as being the head of a toy company at age 12. The relationship between the two is a bit strange, as though the author can't decide whether to have Sebastian act as a surrogate parent or perfect servant. The other members of the household staff are completely useless. I assume in they function as comic relief, but in the story I would totally have fired them and either hired someone else or just done everything myself. The other strange thing is that it is hard to tell that this is set in modern times. I hesitated and almost put it on both my modern and historical shelf because it has such a historical feel at times that you forget that you saw a car or gun two pages ago. Correction: It is set in the Victorian Era when there were both cars and guns, but not ones as sophisticated as you see in this first volume (at least I don't think so).
I'm probably going to have at least one parent pull me aside for this one. Not because of sexual content, the main character is twelve and his fiance is obsessed with making things cute. Most likely it won't be the violence that gets me in trouble either, even though people get shot and stabbed as well as there being at least one impressive spray of blood during a fight scene. Even the idea of making a contract with a demon for him to act as a butler isn't going to tick off as many parents as the cursing. The characters definitely curse. There was at least one f-bomb as well as a variety of others.(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)
I thought I had reviewed this one back when I read it because it was an arc, but I guess not since this is almost 5 months later.
I was glad that I rea...moreI thought I had reviewed this one back when I read it because it was an arc, but I guess not since this is almost 5 months later.
I was glad that I read this while my boyfriend wasn't around because he would make fun of it (and he did when he saw me add it to my read list). I loved My Little Pony as a kid, but I've been hesitant about Friendship is Magic because it doesn't have any of the old characters and so many adult men like it... Rather than try the show I gave this a try. You don't need to have seen the show for this one because the characters are pretty one dimensional. Some of them are still interesting, but one or two are annoying. The story is about as cliche-filled and fluffy as expected. It has moments of genuine humor and intelligence that make up for a lot of it though.
All in all, while I understand this is a crossover for younger girls and adults, it manages to connect to both without leaving either out. There isn't anything that would offend parents and make it inappropriate for the kids, but there is still clever stuff for adult (nerd/geek) readers to catch.(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)
Usagi starts the volume in Mamoru's room where they find out each others' secrets. The pace continues to be quick with Sailor V on scene claiming to b...moreUsagi starts the volume in Mamoru's room where they find out each others' secrets. The pace continues to be quick with Sailor V on scene claiming to be the Moon Princess. (view spoiler)[Anyone surprised as to who is the actual princess isn't paying attention... (hide spoiler)] The volume ends before the final battle, but I would have been severely disappointed if the story had been so condensed that the final battle was in this one.
I do miss some of the filler that the anime added. You get what seems like more character development, but at least more defined battle experience from these middle school girls.
There is a really creepy picture of someone's face as a skull/partially melted. Other than that, the violence level is about the same. The bad guys successfully manipulate one of the good guys to take the place of all their dead generals. No cursing or other language. There is more kissing and romantic longing though nothing else is shown.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I have to admit that I went into this book a bit skeptical. I watched the series on American TV when I was a kid and was disappointed to find out how...moreI have to admit that I went into this book a bit skeptical. I watched the series on American TV when I was a kid and was disappointed to find out how much they edited and cut when I found the subtitled version as a teenager. I never picked up the original manga because I kept hearing it was butchered just as badly. When I heard they were re-releasing the series and that the translators were not going to censor things (we hope), I decided to see if the teens at my library would get as much enjoyment out of the series as I did.
The pace is much quicker than the anime. The guardians (which is probably a better translation than scout anyway...) gather together within chapters of each other and start looking for the princess. I can't tell you whether the original had Mamoru as a high school student, but I could swear that in the series he was a college student. Of course, he is still two or three years older than Usagi, who is also excessively immature at the beginning of the series. They make it out as destiny that they get together, but I was always a bit creeped out by it and some parents may not be comfortable with it either.
As for content, the skirts are a bit short and there is a lot of romantic longing going on, but nothing happens other than a kiss or two. There may have been a couple of minor curse words, but they were said by the bad guys when their plans were foiled or they were dying (if they occurred). The violence aspect is mostly comical, but the bad guys get turned into burned husks when defeated, which could be disturbing. Also, some of Rei's anti-men comments could be taken wrong by parents (and her grandfather is a bit of a pervert despite not being as featured as he was in the anime).(less)
This would make an excellent collector's item. It would also be something that most fans would love to read at least twice. The pictures are highly de...moreThis would make an excellent collector's item. It would also be something that most fans would love to read at least twice. The pictures are highly detailed and let you exam things in the game you usually don't get a very good look at. My only complaint is that viewing the book on Adobe Digital Editions made it slightly blurry (such that some of the captions were unreadable). Unfortunately, when I tried a smaller version on the same platform, the details weren't blurred, but they were too small to read comfortably.
Since this is Legend of Zelda, the amount of cursing is almost nothing (in fact I think the whole series might have a couple instances of jumbled symbols, but nothing else). There is violence. It is largely against monsters and not very realistic (even in Twilight Princess, which is known for realism). This particular book contains a manga short story with the hero in a dungeon (in chains) and also the most realistic death scene I've seen in the series (usually you just end up crumpled on the floor). There are some characters with slightly risque clothes including one version of Impa who is rather plump with excessive cleavage (of course the Ocarina of Time version is rather skin tight too). Other than that, you don't get anything you don't see in the games. In fact, there seemed to be less innuendo than in the games (Ghirahim from Skyward Sword seems to delight in being particularly sleazy for the games' standards).
All in all, I would want to see the binding before I even considered it for my collection at the library. I'm getting rather tired of purchasing books designed to fall apart after handling and many of these character guides or special books are designed that way. If it is an exception to that, I think the teens in my area would love the book.(less)