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)