This one wraps up the Sailor Saturn arc and begins the Dark Moon Circus arc. Once Mistress 9 appeared, I don't really think things moved faster than t...moreThis one wraps up the Sailor Saturn arc and begins the Dark Moon Circus arc. Once Mistress 9 appeared, I don't really think things moved faster than they should have, but I do think the arcs are more compact than I would like. I'm especially disappointed because the Dark Moon Circus arc in the anime showed a real regression in Usagi's maturity which this manga seems determined to continue with. I am really glad to see Helios and can't wait to see what they do with it in this medium. Some of the characters spend most of the volume in transparent nude forms. These forms don't show anything, but they do hint at more than they would clothed and these are the younger characters. There isn't any cursing that I recall. If there was, it was Kaolinite or Mistress 9. Usagi still has some issues with feeling attracted to Haruka in this one. I don't know if it is a translation thing, but Michiru states that Haruka is both male and female (or has both powers). Michiru and Haruka are still very much connected.(less)
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)
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)
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)
I'm pretty prepared to say that this isn't my kind of graphic novel. There is a lot of absurd stuff going on from the inter-dimensional delivery syste...moreI'm pretty prepared to say that this isn't my kind of graphic novel. There is a lot of absurd stuff going on from the inter-dimensional delivery system, to needing to fight ex-boyfriends and falling in love with a girl because she travels through your head space. I was also not terribly keen on the characters. Scott is pretty much a slacker. Him dating Knives is borderline statutory. Ramona is pretty well not likable in my opinion and the other characters are basically throwaways (although the room mate does get in a few good lines).
Apparently I'm alone in my opinion of its mediocrity because it checks out very well at my library and I need to buy the next book for my teens.
There is a fade to black sex scene. The main character gets in an over the top fight with another character. There is also some cursing and the main character's male room mate appears to have a crush on him.(less)
You finally get the most revealing hints at Edgar and Raven's past, but they still don't spell everything out. Lydia does get taken seriously now thou...moreYou finally get the most revealing hints at Edgar and Raven's past, but they still don't spell everything out. Lydia does get taken seriously now though because they see something they can't explain through other means and her knowledge saves the day (even though she does need Edgar to do it). Niko is still fascinating in that he tends to provide just enough of a hint without explaining things for everyone else to solve the puzzle. Unfortunately, this is the last volume. While they picked a good place to end, I really wanted to see more of their adventures. Surprisingly, there wasn't very much violence in this one. With the people Raven had already killed, I was expecting more, but there was mostly a lot of tension and expectancy rather than fighting. The Victorian feel continues in this with very little contact between any of the characters especially between Lydia and Edgar. He does act like he's getting "intimate" with Rosalie to get information out of her but the extent of that is touching her face while they sit on the floor. (less)
I don't recognize the fairy mentioned in this tale either from British or Japanese mythology. He's a creepy little thing though. I do recognize the Fo...moreI don't recognize the fairy mentioned in this tale either from British or Japanese mythology. He's a creepy little thing though. I do recognize the Fogman as British. I can't believe that Lydia is working for Edgar without asking about his past. She was bound to get entangled in political intrigues that she couldn't understand having never been part of Society. Raven kills someone with a knife, but that is the most visible violent part in this volume. There are hints about Edgar's past that indicate it wasn't pleasant as well as Rosalie possibly having done something to her cousin Lady Doris. Edgar continues to court Lydia, but it is done in the manner of that time period, which while Lydia occasionally calls him a scoundrel is actually rather polite. There is absolutely no cursing that I recall.(less)
While this is an interesting look at British fairy tales and mermaids, it is also intriguing just because you want to know what Edgar's past was to ma...moreWhile this is an interesting look at British fairy tales and mermaids, it is also intriguing just because you want to know what Edgar's past was to make him the way he is. He doesn't act like a normal person in many situations although Raven is much less capable of behaving humanely. In truth, when I watched part of the anime, it was part of the reason I couldn't decide whether he was lying about being the Blue Knight Earl.
In addition to the romantic tension between Lydia and Edgar, Ermine gets into a very compromising situation with Edgar that makes Lydia think they are together. This one has a little bit more violence with Raven killing at least one person, a hostage situation and some fight scenes. Also, someone makes a choice to let go and die rather than fight for his life. There is still no cursing mostly because it is written with a Victorian era feel.(less)