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)