I read the two volumes of Sailor V back to back, so this is kind of a review for both.
Where the first volume clearly has more "introductory" elementsI read the two volumes of Sailor V back to back, so this is kind of a review for both.
Where the first volume clearly has more "introductory" elements - not only to Minako and Sailor V but to the world of Sailor Moon at large - the second volume feels more cohesive. I believe V was finished much later, because Sailor Moon became the primary project, which explains the improvement. The continuity in the second volume is also much better than in the first, which... also makes sense, for the same reason.
It's a great read to see Minako growing into her role as Venus, from reluctant heroine to the confident and collected leader we see when she shows up in Sailor Moon. We also get to see her in a bunch of different outfits, because using the disguise pen is fun! I think a lot of the baddies in V inspired some of the "filler" youma in the original anime.
I wish we'd seen more about Minako learning about the Moon Kingdom, standing in for Serenity, etc. There's definitely still a gap between where Sailor V ends and when we see her again in Sailor Moon.
Overall, these two volumes are quick and worthwhile reads for Moonies....more
I was a huge Sailor Moon fan back when you had to buy fansubbed VHS tapes if you wanted to see beyond DiC's R season. The release of Sailor Moon CrystI was a huge Sailor Moon fan back when you had to buy fansubbed VHS tapes if you wanted to see beyond DiC's R season. The release of Sailor Moon Crystal prompted me to get into all of it again. I recently read the entire manga, and it seemed like time to fill in the gap in my Sailor V knowledge.
If you're reading this, you probably know that Sailor V debuted first and Sailor Moon was born from it. Sailor V pretty quickly starts setting the stage for Sailor Moon. The continuity isn't flawless, but most of it holds up pretty well.
I read the two volumes back to back, so it's hard for me to review the first one independently. But you certainly see precursors to the characters we know and love in Sailor Moon, like Minako's friend Hikaru who looks an awful lot like Ami and her classmate Amano who is the early version of Umino. Reading those early chapters made me a little sad that those characters are never mentioned again. I feel like a meet-up could have been a cute side story. (Or fanfiction! Does this already exist?)...more
Wow wow wow wow. This was so good. I will probably come back and write a better review, but here are my just-finished thoughts:
I'm so glad I didn't reWow wow wow wow. This was so good. I will probably come back and write a better review, but here are my just-finished thoughts:
I'm so glad I didn't read any reviews beforehand. I obviously knew it was a take on One Thousand and One Nights, and a romance, but didn't know what to expect beyond that. The story unfolded differently than I thought it would, but still with a lot of homage to the source material. Beyond the expected frame narrative, the entire story is just very richly layered.
I more or less lined up the map in the front with real maps, but in the beginning it bothered me that I couldn't put the story in historical context (pre-Islamic? early Islamic?). But this isn't historical fiction, so I was able to let that go once I got into the story.
Took my breath away (har):
And the moment felt so terrifyingly real that the thought of anything destroying it cinched the air from her body...
Like a silk cord around her neck.
Most romantic line: My soul sees its equal in you. If I weren't already married, that would be in my wedding vows. Beautiful.
I cannot wait until the next one. I kind of regret reading this now when the sequel isn't out yet.