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
When I was in college and Corpse Bride came out, a group of us went to see it. Afterwards, one of the guys observThis is about a 2.5 star book for me.
When I was in college and Corpse Bride came out, a group of us went to see it. Afterwards, one of the guys observed, "it's like Burton put a quarter in the 25-cent plot machine and that movie came out." That's kind of how I felt about this book. It's not that it was bad, but there's nothing here that you haven't seen before if you have even a passing familiarity with young adult and/or fantasy literature.
The first half of this book was incredibly boring to me. After starting in media res, we pause on page 15 (!!!) for an info-dump to explain the world-building. That was very jarring to me and turned me off of the story almost immediately. It became my bedtime reading, something I could read on my Nook at night without the light disturbing my husband. That's why it took me nearly a month to read it.
The first half of the book is supposed to be full of political intrigue as Wil - the titular orphan queen who is planning to reclaim her throne - and her best friend Melanie go undercover in the palace and feed information back to the rest of their group of lost boys other orphans. Unfortunately, there is a lot of showing-not-telling in this half. There's also a burgeoning romance with the masked vigilante Black Knife, which comes out of nowhere but we accept anyway because this is YA.
Around the halfway point, Wil takes it upon herself to visit the "wraithland," or the desolate lands that have been lost to a type of malignant magic. This is when the story started to interest me. "Wraith" is never fully explained, but that's because in-universe no one knows what it is or where it comes from. The consequences of Wil's experiences in the wraithland drive the second half of the story, and even led to a cliffhanger that has me begrudgingly interested in reading the second book.
Although I am a sucker for romances, I feel like this story would be much stronger without. There's no mystery about Black Knife's identity. I'm not invested in the outcome of their relationship, because I never saw it develop. I think the entire plot would have been much tighter if there had been more emphasis on learning about the wraith and court politicking (and even the power struggles among the orphans), and less emphasis on dresses and lackluster romance....more