Sakura's Reviews > Codename: Sailor V, Vol. 1

Codename by Naoko Takeuchi
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Sep 19, 11

bookshelves: comedy, fantasy, shoujo, strong-heroine, mahou-shoujo, action
Read in September, 2011

If you're reading this review, chances are you're already familiar with Sailor Moon. Since Sailor V is supposed to be a prequel to Sailor Moon, I don't really recommend this to anyone who hasn't already read/seen Sailor Moon and/or isn't into mahou shoujo (magical girl) stuff.

Being the prequel to Sailor Moon, it kind of does show. The artwork and storyline isn't as refined as Sailor Moon, however as a long time fan of Sailor Moon and mahou shoujo, it's still entertaining on its own. I would definitely recommend reading (and owning this) together with Sailor Moon as they kind of compliment one another. Other than that, not much can be said about Sailor V (it may not be "special" enough to want to read on its own).

Pros:
- Updated edition with about 2 volumes per manga book, new cover designs, updated art and colored pages, plus very first time it's been published in English!
- Pure fun that kind of gets to the little girl in everyone (it never tries to be anything that it isn't).
- Nice introduction to Sailor Moon.

Cons:
- Some awkward translations here and there (hey nobody's perfect).
- Art feels somewhat old and storyline isn't as refined as in the main Sailor Moon series.
- Pretty "cheesy" like most mahou shoujo - offers very little that would attract a new fan who wasn't already into Sailor Moon or familiar with mahou shoujo.
- Kind of shows Sailor V's (Venus) more ditzy/lazy side (comparable to Usagi/Sailor Moon's personality in some ways).
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