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Librarian's note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here. One of the most-beloved of all Japanese manga titles, Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon has enthralled millions of readers worldwide since its debut in book form in early 1992. When Usagi Tsukino adopts a stray cat, she gets more than she bargains for The talking cat, Luna, informs Usagi th Librarian's note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here. One of the most-beloved of all Japanese manga titles, Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon has enthralled millions of readers worldwide since its debut in book form in early 1992. When Usagi Tsukino adopts a stray cat, she gets more than she bargains for The talking cat, Luna, informs Usagi that she is actually Sailor Moon, a magical princess from the future and protector of the Solar System. With the help of her new friends, the Sailor Scouts, and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Moon embarks on a quest to save us all from the evil powers of the Negaverse.

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Librarian's note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here. One of the most-beloved of all Japanese manga titles, Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon has enthralled millions of readers worldwide since its debut in book form in early 1992. When Usagi Tsukino adopts a stray cat, she gets more than she bargains for The talking cat, Luna, informs Usagi th Librarian's note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here. One of the most-beloved of all Japanese manga titles, Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon has enthralled millions of readers worldwide since its debut in book form in early 1992. When Usagi Tsukino adopts a stray cat, she gets more than she bargains for The talking cat, Luna, informs Usagi that she is actually Sailor Moon, a magical princess from the future and protector of the Solar System. With the help of her new friends, the Sailor Scouts, and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Moon embarks on a quest to save us all from the evil powers of the Negaverse.

30 review for Sailor Moon, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lainey

    The nostalgia is so real. I'm reading the '98 English translation versions because that is what I grew up with. So as I re-read this, essentially all of them will be 5-star because 7 year old Lainey won't allow me to rate them any less.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♆Hayley (TheVillainousReader)

    FIGHTING EVIL BY MOONLIGHT *Sailor V kick and strikes a pose* I've been worshipping Sailor Moon pretty much my whole life. I remember watching it on Saturdays and picking the movies out at the movie store (when those were still a thing). Safe to say, I'm a Sailor Moon freak and while I love the anime (the Japanese version of course, though they did redo the english version and took out all the censorship, their American names, etc, which I'm very happy about) I knew to be a true sailor-moon-is-my FIGHTING EVIL BY MOONLIGHT *Sailor V kick and strikes a pose* I've been worshipping Sailor Moon pretty much my whole life. I remember watching it on Saturdays and picking the movies out at the movie store (when those were still a thing). Safe to say, I'm a Sailor Moon freak and while I love the anime (the Japanese version of course, though they did redo the english version and took out all the censorship, their American names, etc, which I'm very happy about) I knew to be a true sailor-moon-is-my-heart-and-soul-fan I had to read the manga. And like most books I've heard the manga was way better and more fleshed out, especially when it came to Mamo-chan and Usagi's relationship which even though I loved it, I always felt like it was a little.. off balance..? Like.. I knew he loved her but he kind of treated her like a child...? And not really like a partner...? Like he was a little bit, always annoyed with her...? Which I get because she is pretty ridiculous but I wanted to see that partnership. Short winded response in regards to that long winded mini rant, I feel like I'm going to get that from the manga and I'm so excited!. This was so fun and cute and funny and I loved it. It was exactly what I was hoping it would be and I'm crazy excited to continue onnnnn. *** I haven't read a lot of manga so I don't really feel like I can rate this at the moment. But I loved it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    April

    Sailor Moon without a doubt made most of my childhood sparkle. I remember dressing up as Tuxedo Mask for Halloween one time and praying for a magica girl to serenade (hello, high school sexuality problems). I also remember acting out the transformation sequences with all of the merchandise I was able purchase with my measly allowance. Everything was just so colourful and magic; more than anything I wanted to be a badass Sailor Scout. I'm not really able to critique Sailor Moon exactly because it Sailor Moon without a doubt made most of my childhood sparkle. I remember dressing up as Tuxedo Mask for Halloween one time and praying for a magica girl to serenade (hello, high school sexuality problems). I also remember acting out the transformation sequences with all of the merchandise I was able purchase with my measly allowance. Everything was just so colourful and magic; more than anything I wanted to be a badass Sailor Scout. I'm not really able to critique Sailor Moon exactly because it became such an important piece of my childhood and self so there's nothing I can really say bad about it. The cheesy dialogue and other things were simply what made it so appealing to me as a child. I still remain a fan and I always will; Sailor Moon is just too precious to me and it's a gem that I'll forever hold in my heart.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I was one of those kids, that didn't grow up, watching the anime of Sailor Moon. Nonetheless, I had a vague idea of what it was about, the characters involved, and the fact it is so popular, doesn't surprise me at all. I'll admit, I went into this first book of the series, with kind of average expectations,but I have been rather pleasantly surprised. Sailor moon, for me, is like eating a vanilla cream cupcake. The story was light, and kind of fluffy, but the powers the girls had, made me enjoy it I was one of those kids, that didn't grow up, watching the anime of Sailor Moon. Nonetheless, I had a vague idea of what it was about, the characters involved, and the fact it is so popular, doesn't surprise me at all. I'll admit, I went into this first book of the series, with kind of average expectations,but I have been rather pleasantly surprised. Sailor moon, for me, is like eating a vanilla cream cupcake. The story was light, and kind of fluffy, but the powers the girls had, made me enjoy it more. It was like the icing on the cake. I mean, what girl wouldn't want to wake up finding she had those kind of powers? I didn't think Sailor Moon was in no way representing a fourteen year old. I mean, she didn't look, or, even act like one. I would have been happier if she was actually a couple of years older. However, I haven't let that ruin the overall experience for me. I enjoyed how the author kind of played around with space and time, and there were pretty good explanations for everything that was happening. I loved the power of the girls friendship in this, and the romance that seemed to be blossoming. The last thing, was the artwork. It was beautiful. With any Manga, the artwork is important to me, and this one didn't let me down. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment. MOON PRISM POWER!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Irena

    I watched Sailor Moon right when I returned from Hungary to live in the post-war Bosnia. We didn't have electricity so my father would start up the electricity generator so that sis and I could watch Sailor Moon. I've seen the German, dubbed version and I think they did a great job. Sailor Moon was called Bunny and it sounds OK to me even now, so many years later. Apart from teaching me right from wrong, it was a really well done anime perfectly suitable for little girls: romance, friendship, fi I watched Sailor Moon right when I returned from Hungary to live in the post-war Bosnia. We didn't have electricity so my father would start up the electricity generator so that sis and I could watch Sailor Moon. I've seen the German, dubbed version and I think they did a great job. Sailor Moon was called Bunny and it sounds OK to me even now, so many years later. Apart from teaching me right from wrong, it was a really well done anime perfectly suitable for little girls: romance, friendship, fight against evil, cute talking kittens, prince in the..black tuxedo with a rose that seems deadly enough to pawn enemies (back then we didn't question such things!) As far as the manga goes..I didn't like it so much. Volume 1 is so fast paced that it allows absolutely no character development and all it keeps repeating is: "I'm Usagi Tsukino. A 14-year-old girl who is most happy when she's snoozing <3" or "Sailor Mercury. The brain of the group. The Genius Girl with an IQ of 300, Amy-chan." The way that all the other scouts accept their destiny and Luna's missing explanation as to what the hell just happened to them is just silly. Be as that may, I still enjoyed the whole feelgood story, the dreamy art and the back of the manga explanation regarding the translation. Listen to this below! :D German Sailor Moon Intro

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Reading Sailor Moon takes me way back! Born in the Nineties, most girls (and even some guys) in my generation was into either The Powerpuff Girls, The Winx Club or Sailor Moon. I was definitely a Sailor Moon fan, but I had no idea that there was a whole graphic novel series! It's from 1992, it's old - now I feel old because the last time I even watched Sailor Moon I was four years old, in 2001 - wow, this is nostalgic. Anyway, amazing book, I'll definitely be reading the rest in the series. :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Starbubbles

    I got all 11 Sailor Moon books in the mail on the 14th, and when i was finally able get around to reading them, I devowered them. I loved every moment of every single book. It was just as good, if not better than the anime. Though, everytime I saw "In the name of the moon, you're punished," I read it as "On behalf of the moon, I will punish you!" Ah, good ol' Sailor Moon! Plus, the theme song is one of my all time favorite theme songs. Now, if they could coordinate playing the theme song when yo I got all 11 Sailor Moon books in the mail on the 14th, and when i was finally able get around to reading them, I devowered them. I loved every moment of every single book. It was just as good, if not better than the anime. Though, everytime I saw "In the name of the moon, you're punished," I read it as "On behalf of the moon, I will punish you!" Ah, good ol' Sailor Moon! Plus, the theme song is one of my all time favorite theme songs. Now, if they could coordinate playing the theme song when you open the book, I think it would then become beyond perfect.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lara Mi

    Review for complete series Sailor Moon is a fundamental series of manga. Most manga fans and readers will have read it or at the very least be familiar with the character and plot. I was one of those who did not grow up with Sailor Moon; I never really saw the anime episodes and by the time I started to read the manga the Sailor Moon series was long out of print. Nonetheless, I had an idea of what the series was about, the characters and of course the fact that it was famous and very popular. By Review for complete series Sailor Moon is a fundamental series of manga. Most manga fans and readers will have read it or at the very least be familiar with the character and plot. I was one of those who did not grow up with Sailor Moon; I never really saw the anime episodes and by the time I started to read the manga the Sailor Moon series was long out of print. Nonetheless, I had an idea of what the series was about, the characters and of course the fact that it was famous and very popular. By now I have watched the first season and have read the series. Prior to reading it my expectations of this series were not too high – sure, there must be something about it that so many people would love it. But I also thought that a lot of its high praise must come from that air of nostalgia that Sailor Moon will always have. Despite my doubts, after having read it I feel that this manga truly deserves all the praise it receives! There are a few things that I did not like – but that holds true for most things. For one thing, Sailor Moon does, in no way, look or act like a 14-year old. I would have been much happier if she were just a few years older. Mamoru is a nice character but the poor guy is pretty much the only representative of males. All other male characters that appear are only around for a couple of chapters, villains, minor characters or women disguised as men. And then, although it is typical for magical girl manga, the name of their attacks. I do not mind them having hearts and whatnot all over their costumes – but all the spells with sugar heart rains and the like were too much for me. However! Sailor Moon was so much more than what I expected of a magical girl series. Magical girl types of series often leave me with a lot of disbelief and hardly ever do more than just provide a bit of entertainment. I always thought of Sailor Moon to be just like that but the author delivered such beautiful and logical explanations to all the events happening. I loved the whole concept of the story and it let the characters be true guardians of the earth rather than teenagers in sparkly costumes. I am no big fan of science fiction but I loved how the author played with time and space. Because she managed to make Sailor Moon's role so much more believable for me, it was so much easier to route for her and feel with her through all the hardships. I loved the power of friendship in this work and the romance between Sailor Moon and Mamoru was beautiful. I watched the first season of the anime before reading the manga: the relationship between Sailor Moon and Mamoru was ridiculous but the manga version just made my heart feel warm. The beautiful artwork of the author helped, of course. But all scenes between Sailor Moon and Mamoru were so gentle and warm. I loved how their memories of their past lives slowly returned to them. The other thing is the art. The artwork is one of the most important things for me when reading a manga and Sailor Moons is just so astonishingly beautiful. Sailor Moon as a character was also very nice – she grows so much throughout the series and she is nowhere as annoying as she was in the anime adaption. It is also nice how the author goes into the other characters dreams and wishes and does not only focus on Sailor Moon – another thing that many magical girl manga do. The series delivers many lovely and also comical scenes which is good because it also has many (to me unexpected) dark scenes. I probably enjoyed the middle arcs the most. However, I was very interested in the final arc about Sailor Galaxia and was rather disappointed that it fell so short. I think there could have been a lot more about that arc and I would have liked to have learned more about Sailor Galaxia’s motives and origins as well as the purpose and system of the Cauldron and how it creates the stars and planets. All in all: nothing but the highest praise for Sailor Moon! I liked this series so much more than what I always what I always thought I would and I think it is never too late to become a fan!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Marie

    A fluffy, light pallet cleanser. I kind of wish that this was sapphic 😂 I didn’t appreciate the love interest kissing our heroine twice whilst she was immobilised.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Story: Who does not love/want to be a young girl that one day out of the blue discovers you have magical powers and are going to fight the forces of evil to help the world? I know I certainly did! Serena, a somewhat whiny and dim witted girl is able to transform herself into Sailor Moon and along with the help of her friends is able to fight Queen Beryl and the rest of the goons. She also sparks up a love interest with Darien, a much older and smarter guy who seems miles out of her league! There Story: Who does not love/want to be a young girl that one day out of the blue discovers you have magical powers and are going to fight the forces of evil to help the world? I know I certainly did! Serena, a somewhat whiny and dim witted girl is able to transform herself into Sailor Moon and along with the help of her friends is able to fight Queen Beryl and the rest of the goons. She also sparks up a love interest with Darien, a much older and smarter guy who seems miles out of her league! There are of course a great deal of cheesy lines spread throughout the whole series making for some dorky moments however, the plot itself progresses nicely throughout. Drawing Style: The features of the characters were all realistic in appearance with enhanced details and interesting lines and styles for the villains. Characters: The backgrounds of each of the characters was clearly developed throughout ongoing chapters and each character had their own distinct personalities that contributed to the series as a whole. The multitude of different types of character personalities also gives the series a more realistic nature with clashing attitudes and emotions everyone does not always agree with one another but there is also the voice of reason to figure everything out. Overall: This family friendly, romantic comedy brings in a new element to the powers of righteousness and teaching kids what is right and wrong. Note: This review was completed after reading volumes 1-3.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    People on this site seem to have a real love/hate relationship with Sailor Moon. Personally, I've always been a fan. I watched the DIC dubbed anime when I was a kid, a few years ago I picked up the English subbed one to experience it in a new manner, and now that I am introducing to my 6 year old daughter, I picked up a few volumes of the manga. For nostalgia purposes. The art is beautiful, the story is as fun as I remembered, and the characters are loveable. It's a great fast read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    so fun. exactly what i needed to read right now. i love magical girl manga/anime. makes me wanna watch madoka magica again (tuxedo mask kissed her when she was passed out tho??????)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bibliophile Rose

    God!! it reminds me when I was young! a little girl who's fan of Usagi . I remember watching this manga series and everytime when Usagi goes in a mission or when she fights I act like her. Moving just like her hoping my clothes will change. Ah!! I really miss those days. So that's why I decided to read this series to remember my childhood's days. to refresh my memory 😍😍 Moon Prism Power

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sailor Moon Costume

    The very best memory of my childhood. I recommend it for everyone. 5 of 5 from me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Petros

    ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10 Ah, good ol’ pretty sailor warriors! Despite being the series most other mahou shoujo copied thereafter, it remains in the tops because very few managed to have its variety and vividness. Plus, I like it too. ART SECTION: 7/10 [Bishoujos in Sailor Suits.] Following the trend, the artwork is extremely shoujo, that means very breezy sketches and loose borders between frames. It looks very amateurish in the first part but along the way it improves considerably and towards the ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10 Ah, good ol’ pretty sailor warriors! Despite being the series most other mahou shoujo copied thereafter, it remains in the tops because very few managed to have its variety and vividness. Plus, I like it too. ART SECTION: 7/10 [Bishoujos in Sailor Suits.] Following the trend, the artwork is extremely shoujo, that means very breezy sketches and loose borders between frames. It looks very amateurish in the first part but along the way it improves considerably and towards the end it now looks splendid. You just have to get used to the idea that the plot is driven by dialogue and mostly cinematics, rather motion or action. The battles are to the most part very short and unimpressive but what happens in between is plain wonderful. Despite its girly looks there are parts with quite the disturbing graphical violence. The way most people die in it is bordering occult horror, as they are either turned to mummies or dust (and this applies to many innocents as well). There are also lots of illusions and psychedelic sceneries that make this rather inappropriate for too young readers. For the same reason I liked it even more, heh. STORY SECTION: 8/10 [Once upon a time, there was a princess on the moon...] The story is basically separated into five arcs and in each we have the stereotypical tale of superpowered girls fighting demons who want to take over the world. The plot is extremely fast for manga standards and in each chapter there will always be something new to further the plot. Although it gets repetitive and predictable after awhile, the events that happen in-between the battles are quite captivating so it is not that annoying. Despite the cheesy premise, there are several overtones in each arc which don’t allow things to be too black or white, or even good or evil. To some extent each character has its dark side, some villains have more reasons than just being born evil, and every challenge is attacking the mind as well as body. Thus the story is more psychological and even philosophical that your typical superpower fighting formula. Although it always amounts down to using the power of love or friendship, it is still quite creepy and exciting most of the times. There are also several themes that go far beyond the notions of good and evil. What is happiness, how it feels to be immortal, how can you live as nothing but a vessel for everyone’s grief. Also the scale of the battles escalates to encompass entire worlds and eventually the whole galaxy, making you feel like you are watching a story that is bigger than life itself. So although the basic idea is that of a fairy tale, it constantly expands to various serious matters that make it appear to be far more than just that. CHARACTER SECTION: 8/10 [Although there are no original characters, their quirks and decent coloring makes up for it.] The characters are the rather standard bunch of people you expect to see in such a tale. The teenage girls who do girly stuff by day (school, romance, hobbies) and battle demons by night. The thing is that they are colorized a lot along the way and each one becomes a distinctive personality, despite usually being grouped together in battles as a unit. So you are not supposed to criticize them in battles, which as I said they are very fast and unexciting, but rather of what they are doing, saying or feeling between battles. They are still 2 dimensional to the most part but they are very distinctive for their stereotype and easily become likable and memorable. A thing which I didn’t like that much is how most of the villains weren’t given much attention. Most were nothing but generic one-chapter enemies and were killed right away before we get the time to even understand why or who or when. The anime version deliberately prolonged the plot with lots of stand-alone episodes where you could get to know them but here they come and go in a few pages. The big bads are otherwise nicely colorful and make delightfully evil adversaries. VALUE SECTION: 10/10 [I find no reason for not considering it amongst the best of what this genre has to offer.] Sailor Moon is neither the first nor the best Mahou Shojo on the block. But it became famous enough, thanks to: -its likable characters. Since all of them are stereotypes, every viewer can easily find someone he/she likes and thus root for. -its long duration, easily becoming the longest Mahou Shojo ever made. More than enough time to bind with the characters. -its evolving story. -its romance. It is quite stereotypical most of the time but the visual effects and the metaphysical plot make it more interesting than that of a typical slice-of-life romantic scenario. -its several name allusions. Every Sailor Warrior has the basic element she controls in her surname, villains are always named after a specific category (minerals in the first season, crystals in the second, animals in the fourth, metals in the fifth), and special effects are tied to their user’s personality. VERDICT: 8/10 Very naïve and repetitive but its heart is pure and intact.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ally

    So, like, a one point, she uses her moon tiara to BEHEAD A DEMON. What the fuck. I really need to read more of the series. Since I saw (most of) the first season of Crystal before reading this, most of it was familiar already. The surprising parts are the no-nonsense, bloodless violence. Wherein the MONSTER OF THE WEEK IS BEHEADED while crumbling to dust. And like, Mars seems to straight up vaporize one of the dudes that Berryl is controlling?? I don't even. I'm kinda bummed that the english version So, like, a one point, she uses her moon tiara to BEHEAD A DEMON. What the fuck. I really need to read more of the series. Since I saw (most of) the first season of Crystal before reading this, most of it was familiar already. The surprising parts are the no-nonsense, bloodless violence. Wherein the MONSTER OF THE WEEK IS BEHEADED while crumbling to dust. And like, Mars seems to straight up vaporize one of the dudes that Berryl is controlling?? I don't even. I'm kinda bummed that the english version (put out by Kodansha Comics) cuts out the author's comments on the sides. At least, there seems to be conspicuous blank spots on the sides of the page. Also there's this annoying little moon symbol every time there's the worlds "Sailor Moon." The symbol is shoved between Sailor and Moon, and it bothers me. Finally, wow, Usagi is hella bi. Her reactions when she meets Mercury, and later Mars, is "WOW SHE'S CUTE *U*". I love it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I reread this to avoid comfort eating while i was upset after breaking up with my boyfriend last week. I couldn't get enough of this in seventh grade, but rereading this 8 years later isn't quite the same. Its a little silly, repetitive, but enjoyable none the less. Definitely an excellent mindless read, especially when stressed (and healthier than eating a package of oreos!). :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I read all the volumes of Sailor Moon when it was released to us in English. This series was a huge love of my life years ago, and it still makes me nostalgic and happy to return to it. 忘れないわ, セーラームーン.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    The time has come!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimmie

    It is no secret that this title is a genre defining one in it's own right, both inside and outside of Japan. Many will remember waking up in the 90's to watch the Sailor Moon anime show that would air, a moment from childhood for many fans that they still remember. But the manga series is where it all began. This is one of my favourite manga series, and remains so even today. Takeuchi creates a lovely story that teaches about friendship, loyalty, strength and never giving in. She creates a group It is no secret that this title is a genre defining one in it's own right, both inside and outside of Japan. Many will remember waking up in the 90's to watch the Sailor Moon anime show that would air, a moment from childhood for many fans that they still remember. But the manga series is where it all began. This is one of my favourite manga series, and remains so even today. Takeuchi creates a lovely story that teaches about friendship, loyalty, strength and never giving in. She creates a group of characters that are easily loveable. The story in the manga version to me was always more mature then the televised series which is refreshing, as even if you are a fan of the series but have never read the manga, there is something new for you to look forward too somewhat. The artwork is typical Takeuchi, in which it is beautiful and just adds to the story. The series is classed as a 'shoujo', so the artwork is also what you would expect from the genre. Still, Takeuchi's artwork will always have a special place in my heart for how lovely it is. From a different perspective or by being older you're able to see things in the story that you may not have noticed before. Sure, there are moments that may cause you to eyeroll, and the characters may make silly decisions sometimes, but at the end of the day the series is still very much fun. Not only that but it has a place in many peoples hearts, so even if you're a fan and you only revisit the series due to nostalgic reasons, you can't ignore just what this series has managed to do in it's time for so many. While it is true that the original manga editions from the 90's aren't the best translation wise, what we must remember was how new the anime and manga industry still was outside of Japan at the time. However, with the new, updated releases of the manga being released now I strongly urge any fan of the series to pick up these volumes and check them out, because it really is worth it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Evey

    I've been a Sailor Moon fan since I was four or five years old. I still am, at almost twenty five. The art is so cute and pretty, and the characters are adorable, each in their own way.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (QuothTheBookLover)

    I love the art style of this manga and I really enjoyed the story. Usagi really irritated me in the first half but she got better as she got used to what she was doing. I live for Tuxedo Mask.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    I really enjoyed this book, though it was hard to follow because they smushed all the panels together. I really liked the story and Luna!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I loved this. I remember a little from when I watched it when I was younger to have this nostalgic feeling whilst reading but had forgotten enough, that there are twist and turns. I really enjoyed this, time to watch the first couple of episodes from the anime!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Birckhead

    Magical girl goodness. I smiled alot as a remember the romance. This was my first anime before I knew it was anime and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brandi (Brandi Janee's Bookshelf)

    **3.5 stars**

  27. 5 out of 5

    Derick Edgren

    I think I missed a lot, but I had fun!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Friday

    moon prism power 🌙 💖✨ five stars ofc!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Makaylah

    Sailor Moon, Volume one is an amazing manga! The detail of the drawings and the way Moon doesn't like fighting, but Luna forces her to, is a great character trait for a superhero! Luna, the cat, is a very likeable and pushy character making her my favorite, she is also my favorite 'cause I love cats! The book, as I mentioned, is a manga, I'm not really good with books with no pictures that are too long, my brain gives up on them easily, but this book kept me reading and wanting more. If you like Sailor Moon, Volume one is an amazing manga! The detail of the drawings and the way Moon doesn't like fighting, but Luna forces her to, is a great character trait for a superhero! Luna, the cat, is a very likeable and pushy character making her my favorite, she is also my favorite 'cause I love cats! The book, as I mentioned, is a manga, I'm not really good with books with no pictures that are too long, my brain gives up on them easily, but this book kept me reading and wanting more. If you like an unlikely superhero you should read this sereis! I'm now reading the secound volume to the sereis

  30. 5 out of 5

    sorina

    The first volume of the Sailor Moon manga introduces you to Bunny, a 14-year old junior high student who actually turns out to be a powerful soldier, or Sailor Scout, whose mission it is to protect the area around her from evil creatures/demons. The first book also introduces you to several other scouts, as well as Tuxedo Mask (her mysterious, masked protector and romantic interest), and sets up the plot for the next several books. Being a rabid Sailor Moon fan for most of my life, I of course en The first volume of the Sailor Moon manga introduces you to Bunny, a 14-year old junior high student who actually turns out to be a powerful soldier, or Sailor Scout, whose mission it is to protect the area around her from evil creatures/demons. The first book also introduces you to several other scouts, as well as Tuxedo Mask (her mysterious, masked protector and romantic interest), and sets up the plot for the next several books. Being a rabid Sailor Moon fan for most of my life, I of course enjoyed the manga immensely when I was younger. On this more recent reading of it though, a couple things were made clearer to me. The first is that Sailor Moon actually revolves around the romance between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask. This was something that I felt was secondary when I was younger, because I really just enjoyed Sailor Moon being a badass. However, I really do enjoy the romance between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, and I find the drawing style oddly complementary to it (it's quite wispy and frilly). The second thing I noticed is that the manga is extremely fast-paced, and there's only a tiny bit of character development in the first book--and you really have to pick up on it. Having known the characters like I did, however, this probably was not a problem for me when I was younger, but if anyone is new to Sailor Moon and starts with the manga, it might be a bit hard to get it to as the characters don't really draw you in (yet!). That being said, the art is amazing. It's not gritty or realistic or different, it's actually what I believe can be a called a pretty standard style of manga, especially for when it came out in the early 90s. But it is very flowery and girly, and the Scouts always look gorgeous or cute or whatever, and that's something that I appreciate, and something that I actually look for in Sailor Moon. I also want to commend the book and series in general for taking on some non-normative roles for its characters. Even though a lot of the book is focused Sailor Moon's infatuation with Tuxedo Mask, and he basically saves her life every time she's fighting someone evil, the first book introduces Sailor Moon cross-dressing as a man, and very slightly alludes to some sort of feelings between Zoisite and Nephrite, two of the evil generals (though honestly, that may be me looking into things). Also, in the author's notes in the books, Naoko Takeuchi states that the anime is often from a male perspective. All in all, it was a good and very quick read, and I would definitely recommend Sailor Moon as a worthy manga to pick up and read.

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