Sailor Moon was an elusive anime to me growing up. It was on Toonami at 3PM and my school bus didn’t drop me off until 4PM. I watched the show when I was sick or on weekdays when I happened to not be in school. A part of me is thankful I never watched it enough to know what was going on. They ripped that poor anime to shreds, sometimes deleting whole episodes.
Sailor Moon can be considered a classic. It set the stage for future ‘magical girl’ manga and anime. I don’t know what took me so long, but I have finally picked up the manga.
Usagi Tsukino is a 14-year-old middle school student. I would describe her as a spacey, nerdy crybaby. She doesn’t do too well in school, loves the arcade and is easily upset. Who better to protect the world as Sailor Moon?
Once Usagi’s mystical powers are brought to her attention, she is told she must seek out her allies. These additional sailor scouts are themed after the planets. They’re ultimate goal is to protect their princess and the ‘legendary silver crystal,” which holds immense power.
The divide between good and evil seems pretty cut and dry. Battles are fast and to the point. Most of the story line focuses on finding the other scouts. In addition to Sailor Moon, three other planetary-themed scouts make an appearance. There is also the ever mysterious Tuxedo Mask. There’s not a lot to say about the man for the moment except that he’s connected to the sailor scouts in some way. He just keeps popping up and then whooshing away.
I expected the story to play out simply, as this is a manga geared toward girls closer to Usagi’s age. What I didn’t expect were the hints at missing memories. It seems like every character, upon discovering their power, felt as if they remembered once having those abilities.
The villains maintain they’re mystery throughout the book with seemingly no more motive than to have the ‘legendary silver crystal’ to themselves. I hope their motives will be expanded upon in future books. Furthermore, I am extremely curious about these lost memories.
- Fast paced story-line
- Lost of unique characters
- A black and white concept of good and evil
- Motives for all characters are pretty simple
- Mystery surrounding missing memories
Rating: 3 Stars
Takeuchi, Naoko. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. New York, NY: Kodansha Comics, 2011. Print.