Tsukino Usagi is 14-year-old and in her second year of middle school. She's a bit of a crybaby and klutzy. However, she can transform into a warrior of justice, Sailormoon! An eternal classic that should be read by all.
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon received the 1993 Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo manga category. It has received wide critical acclaim, being credited with redefining the magical girl genre.
It was adapted to multiple anime series, two series of stage musicals, as well as a 49-episode live-action series from October 4, 2003 to September 25, 2004. A twelve-volume shinsouban ("renewal edition") was published in Japan from September 22, 2003 to September 22, 2004, including two volumes containing short stories. This new edition had new cover art and title logo, as well as corrections in some panels.
The series was published in English by Mixx (later Tokyopop) as a serial in two magazines, MixxZine and Smile, beginning in 1997. The series was later published in eighteen volumes, from December 1, 1998 to September 18, 2001. Tokyopop's license expired in May 2005 and this edition went out of print. It was later republished by Kodansha Comics USA from September 13, 2011 to November 26, 2013, based on the shinsouban edition.
You are going to find that this is a very biased review. Because I LOVED THIS MANGA. I have perferred the manga over the anime before I had even read the manga, and now that I have... Wow. It did not disappoint me.
Story: The story, and all five story arcs, were great. My favorite arcs were Black Moon and Stars. The story rather quickly goes from 'pretty girls in uniforms saving the world from aliens' to something much deeper, and that is a great thing.
Art: The art is great as well. I love Naoko Takeuchi's style; it is so flowy and pretty.
Character: Great characters, although, it focused a lot on Usagi, Mamoru and Chibiusa. I know that there were side stories about some of the other characters, but I didn't get to read those since Neo Nobility didn't have them. The Princess Kaguya story that focused on Luna was also great like its anime counterpart, "Sailor Moon S The Movie: Hearts In Ice". I'll give the characters a 10 anyway since the main characters were great.
Enjoyment/Overall: As I said, I loved this manga. It took me a couple of weeks to read since it was eighteen volumes/fifty two acts long, but it was well worth it. I recommend this to any Sailor Moon fan; it's a great read. This gets a ten.read more
Story: The Sailor Moon series (dubbed) is what got me into anime and manga. Fans of the anime or of shoujo in general would love this series. The story spans over 17 of the 18 volumes in 5 arcs (one of the volumes is filler). The manga story often deviates from its anime counterpart, often taking a darker turn. However, the manga still has plenty of comedy, especially in the Exam Battle Chapters. Fans of romance would enjoy the story as well. I gave the story a 10 because I found it epic, classic shoujo.
Art: The artwork is great. I really love the trademark long, flowing hair.The covers, both original and reprint, are well designed and eye catching. My only complaint is that the main bad guys often look the same- Chaos, Pharaoh 90, and Queen Metallia all look like big black blobs to me.
Character: While Usagi, Chibi-usa, and Mamoru are well developed and interesting, the vast majority of the others aren't. They are often put aside to make more room for the other characters. The other sailor senshi are given personalities and backstory, but they don't really mature or change. This is understandable because of the lack of time, but some of the characters spend a significant amount of time completely out of the picture- kidnapped or dead.
Enjoyment/Overall: As I said in the story section, I went into my first read already enjoying the Sailor Moon story, and the manga version did not disappoint. It offers the same basic story I came to love while giving me enough different things to keep me interested. The artwork is good looking as well. Sadly, the English version of the manga is out of print. I would highly recommend the purchase of this series if you ever come across it. I would also recommend the artbooks as well. read more
Sailor Moon is definitely one of the classic anime. Nearly everyone who watches or reads Japanese cartoons, and even those that don't, have heard of this popular show named after the main character.
I read this years ago, and enjoyed it immensely. The strong, positive female role models make it a wonderful read for impressionable young girls, and the romance to ass-kicking ratio is fairly even. However, the manga is not nearly as light-hearted as the anime, but it still has it's comedic moments.
Each of the Sailor Senshi have a distinct personality and complimenting traits. People can easily relate to at least one main character in the books. However, aside from the backstory and personality, they are a bit lacking. We see far more of Usagi, Chibi-Usa, and Mamoru than any of the other characters, who are often missing from the storyline.
By today's standards, the art is definitely lacking, but the trademark sketch-y style, the long hair, and the angled faces are all part of what makes Sailor Moon it's own. I actually enjoy the way it's drawn, and I think Rei has features to die for. The outfits are always beautiful and eye catching, and I've no complaints about their uniforms either. (Dem transformations doe.)
I would readily recommend this anime to anyone, but I would especially recommend this read to young girls who enjoy anime.
This is where the whole phenomenon started, and it won't disappoint. More direct than the anime (okay 90% of the anime is filler/ bad guy of the week) and more serious, the story line is still the same, with some new characters and transformations thrown in. Some of the main characters (specifically Mars) are very different from their anime counterparts (I actually liked Usagi more than I wanted to strangle her!). A little less childish than the anime (but not that that's a bad thing), for any Moonie, it's a treat.