I’ll admit that this is a bit embarrassing but I haven’t posted in the manga section of GrimmGirl since February! That’s so bad. So I’m going to change that today and get things started with some Sailor Moon.
Sailor Moon is one of my favorite manga ever. I’ve already read it so I thought it would be a good manga to do a revisited series with. I find that a lot of people are familiar with the 90s anime and some with the new reboot but not with the manga itself. This is a damn shame since the 90s anime is so different from the manga it’s insane. The reboot follows through though pretty well.
Since I like the series as a whole it should come as no surprise that I like the first volume. It is a great introduction into the world that is Sailor Moon. You are tossed a lot of information but you are also left at the end of the volume with a lot of questions. Volume one really centers on introducing the various characters and setting the stage.
The first character we are introduced to is Usagi who will quickly become Sailor Moon. We also meet Luna fairly quickly as well. Even though Usagi bumps into Luna it’s not tell later when Luna explains to Usagi that she is a Sailor Scout and has a job to do.
Usagi is a self-proclaimed whine baby and all time slacker so she’s not huge on this whole, “fighting bad guys” gig. However when her friend is in trouble she manages to rise to the occasion. This is really the event that makes Usagi’s whole situation real to her and it is because of the success she accepts her responsibility as a Sailor Scout.
This is where Luna gives Usagi her mission. Find the rest of the Sailor Scouts, find and protect the Legendary Silver Crystal and the Princess. Luna also tells Usagi that she isn’t the only one after the Silver Crystal. She will have to fight the Dark Kingdom in order to find the Silver Crystal.
Things get even more out of synch when Tuxedo Mask comes onto the scene. He too is looking for the Legendary Silver Crystal and while he’s not with the Dark Kingdom Luna isn’t 100% sure that he’s not an enemy as well.
The first volume basically introduces the rest of the Sailor Scouts and the resident baddies in the Dark Kingdom. It also sets the foundation for the relationship between Usagi (Sailor Moon) and Mamoru (Tuxedo Mask). While the do not know exactly what connects them they immediately realize that something is certainly there.
If you are only use to the 90s version of Mamoru and Usagi’s relationship than you are in for a treat! First off Mamoru isn’t such a dick in the original version. Second, he’s not in college so it’s not as creepy age-wise. They also have an instant connection as both Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon and Mamoru and Usagi. While Mamoru teases Usagi a bit it’s really more playful.
The volume ends with a lot of questions. Where is the princess? Who is Sailor V? Can Tuxedo Mask be trusted?
I hope you enjoyed this review and it has inspired you to check out the manga if you haven’t already. I’ll be doing reviews of all the volumes so look forward to my post on volume 2 soon 🙂 Comment below with any thoughts you might have on Sailor Moon!
These images are NOT owned by me but by Kodansha Trade and Naoko Takeuchi