Hi Sailor Moon fans! It is finally time for my long awaited review of Sailor Moon: Volume 2. I’ll admit I have been very sidetracked by Fruits Basket lately so I have been slacking at my job of rereading my Sailor Moon manga. So please enjoy this next review. If you have never read this manga before and are trying to get an idea of if you would like to read it please check out my original review Sailor Moon Revisited: Volume One. While this review will contain zero spoilers from volume two it will contain spoilers for volume one. You have been warned.
In the first volume of Sailor Moon we were introduced to a majority of the characters that will push the story forward. Usagi aka Sailor Moon the hero of our story learns one day from a talking cat Luna that she is a Sailor Scout and she has a mission. Her mission is to protect the citizens of Tokyo from the Dark Kingdom, assemble the rest of her crime fighting Sailor Scouts, locate the Legendary Silver Crystal and Princess Serenity while protecting them for evil. No big deal for a third year middle schooler right?
While Usagi describes herself as proud crybaby whose skills include eating, video games, and avoiding homework she proves her self to be a great friend. On top of that she demonstrates that when push comes to shove she can be a force to be reckoned with.
In the first volume Usagi is able to find Ami (Sailor Mercury), Rei (Sailor Mars), and Makoto (Sailor Mercury). While assembling her team they are able to discover that the Dark Kingdom is also searching for the Legendary Silver Crystal and are not above hurting humans to find it.
On top of constantly disrupting the Dark Kingdom’s plots Usagi finds herself growing closer to a masked hero (or maybe villain) by the name of Tuxedo Mask. While Luna and the rest of the scouts seem weary of him Usagi can’t help but feel that there is a very real connection between them. She begins to be plagued by dreams where she is calling to a man named Endoyimon and on unknown to her Tuxedo Mask is having dreams about a mysterious woman with long blonde hair urging him to find the Legendary Silver Crystal.
While Tuxedo Mask is also looking for the Legendary Silver Crystal he seems unable to stop himself from looking after Sailor Moon at the same time. It isn’t long before Tuxedo Mask discovers that Sailor Moon is actually Usagi. Usagi also finally comes face to face with the reality that Tuxedo Mask is actually Mamoru Chiba. A third year high school student she has occasionally run into and every time has had a sense that there was something about him.
While there were a lot of questions left unanswered at the end of volume two Usagi is sure of one thing. She is in love with Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru Chiba. She has also discovered that she can be quite powerful when she needs to save her friends or protect people that she loves.
Volume Two begins with Usagi waking up in Mamoru Chiba’s apartment and discovering his identity as Tuxedo Mask. Mamoru brought her to his place after she passed out having revived many citizens whom had been sucked of all their energy thanks to the Dark Kingdom.
Mamoru feels partial responsible for having but Usagi in danger. It was because of his haste to find the Legendary Silver Crystal the Dark Kingdom was able to manipulate the humans of Tokyo. He also explains to Usagi why he is trying to find the Legendary Silver Crystal. Now Usagi is left with decision of telling her team about Mamoru or keeping the information to herself.
This is a really interesting volume to the story because many questions begin to be answered. Usagi is finally able to find the Legendary Silver Crystal but it is in a way that nobody expected. We finally find out the identity of Sailor V and Princess Serenity. Sailor Moon is also able to journey to the Moon in order to talk to the former Queen of the Moon Kingdom. Through their meeting with the former Queen Usagi and the rest of the Sailor Scouts are able to learn more about themselves and about Mamoru Chiba’s role in their story.
The former Queen of the Moon Kingdom is also able to give them all insight on what the Dark Kingdom is and how they are able to move about the Earth. While Usagi is able to learn more about her past she is also confronted with harsh facts about the present. At the end of the volume every character is left wonder if history is destined to repeat itself once more.
I have to admit that this volume leaves you on a real cliffhanger! Even though I already know what’s going to happen I still feel the need to read the next manga. On top of that I have to say I really love how Usagi and Mamoru’s storyline is beginning to unfold. When you find out about their past lives together… I wont say anything more except that in my opinion their story is just so romantic! I think that is one of the things I love about this series. I feel like their romance is really well written.
Have any thoughts on Sailor Moon? Excited to read volume two? Let me know in the comments below.
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