Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!
This week we’re each discussing a different volume of the manga! Since my post is on Tuesday, I’ll be talking about the second volume (Alexa discussed volume 1 yesterday, Cee will talk about volume 3 tomorrow, Cristina will continue with volume 4 on Thursday and Sierra will conclude with volume 5 on Friday). Don’t forget to check out my Sailor Moon Art Collection, my wish list, Sailor Moon Favorites, Sailor Moon Book Tag, enter our giveaway!
- I love that all of the Sailor Scouts are already assembled by the end of the second volume. It takes a really long time to get to that point in the anime and a huge reason why I’m such a Sailor Moon addict is enjoying the antics of the ultimate girl gang. I love seeing the girls work together to fight evil and bring justice to the monster who are plaguing them. The girls are very close and they’re always looking out for one another despite some sisterly bickering between battles.
- When Sailor Venus shows up, the girls believe that she is Princess Serenity and Sailor Venus doesn’t correct them right away. In the anime, this moment was a cliffhanger at the end of one episode but it was immediately rectified within the first minute of the following episode. I think Sailor Venus is even more mature in the manga than the anime and she has so much experience fighting evil that she’s an important asset to the team.
- In volume 2, Sailor Moon already realizes that she is Princess Serenity. She begins having memories of her past and she also learns that Tuxedo Mask is Mamoru. She also remembers that he is someone she loved in her past. Again, this takes forever in the anime!
- The girls are able to travel to the Moon and talk with the former Queen of the Moon Kingdom which allows them to learn more about themselves and more about the Dark Kingdom and how they’ve come to Earth.
- The end of this volume is more somber than the first volume. It definitely leaves you needing to read volume 3 ASAP to continue the story of the scouts.
- While I do like the anime more than the manga, I have to say how much I love the artwork. It’s so magical and I could stare at it all day! I like that Kodansha includes color pages at the beginning of each volume (even though the interior artwork is my favorite). I think they do a good job of trying to convey the transformation sequences and weapon scenes but nothing will ever compare the animation. It helps to already have those scenes embedded in my mind while reading!