Manga Review: Sailor Moon, Volume 3

Manga Review: Sailor Moon, Volume 3Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 3 by Naoko Takeuchi
Series: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon #3
Published by Kodansha Comics on January 17th 2012
Genres: Manga
Pages: 238

Tuxedo Mask gone bad?! As more of her closest allies fall under the power of the evil Queen Beryl, Usagi comes closer to discovering the truth behind her past. The stage is set for an all-out battle for the fate of Earth between the Sailor Guardians and the forces of evil. But when the dust settles, a little girl calling herself “Usagi” falls from the sky and right into the arms of Mamoru. What is her connection to Sailor Moon and why does she want the Legendary Silver Crystal?

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series.
Read at your own risk *


The first big battle is upon us! The Sailor Scouts vs the Dark Kingdom. Let’s go Sailor Scouts!

There was a part of me that was super excited for this battle. The Scouts are put to their first real test. Will Mamoru come through in time? Will Usagi pull it off? What about the Scouts… what will be there final role in the battle? At this point, I think I have given up on my in-head comparisons. The anime and manga are just to different to really enjoy the manga the way I should. Yes, the major plot threads are being followed… but everything else keeps surprising me. Which, if you ask me, is a really good thing.

If I have one big gripe about this manga thus far, it is the lack of some much needed transitions.  It was a bit odd how the installment simply moves on to the next arc once this arc was done. Seriously? One boss lady down and the next just starts? Umm, ok. At least in the anime (I know I said I was stopping. This should be the last comparison… I hope.), we got the Alan / Ann arc. Which allowed for some down time for the Sailors, and allowed the Dark Moon arc transition easier.

This is not only effecting the story lines, but the action in general. One moment Usagi is at home, skip to the next panel, and she is arriving at the scene with the bad guy ready to go. Really? How did that happen? I know Usagi has some powers, but not those kinda.

The Dark Moon arc kinda starts like that. Boss lady get defeated and then the new bad guys just magically appears. It is like they were waiting their turn in line. Boss lady is gone… looks like we are up. Ugh.

Final Verdict:
Sailor Moon, Volume 3 was close to being a disappointment. The first half was wonderful. I love seeing everything getting tied up. But I hated how quickly the tale jumps from one issue to the next. It just seems ridiculous from a realistic perspective. But when you think about the series as a whole… it is not very realistic overall. The Dark Moon arc has always been hit / miss with me anyways, so I am hoping things will get better. But if nothing else, I enjoying Mamoru being affectionate. It is quite a change from what I am use to.

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