Review: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi

Sailor MoonPretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 1
Author: Naoko Takeuchi
Publisher: Kodansha International
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Summary from GoodReads:

Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!

Rating

3.25

3.25 out of 5

My Thoughts

You guys, this is the first Manga I’ve ever read.  For those of you wondering what Manga is, it’s a type of graphic novel from Japan.  It’s translated into English, but you read it from right to left, instead of left to right.  It was definitely a little confusing for me at first, but I did get the hang of it.  I’m going to state my thoughts in bullet form today.

  • Reading Sailor Moon made me all nostalgic for my early teen years.  I loved the dubbed version and watched it all the time when I would come home from school.
  • It’s kind of funny.  Usagi is a bit of a cry baby, and perpetually late, and it was fun reading about that.
  • I still love Tuxedo Mask.  Is it wrong to say he’s totally cute.  As anti-feminist as this is going to sound, I loved that he was always saving Sailor Moon.
  • Not that Sailor Moon and her scouts didn’t do some saving.  Because they totally did 🙂
  • Things were a little too convenient, sometimes.  For example, that video game that would dispense special tools for the sailor scouts.  I mean, what was up with that?
  • I love this style of illustrations.  I love the long, flowy hair, and the big expressive eyes.  And did I mention that Tuxedo Mask was totally cute?

So I definitely enjoyed this graphic novel.  Graphic  novels still aren’t my favorite way to read a story, but it’s fun and interesting.  I think I will read the next volume in this Sailor Moon series.  But after Sailor Moon, I don’t think I will be rushing out to read other Manga series.

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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12 Responses to Review: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi

  1. Candice says:

    I’ve never read a graphic novel/manga… I don’t know how I’d feel about it! I mean, I’d give it a try, but I dunno… this may be a good one to try since I like Sailor Moon! I have a feeling it might make me nostalgic too. Funny how when I was in HS I thought NO ONE watched Sailor Moon and now that I’m an adult I’m finding out so many people did!

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this! I do admit that things are a bit convenient at times for the Scouts, but I’ve discovered that this is often found in this genre of manga. I will say that things really pick up in the later volumes when things start to deviate from what the TV series did. Tuxedo Mask is super cute in the manga so I don’t think you are weird at all for noticing. A manga series I think you might like is Ouran High School Host Club which also was adapted to an anime. It is more mature than Sailor Moon and so hilarious! Plus the heroine is pretty unconventional!

    • Quinn says:

      I definitely want to continue with the Sailor Moon Manga. I will have to keep an eye out for Ouran High School Host Club. I know it’s in the library system.

  3. I love Sailor Moon and yeah I totally admit to thinking Tuxedo Mask is hawt as well LOL

  4. Jen says:

    Sailor Moon always makes me nostalgic. Ha Ha I liked the series better as it went on and it started to get a little more serious. I had always watched the japanese subtitled version back in the day but I remember the american dub uses phrases like “cruisin for a bruisin” that always made me laugh

  5. Whitney says:

    I never could get into graphic novels but I loved the Sailor Moon cartoon show in middle school. I’d rush home to see and made a few friends through this mutual interest. Great review!

  6. Laura says:

    Yay, yay, yay!!! A manga review!! I pesonally am completely clueless about Mangas but I find them so cool and really want to start reading them! Many choose Sailor Moon as their first and I’d love to do that, too. But most of the people my age always say that it reminds them of their childhood and that they enjoyed it mostly for “nostalgic” reasons – I was never allowed to watch the anime when I was a kid, so I don’t know if I could love it as much…

  7. Miss J says:

    Yayy! Glad to hear Tuxedo Mask is still super cute! I’ve never read the Sailor Moon manga, but I know I should try it because I love this story. Did you hear they’ve delayed the new Sailor Moon? 😦 Although I wasn’t 100% sure what the new Sailor Moon would entail. A whole new storyline I would hope!

    Hmm how much older is Tuxedo Mask to Usagi/Serena? I remember when I was a kid I thought he was in his 20’s and that never bothered me (Then again I was only eight and totally didn’t understand). But now?! o_o If I ever saw that age gap (a 15 year old (Or 14? Maybe it was 16? Although when I watched the Japanese Subbed version I remember realising she was super young) and a 25 year old) I would feel super weird about it…

    Ohh Tuxedo Mask, why are you not real?

  8. I used to love the dubbed version of Sailor Moon in my teens too! The manga has been on my reading list for a while now…I do enjoy some manga from time to time, but like you, I prefer ‘regular’ books 🙂 I was excited to see you’d read and reviewed this and I’m glad you enjoyed yourself overall! I can’t wait to drool over all the lovely illustrations – and who am I kidding, Tuxedo Mask!! LOL I’ll be keeping an eye out for your review of the next one, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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