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Pretty Guardian

Sailor Moon #2

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Does this second volume of the Sailor Moon manga improve on the first? Ask Princess Beryl, Queen of Dark Kingdom.


Presentation

Visually this English language release of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon #2 looks fantastic. Like the first volume, it's quite a bit bigger than the original Japanese release though the artwork doesn't suffer at all and is actually easier to appreciate in this size format (which is the typical size for an English manga).

The cover also looks better with this release with the shiny cover really helping the colours pop a lot more than the original.

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Somewhere where this volume improves on over the first is in the lettering. Almost immediately I notice just how much better the dialogue and sound effects looked. The choice of fonts is much more varied and appropriate here compared to the first volume whose lettering fell flat and looked rushed. A look at the back credits confirms that a new letterer was indeed hired. Here's hoping they keep this one for future volumes.

Where the presentation fails a bit is in the half translated "Concept Art Exhibition" and several blank pages towards the end of the book which I will go further into detail about when talking about the adaption in general.

PRESENTATION:


Story

The story in this volume really impresses. Not only do we get the arrival of Sailor Venus (making this a great manga to read right after the second volume of Codename Sailor V) but we're also shown the awakening of the Moon Princess, Tuxedo Mask's brainwashing and Queen Beryl's confrontation (in person!) with Sailor Moon and the other Sailor Guardians.

The plot flows very quickly which is sure to please those fans of the Sailor Moon anime who disliked all those filler episodes and we're given some very cool moments with Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask as well as Sailor Venus. Sailor Mars and the others don't seem to get that much time in this volume but this first arc is very much about Sailor Moon and readers should be pleased to know that they're given a lot more individual attention as the manga progresses.

STORY:


Adaption

I was really hoping that this volume would improve on the numerous issues I had concerning the translation in the first volume but unfortunately things haven't really gotten any better at all.

There still remains quite a bit of very awkwardly phrased dialogue throughout the volume that constantly took me out of the reading experience and made several characters either fall flat or act like someone else completely.

A good example of this is Usagi's parents who are supposed to be two regular loving parents in the original version who now come across as two very posh upper-class individuals thanks to Kodansha's English translation that has them say lines like "...Say, Mother?" and "Yes father?" when talking to each other. Much like Usagi's "Oh honestly!" in the first volume, this is one of many instances where a quick translation was chosen over one that maintains the characterisation and energy of the original script.

What's more, there's several instances of just plain strange translation choices being made that change the meaning slightly or are just completely wrong as seen on page 230 with Queen Beryl introducing herself as "Princess Beryl. Queen of the Dark Kingdom!!" which makes absolutely no sense at all and is especially odd since Beryl doesn't say anything about any princess at all in the original Japanese panel. Even the most loyal Kodansha fans will have a hard time defending this goof.

This volume also has issues with translation consistency concerning signs and sound effects with half of them getting romanised Japanese script while the rest get translated into English ones (more often than not, strange sound effects at that) depending on the panel you're reading. Apparently fans want "Pyuun" left as is while "Dokin" should be translated as "B-BMP".

Where the translation begins to look really rushed (as if it didn't already) is in the bonus sketches at the rear of the volume. For some reason Kodansha decided to translate the bonus sketches in the first volume of Sailor V but felt it was only worth translating the titles here. This is a big let down for fans as the notes are actually quite interesting for those curious about the character designs.

As if to add salt to the wound, Kodansha has also chosen to completely exclude the two pages of bonus comics that Naoko drew especially for the Sailor Moon manga re-release. These humorous strips portrayed Naoko as a bunny and thanked fans for buying the re-released manga and provided some really fascinating insight into both creating the manga when it was first released and fixing it for this new release.

There really is no excuse for not including this material, especially when Kodansha has gone on record as saying that these new versions will include everything that was in the original Japanese re-release.

Something else worth mentioning is the several blank pages at the back of the manga that could have possibly been meant for the missing comic strips but due to their placement after the preview for volume 3, were most likely going to include the usual full Sailor Moon manga series advertisement. Either way it definitely looks like further proof that this release was both rushed and badly planned.

For a full list of the translation/adaption issues in this volume, check out my Manga Mistakes page.

ADAPTION:


Overall Score

For Sailor Moon fans who have yet to read the manga, I still recommend picking this up as the story is intact and is absolutely worth your time if you're a fan. It's important to keep in mind though that this is anything but a perfect release with characters not really coming across the same as they do in the original and is missing content that was printed with the Japanese re-release.

OVERALL SCORE:


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Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 has Started!

Sailor Moon Crystal's third season has begun! It's airing weekly on Japanese TV on TOKYO MX at 11pm every Monday and is streaming globally for free immediately afterwards on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Neon Alley. Read all about Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 here.

The first two seasons of Sailor Moon Crystal can be viewed for free on Niconico, Crunchyroll, Hulu, Neon Alley, and AnimeLab.

For more information on Sailor Moon Crystal, check out my Sailor Moon Crystal Episode Guide which has episode summaries, screencaps and links to official Sailor Moon Crystal DVDs and Blu-rays.

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The 90s Sailor Moon anime series is being re-released on DVD and Blu-ray. This new release features an all-new English script, new voice actors, and also contains the original Japanese version with English subtitles.

Sailor Moon fans after the original English dub of Sailor Moon that was produced by DiC and Cloverway in the 90s should know that the official DVD releases of that version are now out of print and should be purchased as soon as possible due to supplies being extremely limited. Information and shopping links for where to purchase both versions of the classic 90s Sailor Moon anime in the Shopping Guide.

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Sailor Moon News Roundup Episode 006: What a great episode of Sailor Moon Crystal! In this episode of the Sailor Moon News Roundup, I talk about my thoughts on the beginning of Sailor Moon Crystal Season 2 and break down some pretty big news coming right out of Japan. I also answer a couple of questions from Moonkitty.net's Twitter and Facebook page about my thoughts on changes made in the English version of Sailor Moon and discuss who my favourite character is. Sailor Moon Says! Listen to the podcast and read the full episode notes here.

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VIZ Media is releasing the the 90s Sailor Moon anime with the original Japanese audio and a new English dub.

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Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-rays and DVDs are on their way in a variety of collections!

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The limited edition Blu-ray and DVD releases both come with an exclusive limited edition box to house all future volumes in the series. They also come with a booklet and digipack.

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Sailor Moon Musical 3 - Un Nouveau Voyage

The Sailor Moon musicals are live performances that take place primarily in Japan. They've recently been revived with all-new storylines, songs, and performers and are available for viewing on DVD with a host of special features. Check out all of the new Sailor Moon musicals in the Sailor Moon Musical DVD Shopping Guide.

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The Sailor Moon manga is back with brand new re-releases! Check out the latest English language Sailor Moon manga releases here and the latest Japanese releases here. Each page has information on each release, images and links for where to order the Sailor Moon manga online. Happy reading, Sailor Moon fans!

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Official Sailor Moon Mobile Game!

The first official Sailor Moon mobile video game is here and it's called, SailorDrops! Now available to play for free on iOS and Android devices.

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Crystal Star Compact Proplica

A series of high quality Sailor Moon item replicas have been announced and several are already available for purchase. Ever wanted your own Moon Stick or Moon Sceptre? These official Sailor Moon Proplica items are for you!

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Official Sailor Moon T-Shirts

Lots of new Sailor Moon t-shirts for men and women have been released recently and are selling out very quickly. Find images and shopping links for all these new tees in the Sailor Moon T-Shirt Shopping Guide!

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Sailor Moon Costumes

Get ready for the latest convention or costume party with some new and official Sailor Moon costumes and accessories! All listed with images and shopping links in the Sailor Moon Costume Shopping Guide!

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