July 25, 2016

Summer of Sailor Scouts: Musings on Manga

Earlier this year, Cee of The Novel HermitCristina of Girl in the Pages, Kristin of Super Space ChickSierra 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. For the official schedule, check out the announcement post!

Sailor Moon, Vol. 1
This is the very last week of the Summer of Sailor Scouts (*sobs*). It has been incredibly fun to share our love and excitement over this magical girl story, and I'm pretty proud of all the content that we've managed to put together! To wrap up the celebration, we're talking about the manga series by Naoko Takeuchi this week. Each of us will be tackling a different volume, and I'm here to kick things off by sharing my thoughts on the first volume!

  • I watched the anime before I ever picked up the manga, which meant that the plot was already familiar to me. The manga is split into acts, which are pretty much episodes in the anime. The first volume in particular is one that I can really remember well because it mirrors the earliest episodes of the anime - where Sailor Moon begins, where the other Sailor Scouts are discovered and where Tuxedo Mask makes his presence known. It's well-organized, and it definitely had the momentum of the show and the story I was already familiar with! My favorite act is the one where they discover Sailor Mercury, of course.
  • Speaking of the acts, it's actually divided in such a great way! You can easily read one act and have a complete story arc to satisfy you, though of course, there is still the big, overarching plot that runs through the series. I like that you can take breaks in between acts if you want to (even though I totally didn't do that).
  • The illustration style is really reminiscent of the older anime, but there tended to be a couple of extra little details here and there in scenes. I absolutely loved, in particular, scenes where Usagi, who is pretty emotional, expresses her feelings, because the illustrations just made those moments pop off the page! 
  • One thing I do prefer in the anime is the transformation sequence. Though the manga does a really good job conveying the powerful magic that allows the girls to become the Sailor Scouts, I do feel like it's more powerful seeing it in motion.
  • I still love the characters so darn much! I love Tuxedo Mask, though his appearances in the anime are much more mysterious and dashing than they come across in the manga. I love the Sailor Scouts, though I also felt like we got a better read on them in the anime. It was nice to just be among these familiar friends once again, and with their voices were playing in my mind  as I read their bits.
  • The camaraderie between the Scouts was always my favorite part of the show, and I especially love how Usagi is the one who winds up bringing them together. It seems like it's just a part of her nature to be able to interact with all the other girls without fear or hesitation, and I love that about her! Another relationship I loved? Luna and Usagi. Those two are adorable, and I love that Luna can get super sassy. Luna is everything, you guys. She's my favorite non-person character.
  • Holy cliffhanger ending though. The way volume one ends will have you itching to have the second one in your hands, whether you've seen the anime or not. This is especially true if you happen to love Tuxedo Mask like I do!
There you go, y'all, some brief thoughts on the first volume of the Sailor Moon manga! I really enjoyed diving back into this world yet again in the form of manga, and I actually want to re-read the rest too. Have you ever read the Sailor Moon manga? Do you want to?

Don't forget to check out the official event giveaway as well, which kicks off today! We're giving away two (2) Sailor Moon Funkos of your choice to one lucky winner. Giveaway is US only, and all you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form below!


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