Article first published as Manga Review: Sailor Moon Volume Five by Naoko Takeuchi on Blogcritics.
Sailor Moon Volume Five is a manga with the story and art by Naoko Takeuchi. Kodansha Comics has the North American distribution rights for the manga, and their English adaptation of this volume was released in 2012. Sailor Moon is rated “T” for teens age 13 and up.
Sailor Moon Volume 2
Written by: Naoko Takeuchi
English Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Volume Five primarily takes place in the thirtieth century. There’s a lot of action in this volume, as Sailor Moon and the other Sailor Scouts have to take on Black Moon. The reader also finds out what happened to Chibi-usa after the cliffhanger ending in Volume Four, and there’s several surprising revelations made as the story progresses in this volume. During the climax, at least one character has to wrestle with making a major decision, and to deal with the consequences that will happen for the decision that they make. I’m sorry to be so vague here, but if I go into any real detail, I would be inadvertently providing spoilers in this review.
While I still think this particular storyline is a little on the strange side, Takeuchi was able to progress the story in a logical way from what had already been established for this storyline in previous volumes of Sailor Moon. I also appreciated how many more “action” panels were included in this volume, because it helped to make this volume of the series a quicker read in comparison to the previous four volumes. I will say that this particular storyline does resolve in this volume, and that Takeuchi resolved it in a way a reader would expect if they’ve read the previous volumes of the Sailor Moon manga series.
When Sailor Moon Volume Five was first released, I was hearing about printing issues with some copies of this book that were released; the scans I saw showed entire pages that were printed so poorly that they were essentially illegible. I am happy to say that this copy of Sailor Moon Volume Five that I read only had two or three pages where a word or two were a little harder to read, but that the overall book was able to be read without much of an issue.
Sailor Moon fans, as well as readers who have read the previous volumes in this series, should five Volume Five to be a satisfactory read. However, if you choose to read this volume, be sure to examine the copy you’re reading closely (if at all possible) to try to avoid reading one of the copies with the major printing issues.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Sailor Moon Volume Five that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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