Manga Review: Sailor Moon Volume Eight

Article first published as Manga Review: Sailor Moon Volume Eight by Naoko Takeuchi on Blogcritics.

Sailor Moon Volume Eight 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 13 and up; from the volumes I’ve read of this series so far, I would agree with this rating.

Sailor Moon Volume 8
Written by: Naoko Takeuchi
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: October 30, 2012

Volume Eight finally sees the arrival of Sailor Saturn, the emissary from the abyss of death. She has to deliver her judgment, which is normally destruction. But what happens in the climax for this story arc takes all of the characters by surprise. I’m sorry for how vague this is, but going into too any more detail will be providing spoilers to readers who may not have read this volume yet.

The next Sailor Moon story arc also begins in Volume Eight. Chibi-Usa is supposed to heading home to the 30th century; however, on the day she’s supposed to head back, a total solar eclipse is taking place. While this rare event is taking place, two mysterious things happen. First, a unicorn appears before Usagi and Chibi-Usa, saying it needs help; however, it disappears before elaborating. Also, a mysterious ship appears in the sky as the eclipse happens, and it claims to be from the Dead Moon Circus. The reader is also introduced to a new enemy, but it’s hard to truly understand what the new enemy’s motivation is, because they don’t appear much in this volume. Volume Eight ends before this arc has truly had much of a chance to get going.

When I read this volume, I was glad to see that the story arc that made up the content of Volumes Six and Seven finally came to an end. Not that it was necessarily a bad story, but I could tell at the end of Volume Seven that it had to be getting rather close to wrapping up.

Unfortunately, the resolution of the previous story arc took up enough pages in Volume Eight that there wasn’t enough room in this volume to truly get the next story arc going. Like I said earlier in the review, I don’t truly understand the new enemy or what their motivation is yet, so it’s hard for me to feel like I absolutely have to read Volume Nine to see where the story goes. The plot point with the unicorn is kind of interesting, but it’s not compelling enough to make up for the fact that the enemy and their motivation isn’t very developed by the end of the volume.

There is no preview included for Volume Nine, either in Japanese or in English. Considering how little the new story arc is established at the end of this volume, not including some kind of a preview is a little disappointing. In addition, there are also no translation notes included, which I also found to be a little disappointing.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous seven volumes of the Sailor Moon manga series, then you may or may not enjoy this volume. As someone who is reading the Sailor Moon manga for the first time, I personally found Volume Eight to be a bit of a disappointment.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Sailor Moon Volume Eight that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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