Manga Review: Sailor Moon Volume 10

Article first published as Manga Review: Sailor Moon Volume 10 by Naoko Takeuchi on Blogcritics.

Sailor Moon Volume 10 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 2013. Sailor Moon is rated T” for teens 13 and up; from what I’ve read of the series, I would agree with this rating.

Sailor Moon Volume 10
Written by: Naoko Takeuchi
Publisher: Kodansha
English Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: March 26, 2013

The entirety of Volume 10 is devoted to the Dead Moon Circus arc. Fortunately, this story arc is resolved at the end of this volume, so there’s a new story arc to look forward to in Volume 11.

Volume 10 includes several revelations that involve Usagi, Mamoru, and Chibi-Usa. There reader also learns the truth about Helios, the unicorn that appeared before Usagi and Chibi-Usa back in Volume Eight. The reader also learns about Queen Nehelenia, the main mastermind behind the Dead Moon Circus. This volume also marks the return of Sailor Pluto, Sailor Saturn, Sailor Uranus, and Sailor Neptune fighting alongside the other Sailor Scouts.

I apologize if my description of the plot is a little sloppy, but if I say too much more, I would really be wandering into “spoiler” territory. If someone reading this review has never read the Sailor Moon series or hasn’t reached this point in the series yet, I don’t want to ruin the story from them.

Looking over my review of Volume Nine, I had made a prediction that it probably wouldn’t be Sailor Moon searching for the artifact that should be able to save Mamoru. Well, it turns out that I was wrong with my prediction; however, I’m not going to explain why it was wrong, because that runs the risk of wandering into “spoiler” territory. However, I probably should have guessed that while the visuals I saw at the end of the Volume Nine potentially supported by prediction, that the main heroine would have to be the one to help her true love.

Overall, the execution of this story arc is what I’ve come to expect from reading the previous nine volumes of the Sailor Moon manga series. While I may not have necessarily figured out many of the things that were revealed in this volume before their revelation, they didn’t really faze me when the revelations were made.

There’s a preview for Volume 11 included at the end of this volume, and it’s actually in English. It’s a very brief scene, and it may potentially give a hint as to what could be involved in the next story arc; it will be interesting to see if I’m right about this when I get a chance to read Volume 11.

If you’ve made it through Volume Nine of Sailor Moon and enjoyed what you read, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Volume 10.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Sailor Moon Volume 10 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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