Sailor Moon 7

April 21, 2013

Naoko Takeuchi – Kodansha USA – 2012 – 12 volumes

Oh, Super Sailor Moon. The story started to drag a bit here for me again, but it’s hard to deny the pleasure of all of the guardians re-uniting, and the Super Sailor Moon sequence… it’s triumphant, no matter how many times I read it.

I don’t like to criticize the story too much here, though. I love the fact that the Death Busters are constantly referencing the fact that they aren’t as powerful as Sailor Moon, and the big bad guy has to stay hidden because he’s so weak. It’s not super-original, but it’s a refreshing change of pace from the usual super-cocky evil villain. Of course, things take a turn for the worst here, and Pharaoh 90 winds up getting the power-up he needs, so everyone winds up getting separated and fighting evil versions of the Witch’s 5 that are closest to their power. Mistress 9 also puts in an appearance, de-throning Kaolinite. This isn’t going to work out well for anybody, but we all know where this is going anyway, so there’s that.

We get to hear the legend of Sailor Saturn, too. I always loved her background story, that she only appears when the world ends, a kind of grim reaper that ends what needs to end and puts everyone to sleep to start the cycle over. It’s very grim, but necessary in the example they describe, and I love that they’re trying to prevent her from awakening here, or needing to, by not letting the situation get too out of hand. There’s some question about whether she’s destined to awaken here, whether they’re meant to lose, which is also interesting. Less interesting is when she sort-of becomes a regular character after this, robbing her of her mystique, but that’s for later. Maybe I’ll like it more the second time around. I am growing more fond of the series after reading it through again, after all.

This volume is a lot of battling with the Death Busters, and it ends at the beginning of the fight between Mistress 9 and Sailor Moon. Part of why I may have found this to be a bit of a drag is because the battles in this series aren’t particularly good… usually they end with one attack, sometimes there needs to be some encouragement to make this happen. But it’s slightly more interesting here since the guardians are wandering through the campus and some displaced areas trying to find the enemies or each other, and there’s some interesting character stuff going on. I suspect the final battle will happen in the next volume, and we’ll move on to the beginning of the SuperS arc after that. I like the themes in SuperS better (the movie is my favorite, despite not having anything to do with the manga series), so I’m looking forward to re-reading that part.

But Stars is still my favorite. None of the Stars volumes are out yet, but I can’t wait.

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