01 JanSailor V + Sailor Moon 50, 51, 58, 59

Codename Sailor V #1The next Pretty Guardian Sailor Moonbatch of books totally brought me back to my childhood. And while technically they’re comics, I’m still counting them as novels since… well… other comics I’ve counted. Plus I’m over the 52 books anyway, so nyeh :-P

The Codename Sailor V series was at last released in North America by Kodansha Comics along with a rerelease and brand new translation of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, both by Naoko Takeuchi. When I found out about this I nearly exploded. Sailor Moon was a large part of my life growing up, and if you’ve seen any of my older artwork, you can very much see the influence it had on me. I even had some fan made sailor scouts that were a part of my life for a long time. Every now and again I still putter on the website and story I’d created based on Sailor Moon. So far, the entire Codename Sailor V series has been released, into two books. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is set to be released into twelve volumes.

Codename Sailor V 2Anyway, the story of Sailor Moon is that a long time ago in the past there were peaceful kingdoms on each of the planets in our solar system (and some of the moons too). All were ruled by Queen Serenity on the Moon. However, unrest began to spread when an evil force started to move in. Earth began to rebel, and the evil was overpowering to the Solar Systems guardians – the Sailor Scouts. In a last ditch attempt to save everyone, Queen Serenity used the power of the Imperium Silver Crystal to send everyone to the future, while sealing away the evil power. Fast forward to the present day, and that evil has escaped and has started wrecking havok on Earth. Sailor Venus, Codename Sailor V, is the first to wake up. She’s tasked with stopping the evil forces. Evenutally though, we see the rest of the Sailor Scouts having to be woken up as they take on the evil.

Sailor MercuryI have to say, I loved these books! I had been murky on the details of Sailor V before hand, so it’s nice to actually read the story and see what it was about. Though it’s very similar to the beginnings of the Sailor Moon books, they’re all still a fun read.

I really enjoyed the Sailor Moon books as well. The story in them, though it moves more quickly than the TV series, seems to have more depth. I don’t feel like Mamoru / Tuxedo Mask is a total jerk, and Rei / Sailor Mars, isn’t a complete bitch to Usagi / Sailor Moon.

I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the books to be released!

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