Title: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Vol 11
Author/Illustrator: Naoko Takeuchi
Yes, I have been on a bit of a manga kick and for that I apologize, and I ask that you dear readers bear with me as I satisfy my need for highly illustrated stories of a Japanese origin. Now I will say that even if I wasn’t on a bit of a manga kick I would be reading and reviewing this book. This is a book that I have been salivating and dying for since I knew about it. It is a book that could not release and arrive in the library fast enough for my tastes. As to why I was so excited for this book, it is because it covers my absolute favorite plot arch of Sailor Moon.
I fell in love with the Star Lights plot arch early on and found Seyia to be a very loveable and endearing character to me. I loved the romance between Seyia and Usagi despite having been a big fan of Maramou and Usagi. In addition to this being such a fun plot arch to watch via anime, I participate in a role play that plays off of Sailor Moon. (Yes I role play but I find it is a great creative exercise that keeps me writing on regular basis which is essential to any person who wants to become a professional author.) In this role play I write Seyia after a fashion and have fallen more in love with said character and those characters that surround Seyia. So yes, in short I was very much looking forward to this book.
I knew going into this book, things would be a bit different and there wouldn’t be the music to help carry the story along like in the anime. (I admit I’m a person that is moved by music.) Yet expecting changes and what I got were two different things. The book was very fast paced, and I’m not comparing it to the anime when I say this I know things are abbreviated in some ways in book form than they are in the tv series but at the same time I wasn’t expecting things to move as fast as they did. I mean the Pharro 90 plot arch was very drawn out and this one has thus far been much abbreviated. I was surprised to see what happened to Maramou at the start of the story, and it was interesting to see Haruka and Michiru to go back to high school.
There were still similarities between the anime and the manga that still stood the same but I found that the emotions and reasoning behind a lot of dialogue and actions were simply lacking in the manga versus the anime. It wasn’t just the lack of music that causes me to say this. The animosity between Haruka and the Star Lights seems rushed and pushed with very little cause, and the same is true with the romance between Seyia and Usagi. The revelation of Kaykuu was flat and not awe inspiring in the manga as it was in the anime.
Over all I think I was a little disappointed with the book and I don’t think it is because I anticipated it as much as I did. In addition to everything else there were moments of confusion on my part such as the appearance of Diana, and I’m not sure I am fond of the home planets thing that was brought up in the story either. Yet despite my disappointments and confusion the story was still decent and I’m curious to how the series will conclude in the final volume of Sailor Moon. I know that it will be considerably different than in the anime considering that there are other characters missing that weren’t missing in the anime so I wonder how emotional this final battle will be in comparison to the anime. In the end I will give the book a 3 page rating where I had hoped to have been able to give a 4 page rating, a number I would assign the anime, and it is in this one case that I would recommend the “movie” over the book.