Review: Sailor Moon Vol. #2

Since I made myself a promise that I’d go through each volume individually rather than review the whole set, I find myself at a loss to describe what goes on in volume 2 without completely spoiling the plot.

Basically the entire plot of #2 is that Usagi wakes up in Mamoru’s apartment and then it all goes downhill from there. There’s a very brief “Monster of the Week” plot and then we learn a whole lot more about the princess, the Legendary Silver Crystal, and Queen Beryl’s Four Kings of Heaven (that is, Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoisite, and Kunzite) a lot of mushy stuff happens between Usagi and Mamoru, some of the material in this was likely in episode 39 of the dub (“The Past Returns”) but other parallels to the anime are less obvious.

Also, is it just me, or is Moon Healing Escalation basically a giant “fix everything” button?

If this sounds incredibly confusing, it’s because I’m deliberately leaving a ton of information out because, once again, the manga does not screw around when it comes to telling us who’s who and what’s what.

As I mentioned before, #2 continues the trend of very awkwardly translating everything so it doesn’t sound natural at all (even for manga) and includes some very obvious mistakes (“Princess Beryl, Queen of the Dark Kingdom”) but at this point you should probably go into it expecting the entire series was translated this awkwardly.

So….the recommendation is that it’s more of the same? It’s the classic magical girl thing that made magical girls popular in North America? I mean, if you like Sailor Moon and you’ve read vol. 1, you really can’t go wrong with vol. 2…..

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