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Manga Review: Sailor Moon Volume Six by Naoko Takeuchi

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Sailor Moon Volume Six 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 2012. Sailor Moon is rated “T” for teens age 13 and up.

Volume Six begins a new story arc, which sees Chibi-Usa remaining in present time for training as a Sailor Scout with Usagi and Mamoru. Mamoru and Rei begin having dreams that warn them about three talismans coming together to cause destruction.

Meanwhile, students at a new school called Mugen Academy start devolving into monsters through the process of atavism. Usagi and the others meet two students at Mugen Academy: Michiru Kaio (a famous violinist) and Haruka Ten’o (a famous race car driver). When Usagi and the others suspect something isn’t right at Mugen Academy, they go to investigate. Chibi-Usa sneaks into the operation and meets a mysterious girl named Hotaru Tomoe, who an unexplained healing ability.

Over the course of the volume, Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts must battle with the witches that work for the organization that’s causing the problems at Mugen Academy. Usagi and Mamoru also see their relationship being put to the test. Volume Six is also notable for introducing two new Sailor Scouts: the now-infamous Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune.

My 14-year-old daughter read this volume before I did, and she commented to me that she thought this volume was rather strange. Unfortunately, she never elaborated beyond that, so I’m not sure what it was about this volume that she found to be so strange.

As for me, the plot for this story arc really isn’t any stranger than the previous one, and it seems to fit the storytelling and tone that Takeuchi was setting for the series. I also appreciate the addition of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, as they allowed Takeuchi to bring elements that you normally wouldn’t associate with shojo manga into the story.

The relationship between Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune isn’t touched on a whole lot in this particular volume, so it’s hard for me to truly comment on Takeuchi’s handling of a same-sex relationship. I’ll be very intrigued to see how this is depicted in future volumes of Sailor Moon.

I was also pleased to see that this volume contains a preview for the next volume — and in English. It was nice to be able to understand what is going in with the visuals that appear in the preview.

If you’ve enjoyed the Sailor Moon series up to this point, you should also find Volume Six to be an enjoyable read.

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