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Manga Review: Sailor Moon Volume Three by Naoko Takeuchi

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Sailor Moon Volume Three 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 Three starts out with Sailor Moon and the other Sailor Scouts having a confrontation with Queen Beryl and Tuxedo Mask (who was resurrected by Queen Beryl as an evil version of himself). Roughly the first half of this volume is about the confrontation with Queen Beryl and what happens at the end of the confrontation.

The second half begins with Usagi and Mamoru encountering a little girl who looks suspiciously like Usagi; she falls out of the sky and demands the Legendary Silver Crystal from Usagi. The little girl is dubbed “Chibi-Usa,” and she manages to find a way to live with Usagi and her family. While this is going on, Rei is recruited by the T A Academy for Girls to provide fortune telling for the school’s Supernatural Research Club at the school fair.

Meanwhile, a new enemy group is introduced, and they covet the Legendary Silver Crystal. Members of the group pose as high school students and submit their own entry into the school fair to directly compete with Rei. At the fair, Rei makes a terrible discovery, and is kidnapped by the organization. At the end of the volume, the organization puts a plan in motion to abduct another member of the Sailor Scouts.

When it comes to the first half of the story in this volume, I found it to be a satisfying enough ending for how the story had progressed through the previous two volumes. However, I have to say that I’m not yet entirely sold on the next story arc. The only thing we really know about the new group that’s after the Legendary Silver Crystal is that they want to recreate their “splendid history.” By the end of this volume, we still have no idea what their history is and why they want to recreate it. Hopefully that question will be answered in the next volume.

And when it comes to “Chibi-Usa,” I have my suspicions as to who she may be. If it turns out that my suspicions are correct, then it will turn out that this particular piece of plot would be too easy to figure out. In a lot of ways, I hope I’m wrong on what I think, because I want the explanation for her to be something that’s not going to be too obvious.

As to this particular volume, I was very pleased to see that the preview chapter that was included at the end was actually translated into English. By being able to read the preview chapter in English, I think this helps to draw the reader in more and have the reader be more likely to want to read the next volume to find out how the preview chapter fits into the story.

If you’re already a fan of Sailor Moon when you read this volume, I think you’ll be satisfied with how the story progresses. However, if you’re just reading the series for the first time, you may or may not like the second story arc that’s introduced in the series. Hopefully, this second story arc will improve in the next volume of the series.

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Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.