Pretty Guardian Sailormoon 10 (Japanese, 2nd ed.) – Naoko Takeuchi: B+

Book description:
The second edition of Sailormoon manga reworked some of the Acts, resulting in a slightly different numbering scheme. This volume contains Acts 45-49 of the new system, which correspond to the end of Act 39 through Act 42 (volumes 14 and 15) of the original publication.

After Saturn awoke and gave the other outer senshi their new sailor crystals, they join the inner senshi in their battle against the Amazoness Quartet. Usagi and Mamoru are both infected with a nasty mystical illness, and Mamoru’s been acting quite unlike himself. A crisis is approaching the prince and princess, and the mission of all ten soldiers is to protect those two with all their strength!

A silly plot has to be taken as a given with Sailormoon. Finally some progress is made in the fight against the Dead Moon Circus, and of course, it all comes down to something from outer space engulfing the world in darkness with sound effects like go-o-o-o. Mostly, one just has to just accept the explanations given for these happenings on face value and not get too bogged down with logistics.

Although it’s too bad that Fish-Eye and Tiger’s-Eye weren’t around hardly at all in the manga, there are some things about its version of the Super S arc that I prefer over the anime. Firstly—the outers! They were lamentably missing from this season of the anime. They make the inner senshi look totally bland and useless by comparison, but since they kind of are those things, I don’t mind so much. Secondly—the fate of the Amazoness Quartet. It’s kinda spiffy, and I wonder why it was left out. I don’t think the story of where Nehelenia came from in the first place was included, either.

This was never my favorite of the arcs, and I wouldn’t classify this as a truly excellent volume, but it’s entertaining, and there are some new attacks, and pretty pictures and did I mention outers?

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