Pretty Guardian Sailormoon 11 (Japanese, 2nd ed.) – Naoko Takeuchi: A

Book Description:
This volume contains Acts 50-54 of the new numbering system, which correspond to Acts 43-46 (Volume 16 and the beginning of 17) of the original publication. This contains half of the Stars arc.

Mamoru is set to go overseas to study, but is captured by a mysterious woman who steals his Golden Crystal. Usagi doesn’t remember what happened, rescued from a faint by Seiya, leader of the hot new singing group, Three Lights. Soon after, new enemy senshi appear and begin attacking the populace, but so does a new trio of possible allies, the Sailor Starlights.

So much to squee about! I absolutely love Seiya, and Yaten’s adorable to look at at least, if not in behavior. There’s also Haruka and Michiru high school cuteness, like riding the same bicycle to school, Haruka’s jealousy of smitten classmates and fierce protectiveness of Usagi, the outers’ castles, and just loads more interaction between the inners and outers this time around. Even the inners seem to have regained some personality, Rei and Minako particularly.

The storytelling seems fresher in this volume, and the tale not as stale as the whole Dead Moon mess felt to me. The villains are more interesting, the new high school setting is interesting, and even the missing Mamoru plot has a lot more mystery than the “ooh, Mamoru is suddenly fixated with mirrors” bit from Super S. This is shaping up to be my favorite arc of the entire series.

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