This volume is the end of Dark Moon’s arc, which was never my favorite but, ironically, meant the introduction of some of my favorite characters. The senshis save the Earth again, of course, and Chibusa is allowed to came back from the future to train as a senshi with the others!
Black Moon is gaining power. They abducted Jupiter too! Sailor Moon, Venus and Tuxedo Mask are trying to figure out where they’re keeping their friends, and eventually Chibiusa helps them to find some answers, unveiling aswell her own story and introducing them to Sailor Pluto, the guardian of time, which means… TIME TRAVELS! Yay? The future doesn’t look promising. Sailor Moon is captured too, and Chibiusa is in great danger.
In this tankoubon, the Dark Kingdom is finally defeated. Of course, it’s not end of the fight for the senshis, because there wouldn’t be another 9 tankoubons to read if it were.
A new and more powerful enemy rises, Black Moon, and Mars and Mercury are abducted!! Meanwhile, a very young girl makes quite a mysterious appearance and everyone is wondering if she’s friend or foe?
Ahhhh… You gotta love Chibiusa 😀
SM#1 was mostly about introducing the senshis and getting to know their enemies. In this new tankoubon things are getting harder. Sailor Venus makes quite an appearance and we get to know Minako. The senshis finally wake-up fully and we learned what happened to the Moon Kingdom and who is Princess Serenity. Serenity and Endymion are finally reunited, just to be separated again, and the silver crystal is found at last! Sadly, the Dark Kingdom is gaining too much power and took Endymion as prisoner. Can’t wait for the next book!
English title: Report on the Blind
This book compiles of various adaptations from short stories drawn by Alberto Breccia, a well known cartoonist here. The one that titles the book is an adaptation from the main chapter in Ernesto Sábato’s Sobre héroes y tumbas (On heroes and tombs). Other works included in this book are The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, La gallina degollada by Horacio Quiroga, The monkey’s paw by W. W. Jacobs, Where the tides ebb and flow by Lord Dunsany, Acuérdate by Juan Rulfo and Semejante a la noche by Alejo Carpentier.
Again, this book was lent by my friend during vacations, mostly to show me his illustration style. Even though I can see and understand the greatness of his work, it didn’t please me aesthetically. It’s just not my style, but it’s a very interesting work to look at, anyway. He definitely manipulates perfectly the suspense through the images, and the strangeness that surrounds some of these stories. Some vignettes were just breathtaking, particularly in Report on the blind.
English translation: Falkland: the south, the sea, the cold
This book compiles several graphic short-stories which have the Malvinas War as main subject. They portrait the life around that time, the current life of veterans, ghosts from the past, a remembrance to those who didn’t come back, their families, episodes of war and such things.
This war occurred in 1982, when Argentina confronted Great Britain over Malvinas’ sovereignty. It was a desperate measure from a dying dictatorial government trying to gain acceptance among the people, but it turned out as such a tragedy, where a lot of young men lost their lives and a lot others got theirs ruined.
Up to this day the wound remains open and our nation keeps claiming sovereignty over the islands, but through diplomacy.
This book was lent to me by a friend during our vacations.
Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil! (from Goodreads)
Moon Prism Power Make Up!
I feel like I’ve been waiting all my life for this (pretty much). The manga is finally being published here in Argentina and as I’m writing this I’m making arrangements to go buy the second tankoubon.
I’m completely biased towards Sailor Moon, so I’m just going to say it’s absolutely awesome.