Amidst the chaos caused by Usagi and Chibi-Usa’s body swap, courtesy of the Amazoness PallaPalla, the Sailor Guardians’ primary concern remains Mamoru’s illness and its possible link to the newcomers in town, the Dead Moon Circus. The Amazonesses and their circus animal lackeys go after the Guardians one by one, tempting them with false visions. However, each of the Guardians manage to defeat the enemy after their inner selves shows them their individual heart crystals and new power. Meanwhile, it is still a toss up who the “young maiden” is that Elysion priest Helios seeks: She who shall find and unlock the Golden Crystal that will save Earth, Elysion and Mamoru! (from Goodreads)
I never thought that the age swap between Usa and Chibiusa was something that actually appeared in the manga, it seemed to me like one of those things added in the anime. It was probably one of the chapters I liked the most, because it was quite funny, so it was nice to see it here again. This volume is one of my favorites (and not just because Pluto was in the cover). Most of the chapters are focused on the senshis, and how each of them manages, as they’re attacked by the enemies, to find the power within themselves to transform again. And we get to see how life is for the outer senshis, now living a “normal life” together and raising Hotaru, who seems to grow incredibly fast. They can’t transform either, and when the Earth seems to be at a critical danger, Hotaru finally wakes up as Saturn again, and gives back their powers to the others. That was awesome!
The Pegasus story is still kind of boring, but at least he appeared in his true form and explained himself.
Chibi Usa’s sickly friend Hotaru isn’t just Sailor Saturn, Deity of Destruction. She’s also possessed by Master Pharaoh 90. Facing this cataclysmic power will be impossible–unless Sailor Moon can unite the powers of every Guardian of the Solar System.
Then, when the moon eclipses the sun, a mystical unicorn begs for help. An elaborate ship floats through the sky, and Usagi and Chibi-Usa have trouble seeing eye to eye… (from Goodreads)
This volume is the ending of one arc and the beginning of a new one. There’s no doubt that the senshi beat the evil forces, of course. The outer senshis leave for good, apparently, to raise the reincarnation of Hotaru (Sailor Saturn).
The new arc begins with an eclipse, that obliterates the senshis’ powers and they can’t transform any more. And the whole pegasus story appears, which I never found very interesting when I saw the anime, but let’s see how does it go here.
Old friends and new enemies lurk in the mysteries surrounding Mugen Academy. The Death Busters crave the Hoste, the human energies, of Sailor Moon and her friends–and they’ll prey on the girls’ dreams and weaknesses to get it! Furthermore, prophetic dreams hint of “talismans” that could awaken a “Deity of Destruction.” Could these things be connected to the guardians’ power? And are the Sailor Senshi capable of murdering the innocent to save the entire world? (from Goodreads)
Since the previous volume, I got into unfamiliar land. As further I go into the manga, the less I remember from the anime, probably because I rewatched the first couple of seasons several times, and I watched the later ones just once. However, from the little I remember, there are several differences to what actually is going on on the manga. So everything is like completely new to me, and that is super entertaining!
A whole new arc opens and seems really promising, since we’re finally introduced to the remaining outer senshis, which I always loved! And even when I know that they’re part of the good guys, I like how everything they say and do seems suspicious to the other senshis, and that, for once, Luna and Artemis seem to have no clue about them! And Saturn hasn’t even woken yet…
I love this cover! Isn’t Chibiusa the cutest?
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 😀