Today I Read…Sailor Moon 9

Sailor Moon 9Today I read Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon 9 by Naoko Takeuchi.

In this volume, Usagi and Chibi-Usa switch sizes, the Dead Moon Circus tries to steal the Sailor Guardians’ dreams, Chibi-Usa fears that she will never be a great guardian like her mother, and Mamoru tries to hide his illness from Usagi. Helios the pegasus is revealed to be the priest of Elysion, the heart of the Earth, cursed and imprisoned by the  Dead Moon Kingdom. Hotaru reawakens as Sailor Saturn, and leads Sailor Neptune, Sailor Uranus, and Sailor Pluto back to the service of their princess.


I’m still enjoying the reissue of the Sailor Moon manga. I’m almost used to reading the book backwards, though I still have some difficulty figuring out which panel to read in which order. Reading from top right corner to bottom left is hard when you grew up reading the opposite way.

It’s interesting seeing what the Sailor Guardians dream of, and the insecurities about those dreams that they have to overcome. The insecurities are perfectly normal and reasonable, even though they are forced  on the Guardians by the Dead Moon Circus, and it takes them real strength of will and not magical powers to overcome them (though the magical powers never hurt). In the same way, Chibi-Usa is the only daughter of a beautiful, beloved, powerful ruler, and she is afraid that she will never live up to her mother’s deeds. Helios reminds her that she is loved for herself, and that she is still very young and has time to grow and become a powerful guardian in her own right. Sometimes you need a friend to pull you out of your own head.

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