Today I Read…Sailor Moon 10

Today I read Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon 10 by Naoko Takeuchi.Sailor Moon 10

Sailors Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto return to fight the Dead Moon Circus and wicked Queen Nehelenia and rescue their fellow Sailor Guardians, while Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask are deathly ill. Helios breaks free of his cage to help save them and brings them back to Elysion of the Golden Kingdom, the ancestral home of Mamoru. The Sailor Guardians remember how they swore their loyalty to the newborn Neo Princess Serenity as her guardian deities,  and met the uninvited guest Nehelenia of the darkness. They remember how to unite their Sailor Power Guardians with their selves as the Solar System Sailor Princesses and give that power to Sailor Moon to funnel through the Holy Grail and become Eternal Sailor Moon. They defeat Nehelenia, Sailor Chibi-Moon saves Helios, and the Amazon Quartet is revealed to be Sailor Guardians of the solar system planetoids, cursed by Nehelenia to serve her instead of Sailor Chibi-Moon.


This volume is nonstop action from start to finish. The only character development is when all of the Sailor Guardians begin to remember their past lives in the Silver Millennium Kingdom, when they swore to protect the baby Princess Serenity. The revelation that the Amazon Quartet are actually sleeping, cursed Sailor Guardians of the Planetoids brings up the idea that there are many more Sailor Guardians than just the ones that we are the most familiar with–an idea that will be explored further in the next volume (coming when I get caught up on my reviews). You can also tell that this was originally written in the 1990s, since Pluto is still a full Planetary Sailor Guardian and not a Planetoid Sailor Guardian, even though she is often solitary as the guardian of the doorway through time.

We see a tiny bit more of Mamoru’s kingdom and past life, and learn that he and Serenity were never meant to be together, but their love was too strong to keep them apart. We get hints of Chibi-Usa’s future as the queen of the moon after Serenity–she will have her own Sailor Guardians in the former Amazon quartet, and will she have her own beloved prince in the form of Helios, priest of Elysion? She was able to wake him from his cursed slumber, and she was the one that he kept seeking out.

This volume has many action sequences needed to save everyone from the various dangers, but it also reinforces the idea that true love is stronger than any evil, and all you have to do is be brave, strong and faithful to triumph over anything.

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