Book Review

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stores, Vol. 1 by Naoko Takeuchi
Release: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Kodansha Comics



In this first of two collections of short stories, we find our favorite Sailor Guardians and their friends encountering new mysteries, enemies, allies, and once more saving the day. After the daughter of a foreign diplomat transfers to her school,

Chibi-Usa’s male classmates suspiciously stop attending classes. Upon investigation, Chibi-Usa discovers the new transfer student is a vampire! Mamoru’s birthday gift to Chibi-Usa turns out to be the brainwashing device of a depressed folk tale heroine come-to-life, seeking sympathy from fellow women and girls! Chibi-Usa’s Pink Sugar Heart Attack becomes literal when defeating a local sprite that has possessed the dentist she and Usagi visit to get their cavities treated. Then, other local sprites wreak havoc in the lives of Mako, Ami, and Rei as they and Mina and Usagi study for high school entrance exams. Finally, Chibi-Usa and her newfound BFF’s help out the quirky proprietor of a mysterious pawnshop that is under attack by both human and otherworldly entities!

As a fan of Sailor Moon, when I discovered the entire manga series just sitting on a shelf at Barnes and Noble, that was a shopping trip I could let go wasted. Yes, I bought every one. Yes, I read every one. Yes, I spout off random Sailor Moon information when given the chance.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Short Stories, Vol. 1 is the first installment of the short stories that are typically found within the series. They’re short, they’re cute, but they aren’t about Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino, more about her friends and fellow Sailor Scouts.

It was a bit tiring to get through and I just wanted it to end quickly. Usually, it takes me an hour to get through a manga but this one was a bit tedious. I would rather have the short stories tacked at the end of the other mangas rather than having two volumes dedicated to them.

They were still cute and I truly enjoy more of the Sailor Scouts – Go Jupiter! But all in all, not a big fan. I’ll probably read the second one, though. I just need to get it.


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