Sailor Moon - Naoko Takeuchi
Sailor Moon was originally published between 1991-1997 and was novelized as in 18 volumes. When VIZ Media acquired the title in 2014, they ran a re-release of the manga in 12 volumes and produced a new Anime series, Sailor Moon Crystal. Because of this, an entire new generation of fans were born. This series was my gateway drug into the world of Manga when I was in junior high (dating myself), and now my students are falling in love all over again with this timeless story.
The manga follows the adventures of Usagi, or Serena in some versions, who is a reincarnated Moon Princess charged with protecting the galaxy. By her side are her faithful, albeit quirky and sometimes salty, Senshi (warriors) from each of the planets. As the series grows, we discover more and more reincarnated warriors, baddies back from the past, and even the love of Usagi's lives.
This classic story is full of adventure, romance, and classic tenets of Japanese society: friendship, hard work, being true to your heart. Each Sailor Scout is a distinct person with aspirations, and readers are sure to have a favorite fairly quickly after their introductions. There are several distinct story arcs that were separated into "seasons" for both versions of the Anime, but in the reprint of the series, no distinction is made. This series mostly appeals to lady-readers because of the amount of focus on powerful female characters, love, friendship, and drama, but it is certain to fly off your shelves.
Sara's Rating: 10/10
Suitability: Grades 7-12
Tags: Rating: 10/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Magical Girl, Romance, School Age
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