Volume three is the start of the next story arc. In this portion of the story, the members of the Black Moon are trying to steal the Mystical Silver Crystal, and they’re after Chibi-usa, a strange girl who literally fell out of the sky and demanded Usagi’s Crystal. Chibi-usa pledges not to let Usagi out of her sight until she has the crystal, so she casts a spell over Usagi's family and moves in as a "cousin" of the family. The Black Moon pick off the Sailor Scouts one by one and weaken Usagi’s confidence in herself and her team. Towards the end, Chibi-usa finally opens up and reveals who she is, where her "home" is, and why the Black Moon is after her.
Chibi-usa is not my favorite character because of the whiplash we get from trying to figure her out. She goes from an abrasive gun-toting punk to completely terrified to even speak. The jealousy Usagi feels every time Mamoru is nice to or takes Chibi-usa's side is not a good look for our heroine, especially after we figure out who Chibi-Usa is. Nevertheless, her home is beautiful and traveling there will reveal many important things for our team. This volume also presents some challenges for Usagi that she will have to grow to overcome, so we continue her trend of maturing and figuring her life out.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
ISBN: 9781632361547 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Magical Girl, Romance, School Life, Mythology, Kodansha
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