July 24th, 2019

sora

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition volume 5

The time has come! It's Review Rednesday, and we've made it to the Sailor Moon Eternal Edition volume 5! Woohoo! But first, I wanted to address the matter of name honorifics, since apparently there are people out there who are so very sad that this edition contains Japanese ones. The catty side of the both of us has us going, "Oh, dear, we're so very sorry that your Japanese manga contains reminders that it is from Japan. I should have known that it was my job to erase the culture." (In case it wasn't obvious, we did mean that sarcastically.)

I do understand that people have reasons for disliking them, but ultimately it just comes down to a stylistic choice, and we and our editor agreed that we wanted to keep them. We kept all the place names in Japanese for a similar reason--the series takes place in Japan. If you went to Japan and tried to find your way around, all of the places listed on the map and on the train station lists would have words like jinja in them. I mean, really, do you want us to name Sailor Moon "Bunny McMoon"? ...I mean, obviously that's an extreme example, but I hope it gets the point across. And of course, I can't force anybody to like it my way, either, so... I don't know.

Anyway. We have a review to post! Spoilers ahead!

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Wow, I did not remember that we had our Bunny O'Moon rant in this review when I typed up the introduction up at the top. Funny coincidence! But oh man, this volume. Great story, but it does make me tired to remember it. I probably mention this in the review of volume six, but our editor didn't immediately hop on board with all our term changes, so we did end up having to do the research all over again, to explain exactly how we got from Point A to Point L. ...I think ultimately we won the case, but if I'm remembering wrong, I just hope this review doesn't end up being too confusing. ...It probably is anyway. Oh well. Sorry, everybody!

Anyway! We thought we weren't going to have any new releases all month, but it turns out we were wrong! We have two new releases this week! Love in Focus 3 and Waiting for Spring 11! And just in time, too, because we had run out of manga to review. So tune in next week for our review of the third and final volume of Love in Focus!

Today I'm thankful for getting to look back fondly on Sailor Moon 5, finally having our fan set up, not needing to set up our fan until this week, having new releases this week, and getting to sleep in again this morning.