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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published June 30th 2020
The electrifying conclusion to the Black Moon act
Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Vol. 4
Naoko Takeuchi. Kodansha Comics

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 4 was written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi and published by Kodansha Comics on 1 July 2019. The book is 300 pages long and contains the final chapters of the Black Moon story arc and the short stories "Chibi-Usa's Picture Diary Chapter 1: Beware of The Transfer Student" and "Casablanca Memory". The book features Sailor Jupiter on the front cover clutching balls of lightning. If you have not read the Sailor Moon manga, this article will contain spoilers.

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 4 covers chapters 22 through to 26 of the Black Moon story arc and opens with the birth of Black Lady. Black Lady is a grown-up evil version of Chibi-Usa. Black Lady is an iconic Sailor Moon villain. I love how she is portrayed in the manga. Her evilness is always dialled up to 11 and her eyes are like glass balls, eerie and white, and her smile is full of wickedness. There is a great full-colour image of Black Lady included in the book (see below). It is just one of the many full-colour character portraits and pictures included in Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 4.

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Vol. 4
Naoko Takeuchi. Kodansha Comics

Sailor Moon has some excellent moments in this book. There are a lot of differences between Usagi Tsukino and Sailor Moon in the manga compared to her anime counterpart. In the manga, Usagi is a cheerful, immature girl who can sometimes get a little bit emotional. She has a pure heart and believes in the power of love and is a courageous leader of the Sailor Guardians. She is confident in her power and often sees the good in her enemies, but is also unafraid to vanquish them.

In the original anime, Usagi is a selfish and emotional girl, who is lazy and clumsy and an underachiever. She is very trusting and doesn't like to kill her enemies, always opting to try and heal them instead. I found Usagi's childishness to be annoying in the original anime, because I felt it was used for comic relief far too much.

In the manga, Usagi is more mature, and is not as forgiving towards her enemies as she is in the anime. She is also more powerful and intimidating. In volume four, we see Usagi escape from Prince Demande and then rescue the Sailor Guardians. She does this by putting her hand on the ground and sensing they are in a dungeon deep in the castle. The mere touch of Sailor Moon's hand on the ground causes it splinter and crack open. The Sailor Guardians transform with the help of Sailor Moon and then burst out of the floor to surround her in a protective circle. It's a great scene that demonstrates Sailor Moon's immense power and her connection to the Sailor Guardians.

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 4 was a great read. It was a faithful adaptation of the Black Moon story arc, the artwork was gorgeous, and the translation notes included at the end included facts about Japanese culture and history, some Sailor Moon trivia, and touched on the Sailor Mars short story "Casablanca Memory" and its themes and motifs.
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Why? Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians confront the Death Phantom and Black Lady in the final chapters of the Black Moon arc.
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Oh wow, Marisa, congrats on your milestone!
by Elaine (score: 3|8286) 390 days ago
Great review! I think I may have to read this one. Congratulations on your milestone award.
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 3|1239) 390 days ago
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