EL本棚紹介(72) Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, by Naoko Takeuchi

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Few Japanese manga or anime are as famous around the world as Sailor Moon and Dragonball. You probably already know the characters and maybe even the basic story. That means that this book is a good way to “learn what you already know” (which I have written about in posts about Time for Kids Science Scoops and 365 Simple Science Experiments, etc.). If you haven’t read or watched Sailor Moon yet, you should know that it is an important representative of Japanese culture abroad—even if you think it is too old.

Sailor Moon is “bubbly.” That means someone with a lively or enthusiastic personality. Sailor Moon is also very “bubbly” バブリー, which means it really feels like a Heisei manga. If you read it, you will know what I mean. The girls are all obsessed with crystals, ball gowns, and the fantasy of marrying a prince. Sure, it feels out of date, but there is a lot of charm to this book as well. I think that the art has a lot more variety than the anime, which makes it interesting to read.

My two cents: This book is a new translation, and I think it is very well done. A lot of sound effects 擬音語・擬態語 are in both Japanese and English, so this is a good way to compare language.