Sailor Moon, Vol. 3
written by Naoko Takeuchi
The Sailors have been betrayed!
Ever since the “Legendary Silver Crystal” appeared in the previous volume, and some of its power entered Tuxedo Mask–or, as he was known long ago, Prince Endymion–it has been nothing but pain for Sailor Moon. Why? Because Queen Metalia’s power has corrupted him and turned him to the side of evil. Even with assistance from Luna and Artimis, it takes every ounce of power the Sailors have, and much, much more to overpower Metalia and save Tuxedo mask from her grasp.
Of course, as in every notable series, one enemy does not a successful manga make. On the offset of Queen Metalia’s defeat, a new foe appears: a family of three brothers, each possessing terrible powers, and a mysterious, but ominous “wiseman,” who serves as their advisor. The youngest brother, Rubeus, takes to the front lines with his female underlings and starts picking off the Sailor Scouts one by one, taking each of them into “custody.” Preceding their arrival is the appearance of a little girl with a resemblance to Usagi and an obsession with getting the Silver Crystal from her. What does she want with it, and what significance does her appearance have? Fans of the popular television show of the ’90s may still be surprised by the different direction the manga takes in comparison to the anime.
The parts following the fall of Metalia seem faster-paced, as though rushed. This inherently reduces some of the fun value of reading the books, but one can always look forward to Usagi’s humorous antics. The fact that the child, known simply as Chibi-Usagi, seems to be interfering with Usagi’s romance with Mamoru will make things interesting in and of itself.