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PostSubject: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   31st January 2017, 6:52 pm


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Welcome to the Sailor Moon Manga Club!

Like a Star @ heaven Do you love the Sailor Moon manga?
Like a Star @ heaven Is it your absolute favorite version of SM?
Like a Star @ heaven Haven't gotten around to reading the manga but are curious?
Like a Star @ heaven Love discussing Sailor Moon with other fans?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above then this club is for you!


About the Club

Current Leader: Brit-chan
Current Co-Leader: Addelyn


The Sailor Moon Manga Club is for anyone and everyone who loves the SM manga and want to read it and discuss with others. Every month this club holds activities for SM manga lovers and newbies alike.

Every month we will:


  • Read a volume of Sailor Moon from Vol 1 all the way to the Sailor V and the Short Stories!
    (So you have a chance to earn those sweet sweet bumpers!)
  • Read one of Naoko's other works or a pg13 Sailor Moon doujin (depending on what we can find!)
  • Hold Monthly Discussion Questions
  • Create new discussion threads for each act of the manga.
  • Hold monthly discussion chats on Discord



How do I sign up?
Just post in this thread that you would like to be a member! Once you do, we'll add you to our member list and usergroup, then you can pick up this awesome club bumper!


Also bumpers will be given out as you read each volume of the manga! See if you can get them all!


Join our Chat Channel on GC's Discord Server: https://discord.gg/j8NCvHX



Do I have to stay in the club the whole time? Can I sign up at any time?
Nope! You are free to join or leave at any time. However, if we notice that you are inactive and do not open reminder PMs after 4 months time, we will remove you from the list. You can, however, rejoin at any time and would love it if you can stay the whole time!


Do I have to read both options each month?

As a new feature this year, we are offering two options for you. Why? This is for those that might not want to reread the manga again (especially if you did it as recently as last year!) and are interested in other Naoko works and possibly pg13 doujin (if we can find them). Even if you are reading the SM manga gain, you can join in on the second option as well. So, it is completely 100% optional to read both.

What if I can't make the live discussions?

The Discord chats are not required, but more of something fun that we can all do together to enjoy the manga and share our thoughts. You are highly encouraged to post your thoughts and discuss it in this thread!


Does it matter which translation I use?

Nope! You can use Kodansha, Mixx, or anything else you want. Smile However, please note that for the individual act discussion threads, we will follow the shinshouban edition (the Japanese 2003 release which is what the US Kodansha version is). When I compared the Acts between this first and the Tankoubon (the version Mixx/Tokyo Pop translated) were slightly changed up in a couple of the arcs as the series was compressed from 18 volumes to 12 volumes.


If you have any other questions about the club, feel free to PM either Brit-chan or Addelyn, or you can post your question in the thread!




Manga Review/Discussion Questions

As a way to help facilitate discussions, we have come up with a list of 15 questions that could help you get started when you are reviewing and discussion the parts that you read of the manga. The questions are optional and you don't have to answer all 15 either! These are to help facilitate discussion and for those who are stuck on how to express their thoughts. Just copy and paste from the code below!

These questions were designed in a way to also be used for the individual act discussion threads. If you have any discussion question ideas or feel the questions don't really work in the context of the Sailor Moon manga, please let Brit-chan or Addelyn know! We'd love feedback on it. Smile

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[b]1. Were you excited for this manga when it was first announced/when picked it up? Why? (In Sailor Moon's case, perhaps excited when it was rereleased in the US?)[/b]

[b]2. Do you find the characters convincing? Are they believable? Are they fully developed as complex human beings—or were they one-dimensional? [/b]

[b]3. Did you enjoy reading this act or volume? Why, or why not?[/b]

[b]4. What scenes and/or dialogue strike you as insightful, even profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that's funny or poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe there's a particular comment that states the manga's thematic concerns?[/b]

[b]5. Depending on the act/volume, how do you feel about the main character(s)? Were they flawed, or were, perhaps, too perfect? [/b]

[b]6. Again, depending on the act/volume, how about the villain(s)? Pick one from this act/volume and talk about him/her for a bit. Was he/she properly threatening? Was he/she clichéd? Was he/she an interesting villain?[/b]

[b]7. What motivates different characters’ actions? Do you think those actions are justified or ethical?[/b]

[b]8. Do any characters grow or change during the course of the act/volume/series? If so, in what way?[/b]

[b]9. Let's talk artwork. Pick our your favorite panels and least favorite panels and share them. What do you like or not like about them?[/b]

[b]10. We all know the main themes in Sailor Moon are friendship, love and destiny. Are there other themes you've picked up on? What about for this act/volume that you've read?[/b]

[b]11. Why might Naoko Takeuchi have chosen to tell the story the way she did?[/b]

[b]12. If you could change anything, what would it be?[/b]

[b]13. If you could ask Naoko a question, what would you ask?[/b]

[b]14. Would you recommend this manga? Why, and to whom?[/b]

[b]15. Has the story so far lived up to your expectations?[/b]




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March's Activities:

It's March so that means we are moving on to Vol. 2 of both Sailor Moon and The Cherry Project. Here is your bumper for reading Vol. 1 of Sailor Moon![/b] (Cherry Project to come soon).





Discussion Question of the Month:

In February, we discussed the types of love shown in Sailor Moon. Now that we are getting into Vol. 2, let's talk more specifically about the Miracle Romance and Destiny themes in Sailor Moon. In this volume, we learn that Usagi and Mamoru are reincarnations of their past lives, Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion. Do you feel that their "miracle romance" holds up today versus the early 90s when it was originally released? What about destiny and fate to repeat themselves? Do you feel like their love exists due to destiny or maybe their feelings go beyond that? Is it all just too cliche for you to bear? Let us know this month as we delve into Vol. 2!



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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   31st January 2017, 7:22 pm

I want to join!

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   31st January 2017, 7:22 pm

I would like to sign up. Looking forward to it. 

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   31st January 2017, 7:52 pm

I'd love to join! 

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   1st February 2017, 3:57 am

everyone has been added to here! 

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   1st February 2017, 4:58 am

SIGN ME
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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   1st February 2017, 6:19 am

Added! You all are also on the PMing list. ^^

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   1st February 2017, 11:20 am

Me too please!!

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   1st February 2017, 11:33 am

I'll sign up. Just unboxed my box set Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   1st February 2017, 12:55 pm

How'd I miss this?! Sign me back up!

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   1st February 2017, 6:46 pm

Sign me up too please please!!

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   1st February 2017, 7:03 pm

YEET IT's FINALLY HERE. Sign me up!

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   2nd February 2017, 1:44 pm

Everyone's been added!

To get us going, let's start with our Monthly Discussion question and since it's February...let's talk about love!

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Sailor Moon shows many different forms of love. What is your favorite theme of love and romance displayed in SM and why? Feel free to discuss the different types of relationships from heterosexual to homosexual to platonic bffs. Alternatively, discuss your favorite manga pairings!


Also don't forget to start reading Vol 1 of either Sailor Moon or Cherry Project or both if you wanna!

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   4th February 2017, 10:58 pm

Is the discussion for here or Discord?

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   6th February 2017, 7:34 am

For here, that's why I reminded you all in the thread. ;P

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   6th February 2017, 7:44 am

Yo, put me back in, Brit!! Ready for that manga yo

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   6th February 2017, 3:47 pm

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Is the discussion for here or Discord?

As Brit said its on here and you can start at any time!

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   6th February 2017, 7:19 pm

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Discussion Question of the Month:

Sailor Moon shows many different forms of love. What is your favorite theme of love and romance displayed in SM and why? Feel free to discuss the different types of relationships from heterosexual to homosexual to platonic bffs. Alternatively, discuss your favorite manga pairings!
Not exactly sure what you mean by favorite theme. 

Now I'm am a totally sucker for a great story with friend and companionship, which is what this story has.....But since Sailor Moon has my number one, tip-top, absolute, very first and favorite OTP: Mamoru/Usagi  that relationship kinda eclipses it for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   6th February 2017, 7:20 pm

I think Brit means like types of love. We see gay love, hetero love, platonic love, toxic love, etc.

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   6th February 2017, 8:19 pm

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Yo, put me back in, Brit!! Ready for that manga yo

Yo gurl. You there.


@magic713 basically what Addy said (it was partially her suggestion after all Razz)

@Brit-chan wrote:
Discussion Question of the Month:

Sailor Moon shows many different forms of love. What is your favorite theme of love and romance displayed in SM and why? Feel free to discuss the different types of relationships from heterosexual to homosexual to platonic bffs. Alternatively, discuss your favorite manga pairings!

I think for me, I really enjoy, as cliche as it is 20 years later, Usagi and Mamoru's destined romance, because I always liked thinking that fate causes them to meet over and over again throughout time. So essentially their love transcends time. What I also love about Usagi and Mamoru in the manga is that their initial attraction to each other isn't based on their past memories. They just genuinely have chemistry between each other. As the series goes on, the story explores their love as a form of strength for their battles. I love how Mamoru is actually more the traditional "female" supportive type role in their relationship. An opposite example I can think of is in The Legend of Zelda. We have the hero, Link, who, depending on the game, falls in love with Princess Zelda and vice versa (to me, it is assumed that they fall for each other in the various games but fate seems to keep them from really being together). Here, Princess Zelda is a supportive role. While yes, she's strong on her own, she general supports and helps Link in the final battle. In Sailor Moon, Mamoru is the Princess Zelda and I always enjoyed seeing that trope turned on its head.

And then to make it a true forming relationship, by the Dream Arc, they both end up relying on each other and become each other's strength equally. I feel like at this point they've truly become equals without feeling like one is weaker than the other.

Annnd thats just some of my thoughts on it concerning that form of love. I'd say another I enjoyed was the platonic innocent love between Helios and Chibiusa but since we don't get much of them after Dream arc and they don't quite have allt he bonding moments like in the SuperS anime, I don't have as much to discuss. At least not now off the top of my head. xD




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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   7th February 2017, 3:19 am

I have to say my favorite show of love in Sialor Moon is also Mamoru and Usagi. I could write an essay on why their relationship is so good, and why it's my favorite pairing of all time from anything ever, but I don't want to do that and I'll just say yes to what Brit and magic713 said.

Other than UsaMamo, I'd say my favorite relationship is the one between the inner Senshi. They all found a friend when Usagi came into their lives, and for a few of them (specifically Rei and Makoto, but this probably also could apply to Ami and Minako), it was really the first time they had any good friends. You can tell they all care about each other very much (unfortunately, due to schedules and time constraints and such in the manga, we don't see a lot of this, but the anime, for all it's shortcomings, at least shows the girls doing things together more), and goodness, I just love their friendship.

Also shout out to the parental relationship between Usagi & Mamoru and Chibiusa, and the relationship between Usagi and her family.

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   7th February 2017, 3:59 pm

It took me a long, long time to like Usagi and Mamoru and it wasn't till I read the manga that I actually began to like them. 

I think my favourite kind of love is honestly the love between the senshi not just what they have for Serenity but between each other. It honestly shows positive female relationships at a time in most girls lives when it can be the exact opposite.

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   8th February 2017, 10:31 am

Oh! This reminds me, and it sorta has to do with this topic, also how different love is and viewed culturally, especially in regards to physical affection and verbal. A while back I watched a youtube video of a married couple in Japan where the wife was American and the husband, Japanese (obv). Their channel is interesting cause they often talk about cultural differences and one video was about love and the cultural difference between Japan and America.



I feel like when talking about love and types of love, especially in the case of Usagi and Mamoru, it's important to remember these cultural differences. Because inherently, Sailor Moon was written by a Japanese person with a Japanese audience in mind. Just some food for thought for the discussion I guess. xD

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   8th February 2017, 11:08 am

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   8th February 2017, 12:17 pm

It took me a while to like Usagi and Mamoru as a paring as well, since the 90s anime made it rather immature and awkward. (the break up arc, I'm looking at you.) However, the manga seemed to handle it in a more mature and realistic way-which is what like Addelyn said, I didn't actually appreciate the pair until the manga.

However, I can't say the same for Haruka and Michiru's relationship. While I love them, and they are my OTP of the franchise-the manga really didn't delve deep into it, though it was clear that they were in a relationship. The 90s anime, as well as the myus did a better job exploring their adorable relationship, at least in my opinion.

However, when it came to the toxic infactuation between Prince Diamond and Usagi, I think the manga did a fantastic job. You really got the feel that diamond was seriously, 100% up to no good and pretty dang obsessed with NQS. I mean, kidnapping Usagi, putting her in a dress as though she were NQS and then force kissing her? Talk about insane! Granted, I haven't seen all of the R arc in the 90s anime-but the manga did a really good job letting you know he was a dangerous individual.

Then we have the very cute fluffy stuff between Chibiusa and Hotaru. I like how both the 90s anime and manga handled their relationship, and each gave a different perspective on the pair. The 90s anime made it more a day-to-day friendship thing, whereas the manga focused on how friendship can help through the darker points in life. I honestly low-key ship the two, since they're just so cute and I could see them begin to start dating in high school. (Parallel sailor moon totally helped with that. Razz)

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   8th February 2017, 1:45 pm

Cosmos, you expressed my thoughts exactly! While I certainly would enjoy the manga without it, I really appreciated that it showed both positive and negative types of love, because I think that's a very important message. I also really liked that a lesbian couple was one of the positive examples, but, as you said, Haruka and Michiru unfortunately don't get much focus in the manga as a couple.

However! Definitely my favorite form of love in Sailor Moon are all of the wonderful friendships. The manga shows a lot of the girls relying on each other as friends do, but has way less just lighthearted scenes of them hanging out, which is something I wish there was more of (the other versions do better with this, though!). 

I also love the relationships between Usagi and Luna, and Minako and Artemis! They're not exactly the same dynamic, but both are very very cute, and you can see how much these cats love their weird owners and vice versa.

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   8th February 2017, 6:05 pm

Ooh yes, thats another relationship dynamic I hadn't thought of: the Guardian/Teacher one. I love how connected they end up being to their student. The manga showcases Luna as a bit strict but understanding too in the beginning. And then after Usagi awakens her memories, poor Luna feels like she had failed her. It's almost like a motherly love. It's very sweet. <3

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   14th February 2017, 12:49 pm

First major in depth discussion of an act is up, voila! Go check it out. 

http://www.thegalaxycauldronforums.com/t14583-sm-manga-club-in-depth-discussion-casablanca-memories#381730

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   15th February 2017, 10:43 am

It's update time SM Manga Club members!

The SM Vol 1 discussions open today, 02/15! If you're new to the manga, what did you think? Feel free to grab from the questions below to help discuss what you read.

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[b]1. Were you excited for this manga when it was first announced/when picked it up? Why? (In Sailor Moon's case, perhaps excited when it was rereleased in the US?)[/b]

    [b]2. Do you find the characters convincing? Are they believable? Are they fully developed as complex human beings—or were they one-dimensional? [/b]

    [b]3. Did you enjoy reading this act or volume? Why, or why not?[/b]

    [b]4. What scenes and/or dialogue strike you as insightful, even profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that's funny or poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe there's a particular comment that states the manga's thematic concerns?[/b]

    [b]5. Depending on the act/volume, how do you feel about the main character(s)? Were they flawed, or were, perhaps, too perfect? [/b]

    [b]6. Again, depending on the act/volume, how about the villain(s)? Pick one from this act/volume and talk about him/her for a bit. Was he/she properly threatening? Was he/she clichéd? Was he/she an interesting villain?[/b]

    [b]7. What motivates different characters’ actions? Do you think those actions are justified or ethical?[/b]

    [b]8. Do any characters grow or change during the course of the act/volume/series? If so, in what way?[/b]

    [b]9. Let's talk artwork. Pick our your favorite panels and least favorite panels and share them. What do you like or not like about them?[/b]

    [b]10. We all know the main themes in Sailor Moon are friendship, love and destiny. Are there other themes you've picked up on? What about for this act/volume that you've read?[/b]

    [b]11. Why might Naoko Takeuchi have chosen to tell the story the way she did?[/b]

    [b]12. If you could change anything, what would it be?[/b]

    [b]13. If you could ask Naoko a question, what would you ask?[/b]

    [b]14. Would you recommend this manga? Why, and to whom?[/b]

    [b]15. Has the story so far lived up to your expectations?[/b]

For the live chat discussion, I have started a Doodle Poll to help pick a date and time: http://doodle.com/poll/puv44pr76gixfyv3  Please fill it out asap! We'll be holding the chat discussions on our discord channel. If you are on GC's discord but not in the SM manga club channel, let me know and I'll get you added!

And for our last reminder, The Cherry Project discussion starts on Saturday 02/18 if you decided to read it this month.

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PostSubject: Re: Sailor Moon Manga Reading Club [Vol 2 Live Chat Thur @ 9pm EST/8pm CST]   17th February 2017, 10:45 am

Please don't forget the doodle poll! I've only had two people fill it out so far. And Id like to see more people discussing in the thread and the one put up by Addy linked in my post above, thanks!

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