We're getting a (Japanese) novelization of the Sailor Moon story ?!?

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Going through the last chapter (which corresponds to Act 10) now. I'll update as I go along. Here are the most notable things so far:

- Ami uses encyclopedias and a laptop to research the moon when she, Usagi, and Mako are at Crown
- Usagi observes that "No matter how much you look at the moon, you'd never know about our kingdom."
- While wondering how they're going to get to the moon, Ami says, "Usually when you go to the moon, you need a rocket, right? If not a rocket, then a UFO? That's not practical."
- The novel explains that while Luna and Artemis are working away at one of the consoles, all the ordinary people at the arcade just see them as two cats playing with each other
- Kenji and Shingo were actually included!
- When Luna and the girls arrive on the moon, Venus says her ears are ringing. (I just noticed that Artemis doesn't accompany them to the moon. Poor Artemis!)
- Queen Serenity is described as having with beautiful, long, golden hair. Because she looks just like Usagi, Usagi's first reaction is, "Is that...me!?"
- As Queen Serenity talks, Usagi starts to remember her past life, like how Mercury would scold her like an older sister, and how she'd pretend to study to get her off her back.

Update:
"Three of the Four Generals, so briefly brought back to life, had returned to stone. A stone with a translucent green color, like drops of water fallen on budding leaves: Jadeite. A stone of a deeper green than that, like a drop at the bottom of the sea: Nephrite. Lastly, a stone that changed in color from gray to green to pink: Zoisite."

Update 2:
- When Kunzite is freezing Tokyo, we see newscasters freaking out on TV monitors around the city, and people getting emergency alerts on their smartphones.

- "Sailor Planet Attack" and Kunzite's stone are described as follows:

"The swirl of light enveloping the Sailor Guardians formed into an arrow and pierced Kunzite's body! Kunzite opened his eyes wide, as if staring at something incredible, and a stone appeared on his forehead. Without even crying out a dying wail, his body collapsed like sand, leaving only the stone behind. The stone of the merciless Kunzite, whom Queen Beryl had played like a puppet, was, surprisingly, a gentle, warm orchid."

First Queen Beryl had black hair and wore a black dress, now Queen Serenity is blonde. :evil:
 
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sapphire91

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Going through the last chapter (which corresponds to Act 10) now. I'll update as I go along. Here are the most notable things so far:

- Ami uses encyclopedias and a laptop to research the moon when she, Usagi, and Mako are at Crown
- Usagi observes that "No matter how much you look at the moon, you'd never know about our kingdom."
- While wondering how they're going to get to the moon, Ami says, "Usually when you go to the moon, you need a rocket, right? If not a rocket, then a UFO? That's not practical."
- The novel explains that while Luna and Artemis are working away at one of the consoles, all the ordinary people at the arcade just see them as two cats playing with each other
- Kenji and Shingo were actually included!
- When Luna and the girls arrive on the moon, Venus says her ears are ringing. (I just noticed that Artemis doesn't accompany them to the moon. Poor Artemis!)
- Queen Serenity is described as having with beautiful, long, golden hair. Because she looks just like Usagi, Usagi's first reaction is, "Is that...me!?"
- As Queen Serenity talks, Usagi starts to remember her past life, like how Mercury would scold her like an older sister, and how she'd pretend to study to get her off her back.

First Queen Beryl had black hair and wore a black dress, now Queen Serenity is blonde. :evil:
Lol, so Usagi is oficially blonde and it is not just depiction for manga format. Quite interesting.
 

sapphire91

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the novel isn’t more official than any other media
I know but in general manga and anime don't give descriptions when it comes to hair and color. For art purposes they obviously have a clear colors for hair and eyes, but in most cases they are for the reader. They might descripe Usagi as the girl with wong tails in ponytails, but they never outright say the blonde girl. They are Asians, so they cannot be naturally blonde. I just find it interesting how the novel explicitly states she is blonde, instead of keeping it vague.
 

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Oh very nice MementoNepenthe I love that coloring of Beryl you did with the novel's colors of her with black hair and the black dress. Interestingly enough in the Materials Collection Human Beryl that is to say before she turned evil was depicted with Black Hair and a black dress. Of course when Crystal showed her in this more human form they had her look more like say she did in her regular form with red hair, red eyes and a more purple though a lighter purple dress but still the same design. I would honestly like to see if you are so inclined to do so to fully color the pic as I would love to see what your unique interpretation would be on this design.
 
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^ I was thinking the same thing re: Beryl's original hair and thought that might have been intentional at first.

The problem is the author also got wrong Queen Serenity's hair, so it's clear she only read the manga without consulting other sources like the Materials Collection. :sick:
 
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Or she's only seen images from Crystal and the '90s anime where QS's hair was incorrectly colored? I don't get it at all. Kodansha decided to commission a trilogy of light novels adapting the DK arc, but Naoko seemingly didn't care to be involved so they recycled ancient artwork and hired a writer who was unfamiliar with Sailor Moon to pen the books, and then didn't bother editing them for internal errors (e.g. Usagi's knowing, then not knowing Motoki's name) or for franchise inconsistencies (e.g. Beryl's and Serenity's hair colors). Odd, odd, odd.

ETA: Actually, per the author's blog post I shared several pages back, to prepare for the novels, she read the shinsoubon edition. Volume 3 opens with a color image clearly showing Beryl with red hair, followed by a splash/title page in color showing Queen Serenity with silver hair, soooo....