Is the Sailor Moon manga underrated?

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Is the Sailor Moon manga underrated?

  • Yes, it should be much more renowned.

    Votes: 16 21.9%
  • Yes, but only slightly.

    Votes: 12 16.4%
  • No, it gets about as much recognition as deserved.

    Votes: 29 39.7%
  • No, it is much too highly esteemed for what it is.

    Votes: 16 21.9%

  • Total voters
    73

Kerochan no Miko

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I've never read the original manga but from what I've heard, it's more dark, tragic and violent and the characters are totally different than in the anime.
So you keep repeating that you've heard rumors that certain versions of the series are "more dark" and...let me just tell you right here, none of what you have heard is true.

I strongly suggest that you actually watch/read this stuff for yourself and learn that, instead of just repeating the same rumors over and over.
 

Danzig87

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So you keep repeating that you've heard rumors that certain versions of the series are "more dark" and...let me just tell you right here, none of what you have heard is true.
No thank you, I'm good. I don't have to check out the manga (or watch Sailor Moon Crystal) not just because of the tone but the major differences of the likable personalities of the characters from the anime such as ditzy and carefree Usagi, timid and studious Ami, feisty and cocky Rei, athletic and flirtatatious Makoto and peppy and fun-loving Minako.
 
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No thank you, I'm good. I don't have to check out the manga (or watch Sailor Moon Crystal) not just because of the tone but the major differences of the likable personalities of the characters from the anime such as ditzy and carefree Usagi, timid and studious Ami, feisty and cocky Rei, athletic and flirtatatious Makoto and peppy and fun-loving Minako.
But you HAVENT read the manga (Crystal is just a sucky version of the manga so whatever) so how would you know the difference? The traits you listed for the girls? With the exception of Rei that's pretty much their characterization in the manga too. The manga has several strengths the anime does not and vice versa.
 

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But you HAVENT read the manga (Crystal is just a sucky version of the manga so whatever) so how would you know the difference? The traits you listed for the girls? With the exception of Rei that's pretty much their characterization in the manga too. The manga has several strengths the anime does not and vice versa.
I may never read the manga, but I did just finished reading of how Rei Hino is totally different from the anime. Right away, I don't like this version of her. It's like she has no personality. She's way too serious, close-minded and to top it she proclaims herself that she hates all males just because of one man, her father. Jesus. :shocked: I can imagine how traumatized and bitter she feels when the only male character Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask is nearby or if any of the Senshi (especially Usagi) mentioning his name.

Sailor Mars, my personal favorite of the Sailor Senshi as this stoic and close-minded misandrist gave me another reason to avoid reading the manga. Thank God they didn't keep her personally oversensitive traits to the anime, because if they did she would not be my favorite. I would find her as this irredeemable and unlikable man-hating [deleted] who choose to become a lost cause.
 
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I enjoy both versions of Rei's character and there are aspects I love about both of them and aspects of them I prefer over the other. I love that Rei is more mature and elegant in the manga and not completely boy crazy and I love that she actually takes her spirituality seriously. It always seemed like she was only a priestess in the anime because she was raised to be one and not because she wasn't serious about it. It also never really made much sense to make Rei want to be an idol in the anime when that was already Minako's dream. It just seemed like the writers copied some aspects of Minako and gave them to Rei. On the other hand, I do love Rei is more fiesty in the anime and I personally enjoy her relationship with Usagi which I feel like is deeper and more complex than fans give Rei credit for in the anime. The best portrayal of Rei to me is still probably PGSM which combines the best elements of both versions of Rei's character.
 

Danzig87

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It also never really made much sense to make Rei want to be an idol in the anime when that was already Minako's dream. It just seemed like the writers copied some aspects of Minako and gave them to Rei.
I don't care, I like her that way. She's kinda equivalent to Raphael from the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show than ran from the late 80s to the mid 90s. The writers borrowed some of Michaelango's goofy characteristics to add to Raph's set personality of being witty, sarcastic and impulsive.
 

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Danzig, you are so mistaken about manga Rei, I can't even. (1. She's not a man hater. She's simply not interested in them and has no use for them as romantic partners. She clearly has platonic/familial love for her grandfather, Artemis, and Mamoru, and while she doesn't interact with them much, she also clearly no has no problems with Motoki, Umino, Asanuma, or Helios. 2. I don't get how you can say you like Ami's "timid and studious" personality but not like Rei's "serious" one. 3. Just because manga Rei isn't an exaggerated caricature doesn't mean she doesn't have a personality. Her more reserved, "cool beauty" demeanor *is* a personality.) Maybe you should actually, I don't know, read the manga yourself and form your own opinions rather than just skim some skewed, secondhand accounts of it? Otherwise, just say you enjoy the anime and how Rei is characterized in it and leave it at that, without making uninformed comments on her characterization in the manga.

Because manga Rei? Having no personality?









I don't think so.
 
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The best portrayal of Rei to me is still probably PGSM which combines the best elements of both versions of Rei's character.
Agreed, I loved Keiko Kitagawa's performance as Rei. She made the character her own.

1. She's not a man hater. She's simply not interested in them and has no use for them as romantic partners. She clearly has platonic/familial love for her grandfather, Artemis, and Mamoru, and while she doesn't interact with them much, she also clearly no has no problems with Motoki, Umino, Asanuma, or Helios. Otherwise, just say you enjoy the anime and how Rei is characterized in it and leave it at that, without making uninformed comments on her characterization in the manga.

Because manga Rei? Having no personality?









I don't think so.
I think you made excellent points here, Memento. Rei is one of my favorite characters in the manga and PGSM, I love her personality. The very reason why manga!Rei didn't trust anyone, especially men was because her father abandoned his ailing wife, feeling his job was more important than family.
 

Danzig87

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Danzig, you are so mistaken about manga Rei, I can't even. (1. She's not a man hater. She's simply not interested in them and has no use for them as romantic partners. She clearly has platonic/familial love for her grandfather, Artemis, and Mamoru, and while she doesn't interact with them much, she also clearly no has no problems with Motoki, Umino, Asanuma, or Helios. 2. I don't get how you can say you like Ami's "timid and studious" personality but not like Rei's "serious" one. 3. Just because manga Rei isn't an exaggerated caricature doesn't mean she doesn't have a personality. Her more reserved, "cool beauty" demeanor *is* a personality.) Maybe you should actually, I don't know, read the manga yourself and form your own opinions rather than just skim some skewed, secondhand accounts of it? Otherwise, just say you enjoy the anime and how Rei is characterized in it and leave it at that, without making uninformed comments on her characterization in the manga.

Because manga Rei? Having no personality?









I don't think so.
I apologize for misinterpreting Rei's personality from the manga. I might give it a chance to read it one day, (I know I kept saying this and a lot of people here already got the picture) despite the fact that I'm always going to prefer the classic anime because that's how I first knew about Sailor Moon. I just feel more familiar and closer to that Rei rather than her manga self since she is my personal favorite. Anime Rei is fiery and feisty while manga Rei is cold and distant. Both adaptions of Rei Hino/Sailor Mars have different and distingushing personalities but are obviously are the same person.

And who is Asanuma? I don't know anyone by that name in the show. Does he appear much later in the anime or is he limited to other versions of it?
 
Mamoru Chiba's kohai/junior in the manga. As the anime aged Mamoru up from high school to college age the character was omitted from the 90s anime
Omitted from the main Black Moon storyline of R.
 

Kerochan no Miko

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Anime Rei is fiery and feisty while manga Rei is cold and distant.
You admit that you're misinterpreting Rei's character in one sentence, then do it yet again only a few sentences later....

Seriously, dude, just stop now. You don't know what you're talking about, so just...don't keep repeating stuff that you "read somewhere" because it's not helping.

Doesn't Asanuma appear briefly in the third episode of Stars?
Usagi asks him for Mamoru's phone number, iirc, in the manga. I don't remember him in the anime.
 
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While I really like anime Rei (especially as voiced by the amazing Katie Griffin) she does falter a bit too much into the "Not so different from Usagi" gags (going fangirl over some animators, reading Sailor V manga, pigging out on food) even though we're told she's ladylike. Rei in the manga IS ladylike. She's passionate, she's dedicated, she's serious, has an air of mystery. All the main 5 senshi have distinct personalities in the manga where a lot of the times in the 90s anime all of them (excluding Ami) tend to fall into "boy-crazy" especially Minako and Mako (even though being boy-crazy was more Minako's thing in the manga, Mako I only recall liking a couple guys in the manga)
 

Danzig87

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You admit that you're misinterpreting Rei's character in one sentence, then do it yet again only a few sentences later....

Seriously, dude, just stop now. You don't know what you're talking about, so just...don't keep repeating stuff that you "read somewhere" because it's not helping.
Fine, I'll just put it short and simple:

"I prefer the anime over the manga".

I rest my case.
 

Danzig87

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How do you prefer the anime over the manga when you never read the manga?
I'm not going to say anything anymore since the staff/administrator told me to stop because no one is interested to hear my honest and stubborn opinions of why I am not into certain versions of Sailor Moon. It's cool for other fans who appreciate them, but as for me, I find them rather optional. At least I enjoy Sailor Moon through the English dub and fanmade material such as fan art.

It's like that old saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". I'm the old dog and the manga, the subbed anime, the live action series and the Crystal anime are the new tricks. Viz's redub is the only exception.
 

Kerochan no Miko

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I'm not going to say anything anymore since the staff/administrator told me to stop because no one is interested to hear my honest and stubborn opinions of why I am not into certain versions of Sailor Moon.
Incorrect. No one is interested in hearing you say you don't like the manga because you "read somewhere" a bunch of untrue things about said manga and continually refer to those things as though they were canon truth, even after being told several times that they were not. There is a vast difference between "I am not interested in reading the manga" and "I'm not going to read the manga because [insert lies here]," and when you repeatedly do the latter I am forced to suspect that you're deliberately trolling. Hence, asking you to please stop.

I suggest that, if you're not interested in reading the manga or listening to what people have to say about it, you might want to avoid this thread in the future.