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Codename Sailor V

As many of you already know, last weekend I took part in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Reverse Readathon. During those 24 hours, I had the opportunity to read quite a few books that I really enjoyed. The second and third books that I read during the Reverse Readathon were the two volumes that make up the English release of the Codename Sailor V manga series, by Naoko Takeuchi.

Codename Sailor V follows the adventures of a junior high school girl named Minako Aino (a character you may already know from Takeuchi’s Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon series). When she meets a talking cat named Artemis, Minako learns that she has magical abilities and that it’s her destiny to protect Earth in the form of the sailor-suited hero, known as Sailor V.

With a group known as the Dark Agency attempting to take over the world, and the Inspector General of the police department desperately trying to recruit her to the police force, Minako definitely has a lot on her plate. And that’s not including school!

I really enjoyed the Codename Sailor V manga. The books are a great introduction to Minako’s backstory, which is alluded to in the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon manga.

The art style of Codename Sailor V is just like that of Sailor Moon. I’ve always really liked Takeuchi’s art style, because I feel like she does a really good job with both character design and action sequences. One of the things that stands out to me is the quality and range of facial expressions that the characters have. Minako is a very expressive character, and Takeuchi’s drawings do a marvelous job of capturing her personality.

This series will definitely appeal to fans of shōjo manga, especially those who enjoy magical girl stories, and are already familiar with Sailor Moon. It is important to know that while Codename Sailor V does take place prior to the events of the Sailor Moon series, it does occasionally overlap with the original manga, and contains significant spoilers for that series toward the end of volume two. For that reason, if you have not read Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon (or seen the anime), I would recommend reading it first.

If you have the opportunity to read Codename Sailor V, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

Are you interested in checking out reviews of the other books I read during the Reverse Readathon? If so, you can find them in the Readathon category here on The Unapologetic Bookworm.

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