Really, I don't think my review could do justice to the breathtakingly beautiful 'Sailor Moon' story, 'Princess Kaguya's Lover'. The first short story is the above-mentioned 'Princess Kaguya's Lover', the longest of the three. With his love of candy and belief in stories about princesses on the moon, Kakeru has a childlike charm to his character; extending the substance of his tragic tale. 'Princess Kaguya's Lover' could be called a Christmas story, since it's set around that time, and winter plays an important part. The Inner and Outer Guardians (minus the strangely absent Hotaru) team up and fight the enemy alien - Princess Snow Kaguya herself - in space. One other thing that makes 'Princess Kaguya's Lover' a stand-out and dare-I-say revolutionary story in the 'Sailor Moon' ethos? Himeko, a side character, gets to not only meet Sailor Moon, but talk to her, and be entrusted with knowledge about the Soldiers' tactical plans of saving the world from an enemy invasion. Himeko is an ordinary woman who, on the verge of a larger-than-life dream of going into space and landing on the moon - on top of supporting her sick friend/lover Kakeru - finds out that magic and aliens exist. We see how she deals with all this, and it's one of the many reasons why I think Himeko Nayota is the best "normal" character in 'Sailor Moon'. Brave and determined, she is a remarkable woman in her own way - without Sailor Guardian powers, she still goes into space, and saves those she loves. Together with Luna's truly selfless love (she is unquestionably the main character) and the ambiguous ending, there isn't a standalone 'Sailor Moon' story which comes as close to perfection as 'Princess Kaguya's Lover'. The ending comes with journal entries from Naoko Takeuchi herself on actually going to NASA for research during the development stage of 'Princess Kaguya's Lover'. 'Casa Blanca Memory' is not as good as 'Princess Kaguya's Lover', but it's lovely all the same. Despite its creepy vibe of men-following-underaged-girls that's in 'Sailor Moon' more often than is comfortable, 'Casa Blanca Memory' has an atmosphere overflowing with sad yet optimistic emotions, implemented in aid of the message about moving forward steadily in life and to not dwell on the past or past love. It's beautiful, mysterious and takes things slowly, just like Rei/Sailor Mars: "If I were to ever fall in love, I'd likely want to claim everything of that person and keep it completely to myself. I'm giving the whole volume five Milky Way shooting stars for 'Princess Kaguya's lover' and 'Casa Blanca Memory' alone.
I loved Casablanca Memory much more this time - maybe because now I finally appreciated the character development (it's kind of hard to appreciate it when you're in the middle of a cliffhanger). Finally, Parallel Sailor Moon is just crazy and I love it. COTTON PINK KITTIES YES PLEASE.) So this is it, then - the final volume of the Sailor Moon manga, for real, definitely.
Karena di sini ada cerita khusus yang menggambarkan hubungan Luna dengan seorang fisikawan muda. Cerita ini yang membuatku jadi lebih menghormati Naoko Takeuchi bahkan ketika dulu aku masih meremehkan serial ini (dan menjalin hubungan love and hate relationship dengan kisah ini).
Of course I guess it wouldn't be a Sailor Moon story without a monster of some sort so and there is a comet coming for Earth so the scouts must save the day before the big surprise (unless you have already heard of this more famous of the short stories before now.) In the second story "Casa Blanca Memory" is about Rei's Birthday and the hardships of having a father who is away on business all the time. Finally we get to the last of the short stories "Parallel Sailor Moon" which is probably one of my least favorite stories in the books is about a wold where Usagi and her friends are grown up and have kids of their own (Usagi has a second child who is a lot more like her than Chibi-Usa.) It wasn't a bad story but it was rather silly and I don't understand why Usagi's daughter would be afraid of cats unless Luna, Artemis, and Diana never talked to her which might be a fact considering this is a parallel world.
Takeuchi's works have a wide following among anime/manga fans.