In celebration of how President Obama publicly declared his support for same-sex marriage this month, the cover of this volume features Sailor Venus hurling rainbows at your face.
I found this volume to be a significant improvement over the last volume. There are less instances of weird, clunky language and no major misrepresentations of the original content. The new translation surpasses Tokyopop's in quality much more often than not. If future volumes continue this pattern, I think I'll be satisfied.
Nevertheless, two problems became readily apparent the day this book was released: an inexplicable lack of translation notes and some nasty printing issues where the ink looks horribly smudged on several pages. Flanagan certainly hasn't had trouble filling up respectably-sized sections of translation notes, sometimes with entries of questionable value--writing about Tokyo Tower twice and explaining that the Crown Game Center's phone number isn't a real working number come to mind--so I'm puzzled as to why we have nothing to read at the end of this book besides the preview for the next volume. Worsening this situation is the fact that the advertisements for volume 5 feature the same promise to deliver "incredibly detailed translation notes!" As for the ink splotching / splattering, this only seems to have affected a small batch of books. My copy is fine except for a couple of slightly smeared words.
For this entry, I will first talk about the improvements, then I'll talk about the problems, and then I have some thoughts to share about the story itself, irrespective of the English adaptations.
What are executions like in Crystal Tokyo, anyway? And who gets executed, if not humans?
Demande doesn't clarify what he means in Tokyopop, which kind of makes you want to argue with him. The Ginzuishou itself doesn't cause any war or strife...hell, we've seen it revive a planet's worth of people at least twice by this point in the story. What causes the war and strife is people, monsters, and formless evils trying to steal it and use it for themselves.
As an aside, I really would have liked to see this angle explored further. In Drangonball Z, Goku decides to stay dead at one point because he knows his God-like power attracts deadly super-beings to Earth, and in The Avengers movie, the humans decide to give up the unfathomably powerful Tasseract for the same reason. Sure, the Ginzuishou can bring about and maintain peace, but the reason why cities and whole planets have been flattened repeatedly is because such a diserable object exists. Soooooo....
This is Queen Serenity explaining the three time-related taboos to Sailor Pluto. Tokyopop says that time travel is the first taboo, which means Pluto must have racked up twenty life sentences by now because all anyone has been doing is traveling through time. The Japanese literally says "move time," which is what we see in Kodansha. I'm guessing this means speeding time up, slowing it down, and rewinding it. We never see Pluto treat time like a DVD, so I guess she's been following this rule.
BETTER? WORSE? HARD TO SAY