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Childhood's End
Arthur C. Clarke
Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel
Scrivener's Moon - Audio
Philip Reeve
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Vol. 1  - Naoko Takeuchi, William Flanagan This where it all started for me. My interest in manga (and, by extension, western comics) really started watching Sailor Moon early on weekday mornings, getting ready to go to high school. Ah, memories. And yes, Sailor Moon really does hold up to my memories of a fun, romantic, and beautifully drawn manga.

Sailor Moon herself is probably a character you either love or hate. She's flawed, and yet she's given this power that she really doesn't know what to do with. Let's be honest, Usagi is a bit of a mess, especially at first. And yet I still love her, because she's just so easy to love. Maybe it's because she can get herself together to get done what she needs to, or because people don't make excuses for her all the time, or because she is so loving at heart.

I love these new editions. I think the cover art is new (squee!) and I can finally complete my collection after years of the entire series being out of print. (Eventually, some of the later volumes became impossible to find for anything that I could reasonably pay, and I paid unreasonably for a few of them.) I also like the new translation. Yes, I did compare the first chapter in the new edition to the first chapter in the original Tokyopop translation. Huge improvement. Just fixing the names (Bunny, ugh) is a gift to fans.