For my Valentine's Day entries I decided to let my wife (and most loyal of gamers) choose what I would put on Exponential Heroes! Of course, anyone who knows her already knows what will be appearing here for the next three days...
PRETTY GUARDIAN SAILOR MOON!
The next three days will be dedicated not only to the heroes of Japan's greatest superhero team, but also to the stunning artwork from the talented woman who wrote and drew the manga-
I'm looking forward to this event not only because it makes Pretty Rabbit happy, but also because it provides a real chance to show off that the DC Heroes Roleplaying Game can do anything- even magical girl shojo manga! Also, I happen to be a big fan of the Sailor Moon series. It is a terrific superhero tale, well told and gorgeously illustrated. It is also an all-girl superhero team created, written, and drawn by a woman!
The heroes of the series are not women as men see them, but women as they see themselves. They are all princesses, brave and beautiful with cool elemental powers who save the world. Unlike Disney princesses, they do not wait on their princes to save them. In fact, their princes may very well be the ones trying to kill them! They are superheroes, after all!
Anyone wanting to know more about Sailor Moon should read the newly-released manga from Kodansha Comics. It is a faithful and complete translation by the publishers of the original Japanese language editions. Volumes 1-8 are the best, covering the superb Dark Kingdom arc, Black Moon arc, and Mugen arc, which correspond to seasons 1-3 of the anime. These are the best by a long shot. The Dream arc is great in the manga but offensive for its use of inappropriate rape imagery in the anime. The Stars arc is weak and forgettable in both (not to mention bizarre).
If you are watching the anime, be warned here:
NO DUB OF SAILOR MOON IS WORTH WATCHING.
Better yet- just read the manga. The book is always better than the movie*.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, PRETTY RABBIT!