This sounds really fucking awesome.
Guys make headcanons about me.
IF SOMEONE DOES THIS I WILL BE SO HAPPY
First of all, I wanted to welcome you to our humble abode known as the Dark Kingdom. I see our brainwashing tactics has served us well!
Okay, seriously though, glad to have recruited a new moonie to our wonderful Sailor Moon universe! Beginning with the manga (in my opinion) is the best place to start - just as you’ve asked.
There actually aren’t as many variations of the manga out as you think (unless you live in Japan and can read Japanese). The original English releases by Mixx went out of print ages ago (you can find them on ebay, etc), and a few years ago, Kodansha was able to pick up the Sailor Moon manga (which includes the first ever English translation of the Codename: Sailor V manga as well - a pretty huge deal might I add). You can purchase these volumes pretty much anywhere that sells manga. If you plan to get a bunch at a time, I suggest purchasing from Amazon since the prices are usually cheaper, and if you pass $35 you’ll receive free shipping! (I also suggest Kodansha’s box sets which might save you some cash.) You can also purchase the manga at your local bookstore, comic shops, etc. (Even Walmart carries them!)
I will forewarn you, the Kodansha translations are not the greatest (there’s quite a few hiccups), but if you want a solid, hardcopy, those are definitely the best way to go. I will also suggest Miss Dream’s Sailor Moon scanlations. They’re really wonderful, and if you’re okay with reading via a screen, that’s a really great option as well!
I started watching Sailor Moon on US television back in ‘95, and it wasn’t long before I wanted more. I was really fortunate that my local library actually carried Mixx’s release of the Sailor Moon manga (as well as Cardcaptor Sakura and a few others). Now, most libraries carry Kodansha’s release of the manga, and if they don’t, you can always suggest it to your librarian and she/he will order it for you. This is a great option for a number of reasons.
So basically, in my own experience of Sailor Moon, I started with the first season of the 90s anime, and then transitioned over the to manga. So I actually completed the manga before the outers were introduced in the anime. (I actually didn’t realize that until very recently.)
Regarding the Codename: Sailor V manga - Naoko Takeuchi actually began Codename: Sailor V prior to Sailor Moon; however, she didn’t finish it until after she started Sailor Moon. You’re welcome to read Sailor V before you begin reading the Sailor Moon manga; however, toward the end of Sailor V, there are moments you will appreciate more after reading the first arc of the Sailor Moon manga. So what I suggest is maybe reading a couple acts from Sailor V, and then complete the first arc (Dark Kingdom) of the Sailor Moon manga. Then return to Sailor V and finish it off. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I really think you’ll appreciate it more.
Overall and by far, I prefer the Sailor Moon manga to the 90s anime. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore the 90s anime to death. I just prefer the manga because it’s a lot more mature than the anime. The relationships are more mature, the characters mature as the manga progresses, it moves along relatively quickly (since the anime is loaded with filler), Mamoru is amazing/loving/supportive/caring and not a jerk… You can really breeze through the manga - unlike the anime which is 200 episodes long. If you’re interested in the 90s anime, you watch Viz Media’s legal and new sub airing on Hulu/Neon Alley for free. If you’re afraid to get into the anime after reading through the manga, at least watch the movies. Honestly, I prefer the films to the actual 90s anime!
I hope that helps! Great question, and I hope this helps other moonies as well who haven’t read the manga and/or seen the original anime and have started watching Sailor Moon Crystal (which follows the manga unlike the 90s anime which greatly veered from the manga’s plot)!
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Most white hipsters learn Spanish or Arabic BECAUSE it is a fashion statement for white people to speak PoC languages.
Hold the fuck up. Most “white hipsters” learn Spanish because it’s fucking relevant in the US still given that we border Mexico. My white boyfriend is learning Spanish with me.
Edit: NOT TO MENTION, the idea that you can pick up Spanish as easily as a fashion statement is really childish. It takes MONTHS, even YEARS to learn it, and to learn it well, you have to really research the culture and appreciate it. You’re not gonna fucking just pick it up like a cute sash and dump it the next day.
Did you know? Hispanic is actually not a skin tone— we’re white, tan, and black. And there are white, American Hispanics who speak Spanish to be closer to their culture. Also, your comment about most Asians being Christian because of colonization is garbage and racist too— assuming someone can’t be Christian in the US because somewhere down the line they converted (and you did too, might I add, so how the fuck are you any different) is really disgusting and wipes away someone’s personal religious preferences.
Take your 1/16th “Native American” racist, transphobic “two-spirit genderfluid” label out of here and stop acting like you have any credibility when it comes to speaking about race issues, or anything else for that matter.