Welcome, lovely readers, to the second week of the Summer of Sailor Scouts! I’ve teamed up with Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick, Sierra of SDavReads to dedicate the month of July to all things Sailor Moon related! This week we’re each featuring our absolute favorite Sailor Scout, and bringing you book recommendations based off of the characteristics, imagery, and story lines associated with our favorites. My favorite scout has always been the elusive Sailor Saturn, who appears the least of all of the scouts in the anime and manga, but arguably has the strongest power and greatest impact.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Sailor Saturn’s most impressive and infamous power is that of destruction- she can literally bring about the apocalypse with her Silence Glaive. Her association with life, death, and rebirth strongly reminds me of Celaena in the Throne of Glass series, who as an assassin is familiar with wielding weapons and often holds the fate of individuals’ (and later on, species) lives in her hands. Celaena and Saturn (or Hotaru, which is her “earth” name) both have darkness inside of them, no doubt, but definitely reside in the moral grey area when it comes to their powers and influence.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer has openly stated that Sailor Moon has had a huge impact on her writing, and the Lunar Chronicles brings so many wonderful elements that will be familiar to Sailor Moon fans. Cinder herself though strongly mirrors Hotaru’s character in the manga. In the original story line, Hotaru was critically injured as a small child in a lab accident that killed her mother. Her scientist father was able to save her by making her body cybernetic. Due to her cybernetic abnormalities (or in the anime, her health issues) she is treated as an outcast without friends until Rini or Chibi-usa comes along.
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard
One of the defining factors of Sailor Saturn’s story line in both the manga and the anime is that her father is a scientist who has gone too far with his work, making an unwise deal with a villian from another dimension named Pharaoh 90. Similarly, Juliet lives in the shadow of her madman scientist father’s scandals and experiments while fighting the same brilliance and insanity that thrives inside her. Both Juliet and Hotaru are protagonists grappling with morality and their own biology.
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
A recurring theme for Sailor Saturn is that of death and rebirth, as she is reincarnated several times, often to serve larger purposes. In Incarnate, Ana is born a new soul is a world of reincarnation, and her odd existence is seen as a negative omen, just as Sailor Saturn’s existence is seen as a threat to the existence of humanity by the Outer Senshi (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto).