Warriors of Legend
|Author||Jay Navok - Sushil K. Rudranath|
|Cover artist||Sushil K. Rudranath|
|Series||Warriors of Legend|
|July 13, 2005|
Warriors of Legend is a series of books that are to be published by Genvid L.L.C. The first book in the series, Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon (Unauthorized) is the only book published so far.
Reflections of Japan
The first, and as yet only released, book in the series. It is intended as a guide for fans of the Sailor Moon franchise to learn facts about Japan and in particular about the Azabu Jūban district of the Minato Ward of Tokyo in which the series is set. It both focuses on the landmarks of Azabu Jūban and the surrounding area as well as touching on aspects of the Culture of Japan which are apparent in the series but that may be missed by the eyes of westerners - for example Sailor Jupiter's height making her a target for bullying or "ijime". It also touches on the non-Japanese aspects of the show, for example the latter section of the book contains a comparison between Sailor Venus and the goddess Ishtar.
Reviews and Anime Community Reception
The first book has been reviewed by NEO a United Kingdom "Asian Entertainment" magazine, which gave it four out of five stars and where it was one of the "Hot Picks" of the issue. Its publishing was covered by several anime and popular news sites, including ICv2 (where it was lead article), Ain't It Cool News, Anime News Network, Animation Insider, and Akadot. It was also given a brief mention at Websnark after the news of TokyoPop's rights to the Sailor Moon manga lapsing broke.
While the book's reception was largely positive there were some complaints lodged on Sailor Moon Internet Forums and by other members of the community alleging that Genvid was making money from the Sailor Moon franchise without paying royalties to Kodansha, Toei, and Naoko Takeuchi by publishing the book "Unauthorized". Sushil K. Rudranath replied on the Genvid LLC. website that the reason the authors chose to go unauthorized is because Toei did not give them permission to published an authorized, screen shot illustrated work and that the publishers they had approached had turned them down due to the belief that a Sailor Moon based product would not sell, which is why they chose a self-published route.
Warriors of Legend Tour of Tokyo
Genvid organized a one-off tour of Tokyo from June 27-early morning June 30, 2006. This tour, though small involving only ten tourists, was mentioned on both Anime News Network and on the Japanese website AnimeAnime. The tour consisted of visiting landmarks and sites covered in the book as well as a stay in the Mielparque Hall hotel in Tokyo, which was the location the headquarters of the Dark Agency in Codename wa Sailor V.
- Cox, Gemma (September 2005). "Review: Warriors of Legend Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon". NEO (Uncooked Media) (11).
- "Learn About Japan Via Manga - New Book on 'Sailor Moon'". ICv2. May 26, 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
- Navok, Jay (May 26, 2005). "WarriorsOfLegend.com - News Archive". WarriorsOfLegend.com. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
- Green, Scott. "New Sailor Moon Book at WarriorsofLegend.com". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
- "New Sailor Moon Book". Anime News Network. May 14, 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
- Aaron H., Bynum (May 25, 2005). "'Sailor Moon': "Reflections of Japan" Book on Sale". Animation Insider. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
- "New Sailor Moon Book at WarriorsofLegend.com". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 2007-01-26. Anime News Network,"New Sailor Moon Book on WarriorsofLegend.com Genvid, L.L.C. comes out with an informative Sailor Moon book". Akadot. May 25, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
- Wednesday White (June 22, 2005). "Losing Sailor Moon". Websnark. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
- Rudranath, Sushil K. "Dr. Xadium" (June 1, 2005). "Rasion D'etre". The Sailor Moon Soapbox. Genvid LLC. Retrieved 2007-01-26.
- "米国でセーラームーンがテーマの日本ツアー". AnimeAnime.jp. February 23, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-26.