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Encyclopedia > Minako Aino
Sailor Moon character
Sailor Venus

Minako in her Super Sailor Venus form as seen in the anime.
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Name: Minako Aino (愛野 美奈子[1])
English: Mina Aino
Birthday: October 22 (Libra)[1]
Age range: Codename wa Sailor V: 13
Sailor Moon: 14 to 16
Aliases: Sailor V, Princess Venus, Princess Sailor Venus (PGSM), The Princess (PGSM)
Affiliations: Sailor Team, Shadow Galactica (manga)
Powers: Can attack with love-based powers, in different forms of light and metal. Can use Moon and Venus based attacks as well as light attacks as Sailor V.
Performers: (See below)

Minako Aino (愛野 美奈子 Aino Minako?, or Mina in the English versions) is one of the central characters in the Sailor Moon metaseries. She is best known by the name Sailor Venus (セーラーヴィーナス Sērā Vīnasu?), one of the series' primary heroines — the Sailor Senshi. Sailor Moon , officially translated as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon) is the title of a famous media franchise created by Japanese manga artist Naoko Takeuchi. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (365x646, 75 KB) Summary Image of cartoon character Sailor Mercury Applicable copyrights: © 武内直子・講談社・テレビ朝日・東映動画 © Takeuchi Naoko, Kōdansha, TV Asahi, Toei Dōga Licensing This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Spirit of Libra Libra is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Libra, as can be seen here[1] in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Virgo. ... The Sailor Team. ... Shadow Galactica ) is a fictional organization from the Sailor Moon metaseries. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sailor Moon , officially translated as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon) is the title of a famous media franchise created by Japanese manga artist Naoko Takeuchi. ... A metaseries includes series of stories which include references to each other and some overall similar chronological or cast backdrop, but are not similar enough to be considered direct sequels. ... The Sailor Team and Chibichibi. ...


Minako is the fourth member of the Sailor Team to be discovered by Sailor Moon, and serves as the leader of the Guardian Senshi who protect her. She uses love-related powers. In the manga and anime series she dreams of becoming a famous idol, whereas in the live-action series her character is refactored to already be a celebrity. The Sailor Team. ... Usagi Tsukino , or Serena in the English versions) is the protagonist of the Sailor Moon metaseries as well as its title character, best known by her pseudonym, Sailor Moon. ... Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection or profound oneness. ... For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ...


She was first introduced as the protagonist of Naoko Takeuchi's much-shorter manga series, Codename wa Sailor V, of which Sailor Moon is a sequel. In it (and the early part of Sailor Moon), she goes by the pseudonym Sailor V, and is given personal backstory. The plotlines of Sailor V are generally compatible with the newer series, but are usually considered as separate. Later, she shares a special manga episode with Rei Hino, entitled Rei and Minako's Girls School Battle. A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... Naoko Takeuchi (武内直子 Takeuchi Naoko), born March 15, 1967, is a manga artist who lives in Tokyo, Japan. ... Manga )   (pl. ... Codename wa Sailor V (コードネームはセーラーブイ, Codename: Sailor V) is a manga created by Naoko Takeuchi in 1991, though finalised chapters ran from May, 1993 to March, 1994 in Kodanshas Run Run magazine, with its last chapter reappearing in 1997. ... In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... Manga )   (pl. ... Rei Hino , or Raye in the English versions) is one of the central characters in the Sailor Moon metaseries. ...

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In the anime and manga

Minako is first introduced in the Sailor V manga, of which she is the star. She is awakened as a Senshi by the white cat Artemis when she is 13 years old and instructed that she has a duty to become the beautiful warrior, Sailor V. Artemis explains that Venus and Earth are "twin planets" of about the same size and weight, that Venus is her "mother star", and that she must protect Earth from its enemies. He shows her Magellan Castle orbiting around Venus and says that it is hers, although the existence of these castles is not revealed to the other Senshi characters until late in the Sailor Moon series. She first dons her red hair bow during the first chapter of the story, on the recommendation of a cute boy, and is almost never seen without it again.[2] Artemis, Diana, and Luna in the anime. ... Adjectives: Venusian or (rarely) Cytherean Atmosphere Surface pressure: 9. ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ... The Silver Millennium was golden-age of an ancient civilization in the famous series, Sailor Moon. ...


Minako is depicted as athletic, cheerful, romantic, and resilient, all traits she will retain in the Sailor Moon series. When Sailor V was enough of a hit to earn its own anime adaptation, Takeuchi was asked to expand the concept to include more girls, and when she did, she placed Usagi Tsukino as the protagonist, with Minako as a part of the team. As a result, many of the traits strongly associated with Usagi actually originated with Minako in the Sailor V series—long, blonde hair; underachieving in school; large appetite; interest in pop culture; Moon-based powers; even the appearances of Usagi's family and friends are extremely similar to Minako's.[3] Usagi Tsukino , or Serena in the English versions) is the protagonist of the Sailor Moon metaseries as well as its title character, best known by her pseudonym, Sailor Moon. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... Apparent magnitude: up to -12. ...

Minako poses in her school uniform, drawn by Naoko Takeuchi. The bright colors and teasing expression are characteristic of her personality and portrayal.
Minako poses in her school uniform, drawn by Naoko Takeuchi. The bright colors and teasing expression are characteristic of her personality and portrayal.

In the anime, Minako is given a slightly different backstory, having spent some of her time as Sailor V in England, where she met a young police woman named Katarina who taught her English and acted as a big sister, and a young man called Alan, with whom she fell in love. When Minako realized that they, without her knowing, had become a couple, she moved back to Japan.[4] Image File history File links MinakoManga. ... Image File history File links MinakoManga. ... Naoko Takeuchi (武内直子 Takeuchi Naoko), born March 15, 1967, is a manga artist who lives in Tokyo, Japan. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the  United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130...


As a result of her past battles, when Minako meets the other Senshi she has a relatively serious personality, and is very focused on their mission as Sailor Senshi. In the manga, she even tells them she is the Princess they have been searching for, although in fact she is merely serving as a decoy to protect the real princess, Usagi. Throughout the first story arc she has by far the strongest memories of their past life on the Moon Kingdom. With the passage of time after the first story arc concludes, she is able to relax among her friends (and is differentiated from Usagi), gradually transforming into a more excitable, even goofy character. Her adventures frequently involve overconfidence, enthusiastic determination to come out on top, and slapstick humor. This is amplified in the anime, where her speech is also notoriously peppered with malapropisms and fractured proverbs. In the English-dubbed anime, "Mina's" personality is adjusted somewhat further; she adopts a valley girl dialect, and in the latter two seasons is rewritten as being sarcastic or rude in places where she had only been melodramatic in the original Japanese.[5] The Sailor Team and Chibichibi. ... The anime series logo, which translates to Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is the shortened title of Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon ), the first story arc in the greater Sailor Moon anime and manga metaseries. ... The Silver Millennium was golden-age of an ancient civilization in the famous series, Sailor Moon. ... Slapstick is a type of comedy involving exaggerated physical violence. ... A malapropism (from French mal à propos, ill to purpose) is an incorrect usage of a word, usually with comic effect. ... For the music piece by Steve Reich see Proverb (Reich) Look up proverb in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Artemis lives in Minako's home (as Luna lives in Usagi's) and is one of her closest friends. She is also the only Senshi other than Usagi to live with both parents, although references to her family life are downplayed in the Sailor Moon series because of their similarity to the Tsukino family. For the first several story arcs, Minako attends a different junior high school from the others, Shiba Kōen. When the characters enter high school, she joins Usagi, Ami, and Makoto at Azabu Jūban. One of her greatest loves is volleyball, as shown from the beginning of the first Sailor V chapter throughout the rest of the series—she even considers quitting the Sailor Senshi to become a professional,[6] and in high school joins the Volleyball club.[7] Her favorite class is Physical Education, while in the manga her least favorites are mathematics and the English language.[1] In the anime, having lived in England for some time, she is skilled at the language, and Usagi even begs for Minako to teach her.[8] Luna. ... Usagi Tsukino , or Serena in the English versions) is the protagonist of the Sailor Moon metaseries as well as its title character, best known by her pseudonym, Sailor Moon. ... The following is a list of supporting characters from the Sailor Moon metaseries. ... Middle school and junior high school cover a period of education that straddles primary education and secondary education and serve as a bridge between them. ... The List of Sailor Moon locations tries to enumerate the most important locations found in the world of Sailor Moon, an anime/manga metaseries set mostly in a fictionalized version of Tokyo, Japan. ... Main article: Secondary education High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory education, which is otherwise known as secondary education. ... Ami Mizuno , or Amy in the English versions) is one of the central characters in the Sailor Moon metaseries. ... Makoto Kino , or Lita in the English versions) is one of the central characters in the Sailor Moon metaseries. ... The List of Sailor Moon locations tries to enumerate the most important locations found in the world of Sailor Moon, an anime/manga metaseries set mostly in a fictionalized version of Tokyo, Japan. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ... Physical instruction at the U.S. Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island, 1917 Physical education (PE) is the interdisciplinary study of all areas of science relating to the transmission of physical knowledge and skills to an individual or a group, the application of these skills, and their results. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Minako's other greatest love is pop culture. She desperately wants to be an idol, and so makes a hobby of chasing them and attending auditions whenever possible.[9] Her favorite colors are yellow and red, and she likes birds[10] and curry rice. She is stated as having trouble with shiitake mushrooms, her mother, and the police (presumably because of her experiences as Sailor V). She is blood type B and stands about 157.48 centimeters tall (5 ft 2 in).[11][12] Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ... Audition can refer to: The sense of hearing The audio editing software Adobe Audition ... A yellow Tulip. ... Red is any of a number of similar colors evoked by light consisting predominantly of the longest wavelengths of light discernible by the human eye, in the wavelength range of roughly 625–750 nm. ... Rice and curry is effectively the national dish of Sri Lanka. ... Shiitake mushrooms The shiitake mushroom (Japanese: 椎茸; Chinese: 香菇; pinyin: ) (Lentinus edodes or Lentinula edodes), more rarely called the black forest mushroom, is an edible mushroom typically cultivated on the shii tree (Pasania cuspidata — a relative of the oak). ... It is popularly believed in Japan that a persons ABO blood type or ketsu eki gata is predictive of their personality, character, and compatibility with others, similar to the Western worlds Astrology. ...


Minako takes her role as the "Soldier of Love" literally, and enjoys regaling friends and acquaintances with advice about romance. She is very boy-crazy and a flirt. Despite her declared expertise, Minako herself has little personal experience in relationships (aside from a brief and ill-fated love in the Sailor V manga), but she is generally on the lookout for opportunities. Her most consistently-portrayed crush is on Yaten Kou, during the Sailor Stars storyline. Thinking about him even gave her a nosebleed at one point—a common symbol of sexual attraction in anime, and the only occurrence of this in the entire series. Romantic love is a form of sexual love that, ideally, transcends mere needs driven by sexual desire, or material and social gain, though these things play a role both in its arousal and its justification. ... The Sailor Starlights are fictional characters and Sailor Senshi, introduced in the final story arc of Sailor Moon. ... The anime series logo, which translates to Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars Sailor Stars is the shortened title of Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars ), which is the fifth and final major story arc in the anime Sailor Moon. ... A nosebleed or nosebleedage, medically known as epistaxis, is the relatively common occurrence of hemorrhage (bleeding) from the nose, usually noticed when it drains out through the nostrils. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ...


The kanji in Minako's name translate as "love" ( ai?), "field" ( no?), "beauty" ( mi?), "what/how" ( na?), and "child" ( ko?). It is structured as a pun, as the syllable "no" indicates a possessive, so that her name can also be understood as "Minako of Love." Unlike the other Senshi, her family name does not begin with the same kanji as her planet, which would have been "gold" ( kin?). However, like them it is still a representation of her primary element. The characters of her given name can also, using unconventional but extant readings, be read as Binasu—a Japanese approximation of the name "Venus". In an early DiC promotional tape that advertised Sailor Moon to television stations, Minako was called Carrie. Another preliminary name, appearing on Kodansha's English website in an advertisement for the series, was Monica. Japanese writing Kanji Kana Hiragana Katakana Hentaigana Manyōgana Uses Furigana Okurigana Rōmaji   ) are the Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese logographic writing system along with hiragana (平仮名), katakana (片仮名), and the Arabic numerals. ... A pun (also known as paronomasia) is a figure of speech, or word play which consists of a deliberate confusion of similar words within a phrase or phrases for rhetorical effect, whether humorous or serious. ... Possessive can refer to: Possessive case Possessive pronoun This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... DIC can refer to: Diploma of Imperial College Dubai International Capital DIC Entertainment In chemistry, Diisopropylcarbodiimide Disseminated intravascular coagulation This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ...


In the live-action series

In the anime and manga, Minako dreams of being an idol. In the live-action series Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, she actually is one, making her the only character in the series with a totally different backstory from all other adaptations. Starting in Act 1, Minako is shown as a famous singer, of whom Usagi Tsukino in particular is an enormous fan.[13] Her second album, newly released at the start of the series, is called "Venus" and her most popular song is "C'est La Vie", which is a Japanese pun: in Japanese, the French phrase and the name of her alter-ego, Sailor V, are pronounced almost identically (as sērāvī). Her first album, "Imitation," was released prior to her meeting Artemis and becoming a Senshi, but its track listing, shown onscreen, foreshadows later plot developments: "Origin of the Legend", "Imitation", "Don't Lose! Christmas Girl", "Love Versus Dream", "Happily", "Secret!", "Orange Heart", "White Rendezvous", and "Make Up! Power!!".[14] For other uses, see Teen idol (disambiguation). ... Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon )[1] (often abbreviated to PGSM) was a tokusatsu TV series in the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon metaseries originally created by Naoko Takeuchi. ... Usagi Tsukino , or Serena in the English versions) is the protagonist of the Sailor Moon metaseries as well as its title character, best known by her pseudonym, Sailor Moon. ... Look up cest la vie in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A pun (also known as paronomasia) is a figure of speech, or word play which consists of a deliberate confusion of similar words within a phrase or phrases for rhetorical effect, whether humorous or serious. ...


In the live-action series, Minako secretly leads a double life as idol and heroine—famous as a singer, and equally well-known as Sailor V. She remains entirely separate from the other girls, but is aware of each of their civilian identities.[15] As in the other series, she eventually discards the guise of Sailor V in favor of her true form, Sailor Venus;[16] nevertheless, she becomes only slightly involved with the others, and frequently expresses disapproval of their effectiveness as Senshi. She is frustrated by their lack of focus, and distances herself both for that reason and because, as revealed later, she has a terminal illness and does not want them to become close to her and then be saddened by her probable death.[17]


When the other Senshi learn that Minako and Sailor V are the same person, they hide it from the irresponsible Usagi for some time. The character Minako is closest to being friends with is Rei Hino, with whom she has a conflicted relationship. Rei is supposed to be the secondary leader, but she is both less skilled than Minako and resentful of her advice. Although they often disagree and compete, they develop great respect for eachother, to the point where Minako sometimes lets her guard down, and eventually confides to Rei about both her illness and what she feels is her destiny as a Senshi.[18] Rei Hino , or Raye in the English versions) is one of the central characters in the Sailor Moon metaseries. ...


In terms of personality, Minako is almost completely different from her anime/manga counterpart. She is deeply solemn and rarely smiles. Besides the complications from her unnamed illness (the doctors in one episode give her 6 months to live), her obsession with the collective past life makes her feel detached from the world, thinking of her current life as less important. However, she does seem to genuinely love singing, and shows a small mischievous side, especially in her relationship with Artemis.[19]


As in the manga, she serves as a decoy Moon Princess for some time. She seems to be aware of her true position, often endangering herself to protect the real princess, Sailor Moon. In a twist, Usagi serves as a decoy Minako in Act 12, chasing away a group of autograph hounds. She does this because she figures Minako needed to be away from the trappings of stardom for a while.[20]

Near the end of the series, it is revealed that there is a surgery which might either correct Minako's condition or kill her early. She refuses to undergo the procedure, prefering to last as long as she can without it, but the other girls convince her to take any chance at life she can get. She is shown leaving for the hopsital, and later that day, Artemis arrives at Rei's temple to tell the girls that Minako has died. She seems to have been aware that she would die that day, as she leaves each of them a note at the Crown headquarters giving her goodbyes.[21] Rei uses Minako's weapon, Venus Dagger, in conjunction with her own Mars Dagger in the final battle. Though Minako dies before the final battle, Usagi's use of the Silver Crystal in the finale gives her a second chance at life.[22] This allows her to take part in the battle in the Special Act, in which she uses her own weapon as well as Rei's (who is in the hospital) in combat. The List of Sailor Moon locations tries to enumerate the most important locations found in the world of Sailor Moon, an anime/manga metaseries set mostly in a fictionalized version of Tokyo, Japan. ... The Mystical Silver Crystal as it first appears. ...

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Aspects and forms

As a character with different incarnations, special powers, transformations and a long lifetime virtually spanned between the Silver Millennium era and the 30th century, Minako gains multiple aspects and aliases as the series progresses. The Silver Millennium was golden-age of an ancient civilization in the famous series, Sailor Moon. ...


Sailor Venus

Minako's primary Senshi identity. She wears a uniform colored in orange, navy blue, and yellow, and retains the red bow she wears as a civilian. In the live-action series, this bow appears only when she is in one of her Senshi forms, and has a gem in the center. In the manga and live-action series, she wears an item called the "wink chain" around her waist, which she sometimes uses as a weapon. She is given specific titles throughout the various series, including Soldier of Love,[23] and Soldier of Love and Beauty.[24] Her personality is no different from when she is a civilian, although certain powers are unavailable to her in that form. Japanese high school students in uniform, many are girls wearing sailor girl outfits The sailor outfit Japanese school uniform (セーラー服 sērā-fuku) is strictly for girls of middle and high school age (although some people wear it as a costume). ...


In Japanese, the name for the planet Venus is Kinsei (金星?), the first kanji indicating a metal, especially gold, and the second indicating a celestial object. Unlike the other Senshi, however, her special abilities are not derived from the element in her planet's name; in fact, the only appearance of metal in her powers is the chain she uses as her primary weapon. Instead, most of Sailor Venus' powers are based on the concept of love, a reference to the Roman goddess of love, Venus. She also has a few moonlight-inspired attacks due to her time as Sailor V. GOLD refers to one of the following: GOLD (IEEE) is an IEEE program designed to garner more student members at the university level (Graduates of the Last Decade). ... Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection or profound oneness. ... Marble Venus of the Capitoline Venus type, Roman (British Museum) Venus was a major Roman goddess principally associated with love and beauty, the rough equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. ...


Sailor Venus is the de jure leader of the Guardian Senshi in their mission to protect Princess Serenity,[25] and in turn is under the sometimes-awkward leadership of Sailor Moon. In the manga, as the leader, she is entrusted with the poisonous sword used to kill Queen Beryl, which turns the stone blade into a sword made of Silver Crystal. Her role as the leader of the Guardian Senshi is rarely mentioned in the anime, in which Sailor Moon is nearly always the one to finish off each enemy. It is mentioned frequently in the live-action version, although Sailor Venus rarely spends any time with the other Senshi. Look up De jure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Sailor Team. ... Usagi Tsukino , or Serena in the English versions) is the protagonist of the Sailor Moon metaseries as well as its title character, best known by her pseudonym, Sailor Moon. ... The Dark Kingdom ) is an organization of antagonists in the Sailor Moon metaseries. ... The Mystical Silver Crystal as it first appears. ...


In the live-action series only, upon her introduction, Sailor Venus's outfit is slightly different to represent her disguise as the Moon Princess. She bears the crescent moon symbol on her forehead in place of a tiara (just as she did when she was Sailor V), and wears a crown with a fake Silver Crystal on it. The latter disappears after the gem is revealed to be a fake, and she gains a normal tiara when Usagi is revealed as the real princess. This form is often referred to as Princess Sailor Venus. The Mystical Silver Crystal as it first appears. ...


As she grows stronger, Sailor Venus gains additional powers, and at key points her uniform changes to reflect this. The first change takes place in Act 39 of the manga, when she obtains the Venus Crystal and her outfit becomes similar to that of Super Sailor Moon. She is not given a new title. A similar event takes place in Episode 143 of the anime, and she is given the name Super Sailor Venus. A third, manga-only form appears in Act 42, unnamed but analogous to Eternal Sailor Moon (sans wings).[26]


Princess Venus

Planetary symbol of Venus
Planetary symbol of Venus

During the Silver Millennium, Sailor Venus was also the Princess of her home planet. She was the leader of those who protected Princess Serenity of the Moon Kingdom. As Princess Venus, she dwelt in Magellan Castle and wore a yellow gown--she appears in this form in the original manga, as well as in supplementary art.[27][28] Naoko Takeuchi once drew her in the arms of Kunzite, leader of the Shitennou. No further romantic link between them was established, although in the Original Picture Collection Vol. I, Takeuchi expresses a desire to explore the possibility of such relationships.[29] In one flashback, Minako blushes and seems flustered around Kunzite after a conversation about love,[30] and in the stage musicals it is stated that the two of them were in love at the time of the Moon Kingdom.[31] In the last chapter of Codename: Sailor V, Princess Venus is shown as having had an infatuation with Kunzite.[32] Image File history File links Venus_symbol. ... Image File history File links Venus_symbol. ... The Silver Millennium was golden-age of an ancient civilization in the famous series, Sailor Moon. ... Princess Serenity is a fictional character in the popular girls manga and anime, Sailor Moon, by Naoko Takeuchi. ... Image File history File links SenshiPrincesses. ... Naoko Takeuchi (武内直子 Takeuchi Naoko), born March 15, 1967, is a manga artist who lives in Tokyo, Japan. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Flyer from the 2004 Musical The Sailor Moon musicals ), commonly referred to as SeraMyu ), are a series of live theatre productions based on Naoko Takeuchis metaseries Sailor Moon. ...

Sailor V

Main article: Codename: Sailor V
Minako's Sailor V uniform is slightly different in the manga, anime and live-action series (played by Ayaka Komatsu in the latter).
Minako's Sailor V uniform is slightly different in the manga, anime and live-action series (played by Ayaka Komatsu in the latter).

A preliminary form, under which Minako fought alone before the other Sailor Senshi were awakened. She wore a very different uniform under this name, most notably a red mask, and her appearance and powers were more often related to the Moon than to Venus. In the early storyline of Sailor Moon, she is something of a celebrity figure, of whom Usagi Tsukino is a great fan. She called herself the Soldier of Justice.[33] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (590x677, 826 KB) These images were combined by the uploader: Minako Aino, as drawn by Naoko Takeuchi for the Sailor V manga. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (590x677, 826 KB) These images were combined by the uploader: Minako Aino, as drawn by Naoko Takeuchi for the Sailor V manga. ... Ayaka Komatsu (小松 彩夏, Komatsu Ayaka) is a Japanese model/actress. ... The Sailor Team and Chibichibi. ... Papierkrattler masks at the Narrensprung 2005 Carnival parade, Ravensburg Germany A mask is a piece of material or kit, usually worn on the face. ... Apparent magnitude: up to -12. ... Adjectives: Venusian or (rarely) Cytherean Atmosphere Surface pressure: 9. ... Usagi Tsukino , or Serena in the English versions) is the protagonist of the Sailor Moon metaseries as well as its title character, best known by her pseudonym, Sailor Moon. ...


Because Minako's creation predates the Sailor Moon metaseries, some aspects of her character are slightly incompatible with the other Senshi. For example, her magical attacks lack the strict elemental rules: Venus is typically associated with metal in Chinese astrology, but her attacks are vague and 'light'- or 'love'-related. The incorporation of the 'love' element comes from the Roman goddess Venus, while the association with light is only found in the anime version: in the BSSM manga, Sailor Venus never performs her 'Crescent Beam' attack she once used as Sailor V, presumably because she no longer needs to appear as a Moon Princess. Nonetheless, the planet Venus is associated with light and shine, as it is the first and brightest celestial body to appear in the sky during half of the year. It is also known as Myōjō (明星), literally "Bright Star". A metaseries includes series of stories which include references to each other and some overall similar chronological or cast backdrop, but are not similar enough to be considered direct sequels. ... (*min temperature refers to cloud tops only) Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 9. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chinese astrology is the divination of the future from the Chinese calendar, which is based on astronomy, and ancient Chinese religion. ... Marble Venus of the Capitoline Venus type, Roman (British Museum) Venus was a major Roman goddess principally associated with love and beauty, the rough equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. ...


Sailor V's uniform is considerably more elaborate than those of the planet-based Senshi. It is mostly blue and red, and includes shoulder-armor, quarter-length sleeves, and broad stripes of color. She wears a shirt rather than a leotard, as well as her characteristic red mask. Some of the details vary between version to version; in the manga and live-action series the shirt had sleeves and smooth gloves, but in the anime it was sleeveless with ring-topped gloves. The anime added a second layer to her shoulder guards, and left off the crescent Moon that is visible on her forehead.[34] In the live-action series, the bow on Sailor V's chest was made dark pink, like the red parts of Sailor Moon's costume. The colors of her mask and hair bow are unaltered.


Special powers and items

In her first Senshi uniform, Sailor Venus attacks with Venus Love-Me Chain. This attack combines her powers over her three domains - love, metal (the use of a chain) and light is implied through the golden color.
In her first Senshi uniform, Sailor Venus attacks with Venus Love-Me Chain. This attack combines her powers over her three domains - love, metal (the use of a chain) and light is implied through the golden color.

Minako is not shown using any special powers in her civilian form. To transform into Sailor Venus, she must first raise a special device (pen, bracelet, wand, or crystal) into the air and shout a special phrase, originally "Venus Power, Make-up!"[35] As she becomes more powerful and obtains new transformation devices, this phrase changes to evoke Venus Star, Planet, or Crystal Power.[36][37] In the anime, Sailor Venus's transformation sequence evolves slightly over time, whether to update the background images or to accommodate changes to her uniform or a new transformation device, but the animation remains essentially the same. They all involve a ribbon of stars which she whips around to form her outfit. Image File history File links Venus-06. ... Image File history File links Venus-06. ... Henshin ) is the Japanese phrase for transformation. It is also a visual sequence for transformation prevalent in Japanese media, in both tokusatsu and anime. ...


Minako's transformations into Sailor V are not clearly shown—in the Sailor V manga, she raises a transformation pen and shouts the phrase Moon Power Transform. By saying the word Crescent first, she can take on a disguise using her Crescent Compact, and this is used in the Sailor Moon manga as well. In the live-action series she is shown storing her uniform in a suitcase, but she is also shown changing instantaneously into Sailor V while running down the street. Although her true identity as Sailor Venus takes precedence over her temporary Sailor V guise, in her own manga series she used a number of powers unique to the form. Her most important item was the Crescent Compact, which she used to gain energy for her primary attack, Crescent Beam.[38] She is also given numerous physical attacks,[39] references to her guardian planet,[40] and comically named one-off powers.[41] Her Compact can also be used as a sharp throwing weapon, and in the manga and live-action series she retains it even as Sailor Venus. It does not appear in the anime.


Sailor Venus' powers are based on Japanese and Roman mythology, which held Venus as the symbol of metal and love respectively, as well as on the mythical association between Venus and the Moon. In the Sailor Moon anime, Sailor Venus' first primary attack is again Crescent Beam, this time without use of an item.[42] She uses a similar power in the live-action series, without using an item or any special phrase,[43] but nothing like it in the manga; instead, she uses Rolling Heart Vibration, which also makes a single appearance in the live-actions series.[44] Her first attack that is entirely consistent across the different adaptations is Venus Love-Me Chain, which in the manga and live-action series uses the chain wrapped around her waist.[45] This remains her main attack for the rest of the second story arc, all of the third, and much of the fourth, and the chain itself is used in several variations, with the links taking on different shapes.[46]


When she takes on her second Senshi form (Super Sailor Venus in the anime), she gains the ability to use Venus Love and Beauty Shock, which is her most powerful attack.[47]In the manga she also gains the Venus Crystal, which is her Sailor Crystal and the source of all of her power, a fact that becomes especially important in the fifth story arc. In the live-action series, she is given a tambourine-like weapon (the Sailor Star Tambo) by Artemis. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The anime series logo, which translates to Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars Sailor Stars is the shortened title of Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars ), which is the fifth and final major story arc in the anime Sailor Moon. ... The tambourine, also known as the Marine, is a musical instrument of the percussion family consisting of a a wooden or plastic frame with pairs of small metal jingles. ... Artemis, Diana, and Luna in the anime. ...


Actresses

In the anime, Minako's seiyū is Rika Fukami.[48] In the English-language dub, Mina is voiced by Stephanie Morgenstern (episodes 29-82 and movies) and Emilie Barlow (episodes 90-166).[49] Rika Fukami (深見 梨加 Fukami Rika, originally 深見 理佳 Fukami Rika, born August 8, 1963) is a seiyÅ« who was born in Saitama. ... Stephanie Morgenstern (born on 10 December 1965 in Geneva, Switzerland) is a Canadian actress. ... Emilie-Claire Barlow is a Canadian jazz singer and voice actress. ...


In the stage musicals, Minako has been played by eleven actresses: Nana Suzuki, Sakae Yamashita(Yume Senshi - Ai - Eien Ni's CD Only), Chizuru Soya, Kanatsu Nakaya, Akiko Miyazawa, Miyu Otani, Nao Inada, Yuki Nakamura, Ayumi Murata, Mizuki Watanabe, Momoko Shibuya, half-American idol Erica.[50] Some sites have reported that gravure idol Erika Sawajiri played Venus in the musicals, but this is incorrect. Flyer from the 2004 Musical The Sailor Moon musicals ), commonly referred to as SeraMyu ), are a series of live theatre productions based on Naoko Takeuchis metaseries Sailor Moon. ... Ayumi Murata ), born on January 12, 1982, is a female Japanese singer from Tokyo, Japan. ... Miz (Watanabe Mizuki, 渡辺みづき) is a Japanese pop/rock singer born in Kitami, Japan. ... Shibuya Momoko (渋谷桃子; born 15 March 1987 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actress. ... Gravure idol ) is a special category of Japanese bikini model, and many of them are famous for having large breasts. ... Erika Sawajiri , born April 8, 1986 in Nerima, Tokyo) is a Japanese actress and model. ...


In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Minako is played by Ayaka Komatsu.[51] Komatsu loved her character so much that in her album "I'll Be Here" she is credited as "Aino Minako". Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon )[1] (often abbreviated to PGSM) was a tokusatsu TV series in the Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon metaseries originally created by Naoko Takeuchi. ... Ayaka Komatsu (小松 彩夏, Komatsu Ayaka) is a Japanese model/actress. ...


References

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  2. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (August 1991). "Vol. 1", Codename wa Sailor V Book 1. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-322801-0. 
  3. ^ Genbu no Miko. Retrieved on June 29, 2007.
  4. ^ Episode 42.
  5. ^ Sailor Moon Uncensored. Retrieved on June 29, 2007. Sailor Moon Uncensored. Retrieved on June 29, 2007.
  6. ^ Episode 100.
  7. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (September 6, 1996). "Act 43", Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 16. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178841-8. 
  8. ^ Episode 108.
  9. ^ As in manga Act 38 and anime Episode 114.
  10. ^ From the back of the Irwin Toy Boxes
  11. ^ (April 1993) "Chapter 1: Stage", Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon album I. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-177734-3. , The height is guessed at from page 103, and V2, page 94 and 111 since Usagi's height is given
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  13. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 1.
  14. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act Zero. The track listing in English can be seen 35 seconds into the Act.
  15. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Episode 11. Revealed in Minako's thoughts during the hospital visit by Usagi and Makoto.
  16. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 12.
  17. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 18.
  18. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 36.
  19. ^ She gives prank gifts in Acts 19 and 47, with stuffed animals jumping out of boxes.
  20. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 12.
  21. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 47.
  22. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 49.
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  24. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 17
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  26. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (July 5, 1996). "Act 42", Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 15. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178835-3. 
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  30. ^ Act 13
  31. ^ Described by Luna and Artemis in Gaiden Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen, the first musical.
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  33. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (August 1991). "Vol. 1", Codename wa Sailor V Book 1. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-322801-0. 
  34. ^ Materials Collection
  35. ^ First used in Act 10 of the manga, Episode 36 of the anime, and Act 17 of the live-action series. In the English anime, Minako does not say 'Make up' when transforming.
  36. ^ "Star Power" starting in manga Act 16, anime Episode 65, when she acquires the Star Power Stick. "Planet Power" starting in Act 24 of the manga only. "Crystal Power" starting in Act 39, when she acquires the Venus Crystal and her second uniform, and in Episode 143, when when she acquires the Crystal Change Rod and becomes Super Sailor Venus.
  37. ^ Carroll, Elizabeth (September 9, 2006). The Oracle. Retrieved on 2006-10-01.
  38. ^ This was upgraded to Crescent Super Beam and Crescent Slender Beam, and once adapted into a melting rain by shouting Venus Power! Crescent Shower of Love! Shower Down Rain!.
  39. ^ Sailor V Kick!, Sailor V Chop!, Rolling Screw Sailor V Punch!, V-chan Rub Out Sailor V Chop!, Venus Iron Muscle Punch!, and V-chan Striking Katana!.
  40. ^ Venus Sulfur Smoke chokes her enemy with the atmosphere of Venus
  41. ^ Diphenhydramine Combo!, Venus-Brand Anti-Mosquito Incense Typhoon!!, Venus Ten Billion Volt Rock 'N' Rouge!!, and Venus Megaton Shower of Love!.
  42. ^ First appears in Episode 33 and is called Venus Crescent Beam Smash in the English anime. There is a powered-up version, Crescent Beam Shower, which appears starting in Episode 52 and is called Venus Meteor Shower in English.
  43. ^ Act 12
  44. ^ Manga Act 11.
  45. ^ First appears in manga Act 11, anime Episode 65, and live-action Act 18. In English it is usually called Venus Love Chain Encircle, but has also been named Venus Love Chain Harness, Venus Love Chain Whip, Venus Love Chain, Super Venus Love Chain, or Venus Love Chain Knockout.
  46. ^ The chain-links are round in the manga and live-action series, but heart-shaped in the anime. Venus Wink Chain Sword (with heart-shaped links) appears in manga Act 24, and Hissatsu Love-Me Chain is her attack when disguised as Sailor Moon in anime Episode 102.
  47. ^ First appears in Act 36 of the manga and Episode 154. In the manga this is a stronger version of her chain attack, with roses appearing along its length; in the anime, she blows a kiss that destroys the enemy. In Act 50, the evil version of Sailor Venus controlled by Galaxia uses Venus Love and Galactica Shock, and the roses on her chain are replaced by galaxy-like shapes.
  48. ^ Doi, Hitoshi. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. Retrieved on 2006-10-31.
  49. ^ Chiang, Jackie. The Sailor Senshi Page: North American Dub. Retrieved on 2006-10-31.
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Sailor Moon series
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Codename: Sailor V | Manga | Anime | Episode list | Stage musicals | Video games | Live-action | English adaptations | Actors | Story locations | Parallel
Protagonists (including Sailor Senshi)
Usagi Tsukino | Chibiusa | Mamoru Chiba
Ami Mizuno | Rei Hino | Makoto Kino | Minako Aino
Setsuna Meioh | Michiru Kaioh | Haruka Tenoh | Hotaru Tomoe
Queen Serenity | Luna, Artemis, and Diana
Sailor Starlights | Princess Kakyuu | ChibiChibi
Minor and supporting characters

Story arcs
Sailor Moon | SMR/Black Moon | SMS/Infinity | SuperS/Dream | Sailor Stars
Antagonists
Dark Kingdom (Shitennou/Generals)
Makaiju aliens | Black Moon Clan (Ayakashi Sisters)
Death Busters (Witches 5)
Dead Moon Circus (Amazon Trio, Amazoness Quartet)
Shadow Galactica (Sailor Galaxia, Sailor Animamates)
Chaos

Movies
Sailor Moon R movie | Sailor Moon S movie | Sailor Moon SuperS movie

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