Mars Flame Sniper
Maazu Fureimu Sunaipaa
Mars Arrow (manga only)
This attack first appeared in the episode Burning Passion! Mars' Furious Deadly Attack of the original anime, where she used it against ManeMane Musume. To perform the attack, she summoned a fiery bow and arrow, then shot the arrow toward her target. It also burns things until turned into ashes like Bananu's flute.
In the Cloverway dub, it was mistakenly called Mars Fire Shooter but in the movie it retains its name.
In the musicals, this attack was performed without any item at all, similar to the anime, except when it first appeared in Sailor Moon SuperS - Yume Senshi - Ai - Eien ni..., where it was performed with the Mars Arrow.
Mars Flame Sniper appeared in several video games, including
- Sailor Moon SuperS: Fuwa Fuwa Panic
- Sailor Moon Sailor Stars: Fuwa Fuwa Panic 2
- Sailor Moon SuperS: Zenin Sanka!! Shuyaku Soudatsusen
- In episode 171, when Mars used this attack, the fired arrow had a cross-shaped point, while the animated sequence featured it flat-shaped.
- The bow and arrow motif of this attack is an allusion to several cultural traditions:
- Mars was the Roman god of war and his son with the love goddess Venus, Cupid, carried a bow and arrow as his signature weapon.
- Due to its red color, the planet Mars was occasionally associated with the element of fire, and the Japanese way of writing the planet's name even contains the character for fire (火).
- Elemental alignment plays a role in the abilities and weapons of the other senshi as well, specifically the Wu Xing or five-element theory of Chinese tradition; Mercury- Water, Jupiter- Wood, and Venus- Metal.
- Shinto priestesses, or mikos (which Rei is), were well-known for their archery skills and occasionally performed rituals that exorcised demons through the use of arrows.
- This attack implies that Sailor Mars is left-handed, as she draws the bow back with her left hand.