Minako Aino (愛野 美奈子, Aino Minako) is the civilian identity of Sailor V and the present-day incarnation of Sailor Venus (セーラーヴィーナス, Seeraa Bu~iinasu). She is the 5th Sailor Senshi to be introduced and join the Sailor team. She is also the real leader of the Inner Sailor Senshi.
She retains her manga and anime appearance.
Like the other characters, Sailor Venus' appearance is based on her appearance in the manga.
In her appearance as Sailor V uniform was different than the other Sailor Senshi's uniform. In place of a tiara, she wore a red mask. she wore a sleeveless midriff shirt with red accents on the sides that sometimes revealed her stomach. She wore a white choker with a crescent moon, her collar was navy blue with two red stripes. Her shoulder pads were white, armor-like, shoulder guards, her bow was red while the center of her front bow was orange, and her gloves were like Sailor Venus's: white with orange elbow fittings. Her skirt was blue with a red border, her back bow was blue, her shoes were blue with ankle straps, and her red ribbon from her civilian form was carried over into her Senshi form.
Sailor Venus has long blonde hair, with a red bow. She also wears a sailor uniform, with a dark orange skirt and high heels. She has a blue bow on her chest and an orange bow on her back. She has a reddish-orange chain around her waist which she uses as a weapon. Just like the other Sailor Senshi she wears a tiara on her forehead, with a stone of her signature color (bright orange in Sailor Venus' case) in the center of it. However, in her first appearance, she has a crescent moon symbol on her forehead instead of the tiara.
In the 90's anime series, her mystical chain of love was never worn. It was used later seasons in her utilizing her much stronger Venus Love Me Chain attack in the third season in her secondary evolved Sailor form.
In "Crystal' Minako stays true to her original source as the true leader of the Sailor Senshi. Minako takes comand as a firm, smart and supportive leader to the others. Since Minako became a Sailor Senshi first to awake she knew more than the others about the truth of there mission and who was the Moon Princess. Much like her anime version Minako is caring, couragous and romantic girl but keep her head straight when it matter to their mission. She has great instict as a warrior and leader. After the Dark Kingdom arc Minako shows her cheerful and bubbly side which her friends adore, but still is vigilant and strong.
Before the events of the series, Minako became a Sailor Senshi by Artemis discovering her before Luna discovering Usagi to become Sailor Moon.
Dark Kingdom arc
The Sailor V Game was a side-scrolling game that was made by Artemis, it was used to train Minako to use her powers without her realizing it. Usagi is a fan of the Sailor V Game and she often visits the Game Center Crown to play the game. Usagi's Disguise Pen (Pink), Ami's transformation pen (Blue), and their communicator watch all came from the game.
The Headquarters for the Sailor Senshi was also located underneath the machine; the door to it opened when the words "GAME ENDLESS" appeared on the screen.
She first appears in Act 1 (albeit in her Sailor V form) watching from afar. In Act 6, Sailor Venus encouraged Usagi through the Sailor V game, telling her that she can defeat the enemies using the moon stick. When Sailor Venus met Usagi and the rest of the Senshi, they spotted a crescent moon on her forehead; Sailor Venus and Artemis went on to say that she was the Moon Princess that they needed to protect. She appears at the end of Act 7, throwing her Crescent Boomerang at Zoisite.
In Act 9, she transformed into her full Sailor form as Sailor Venus when the true Princess of the Moon was revealed to be none other than Sailor Moon/Usagi herself. To prove her true identity as the leader of the four Inner Sailor Senshi, the circular gemstone on her tiara turned bright orange. Unlike the others, she has more experience as a Sailor Guardian and knows more about the corrupted people of the Dark Kingdom, and their mistress, Queen Metalia.
Sailor Venus also likes to do solo missions and used to believe that she could handle situations by herself, but thanks to Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Mars she no longer has that mindset.
Black Moon arc
Sailor Venus becomes much stronger; due to the mystical Star Power Stick, she was given from Luna, which increases her light-based powers and attacks greatly. She was the only Sailor Senshi not abducted by Rubeus and remained by Sailor Moon's side to help rescue their fellow Senshi from the forbidden planet Nemesis. She confronted the second oldest of the Spectre sisters' with her new and much stronger Rolling Heart Vibration attack but missed her target. With the help of Chibiusa and her time key, Venus went off to the future along with Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask, Luna, and Artemis to aid Chibiusa in saving her homeland and her mother. She was surprised but pleased to meet another Sailor Senshi, Sailor Pluto, the Sailor Senshi of Space-Time. She was even more puzzled upon meeting a man who greatly resembled Tuxedo Mask, who was revealed to be King Endymion.
Sailor Venus later fought against two creations of Rubeus' when Prince Demande himself arrived and abducted Sailor Moon; much to her shock.
Sailor Guardian Info
- Crescent Boomerang
- Sailor Planet Attack
- Venus Love-Me Chain
- Rolling Heart Vibration
- Venus Wink Chain Sword
- Venus Love and Beauty Shock
She is the only Senshi that has a chain as part of her accessories.