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Minako Aino
愛野 美奈子
Aino Minako
Info
Japanese: 愛野 美奈子
Romanji: Aino Minako
Aliases: Sailor V, Sailor Venus, Mina, Mina-P, Princess Sailor Venus, Super Sailor Venus, Eternal Sailor Venus, Princess Venus
Personal
Residency: Shiba Koen, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation(s):

Shiba Koen Junior High School (Codename: Sailor V and arcs 1, 2, and 3)
Juuban Municipal High School (arcs 4 and 5)
Teen Idol

Associates:

Mrs. Aino (mother) Mr. Aino (father)
Mina Aino and unnamed husband (Parallel Sailor Moon only) Artemis, Solar System Sailor Guardians, Boss, Natsuna Sakurada, Toshio Wakagi, Hikaru Sorano, Gurikazu Amano

Alignment:

Moon Kingdom, Crystal Tokyo

Birthdate: October 22, 1978 () [1]
Age: 13-14 (Codename: Sailor V)
14 (briefly), 15 (by her birthday) (arcs 1-2)[2]
16 (arcs 3-4)
17 (Stars arc)
Height:

157cm or 5'2"

Gender: Female
Species: Human
Blood Type: B
Likes: Playing pranks, chasing after idols, curry, video games, jokes, physical education, the colors yellow and red[3]
Dislikes: Her mother, police officers, math, English class, shiitake, nerds (in Codename: Sailor V)
First Appearance
Manga: Vol 1. - The Birth of Sailor V! (Codename: Sailor V)

Act 8 - Minako, Sailor V (Sailor Moon manga)

Sailor moon venus
"I am the Pretty Guardian who fights for Love and for Beauty! I am Sailor Venus! In the Name of Venus, I'll punish you with the power of love!"
— Sailor Venus's stock introduction


Minako Aino is the present-day incarnation of Sailor Venus and the civilian identity of Sailor V.

Nomenclature & Etymology

Etymology

Her family name begins with the character meaning "love" (愛), which still indirectly represented the planet of Venus, as Venus was the goddess of love in Roman mythology.

Her first name, Minako (美奈子), contains the kanji for "beautiful" (美, mi) and "child" (子, ko), along with 奈 (na), a phonetic character.

Minako's full name means. "Beautiful Child of Love" in Japanese.

Appearance

Civilian

Minako Aino has blue eyes and blonde hair, preferring to wear her hair down with a simple red bow in it. When she was in junior high, she wore a sailor-style school uniform like the other Sailor Guardians did in their civilian forms, but with a few differences. Also, the uniform was the most classic or orthodox among those of the Sailor Team.

Sailor Guardian

This was the first Senshi form that Minako had ever had. This form first appeared in Codename: Sailor V. She would fight against the Dark Agency with Artemis at her aid. This form appeared in many continuations of the series.

This is Minako's third senshi uniform in the anime and manga that she transforms into first during Act 39 of the manga by using her Venus Crystal, given to her by Artemis, but no new name is given. In episode 143 of the anime she has a similar transformation and the title Super Sailor Venus is used.

This was a manga exclusive form of Minako after she was killed by Sailor Galaxia and revived in Act 49. She wears bracelets similar to Sailor Galaxia and fights for her to kill Sailor Moon.

This was an manga exclusive transformation of Minako's in Act 42, this form was unnamed but was similar to Eternal Sailor Moon albeit without wings.

During the Silver Millennium, she was the ruler of the planet Venus and was the leader of those who protected Princess Serenity. She wore a yellow gown with frills running down it. In her hair she wore a yellow bow and a rose, she also wore a choker that was tied in a ribbon at the back. During her time as a Princess she dwelt in Magellan Castle.


Background

Codename: Sailor V

Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon

Dark Kingdom arc

Black Moon arc

Infinity arc

Dream arc

Stars arc

Sailor Guardian Info

Minako Aino can tranform info Sailor V by saying Moon Power, Transform. Later as Sailor Venus, she utters the words Venus Power, Make Up!

Phrases

Attacks

Items

Development

In the transition between the Sailor V and Sailor Moon series, Minako's basic character design did not change. In fact, Naoko Takeuchi had written that the concept of Minako has barely changed at all from the first moment she was created. Run-Run, the magazine that serialized Sailor V, had intended to produce an OVA based on the character, but it went bankrupt, before it could happen, so Minako was relegated to the sidelines as one of Sailor Moon's co-stars, to Takeuchi's regret.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Takeuchi has said that the reason Venus looks so much like Sailor Moon was in fact because it was her duty to take Serenity's place to keep her from danger.
  • Minako is the only Senshi of this Solar System whose civilian family name does not begin with the Japanese kanji character(s) directly denoting the corresponding celestial object.
  • "Minako" can alternatively be read as Venus (Biinasu).
  • Her surname is a pun on a phrase meaning "of love," making her name sound like "Venus of Love".
  • Minako's birthday is October 22nd, which means she is a Libra. Libra's domcile is the planet Venus.[4]
    • The Japanese school year begins around April 1st. The Sailor Moon Eternal Edition (2019) of the manga along with Sailor Moon Crystal confirms Usagi is 14 at the start of the series. Because of this, in the original series, Minako also starts the second year of middle school at 14, and ages to 15 around six months later, by her October birthday. The same pattern would follow for her later school years.
    • In the original series, she is also in the same school year as Usagi, Ami, Makoto, and Rei.
    • Sailor Moon Crystal Episode 2 also confirms Ami starting the same school year at 14.
  • The style of her uniform reflects the Japanese militarized schooling system of the past, which could be traced back to the Meiji (明治) Period.
    • However, it actually originated in Europe, where it was also worn by school boys and was not exclusively for girls as in Japan.
  • She is the only character who awakened twice as two different senshi identities: First as Sailor V, then as Sailor Venus.
  • Minako is the fifth Sailor Guardian. Her civilian identity name, Sailor V, the letter V is the roman numeral for 5.

References

  1. Minako Aino at Sailor Moon Official Website (Japanese)
  2. Sailor Moon Eternal Edition (2019), Volume 1, Page 8 states Usagi is 14 at the very beginning of the series. She ages to 15 about two months later on her birthday in June. Because Minako is in the same school year as Usagi, she also starts the series at 14, aging to 15 by her October birthday.
  3. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Volume 10 (tankoban version)
  4. Libra (astrology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sailor Senshi
Bowandcrisis

Solar System Senshi Sailor MoonSailor MercurySailor MarsSailor JupiterSailor Venus/Sailor V
Other Senshi Sailor Luna
Civilian Identities Usagi TsukinoAmi MizunoRei HinoMakoto KinoMinako AinoLuna Tsukino
Allies Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo MaskLunaArtemis

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