Minako Aino
愛野 美奈子

Minako Aino - Manga

Minako Aino Sailor V - Manga

Minako Aino Sailor Venus Sailor Form - Manga

Minako Aino Sailor Venus Super Sailor Form - Manga

Minako Aino Sailor Venus Eternal Form - Manga

Princess Venus - Manga

Japanese: 愛野 美奈子
Romanji: Aino Minako
Aliases: Sailor V, Sailor Venus, Super Sailor Venus, Eternal Sailor Venus, Princess Venus
Residency: Shiba Koen, Minato ward; Tokyo, Japan
School(s): Shiba Koen Junior High School (Codename: Sailor V, arcs 1, 2, and 3)

Juban Public High School (arcs 4 and 5)


Sailor Guardian
Teen Idol


Mrs. Aino (Mother)
Mr. Aino (father)


Solar System Sailor Guardians
Natsuna Sakurada
Toshio Wakagi
Hikaru Sorano
Gurikazu Amano


Moon Kingdom and Crystal Tokyo

Birthdate: October 22, 1978 (♎)
Age: 13-14 (Codename: Sailor V)

15 (arcs 1-2)
16 (arcs 3-4)
17 (Stars arc)


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[1]
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 - (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon)

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 (愛野 美奈子, Aino Minako) is the present-day incarnation of Sailor Venus (セーラーヴィーナス, Seeraa bu~iinasu) and the civilian identity of Sailor V (セーラーV, Seeraa Bui).

Nomenclature & 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.


Naoko Takeuchi included many occultist arts to finely detail each character. For Minako, these things include:

  • Birthstone(s)
    • Opal - Romantic and charismatic, but can be fearful and indecisive.
    • Topaz - Fair, charitable, and artistic.
  • Zodiac Sign Libra - Cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social; indecisive, avoids confrontations, will carry a grudge, self-pity



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 Sailor 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 a 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.


Dark Kingdom arc

Black Moon arc

Infinity arc

Dream arc

Stars arc

Sailor Guardian Info

Minako Aino can transform info Sailor V by saying Moon Power, Transform. Later as Sailor Venus, she utters the words Venus Power, Make Up! Also, she can disguise herself as anyone she desires to be as well as Usagi with her compact, by saying Crescent Moon Power, Transform! Her attacks are centered around metal (gold) and light element attributes





In the transition between the Sailor V and Sailor Moon series, Minako's basic character design did not change. 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.


Codename: Sailor V

Dark Kingdom Arc

Black Moon Arc

Infinity Arc

Dream Arc

Stars Arc


Materials' Collection



  • 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 Solar System Sailor Senshi whose civilian family name does not begin with the Japanese kanji character(s) directly denoting the corresponding celestial body.
  • "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".
  • She is the only character who awakened twice as two different Sailor Senshi identities: First as Sailor V, then as Sailor Venus.
  • Minako is the fifth Sailor Guardian; creating an additional pun on her first Sailor Senshi identity, Sailor V. The letter V is the Roman numeral for 5.
    1. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Volume 10 (tankoban version)
Sailor Senshi

Solar System Sailor Senshi Sailor MoonSailor MercurySailor MarsSailor JupiterSailor Venus/Sailor V • Sailor Chibi MoonSailor PlutoSailor UranusSailor NeptuneSailor Saturn
Sailor Starlights Sailor Star FighterSailor Star HealerSailor Star Maker
Sailor Quartet Sailor VestaSailor PallasSailor JunoSailor Ceres
Other Sailor Senshi Sailor KakyuuSailor Chibi ChibiSailor Cosmos
Civilian Identities Usagi TsukinoAmi MizunoRei HinoMakoto KinoMinako AinoChibiusa TsukinoSetsuna MeiouHaruka TenouMichiru KaiouHotaru TomoeSeiya KouYaten KouTaiki KouPrincess KakyuuChibi Chibi
Allies Tuxedo MaskLunaArtemisDiana

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

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