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"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, Sērā Vīnasu) and the civilian identity of Sailor V (セーラーV, Sērā Bui). Minako is the original Sailor Guardian, protagonist of Codename: Sailor V, and leader of the Inner Sailor Guardians in the Sailor Moon manga.

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.

Nomenclature

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, romantic; indecisive, avoids confrontations, will carry a grudge, self-pity.
  • Birth flower Cosmos - Order, harmony, balance, tranquility, peace, love, modesty, innocence, joy, and beauty.

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. She wore a top revealing her belly button sometimes, shoulder protector (revealing the sleeves of her shirt), a blue skirt with red at the bottom, an orange broach, red bows, a white choker with a golden crescent moon on it, blue heels, a red mask, and a crescent moon on her forehead.

Sailor Venus' dominant color was orange (choker, collar, center of front bow, elbow fittings of gloves, skirt, shoes, and earrings) and her accent colors were blue (front bow) and yellow (back bow). Her tiara gem was usually orange, but sometimes appeared more yellow. Her collar had one white stripe near the edge of the collar (not at the center), and her shoes were orange heels with ankle straps.

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. Her sleeves now have a clear layer and her broach is heart shaped.

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.

Personality

Unlike the anime, Minako had a more serious side to her personality, which is much more noticeable when transformed into Sailor Venus. Despite this serious side, she tends to be an academic underachiever, like Usagi, but experienced a fair amount of atheleticsm.

Minako seems to desire romance, as this is noticeable in both Codename: Sailor V, and is usually deemed as boy-crazy.

Despite her academic underachievements, she possesses intellect, and is clever when it comes to taking down various enemies.

Information

Codename: Sailor V

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, like Usagi, with her compact, by saying Crescent Moon Power, Transform! Her attacks are centered around metal (gold) and light element attributes

Phrases

Attacks

Items

Weapons

Development

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.

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Trivia

  • Naoko 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.
    • The reason that Minako pretended to be the moon princess might be because of Galileo's words saying that Venus copied the form of the moon.
  • 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.
  • Her surname is a pun on a phrase meaning "of love," making her name sound like "Venus of Love".
  • 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.

References

  1. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Volume 10 (tankoban version)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official Sailor Moon website; Sailor Venus's Profile

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Solar System Sailor Senshi Sailor MoonSailor MercurySailor MarsSailor JupiterSailor Venus/Sailor VSailor 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 TomoeKou SeiyaKou YatenKou TaikiPrincess 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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