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|kanji / kana = 愛野美奈子<br />''Aino Minako''
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|kanji / kana = 愛野 美奈子<br />''Aino Minako''
 
|alignment = [[Moon Kingdom]], [[Crystal Tokyo]]
 
|alignment = [[Moon Kingdom]], [[Crystal Tokyo]]
 
|species = Human
 
|species = Human
 
|gender = Female
 
|gender = Female
|resides = Shiba-Koen, Minato, Tokyo
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|resides = Shiba-Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
|occupation = Student
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|occupation = [[Shiba Koen Junior High School]] (Codename: Sailor V and arcs 1, 2, and 3)<br /> [[Juuban Municipal High School]] (arcs 4 and 5)
|associates = [[Artemis]], [[Sailor Senshi]]
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|associates = [[Artemis]], Solar System [[Sailor Senshi]], [[Boss]], [[Natsuna Sakurada]], [[Toshio Wakagi]], [[Hikaru Sorano]], [[Gurikazu Amano]]
 
|aliases = Mina, Mina-P
 
|aliases = Mina, Mina-P
 
|image = Minako in the manga.jpg
 
|image = Minako in the manga.jpg
|age = 13-16
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|age = 13 (Codename: Sailor V)<br /> 14 (Dark Kingdom and Black Moon arcs)<br /> 15 (Infinity and Dream arcs)<br /> 16 (Stars arc)
|height = 5'2"
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|height = 157cm or 5'2"
 
|likes = Playing video games, acting, chasing after idols, volleyball, curry rice, sports, Oolong tea, ramen noodles, stuffed dumplings, the colors red, orange, yellow, and pink, bird, orange dandelions and orchids, and topaz
 
|likes = Playing video games, acting, chasing after idols, volleyball, curry rice, sports, Oolong tea, ramen noodles, stuffed dumplings, the colors red, orange, yellow, and pink, bird, orange dandelions and orchids, and topaz
|forms = Sailor V, Sailor Venus, Super Sailor Venus, Princess Venus, Eternal Sailor Venus, Evil Sailor Venus
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|forms = Sailor V, Sailor Venus, Super Sailor Venus, Princess Venus, Eternal Sailor Venus
|birthdate = October 22nd <ref>[http://sailormoon.channel.or.jp/chara/chara05.html Minako Aino at Sailor Moon Official Website (Japanese)]</ref>
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|birthdate = October 22nd (Libra) <ref>[http://sailormoon.channel.or.jp/chara/chara05.html Minako Aino at Sailor Moon Official Website (Japanese)]</ref>
 
|blood type = B
 
|blood type = B
 
|dislikes = Her mother, police officers, math, English class, shiitake
 
|dislikes = Her mother, police officers, math, English class, shiitake
 
|first appearance = [[Vol.1 - The Birth Of Sailor V]] (Codename: Sailor V)<br/>
 
|first appearance = [[Vol.1 - The Birth Of Sailor V]] (Codename: Sailor V)<br/>
[[Act 8 - Minako, Sailor V]]
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[[Act 8 - Minako, Sailor V]] (Sailor Moon manga)
|related pages = [[Minako Aino (anime)|Anime Bio]]<br />[[Minako Aino (Sera Myu)|Sera Myu bio]]<br />[[Minako Aino (PGSM)|PGSM Bio]]
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|related pages = [[Minako Aino (anime)|Anime Bio]]<br />[[Minako Aino (Sera Myu)|Sera Myu Bio]]<br />[[Minako Aino (PGSM)|PGSM Bio]]
|full name = Minako Aino}}'''Minako Aino''' is the present-day incarnation of [[Sailor Venus]] and the civilian identity of [[Sailor V]]. This is the original depiction of the manga character created by Naoko Takeuchi.
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|full name = Minako Aino|relatives = [[Mrs. Aino]] (mother) [[Mr. Aino]] (father)}}'''Minako Aino''' is the present-day incarnation of [[Sailor Venus]] and the civilian identity of [[Sailor V]]. This is the original depiction of the manga character created by Naoko Takeuchi.
   
 
==Profile==
 
==Profile==
Minako is first introduced in the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codename:_Sailor_V Codename: Sailor V]'' manga, of which she is the lead character. She is awakened as a Senshi by the white cat [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_%28Sailor_Moon%29 Artemis] when she is thirteen years old and instructed that she has a duty to become the beautiful warrior, Sailor V. Artemis explains that [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus Venus] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth Earth] are "twin planets" of about the same size and weight, that Venus is her "mother star", and that she must protect Earth from its enemies. He shows her Magellan Castle orbiting around Venus and says that it is hers, although the existence of these castles is not revealed to the other Senshi characters until late in the ''Sailor Moon'' series. She first dons her red hair bow during the first chapter of the story, on the recommendation of a handsome villain character that she defeats, and is almost never seen without it again.
 
   
Minako is depicted as athletic, cheerful, romantic, resilient, and clever. She is very versatile acting very elegant, intelligent, and refined at times and irrational, boy-crazy, and over-ambitious at others. When ''Sailor V'' was enough of a hit to earn its own anime adaptation, Takeuchi was asked to expand the concept to include more girls, and when she did, she placed [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon_%28character%29 Usagi Tsukino] as the protagonist, with Minako as a part of the team. Minako is a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist Buddhist] by her teaching when she was in ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codename:_Sailor_V Codename: Sailor V]''.
 
   
In the anime, Minako is given a slightly different backstory, having spent some of her time as Sailor V in England, where she met a young [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpol Interpol] officer named Katarina who taught her English and acted as a big sister, and a young man called Alan, with whom she fell in love. After Sailor V was caught in an explosion and believed to be dead, she saw Alan and Katarina together and realized that they, without her knowing, had become a couple. She moved back to Japan shortly thereafter. She is also widely traveled in the manga, having visited Greece and China.
 
   
As a result of her past battles, when Minako meets the other Senshi she has a relatively serious personality, and is very focused on their mission as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Senshi Sailor Senshi]. In the manga, she even tells them she is the princess they have been searching for, although in fact she is merely serving as a decoy to protect the real princess, Usagi. Throughout the first story arc she has by far the strongest memories of their [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reincarnation past life] during the Silver Millennium. After the first [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_arc story arc] concludes, she becomes a more excitable, even goofy character, and her adventures frequently involve overconfidence, enthusiastic determination to come out on top, and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slapstick slapstick] humor. In the anime, her speech is peppered with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malapropism malapropisms] and fractured [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proverb proverbs]. In the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon_%28English_adaptations%29 English-dubbed] anime, "Mina's" personality is adjusted somewhat further; she adopts a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valley_girl valley girl] dialect, and in the latter two seasons is rewritten as being sarcastic or mean-spirited in places where she had not been in the original Japanese.
 
   
Artemis lives in Minako's home and is one of her closest friends. Minako lives with both her parents, although references to her family life are few in the ''Sailor Moon'' series. Her family, like Usagi's, is based on Takeuchi's own family. For the first several story arcs, Minako attends a different [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_high_school junior high school] from the others, Shiba Kōen. When the characters enter [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_school high school], she joins Usagi, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Mercury Ami], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Jupiter Makoto] at Azabu Jūban. One of her greatest loves is [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volleyball volleyball], as shown from the beginning of the first ''Sailor V'' chapter and throughout the rest of the series — she even considers quitting the Sailor Senshi to become a professional, and in high school joins the Volleyball club. Her favorite class is [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_Education Physical Education], while in the manga her least favorites are [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics mathematics] and the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language English language]. In the anime, having lived in England for some time, she is skilled at the language (in one episode it is shown her skills are more refined than Ami Mizuno's), and Usagi begs Minako to teach her.
 
   
Minako's other greatest love is [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_culture pop culture]. She desperately wants to be an [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_idol idol], and so makes a hobby of chasing them and attending [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audition auditions] in acting, dancing, and singing whenever possible. She takes her role as the "Soldier of Love" literally, and enjoys regaling friends and acquaintances with advice about [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantic_love romance]. Despite her declared expertise, Minako herself has little personal experience in relationships (aside from a brief and ill-fated love in the ''Sailor V'' manga), but is enthusiastic about romantic opportunities — even to the point of two-timing a pair of the series' villains. She has a crush on Yaten Kou throughout the ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Stars Sailor Stars]'' anime storyline, and in one episode the sinister idea of herself as a cat with Yaten gives her a nosebleed — a common symbol of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_arousal sexual arousal] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime anime]. In the manga, by contrast, Minako suspects Yaten of being an enemy; while confronting the Starlights, she and Rei reaffirm that they do not need men because they have dedicated their lives to their duty of protecting Usagi.
 
 
Minako enjoys [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oolong_tea Oolong tea] and her favorite foods are given as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_curry curry rice], ramen noodles, and stuffed dumplings with her least favorite food being [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiitake_mushroom shiitake mushrooms]. Her favorite colors are listed as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red red], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink pink], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_%28color%29 orange], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow yellow] and she likes birds, the flowers orange [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelions dandelions] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchids orchids], and the gemstone [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topaz topaz]. She is stated as having trouble with her mother and the police.<sup class="Template-Fact" style="white-space:nowrap;">''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed ''
 
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===Appearance===
 
===Appearance===
 
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 members of the senshi 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. Such style reflected 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.
 
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 members of the senshi 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. Such style reflected 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.

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Template:InfoboxCharacterMinako Aino is the present-day incarnation of Sailor Venus and the civilian identity of Sailor V. This is the original depiction of the manga character created by Naoko Takeuchi.

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Appearance

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 members of the senshi 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. Such style reflected 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.

Codename: Sailor V Biography

Minako starred in her own series before Sailor Moon. This manga series was called Codename: Sailor V and detailed her adventures as Sailor V. Minako is introduced as lazy and unwilling to study—but also athletic and an avid gamer. She spent a lot of time at the Game Corner. She tends to misquote things on a regular basis, but still seems to have an ability to recall obscure facts when denouncing the enemy. She would become regularly distracted from her duties by romance, and fell in love with a different boy every chapter. Ultimately, she would fall for a man named "Phantom Ace" (Ace Kaitou) a costumed TV hero.

While in China, filming the Phantom Ace movie as his co-star, it was revealed that he was "Danburite" servant of the Dark Kingdom and her enemy all along—and also the reincarnation of a soldier who admired her in her previous life. This encounter unlocks her past life memories.

In the end, she seems to resign herself to choosing duty over love, and decides to search for the other Senshi, whoever and wherever they are. She joins the Police Force in order to pay for her quest.

Sailor Moon Biography

Dark Kingdom arc

Sailor V is featured throughout the beginning of the Sailor Moon manga as a hero to Usagi Tsukino. Later on it is discovered that Minako, Artemis and Luna used the Sailor V games to train Usagi for the battles to come. When Sailor Venus appeared to the soldiers, she announced herself as their Princess. It is revealed later that she is not the moon princess, but disguised herself as so to protect the Inner Senshi. As Sailor Venus, she is the leader of the Inner Senshi.

Black Moon arc

Infinty arc

Dream arc

Stars arc

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 costars, to Takeuchi's regret.

Minako's birthday is October 22nd, which means she is a Libra. Libra's domcile is the planet Venus.

Etymology

Minako was the only Senshi of this Solar System whose civilian family name did not begin with the Japanese kanji character(s) directly denoting the corresponding celestial object. However, 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" can alternatively be read as Venus (Biinasu). Also, her surname is a pun on a phrase meaning "of love," making her name sound like "Venus of Love" and can translate to "Beautiful Child of Love."

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.
  • She loves and is very good at volleyball.

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References

Sailor Senshi
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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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