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Rei Hino
火野 レイ
Info
Japanese: 火野 レイ
Romanji: Hino Rei
Aliases: Sailor Mars, Super Sailor Mars, Eternal Sailor Mars, Princess Mars
Personal
Residency: Hikawa Shrine, Azabu-Juuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
School(s): T.A. Girls' Academy
Occupation(s):

Student, Sailor Senshi

Relationships:

Grandpa Hino (grandfather)
Takashi Hino (father)
Risa Hino (mother, deceased)

Associates:

Solar System Sailor Senshi

Alignment:

Moon Kingdom, Crystal Tokyo

Birthdate: April 17 (♈)
Age: 14 (arc 1)

15 (arcs 1-2)
16 (arc 2)
17 (arcs 3-4)
18 (arc 5)

Height:

160 cm or 5'3"

Gender: Female
Species: Human
Blood Type: AB
Likes: Zazen (meditating), ancient writing, rubies, Thai food, fugu, white Casablancas, pandas, small lizards, divination, the colors red and black, plum juice
Dislikes: Canned asparagus, television, men, modern society
First Appearance
Manga: Act 3 Rei - Sailor Mars
Actor(s)/Actress(es)
Sailor moon mars
"I am the Pretty Guardian who fights for Love and for Passion. I am Sailor Mars! In the Name of Mars, I'll chastise you!"
— Sailor Mars' introduction


Rei Hino is the civilian identity and present-day incarnation of Sailor Mars.

Nomenclature & Etymology

Etymology

Rei: Her given name is in katakana, rei (レイ) and therefore offers no translation or meaning.

In the Chinese versions of the series (anime and manga), Rei's name is written with the character "麗", which carries the same phonetic as "Rei", but means "beauty" and/or "lovely".

Hino: The kanji of Rei's surname translates hi (火) "fire" and no (野) meaning "field" or "civilian".

Her entire name is structured as a pun, as the syllable "no" indicates a possessive, so that her name can also be understood as "Fire of Rei."

Nomenclature

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

  • Birthstone(s): Diamond -  A symbol of clarity and strength and believed to be a boon for longevity, strength, beauty, and happiness.
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries - Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate; Impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive, aggressive.

Appearance

Civilian

Rei is a teenage girl with long black hair and black/dark brown eyes (although, they are sometimes colored in purple). She is said to be 160 cm of 5'3" in height. Takeuchi described Rei in her notes as being "slender." 

Unlike the other Senshi's school uniforms, her school uniform was very stylish and classy, and reflected the elite status of her private school. She wore a gray blouse that had a black collar with red stripes on it, a red bow, a black skirt, white socks with a red stripe, and black shoes.

When she became a high school student in Stars, the red bow on her shirt became black. The difference is said to be due to Rei's being the only Inner Senshi to attend a Roman Catholic school, but if this is the case she has somehow reconciled it with being a miko. Another outfit she is often seen wearing is her red and white miko robes. She also always wears her pendant.

Senshi

In the manga, when Sailor Moon became Super Sailor Moon for the first time, the center of Sailor Mars' front bow became a heart, but she did not receive the "Super" upgrade at the time. When she received the "Super" upgrade, her choker had a five-pointed golden star on it, the bottom of her sleeves became transparent, the center of her front bow became a heart, and her back bow was enlarged and lengthened.

Rei receives this form in the Stars arc. Her fuku almost appears to be similar to Eternal Sailor Moon's fuku, minus the wings. However, it is red and has lighter red bubble-like sleeves with red bands. Her choker is a "V" shape with a gold star on it. Her chest bow remains purple, but her back bow is a lighter shade of red. The belt is two shades of red ribbons with a star in front. Her gloves are now up to her forearms. Her skirt has two shades of red layered together. She no longer wears the high heels from both her first and super form; she now wears white boots topped with a "V" shape and a star in the center.

After being killed by Sailor Galaxia in Act 49 of the Stars manga, Sailor Mars is revived. Once revived, she wears her Super Sailor outfit with bracelets similar to the ones Galaxia wears. The bracelets are gold with a gem on each, one purple and one green.

During the Silver Millennium, Sailor Mars was the princess/ruler of her planet Mars, and she was given the duty of protecting Princess Serenity, along with Sailors/Princesses Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus. She wore a red strap dress that went past her feet, and wore a red choker that was tied into a ribbon at the back. She had a necklace on and small red stud earrings. She also wore red high-heeled shoes with straps. The symbol of Mars was present on her forehead. She dwelt in Phobos and Deimos Castle.

Background

Rei was an only child and the daughter of Risa Hino and Takashi Hino, a famous politician. Her mother Risa eventually fell ill and died, leaving a grieving Rei who began to despise her father for never visiting her mother once as she was dying in the hospital. Rei would soon move into Hikawa Shrine with her grandfather and work as a miko, as well as befriending two crows named Phobos and Deimos.

Rei would develop psychic powers that she would cultivate by diving through the Sacred Fire at the shrine. However, her abilities would cause people to view her as strange and avoid her.

Once a year on her birthday, Rei would meet with her father and receive Casablanca lilies and a white dress for her to wear, gifts ostensibly picked out by him, but in reality, picked out by his secretary Kaidou, whom Rei had a crush on.

Because Kaidou expressed a disinterest in getting married and having kids, Rei believed them to be kindred spirits. However, Rei eventually found out that her father wanted Kaidou to take over his position when he retired, and insisted that Kaidou be married in order to maintain a good impression. Rei saw him being affectionate with another woman and learned that she was the daughter of another high-class politician from his circle of friends and co-workers. Many people believed she and Kaidou would make the perfect couple.

Rei was devastated by the news because she felt that Kaidou understood her views on marriage, relationships, and love. Kaidou claimed that his marriage was only a political move decided by her father, but Rei called him a liar and said that if Kaidou truly wanted to use marriage as a way to gather power, he would have married Rei herself.

Dark Kingdom arc

Rei makes her first appearance in the Sailor Moon manga series in Act 3 Rei - Sailor Mars. In the chapter, we first see Rei meditating over fire and thinking that something disastrous is coming.

In the next scene afterwards, we see Rei telling a young girl goodbye. After the girl leaves, Rei looks at her watch and finds out that it is six o'clock. We later see Rei on the same bus that Usagi and Ami are on.

Black Moon arc

Infinity arc

Dream arc

Stars arc

Senshi Info

Precognition: Rei is shown to have strong precognition, where she can make full use of this ability to predict events from a near future, as shown in the Act 3, when she predicted Jadeite's ambush; in the Act 13, when she saw a Black Moon mark while meditating, and in the Act 27 Infinity 1, where she foresaw a catastrophe. As mentioned above, Rei can make full use of this ability, but it can fail sometimes, as shown in the Act 3, where, instead of Usagi being captured and held captive by Jadeite, it was herself.

Fire Divination: She is also shown to have great affinity with fire, to the point where she is capable to manifest her own future sights by forming images on the flames. The images are very enigmatic and unreliable.

Purification: Even when she is in her civilian form, she can use her "ofuda" (a Shinto talisman used to protect homes from evil spirits) to "exorcize" people, while yelling "Evil Spirit, Disperse!" (although it can cause fainting to normal people, as shown in the Act 3, when she tried to "purify" Usagi).

Sensor: Rei is sometimes shown to have a "sixth sense", using it to detect "evil presences" and approaching danger, as shown in the Chapter 6 of Codename: Sailor V manga, but it can fail sometimes, when she mistook Usagi for an evil spirit.

Expert Archer: As a Shrine Maiden, she is an expert archer, and this potential is shown in her "Mars Flame Sniper" attack.

Rei Hino can transform into Sailor Mars by saying Mars Power, Make Up!

Items

Phrases

Attacks

Weapons

Other Items

Development

Trivia

  • Miko are known to use archery type attacks, Rei's training as a miko is reflected through her attack Mars Flame Sniper.
  • The planet Mars was named after the Roman God of War, Mars, who was usually depicted in armor and carrying a spear. This is probably why Sailor Mars' original concept design features her wearing armor.
  • Her prototypical name, Miyabi Yoruno (夜野みやび Yoruno Miyabi), means "Elegance of Night."
  • Compared to the other girls on her Senshi team, Rei's school uniform was more stylish and classy. This reflects the status of her private school, compared to the public schools that Usagi and Minako attended.
  • Before she appeared in Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, she first appeared in Codename: Sailor V in Vol. 6 - Showdown! Sailor V vs. Cyber-Girl Warrior Lurga. She first appeared outside of Game Center Crown and said the atmosphere was disquieting. She was referred to as "Hino-san" and she also wore her school uniform.
  • Rei's birthday (April 17th) falls under the Aries zodiac, which is ruled by the planet Mars.
    • 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, Rei also starts the second year of middle school at 14, and ages to 15 not even a month later. The same pattern would follow for her later school years.
    • In the original series, she is also in the same school year as Usagi, Minako, Ami, and Makoto.
  • In a 1997 interview, Naoko Takeuchi stated that, "My favorite part of Rei is her Sailor Mars high heels!"
  • The reason why Rei's favorite flower is a Casablanca lily is due to the fact that Michie Tomizawa's favorite flower is a Casablanca, and that is how Naoko decided.

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