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Sailor Pluto (♇) is a Sailor Senshi and the guardian of the Space-Time Door. Her civilian identity is Setsuna Meiō. She was the sixth Sailor Senshi introduced in the series, and is one of the Outer Senshi. Pluto gave Small Lady Luna-P, a ball that resembled Luna that can do magic and communicate with her. When the Messiah of Silence appeared, Pluto rejoined the Outer Soldiers in the present. Her role in the founding and operation of Crystal Tokyo is not given in any of the Sailor Moon continuity; however, they were added for main characters.
She is given specific titles throughout the various series, such as: "Soldier of the Afterlife", "Guardian of Time", "Soldier of Change", and "Soldier of Revolution".Sailor Pluto is stated to be the daughter of the Greek god Chronus (Not to be confused with the Titan Cronus) who Chibiusa calls upon to travel through time.
Black Moon arc
Sailor Pluto had been guarding the Time Gate since the Silver Millenium. One day, Chibiusa met Sailor Pluto and they became friends. After Crystal Tokyo is attacked by the Black Moon, she stole Sailor Pluto's time key and travelled to the 20th centuary.When Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus, Tuxedo Mask, and Chibiusa travel to the Time Gate, Sailor Pluto attacks, trying to prevent them from using the gate until she sees Chibiusa and allows them to travel to the 30th centuary. When Prince Demande tried to connect the Silver Crystal of the past and future to end everything, Sailor Pluto stopped time, knowing it would cost her her life. Her death broke Wiseman's hold on Chibiusa and she became Sailor Chibi Moon.
Ami briefly mentioned Sailor Pluto (and Setsuna) in Act 40 when she found out about the aura enveloping in the Juuban Shopping District. While metioning her, she said that Pluto had known everything and taught the senshi many important things.
Sailor Pluto was the first Senshi form Setsuna fought in and was able to transform into. She was shown fighting in her Senshi fuku in the R season of the anime or the Black Moon arc in the manga, able to transform into Sailor Pluto in the S season of the anime or the Infinity arc in the manga, and once in the Stars season before her Super upgrade.
As Sailor Pluto, she wore the standard Senshi fuku and the dominant color of the fuku was black while the accent colors were garnet and dark maroon. Her choker, collar, the elbow fittings on her gloves, her skirt, and boots were black, her tiara gem, earrings, and the gem on her choker were garnet, and her front and back bows were dark maroon. Her earrings were shaped like thick down-pointing arrows, her collar did not have any stripes, her choker had a garnet gem dangling from it, and she was the only Sailor Senshi not to have shoulder pads with her fuku. Her boots were similar to those of Sailor Moon's and Sailor Mercury's.
The anime version was very similar to the manga version, except in the manga, she had a chain around her waist that held many keys on it, and after her reincarnation (as she died in the Black Moon arc after breaking the most sacred taboo), the center of her front bow was black instead of garnet.
In the musicals, Sailor Pluto's fuku was significantly different from the manga and anime versions. Instead of garnet as one of the main colors of her fuku, her fuku colors were mainly blue, black and purple. Her collar and skirt's top layer were a dark blue, and the bottom layer of her skirt was purple. Both her front and back bows, her boots, and her elbow fittings were black. Early versions of her costume had gold trim, while later versions had silver trim, and her collar had two stripes, unlike the anime and manga versions.
Super Sailor Pluto
Super Sailor Pluto was the second form and the last form in the anime Setsune was able to transform into. She transformed into this form in the Sailor Stars season of the anime, and the Yume/Dream arc of the manga. In the manga, when Sailor Moon transformed into Super Sailor Moon for the first time, her brooch became a heart, but she did not receive the Super upgrade until towards the end of the Infinity arc.
In the anime, when she received the Super upgrade, her choker had a gold star attacked to it, her collar only had one stripe, the center of her front bow became a heart, the bottom of her shoulder pads became translucent, and back bow became larger and was lengthened.
The anime version was similar to the manga version, except in the manga, the star on her choker had a garnet gem on it.
Eternal Sailor Pluto
Eternal Sailor Pluto was the third and final form Setsuna was able to transform into in the StarS arc of the manga. She never transformed into this form in the anime. After the last upgrade in the Stars arc, her choker was V-shaped and the center of her front bow was a gray five-pointed star. Her shoulder pads were large gray puffs with two patches of black fabric attached to the bottom. Her gloves became longer, reaching to her upper arms. Her belt consisted of two ribbons - one black and one gray, with two long, thin back ribbons, clipped together by a golden five-pointed star. Her back bow was gray. Her skirt became two-layered, the top layer being black and the bottom layer gray. Her boots were knee-length and white, and each had a black V-shaped border with a five-pointed star at the top. Her tiara gem was a black five-pointed star and her earrings were black, dangling five-pointed stars.
During the Silver Millennium, Sailor Pluto was also the Princess of her home world. She was among those given the duty of protecting the solar system from outside invasion. As Princess Pluto, she dwelt in Charon Castle and wore a black gown—she appears in this form in the original manga Act 41, as well as in supplementary art.
Evil Sailor Pluto
After being killed by Sailor Galaxia in Act 49 of the Stars manga, Sailor Pluto is revived by her and brainwashed and ordered to kill Eternal Sailor Moon. Once revived she wears her Eternal fuku with bracelets similar to the ones Galaxia wears. The bracelets are gold with a gem on each bracelet, one purple and one green.
This form only appeared in the manga.
Weapons and Items
- Dead Scream
- Time Stop
- Chronos Typhoon
- Garnet Ball
- Dark Dome Close
- Galactica Cannon
- Galactica Planet Attack
- Dimension Dance
- Strict Sweep
- Action Spinster
- Destiny Spinster
DevelopmentIn the concept art in the Materials Collection, there is a sketch where Sailor Pluto has gray skin. Her belt and hair were also different and she looked younger. In another sketch that looks more like the final product, she isn't wearing her chain belt. The Garnet Rod also looked different.
Reception and influence
The official Sailor Moon character popularity polls listed Setsuna Meioh and Sailor Pluto as separate entities. In 1994, with fifty one choices, Setsuna was the thirteenth most popular character, and Pluto was fifth. In early 1996, with fifty- one choices, Setsuna was the twenty-ninth most popular character, and Pluto was the twenty-first. Amongst English-speaking fans, her existence was discussed as one of the mysteries of Sailor Moon after the English dub stopped airing before she had been properly introduced to the audience. A doll bearing her likeness was sold in Canada prior to her official introduction to the audience.
- Pluto is named after the Greek god of the underworld. This is why her powers and attacks are centered around death and judgment. Can also explain why the dominant color of her uniform is black.
- After Pluto lost its status as "planet" in 2006 and instead became a "dwarf planet", some Sailor Moon fans often made jokes about Sailor Pluto.
- This, however, doesn't make her the only Senshi not named after a planet. Sailor Moon herself is named after Earth's moon, the Sailor Stars aren't named after any planet or major stars (they just have the word "star" in their name), and Tuxedo Mask isn't named after any sort of celestial body. Along with this, Sailor Cosmos isn't named after a specific cosmos.
- Even though the planet is considered a "dwarf planet" since 2006, it's still called a planet in the re-release of Sailor Moon manga.
- She is one of the three Outer Senshi who posses one of the Talismans needed to summon the Holy Grail and awaken Sailor Saturn.
- While Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune do not discover that they posses Talismans within their pure hearts until later, Pluto already possesses and can control hers.
- Sailor Pluto is the height of 5"10
- In the English dub of the Sailor Moon anime Pluto's alternate identity is referred to as Trista Meioh.