nevermore999: SAILOR SENSHI YALL (sailor moon)
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(Since the work I'm posting is Japanese, I'd like to direct everyone to this excellent post as well as some helpful posts on tumblr regarding the recent disaster)

I'm having fun posting Moonie manga.In addition to posting manga chapters from the main Sailor Moon storyline, I'm hoping to post Sailor V chapters and the manga sidestories. I thought I'd start off with chapter 1 of Sailor V.

Codename Sailor V is the story that launched the Sailor Moon franchise. It provides some cool backstory and character insight, and is a fun tale on it's own. There's a lot of cameos of future Senshi and other characters recognizable from Sailor Moon, and even an origin story for Mina's hairbow!

So here it is! The beginning!





Sailor V is actually the predecessor of Sailor Moon, and without it, Sailor Moon wouldn't exist. When Takeuchi published the story, notice was taken and she was asked to do the series in a team format and Sailor Moon was born! Sailor V is present in every incarnation of Sailor Moon as Minako Aino (Sailor Venus)'s first heroic identity that Usagi fangirls, operating before Sailor Moon ever transformed. This manga tells the story of how Sailor V came to be and how Minako came to join the Sailor Team (though you won't find any of the backstory from that one episode of the anime focusing on V here- the closest is the fact that Mina does make friends with a female police officer, though she's Japanese and very different). It was never published in America, which is a shame, because it's really fantastic.

For the most part, it's a more light headed tale than Sailor Moon mostly comedy and bubbly superheroic shenanigans, but the last few chapters take a turn for the tragic and dramatic. It's also worth checking out because Minako is a really fun character to get to know, selfish, dramatic, often brash and rude but ultimately brave and good hearted. She and Usagi share a few traits (mainly the insane amount of bubbly good cheer with a dash of ditziness) but ultimately they are quite different characters, as is obvious from even the very first chapter.

The story opens with Mina doing gymnastics and then crashlanding when she's distracted by a kitty. I WONDER WHO THAT COULD BE.

Minako also has a habit of crushing on guys....all the time. Including the cute upperclassmen,






So, in talking about differences between Mina and Usagi, this one page makes a lot of them pretty obvious. Mina is agressive in her attitude and pretty much everything she does. Mina has a nasty temper and is prone to violence to express her anger. Also, while Usagi was introduced as a crybaby, Mina's introduction has boys commenting on her general LACK of tears, and Mina declaring she never cries. This isn't true, she does cry a couple times over the course of the manga (and also cried in the chapter of Sailor Moon I just posted) but only under very extreme circumstances and even then, it's simply her eyes tearing up, she never goes into a sobbing fit. Mina is more likely to react to a crisis by turning into an over the top agressive drama queen. Mina is also very athletic. Like Usa, she slacks off in academics, but that's more likely because she's off exhausting herself with gymnastics and volleyball rather than lazing around. She's an idol chaser and she craves attention and adulation at all times, often promising to win athletic stuff for her class. She enjoys anything loud and flamboyant and energetic. She's an entertainer at heart and she enjoys taking charge (which is why she's the Senshi's leader).


Also, you'll see more of it in coming chapters, but Mina is unashamedly selfish a lot of the time and generally more caustic and callous to the people around her, and ambituously oppurtunistic. She's still a ridiculously brave, compassionate, helpful person with a good heart and soul. Her selfishness and brashness is part of her charm and what makes her such a fun character! But she's not afraid to treat people harshly as is demonstrated by the way she treats Artemis far more roughly and callously than Usagi ever treated Luna (in the manga). Also, she has NO filter between her brain and her mouth, and will say whatever's on her mind, harsh or not, in the loudest way possible.

That's enough about Mina's character in comparison to Usagi's! I just didn't want to be rambling about it after this first post and focus on the story instead in future posts. You'll see examples of all the things I'm talking about in future posts (I'll point them out in a short, quick way) but basically, though the two girls share some traits, they're also very different in a lot of ways, and I don't think of them as knock offs of each other. Obviously Takeuchi enjoys writing slack-y, cheery, girlish-lovestruck-emotion filled heroines, but Usa and Mina are individuals and it's a different experience reading a story with Mina as the main character.



Don't you hate it when a talking cat walks in on you when you're getting dressed?



Yeah, you really should have seen that coming, Artemis. (I'm not sure whether Artemis actually did jump or was kicked out, another scanlation I have of this has him being kicked out and this group has messed up on sound effects before so)





(See how Mina's response to talking cats is much more confrontational and skeptical than Usagi's was? Granted, Usagi wasn't approached while in a towel...) Anyway, Artemis decides the best way to show Mina her destiny is to TAKE HER TO SPAAAAACE. Apparently taking people to space IS his superpower.




He could have at least let her change out of the towel.





This is a little too weird and spacey for Mina, who gets dizzy and passes out. When she wakes up the next morning, she assumes it's a dream.



Yes, you are witnessing the origin of the red hairbow. I wonder if Usagi (or rather Serenity's) odango and Mako's green hair tie and rose earrings have a SEKRIT ORIGIN as well?


So apparently Higashi is a red ribbon fetishist. Oh, and he's also a demon!

He begins to suck the energy of all the girls, and Arty yells at Mina to transform. (Also, isn't Mina such a trooper?)




Face kicking hair flowing ACTION! Sailor V has waaaay more face kicking than Sailor Moon (at least once a chapter!), I suppose because Mina's a more athletic hero. There's also some karate choppin' and my favorite "VENUS SCREWBALL PUNCH!"

Another thing that shows what a different character Mina is- while Usagi is terrified most of the time she's Sailor Moon (as is understandable) Mina is pretty much fearless and very enthusiastic in her fighting-to the point of being show offy!

Mina pleads with Higashi to come back to his senses to no avail, and Artemis interrupts to tell her to stop.




:( Poor Mina. Her first mission is killing the dude she had a crush on. That's pretty rough.



:( Like I said, Mina does tear up if worst comes to worst. Artemis converses with his mysterious boss that he thinks he was too harsh, and the boss tells him that he needs to help Mina.



Awww! Kitty lickin'!


So now you know- Mina's ribbon was a suggestion from a monster, but she decided it looked cool anyway. AND THUS A TRADEMARK WAS BORN. Arty and Mina are so cute.

And is Mina still depressed about the boy she um, killed? Well, when she sees a cool guy in a magazine...



Yep, Mina's a trooper and she will MOVE ON no matter what! AND SO THE BATTLE HAS BEGUN!

Look forward to final chapter of the Dark Kingdom saga and beginning of R in Sailor Moon proper later this week (or next week!)

Date: 2011-03-15 04:17 am (UTC)
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I have always loved Minako. She's just such a fun character. I really like her little Sailor V mask. It's so cute.

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