Sorry for the crappy quality, but these are some screencaps I grabbed of Venus from the various Sailor Moon video games. It’s a shame that these clips are so hard to find and, when you can actually track them, they’re very poor quality. The animation is gorgeous!
Something that’s very interesting about Minako/Sailor Venus is that, not only is she the character with the most mythological references to her namesake, she is the only character in the series to be called a goddess or anything divine.
There’s also this fantastic panel, which states that the Silver Millennium version of Sailor Venus had the same origin as the mythical Aphrodite.
In Classical Mythology, Aphrodite/Venus was born when Uranus, the personification of the sky, was castrated by his son Cronus (aka Saturn). When his severed genitals dropped into the ocean, the foam from them gave birth to Aphrodite (hence her name, which means “foam-arisen”) while the Erinyes (or the Furies) were born from the blood that was spilled. Eventually, Aphrodite emerged from the foam of the sea, fully grown and floating on a scallop shell.
While our Venus’s origin story presumably didn’t involve castration (hopefully, although knowing Minako…), her marine origin remains intact. In addition, a drop of the foam she was born from crystalized and turned into a gem, which was then revered as a Venusian treasure.
So I have to wonder, which came first in the SM universe: The myths or the Senshi? I think that, during the Silver Millennium, the Senshi (as well as the other immortal inhabitants of the Silver Millennium) inspired Classical Mythology, and over time the myths began to take their own shape and deviate from the source material (especially after the fall of the Silver Millennium).
I love all of the matching shots in episode 172! I wish they had done this sort of thing more often.
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"Get ready Sailor Scouts!"
Holy shit Pluto are you SERIOUS with that face??
ARE YOU SERIOUS
When did you last hear you were someone’s friend?
NEVER, that’s what I think. Approximately NEVER.
In her life Pluto may have heard she was a beloved companion, a trusted advisor, a respected warrior, a stoic defender, a lonely guardian.
She has been Puu to one very young child, and Mama to another.
With Michiru and Haruka, she has found camaraderie and understanding. Even with my Michiru and Setsuna BFF dreams dancing in my eyes, you know Michiru would never say it, not directly. It would be implied, and that would be enough.
A few moments ago, Pluto was a solitary warrior, fated again and again to fight alone and die alone. By coming back, Venus, the leader, denied that. You don’t fight alone, not any more.
And that was nice.
Now Minako, the girl, risked everything and refused to let go. You don’t LIVE alone, not any more.
That’s even better.