Fairytale Senshi by tsuki-kioku
Phobos and Deimos
First Appearance: Act 3 (manga); Episode 10 (anime)
Phobos and Deimos are the names of Rei Hino/Sailor Mars’s crows/guardian sprites. Similarly to Luna (Usagi’s guardian), Artemis (Minako’s guardian), and Diana (Chibiusa’s guardian), they took the form of an animal (crows, in this case) and watched over their charge, protecting and comforting her when needed.
Phobos and Deimos are first introduced as two crows who inhabit Hikawa Shrine. Rei shares a very special bond with them; later in the manga, it’s revealed that Rei first met them on the day she went to live with her grandfather at Hikawa Shrine (which happened after her mother’s death and being abandoned by her father). Rei suddenly spotted two crows and ran to them; instead of flying away, the crows happily allowed Rei to pet them, and she informed her grandfather that they “told” her their names were Phobos and Deimos. From that day on, Rei and the crows were very good friends, and Rei was often seen laughing and playing with them. Phobos and Deimos were Rei’s only true friends before meeting the rest of the Senshi (as she was considered unapproachable at her school, leading to a lack of friends), and she often relied on them for support and comfort. In addition, Phobos and Deimos would occasionally help Rei with her sixth sense; for example, at the beginning of the fourth arc, they give Rei a newspaper and a tarot card about the upcoming solar eclipse, warning her that it was a bad omen.
Phobos and Deimos are introduced along with Rei towards the start of the series. It’s made clear early on that they’re no ordinary crows; they have the ability to sense evil and would attack anyone deemed a threat in order to protect Rei. When Usagi and her friends visit the Hikawa Shrine, they begin to attack her, leading Rei to believe that Usagi was a demon in disguise. After trying to exorcise her with an ofuda, however, Rei realized that Usagi was just an ordinary girl; she apologizes, explaining that Phobos and Deimos usually never attack humans (no official explanation is ever given as to why Phobos and Deimos attacked Usagi; however, it’s probably safe to assume that they were able to sense the Senshi power within Usagi and probably dive-bombed her to get Rei’s attention). While Rei was trying to investigate the disappearances at her shrine, Phobos and Deimos stuck by her side and were with her when she confronted Jadeite, the true source behind the vanishings. Phobos and Deimos seem to be tied to Sailor Mars’s power, as they appeared circling overhead after Rei transformed for the first time and helped her defeat Jadeite.
In the anime, Phobos and Deimos were just crows. However, in the manga, they were something else entirely. After Rei was targeted by the Dead Moon Circus, Phobos and Deimos came to her rescue and revealed their true humanoid forms. Being twins, they have identical appearances, with only coloration setting them apart: Phobos wears red and Deimos wears blue/purple (the exact color depends on the artwork). After saving Rei from a nightmare and revealing their true forms, they give her the Mars Crystal and the Mars Arrow, which allows her to transform into Super Sailor Mars and perform her ultimate attack, Mars Flame Sniper.
Later on, in the Stars arc, Phobos and Deimos are confronted by one of Sailor Galaxia’s minions, Sailor Lead Crow. It’s then revealed that Phobos, Deimos, and Lead Crow are all from the same planet, Coronis. A horrified Phobos and Deimos accuse Lead Crow of murdering Coronis’s true guardian, Sailor Coronis, which she confirms. Lead Crow then expresses jealously towards the twins, revealing that the two of them were chosen by Queen Serenity herself to be the guardians of the Princess of Mars. Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus arrive to try and save the twins, but are too late; Lead Crow steals their star seeds, reducing their physical bodies to ash. Although Phobos and Deimos are never shown again in the manga, it’s safe to assume that they’re alive and well, considering that Usagi eventually liberated all of the stolen star seeds and sent them back to their home planets.
- Phobos and Deimos are named for Mars’s twin moons. In turn, those moons take their names from the Greek gods Phobos (fear) and Deimos (terror). They were the twin sons of the god of war, Ares/Mars, and the goddess of love, Aphrodite/Venus. Phobos and Deimos would always accompany their father on the battlefield; in the same way, the Phobos and Deimos (who are also twins) of the Sailor Moon universe always accompany their Princess (Rei/Mars).
- Which twin is Phobos and which is Deimos actually isn’t completely clear; in the fourth artbook, Phobos was the one in purple and Deimos was the one in red. However, the fifth artbook reversed their positions, making Phobos the red one and Deimos the purple one. Because the fifth artbook was the last one (discounting the Materials Collection), most people assume that Phobos is the red one and Deimos is the purple one.
- The manga states that Phobos and Deimos were training to become soldiers before the fall of their mother star, Coronis. Their status as warriors contrasts with the Lunar Cats, who act as advisors.
- Even though Phobos and Deimos are just crows and (presumably) non-magical in the anime, their behavior still makes a lot of sense. Crows are among the most intelligent animals in the entire world; they recognize human faces and act accordingly (for example, if a person is kind to them, they’ll lower their guard and become friendly; however, if a person is mean, they’ll become aggressive and hold a grudge), use tools and problem solving, have very good memory, are able to count, and much more. Seeing how Rei treats Phobos and Deimos as her friends and often feeds and plays with them, it’s no wonder that such extremely intelligent animals would also become attached to her and want to stay with her.
- In the manga, Phobos and Deimos take the place of Rei’s Sailor Power Guardian, Guardian Mars, by giving her the Mars Crystal and the Mars Arrow; the same thing happens with Minako and Artemis (Ami and Mako receive their items from Guardian Mercury and Guardian Jupiter, respectively).
- Unlike the Lunar Cats, Phobos and Deimos could not talk while in their animal form.
- Contrary to popular belief, Phobos and Deimos are not Sailor Senshi, although they do possess star seeds that are on the same level of a Senshi’s and they are warriors. The Lunar Cats are the same way.
- Their earrings are identical to the ones worn by Sailor Mars.
Sailor Mars attacking with Phobos and Deimos, from the Sailor Moon arcade game.
The Mars Arrow
First appearance: Act 41 (Manga); Episode 152 (Anime)
The Mars Arrow is one of Sailor Mars’s most important items, used throughout the SuperS/Dream and Stars arcs. With it, she could preform her ultimate attack, Mars Flame Sniper.
In the manga, the Mars Arrow appears at the beginning of the fourth arc. Rei and the rest of the Senshi go to a circus, which, in reality, is the stronghold of the Dead Moon Circus. Rei goes off on her own and eventually ends up in a house of mirrors. However, Tiger’s Eye has targeted her and traps her in a nightmare. Although Rei does her best to fend it off, she is unable to transform and soon passes out. However, her guardians, Phobos and Deimos (who had, up until then, been disguised as crows that she cared for at the Hikawa Shrine) appeared and gifted her with the Mars Crystal, telling her to remember her dreams and fight to protect them. She then transformed into Super Sailor Mars.
Phobos and Deimos also gifted her with the Mars Arrow and Mars, upon remembering Michiru Kaioh’s words and advice regarding her sixth sense, was able to perform Mars Flame Sniper for the first time. Sailor Mars continued to use the Mars Arrow to use Mars Flame Sniper all throughout the fourth and fifth arcs.
In the anime, like all of the Super attack items, the Mars Arrow is not a physical object. However, its symbol appears at the beginning and end of Mars Crystal Power, Make Up as well as in the beginning of Mars Flame Sniper. When Sailor Mars preforms the attack itself, she summons a fiery bow and arrow, which seem to be the Mars Arrow’s anime incarnation.
- The Mars Arrow has a basis in Classical Mythology. Although the god of war, Ares/Mars, was commonly associated with the spear, he was occasionally depicted wielding a bow and arrow. In addition, his son, Eros/Cupid, with the goddess of love, Aphrodite/Venus, was always depicted using a bow and arrow.
- In addition, miko are well-known for their archery skills and occasionally exorcised demons with arrows. Both the Mars Arrow and Mars Flame Sniper are a reference to this skill.
- In the anime, the Mars Arrow seems to be formed out of the energy of fire itself.
- In the manga, the Mars Arrow has anti-evil charms attached to the end of its shaft.
- Unlike the Mercury Harp, the Mars Arrow is not shown speaking to its wielder. However, it can be assumed that it also possesses sentience.
In honor of Sailor Moon Crystal’s upcoming debut, here are more Super Senshi!
Well, here they are! The long-awaited Super colorings! Sorry they took so long, my scanner was being a total butt and refused to give me good scans (I might try rescanning these later, as I’m not completely happy with how they turned out; for example, some of the back bows look white, but in reality I lightly colored them with the main color).
Also, you’ll notice that Pluto is in her first form; it was impossible for me to find a good coloring page of Super Sailor Pluto that included her skirt, so I just went ahead and colored her first fuku, considering that there aren’t that many differences, anyway.
And since I was going frame by frame for that last post anyway.
Please enjoy possibly the poorest quality gifs in existence.
Hello Katy. I love your blog and how insightful it is regarding SM and I just wanted to show you an article I found about why Sailor Moon is a great role model. Here: http://www.tofugu.com/2014/05/05/sailor-moon-positive-female-role-model-since-1992/ (link for the lazy)
~submitted by panagiotiszoisdameps2bgs
Thanks for the link! :D This is a good article. I’m surprised that the author didn’t mention anything about Usagi becoming a Queen, though! ~Silvermoon424
Elemental Hair: Red
Red, of course, represents fire and passion, red-hot emotion and danger. Red is the color of extremes; just the sight of it is energizing. It’s no wonder that the Solider of Flames and Passion, Sailor Mars, is occasionally depicted as having red hair (which is oftentimes accompanied by matching red eyes).