Mina Aino
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Biographical Information
Name Mina Aino
Nickname Venus Princess[1],
Sailor Moon[2]
Born October 22, 1978[3]
Age 14 (Moon through S)
15 (Super S)
Zodiac sign Libra[3]
Height 5'0[3]
Weight
Blood Type B[3]
Family Unknown
Education Grass Valley Jr. High[3]
Personal information
Weaknesses The police[3]
Strengths Relaxing, idolizing others[3]
Hobbies Shopping, acting, chasing idols[3]
Favorite Color Yellow and red[3]
Favorite Gmestone Topaz[3]
Favorite Foods Gyouza, ramen, curry[3], pasta[4]
Least Favorite Food Shiitake mushrooms[3]
Favorite Subject Physical Education[3]
Least Favorite Subject Everything else[3]
Favorite Sport All[4]
Favorite Animal Birds[4]
Dream To become an idol[3]
Scout Information
Scout Name See: Sailor Venus
Affiliation
Items
Attacks
Transformation
Series information
Creator Naoko Takeuchi
First Appearance "Sailor V Makes the Scene"
Last Appearance "The Sweetest Dream"
English Stephanie Morgenstern (S1-2 & films),
Emilie Barlow (S3-4),
Amanda Miller (Viz dub)
Japanese Rika Fakumi

Mina Aino (愛野 美奈子 Aino Minako?) is a protagonist in Sailor Moon. Mina is a reincarnation of Princess Venus and the civilian identity of Sailor Venus. Arguably one of the first of the Sailor Scouts to be discovered by Queen Serenity's cat advisers, Mina gained notoriety and fame in the public eye with the secret identity Sailor V. Not unlike Serena Tsukino, Mina is a clumsy daydreamer with a huge appetite.

Biography

Princess of Venus

Main article: Mina Aino/Early Life

Rebirth

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On Earth Mina was reborn as a precocious child with an affinity for pop culture.[5] As a child she watched singers perform on stage and imitated their moves; she also took a shine to sports, in particular, volleyball.[6] As she grew, Mina dreamed of becoming a famous singer and idol herself.

At some point in time, Mina was discovered by Artemis, an ally of Luna. Artemis informed her of her destiny as a Sailor Scout and she adopted the mantle of "Sailor V". As Sailor V, Mina wore a red mask and highly modified version of scout outfit. She moved to London, and aided Artemis in the search for the Sailor Moon and the other Sailor scouts. During her time in London, Mina as Sailor V fought off dozens of Negamonsters and thugs who preyed on the innocent.

Her reputation as Sailor V became so widespread that she became cultural icon and phenomenon. "Sailor V" became a household name among children and even earned a wildly popular video game and motion picture. When she was old enough, Mina enrolled in junior high school. However, because of her shyness, Mina had trouble making friends. As a result some of the students at her school assumed she was "stuck up" and accused her of trying to mimic Sailor V, unaware of her secret identity.[7]

Sailor Moon

At some point, Mina returned to Tokyo, Japan. During that time, she continued to search for the Moon Princess and the other Sailor Scouts until Artemis was discovered by Luna at the Central Control console of the Arcade Serena frequented.

During Zoycite and Malachite's bid to reclaim the Rainbow Crystals from Tuxedo Mask using a Sailor Moon impostor, Mina arrived in time to save both Tuxedo Mask and the four other Sailor Scouts from their trap.[8] She protected Tuxedo Mask from Malachite and Zoycite, and used Venus Crescent Beam to destroy the dome the other Sailor Scouts were captured in. Mina later met the other Sailor Scouts at the Cherry Hill Temple the following day.

The Past Revealed

When Serena and Darien Shields are captured in the Tokyo tower by Zoycite, Mina and the others fought to save them. However, when Darien is hurt, Serena's identity as the Moon Princess is revealed and the memories of Mina and the other Sailor Scouts. When Darien is taken, Mina and the others promised to help save him. During their search, Mina attempted to help Serena feel better about Darien's disappearance by taking her to a salon. However, during their stay, Mitsuaami, Malachite's Negamonster, mistook her for Sailor Moon and attacked them. Both Serena and Mina defeated the monster.

On their way to the Negaverse, Mina was attacked by the three remaining Doom and Gloom Girls while protecting Serena. She destroyed one of them with Venus Crescent Beam Smash, but was captured in the aftermath. Mina was later freed from her prison and returned to give Sailor Moon power to destroy Queen Beryl, and was revived after that, but with no memory of being Sailor Venus.

Sailor Moon R

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After the first season concludes, Mina's character and personality becomes more goofy, excitable, and overdramatic, as well as a bit ditzy. She is known to misquote proverbs on a regular basis.

Doom Tree Arc

Mina's memories were restored along with the others by Luna. Together Mina and Raye Hino destroyed Cardian Minotaur. She also combined her attack with Lita Kino to destroy Nacrid. Against Vulturos she learned a new technique, "Venus Meteor Shower."

Negamoon Arc

Against Avery and Prizma's droid, Jellax, Sailor Venus used another new technique called the "Venus Love Chain Encircle". She is often seen fighting Avery.

Sailor Moon S

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Sailor Venus fought alongside the other Sailor Scouts against the Bureau of Bad Behavior. Mina was the last of the five Sailor Scouts to have her Pure Heart extracted by the Heart Snatchers (and later returned to her). At this time she was disappointed that she was the only Sailor Scout to not be targeted, and thought she didn't have a Pure Heart, and tried to make it so that she did, which got Eugeal's attention.

Sailor Moon Super S

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When Fish Eye's Remless, Mawashitaro, trapped Sailor Moon and Sailor Mini Moon inside a dome, Sailor Venus, along with the others, had her transformation upgraded by Pegasus, and her attack upgraded into Super Venus Love Chain.

She was the second of the Sailor Scouts to be targeted by the Amazon Trio, with Tiger's Eye (disguised as Jack) and Hawk's Eye (disguised as Charlie) competing over who gets to extract her dream mirror. After both looked into it at once, they did not find Pegasus. She used a new technique, Venus Love and Beauty Shock, against the Amazon Quartet. She is often seen fighting Cele Cele

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Trivia

  • In DiC's original promotional commercial, Mina was named "Carrie".[9]

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