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Venus of Love: Why not Minako Kanano?

Is Minako’s entire name just an entire pun?

The main protagonists in Sailor Moon have family names that follow patterns, their names all contain characters that their matching celestial body contains and a character ”no” that literally means "field", which fits in with a sound pun where the “no” sounds like the possessive particles  making their names sound like “of the Moon”, “of Water" etc.

月野 = Tsukino       月 = Tsuki = Moon
水野 = Mizuno    水星 = Suisei = Mercury (literally, Water Star)
火野 = Hino         火星 = Kasei = Mars (literally, Fire Star)
木野 = Kino         木星 = Mokusei = Jupiter (literally, Wood Star)

Excluding Moon, these arises from the five Chinese Phases (or elements), Water, Metal/Gold, Fire, Wood and Earth. The five ancient planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are named for these respectively. However, one character, Minako breaks this trend with her family name 愛野, which literally means “Love Fields”. Logically her name should be 金野 (likely pronounced Kanano or Kaneno) to match the others. (Mamoru, Hotaru, Haruka, Michiru and Setsuna’s family names all contain characters from their respectively planets too)

Though obviously, there is a connection between Venus being the Goddess of Love, there might be something a bit more than this, though there’s also the argument that Minako was simply created earlier and so doesn’t match, I personally feel there’s something more there, especially with Minako’s given name. 

美奈子mi-na-ko. In this name the ”mi” meaning ”beauty” the ”ko” for ”child”, a typical feminine name ending. The middle character “na” does not have substantial meaning on its own. Found in the name for the city of Nara, but its most common use is simply representing “na” sounds. Particularly in names. For a woman who seems to adore puns, I personally find the use of this kanji incredibly suspicious

Kanji as shown above, can have multiple readings, this is due to native Japanese readings and various interpretations of Chinese readings that have come through by communication over Japanese history and it is here that I believe Minako’s pun comes in.

 and  both have several alternative readings, among them respectively are “bi" and "su”. If Minako’s name were to be misread like this, her name would become bi-na-su.

This is awfully similar to ビーナス (Bīnasu) which comes from the English word "Venus". 

So in this sense, Minako’s name can be seen as a direct pun on her planetary body. Aino Binasu: Venus of Love

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Aino Minako.

Don’t be fooled by the perfect tan, addiction to SnapChat, the exquisitely timed duckface on her driver’s license photo, the DVR full of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the over 1000 pins in her Nail Art To Try folder on Pinterest.

She is the warrior of Love and Beauty, five star general of Her Royal Highness Princess Serenity, Keeper of the Golden Chains, the Ghost Angel who flies on the night wind with the white cat at her heels.

Sailor Venus. Codename: Sailor V


The first of my “Pretty Guardian Trainer Scouts” t-shirt series is being released on in just over a week!  Kicking it off with Venus and her sparkly pokemon team :). It’s on sale for only $10 but only for 24 hours!!

I’ve been really excited about releasing these, it’s like all my childhood dreams balled into one >.<  I’ve kept them under wraps for months now so I’m happy I can finally start sharing! And yes, I plan on doing all the scouts, I’m almost finished the inner senshi :).

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