The Secret Files of Codename Sailor V
1991 ~ Just one year before Sailormoon started there existed a tale about a courageous Sailor Senshi in training. A soldier that would capture the imaginations and hearts of millions across Japan, France and China,
The one and only... Codename Sailor V.
The series would prove to be so popular, that by the time the third issue had hit store shelves, creator Naoko Takeuchi had already been asked to write another series, adding to the already growing cast, but centered on a team of Sailor Senshi, rather than just one heroine.
This would be one of many concept art drawings made be the manga-ka, before the finished product (Sailormoon) would be produced:
Initially, Sailors V and Moon were slated to be the same young woman, with Artemis (first drawn as a girl) as sole guardian. But Naoko Takeuchi had greater plans, and soon Sailor Moon with her guardian Luna, would take on a life of her own before being joined by Artemis (officially a boy in all manga issues) and his partner Sailor V, now christened Sailor Venus. The rest as they say, is history.
Or is it?
The Codename Sailor V manga initially ran for one whole year, then in 1992 the series came out sporadically alongside the Bishojo Senshi Sailormoon series, until both manga titles' dramatic end in 1997.
Though the Codename Sailor V series never officially had it's own anime or video game outside of the fictitious world of the manga and Sailormoon anime, the series was strong enough that it could have had more merchandise on it's own. Most fans outside of Japan have never truly been initiated into the spastic world protagonist Minako Aino knew. That was of course until now...
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Codename Sailor V Vol. 1:
Vol.8: Vivian mentions Kunzite on page 247.
Codename Sailor V Vol. 2:
Vol. 12: Page 121 there is a silhouette of "Coattail Mask" and "Linda'. Coattail Mask looks like Tuxedo Mask, while Linda looks like Sailor Moon, but with very short hair, in two odangoes. (Hotaru's hair length) From page 122 to the end of this issue, Artemis is reminded of Luna when he sees Luna-chan. (Wan-Wan) On page 127, there is a silhouette of Makoto, an adult Hotaru, Rei, Ami, Usagi, Chibiusa, Minako (sans bow), Setsuna, Michiru and Haruka. The silhouette is supposed to be for the manga Aurora Wedding, Minako's favorite manga about 10 sisters who run a bridal shop by day and are Sailor Warriors by night. Linda (the one designated for Marie-sama) is the last sister to marry and retire. (This implies that before Aurora ends, even the Chibiusa-alike has married. ^.^;;) Page 134 Usagi and Naru are looking at wedding dresses.
Vol. 15: Page 220, Motoki is trying to fix the Sailor V doll catcher game Minako broke. Page 222 Ami is in the background, looking upset. 233, Ami is seen wishing her mother well on her conference trip. Page 237, Minako is seen wearing double-odangoes as a princess of the 30th Century. Hmm…Pages 231, 245, 251 Minako starts to get a vision of Princess Serenity, but mistakes it for Ace.
Vol. 16: The full cast
picture is reprinted, clearer and in black and white on pages 258-259. Page
263, Sailor V has a vision of Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Mars and Sailor Mercury
joining her. Page 266 Sailor V remarks that the crumbling set reminds her of
trying to save a long ago kingdom. Page 268 Minako has a sudden image of
Princess Serenity. Pages 270-271 Minako can see Princess Serenity, Luna,
Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter and herself as Sailor Venus. Page
273 Sailor Venus can see Princess Serenity again. Pages 276-278 Ace and
Minako remember the Silver Millennium, the Four Generals, Prince Endymion and
Princess Serenity. Page 286, Makoto is getting off of the train Minako and
Artemis are on.
Toei Animation originally only wanted to animate Sailor V for an OVA, but they later decided that if there were four other Senshi beside her, each with a different costume, they could market the series just as Super Sentai had been. Though the new formula worked, one can only wonder how a complete Codename Sailor V series would look. The very idea was even used for Sailormoon episode 21.