The court of Venus
In this special section, we shall take a look inside the early life of Minako, Artemis, Boss and the Aino family.
The starring character first meets Artemis while at school. Minako accidently lands on Artemis while practicing gymnastics. The 13 year old 7th grade student curses the mysterious white cat with the moon-shaped bald spot, then focuses her attention on the class cutie: Higashi-sempai.
Higashi suggests that she would appear more pretty with a red bow in her hair (which she will wear until Parallel Sailormoon), but ultimately Minako can't seem to pin him down for very long, as he is the most popular boy in school.
Later that night, Minako spots the mysterious cat from before, spying on her in the shower. The cat reveals himself as Artemis (once Minako stops trying to kill him) and he tosses her a moon-shaped compact. Minako uses the compact and soon she and Artemis are high above Earth, gazing at the planet Venus. Artemis names Minako "Venus" and informs her that she is capable of becoming a stronger woman.
She passes out.
The next morning Minako dismisses what she saw as a weird dream, and goes about her day. She again tries to gain the affections of Higashi, but he instead possesses her. Artemis smacks Minako out of this dark spell, and tosses her a transformational pen. She transforms into Codename Sailor V and battles Higashi's minions. It is revealed that Higashi is really Narkissos, an enemy working for the Dark Agency. Sailor V uses her newfound power to melt Narkissos away.
Killing her first (seen) love proves to be too much for Minako, who runs home crying. But Artemis cheers her up, encouraging her to stay on course. The next day, Minako is still wearing her red bow, and daydreaming about her next crush. And so begins the tale of Codename Sailor V.
Minako is just as boy crazy (and twice as unlucky in love) as her future self in Sailormoon. She lives at home with her mom, dad and Artemis. Her best friend is Hikaru.
The perverted yet lovable cat spends a majority of his time trying to groom Minako into being her best as a Sailor Senshi. But often he laments that his partner is lazy, won't study and is too klutzy for her own good. (Sound familiar?) He is even seen daydreaming about what if Hikaru was a Senshi instead of Minako, though secretly he carries a torch for Minako in his heart. His memories of the Silver Millennium only seem to glimmer in once in a while, but his strongest memory is of his dearest friend and future lover, Luna.
While never seen, Boss relays information to Minako via her pen. Boss also communicates with Artemis, via the Sailor V game in the basement of the Crown Game Plaza. (The same machine Luna later uses.) It is never said in the Sailor V manga officially who Boss is, though Boss in some fan translations, Boss is referred to as "He".
HOWEVER in Act 10 of the Sailormoon manga, Queen Serenity reveals that she had awakened Artemis and Luna from their cryogenic sleep, via a back-up power source in the Moon's main computer. She also divulges the information that it was her spirit's will that kept up constant contact with the cats via this computer while the Senshi were training. Thus it could very well be that "Boss" is none other than her majesty Queen Serenity in disguise.
In the anime, there's a bit of confusion still as to who Boss is. Luna and Artemis are seen together with the Senshi gaining information from this character (who exists in the anime with no name) but then in a later episode, Artemis is revealed to be the "Boss" Luna has been answering to, and no further mention of this character is made. In the DiC version of Sailormoon, the "Boss" character is renamed "Central Control".
The Aino Family
Minako's mother, father, daughter and husband are never mentioned in the anime.