In addition to writing for Marvel, Dynamite, and Oni Press, comic book writer Chris Sims also hosts a series of podcasts including “Sailor Business” with Jordan D. White. On the show, the two sit down with a guest each week to watch an episode of the classic 1992 Sailor Moon anime and talk about just why it is that they love it and the Sailor Scouts so much. Additionally, Sims has a very classy Sailor Moon tattoo and kinda judged the fact I did not wear my Sailor Mars Halloween ensemble to NC COMICON. However, in my defense, it was cold.
So, considering Sims’ previous experience ranking things not only in his podcast “War Rocket Ajax,” where Sims and his co-host Matt Wilson just recently managed to rank over 1000 comic book stories, and with me at HeroesCon where he sat down and gave me what he thought were the best Batman stories, it only seemed fair the tradition continue. Fair warning if you disagree with this ranking just know, according to Sims, “it is like ranking my children.”
11: Tuxedo Mask
In the series, Tuxedo Mask, also known as, Mamoru Chiba is the primary love interest for Sailor Moon, also known as Usagi Tsukino. According to the show, 1000 years before the series began, Mamoru was Endymion or the Prince of Earth who fell in love with the Princess of the Moon. The version we know now is his reincarnated form who occasionally shows up the help the Sailor Scouts. Mamoru is also in college, has a car, and really should be doing a million other things that aren’t dating minors. And according to Sims, he is bad because “he is in college and dating a 14-year-old girl.”
10. Sailor Chibi-Moon
Sailor Chibi-Moon, also known as Chibiusa, is the daughter of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion, i.e. Usagi and Mamoru, and has the same name as her mother but was given the nickname to differentiate herself from Usagi within the show. Throughout the majority of the season she’s in she is in training. According to Sims, Chibi-Moon is hilarious because “squirting people with a squirt bottle is just hilarious.” Sims also says she has a good dynamic with Usagi but at the end of the day, she is still in the worst seasons.
9. Sailor Saturn
Sailor Saturn, whose spirit is housed within the body of Hotaru Tomoe, is a force to be reckoned with, possessing powers associated with ruin and destruction. She can wipe out entire planets. But, according to Sims, “as a Scout, all she does is end the universe and Usagi has to fix things.”
8. Sailor Pluto
Sailor Pluto, also known as Setsuna Meioh, is a unique character because she really only has one job. She is stationed at the Door of Space-Time to ensure that no one can pass through it without permission. However, “She doesn’t do that and then doesn’t fix it but does have the best attack.”
7. Sailor Mars
Sailor Mars, also known as Rei Hino, is the second Sailor Scouts discovered by Usagi. Rei is known for being a disciplined and practical person but according to Sims, because the TV show is so stretched out as opposed to the manga, she just comes off mean. “It stretches out Mars’s personality so she is needlessly mean. The show keeps her in a holding pattern which is a detriment to her… She gets no character development and if she does, it immediately is reverted back during a filler episode.”
6. Sailor Venus
Sailor Venus or Sailor V depending on how she is feeling, also known as Minako Aino, was the first Scout to awaken her powers despite being the fourth to be found by Usagi. Sailor Venus is the perfect version of a Sailor Scout and because of this, she has no personality. According to Sims, “They have no idea what to do with her on the show. She is the prototype Sailor Moon so around the context of Usagi they don’t know what to do.” Somewhere around Sailor Moon Super they figure it out but even then, “it’s bad.”
5. Sailor Mercury
Sailor Mercury, also known as Ami Mizuno, is the brains of the Sailor Scouts. She is the first to be discovered by Sailor Moon and doesn’t really have any friends until meeting Usagi. According to Sims, “All her spotlight episodes are bad but she is a great example of what makes the Scouts function as a team.”
4. Sailor Neptune
Sailor Neptune, also known as Michiru Kaioh, is pretty much inseparable from her partner and lover Sailor Uranus. In the show, Michiru is intelligent, elegant, but sometimes cold. To put it bluntly, “she is a better Ami. She is Ami with social confidence.” Sims also interestingly enough compares Sailor Neptune to Batman saying, “They are both super-rich and amazing fighters.”
3. Sailor Uranus
Sailor Uranus, also known as Haruka Tenoh, is Neptune’s better half. Basically, “she is a genderfluid lesbian racecar driver who does Karate and is kinda an asshole but we will allow it because she is so cool.” Overall, Haruka is a cool action hero with even cooler moves. Also, her and Michiru’s relationship is arguably the only good romantic relationship on the show.
2. Sailor Jupiter
Sailor Jupiter, also known as Kino Makoto, is the muscle of the group. Her Scout abilities give her superhuman strength, as well as powers associated with electricity and plants. According to Sims, the reason Sailor Jupiter is so special is because she “can express her feminity in different ways. She’s into baking but also a tough fighter. She’s a romantic but also the strongest. Everyone else is defined by one thing but Jupiter is defined by lots of things.”
1. Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon, also known as Usagi Tsukino, is the reincarnated form of the Princess of the Moon Kingdom. In addition to being the title character, according to Sims, “Usagi is constantly overcoming her own flaws of being a lazy crybaby.” Despite being the queen of the universe, Usagi is pretty average, but “there is no team without her since her greatest strength is being the greatest friend.” Sims makes the apt comparison of Usagi to Spider-Man and everyone loves and relates to Spider-Man.
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