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->''"While Sailor Moonís adversaries take plenty of different forms, Vís tend to mostly be [[IdolSinger pop idols]] who hypnotize people through their songs and then suck up all their energy for nefarious purposes. Seriously, this happens like [[AesopAmnesia five times in a row]], and every time, V is surprised to find out that this new idol is actually a monster. That might seem like a reasonable thing to be surprised about, and it would be if every single one of them did not have the word '[[ObviouslyEvil Dark]]' somewhere in their name, and were also managed by the same talent firm, which was '[[EvilInc the Dark Agency.]]'"''
-->--'''Chris Sims''', [[http://comicsalliance.com/bizarro-back-issues-sailor-venus-kicks-misogyny-into-a-coma-at-her-local-arcade-1992/ "Sailor Venus Kicks Misogyny Into A Coma At Her Local Arcade (1992)"]]

In 1991, {{mangaka}} Creator/NaokoTakeuchi, at the time popular for her figure-skating manga ''Manga/TheCherryProject'', was offered the chance to do a one shot story about anything she wanted. Being a fan of both MagicalGirl and HenshinHero shows, she created ''Codename: Sailor V'', intended to be a humorous one-off in which a girl has HenshinHero powers due to her connection to Venus, both the planet and the goddess.

This little one off caught the attention of Creator/ToeiAnimation, who saw potential ([[MoneyDearBoy and yen signs]]), and contacted Takeuchi with the view to expanding it into an anime, though one with more characters in the style of a Sentai show. Eventually that series became ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', a manga and anime that [[MorePopularSpinoff are far better known]].

''Codename: Sailor V'' (or ''Codename wa Sailor V'') is the story of Minako Aino, whom ''Sailor Moon'' fans will know as Sailor Venus. While it started as a one-off, it basically morphed into the story of the [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]] before she joins the FiveManBand. Minako in many ways is very similar to Usagi, given that Usagi is actually an {{Expy}} of Minako. But ''Sailor V'' is a generally sillier, goofier series than the ''Sailor Moon'' manga; it's closer in feel to the ''Sailor Moon'' anime in its first season.

However it does [[CerebusSyndrome get a little darker toward the end]], and there is a recurring theme of Minako being [[UnluckyEverydude unlucky in love]]. While this is mostly PlayedForLaughs, on a few occasions it's played with melancholy seriousness, especially in the GrandFinale that leads directly into the storyline of ''Manga/SailorMoon''. In the GrandFinale, Venus is told that she'll ''always'' be unlucky in love, because she'll always put duty first.

Of course, at the end of the series, [[ForegoneConclusion Minako awakens her Sailor Venus identity and discards her Sailor V one]], learning about her past life and moving on to become the character we all know from ''Sailor Moon''. It also goes a good way to explaining why Sailor Venus, in the manga, is much more serious than her civilian self.

It ended in 1997, sometime after the ''Sailor Moon'' manga. Though as it only ran sporadically (in ''{{Nakayoshi}}'s'' sister magazine, ''[=RunRun=]''), it is much shorter, filling 3 collected volumes (2 in the revised editions), whereas ''Sailor Moon'' filled 18 (14 in the revised editions). Despite the popularity of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' worldwide, ''Sailor V'' was rarely licensed and it wasn't until late 2011 that the series finally received an official translation into English.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: The series plays with a lot of common tropes found in the HenshinHero and MagicalGirl genres.
* AnachronicOrder: As noted [[http://missdream.org/raw-sailor-moon-downloads/sailor-moon-nakayoshi-magazine/ here]] and [[http://bssm.sailordream.com/information/manga/Timeline_Japanese.php here]], the original Sailor V one-shot became the third chapter of the collected edition. Chapters 1 and 2 of the collected edition were actually the fifth and sixth chapters to be released.
* [[TruthInTelevision Art Imitates Life]]: Marie Buraidaru, author of ''Aurora Wedding'', based the main character, Linda Evangeligeli, off herself. She also based Linda's love interest, Coattail Mask, off her editor, Shinro Baishaku, because she had a crush on him. Marie finally ends the series with Linda's wedding just as she marries Shinro in real life.
* AscendedFangirl: Superintendent Sakurada is a closet V fan and would do anything to get her to join the police force. [[spoiler: The very end of the manga is basically her succeeding in this goal at last.]]
** Marie Buraidaru, author of ''Aurora Wedding'', also writes doujinshi about Phantom Ace. She's admitted to doing yaoi between him and one of the characters from her manga, Coattail Mask.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Marie-sensei, without her glasses, looks exactly like Linda, the main character in her manga.
* BigEater: Minako and Princess Lin-Lin.
* BleedEmAndWeep / TearsOfRemorse: The only two times Minako cries is because of this: the first time because the very first youma she kills is the boy she was crushing on, and the other because [[spoiler: she has just killed her true love, who just happens to be [[BigBad Danburite]] ]].
* BookDumb: Mina.
* BreakTheCutie: Minako at the ending of the series.
* BiTheWay: Like Minako, Inspector General Sakurada has a big crush on Ace, but before that she has a none-too-subtle fixation on Sailor V. In fact, the reason she starts fangirling over Ace is because he ''reminds'' her of Sailor V.
* BittersweetEnding: In the final chapter, Ace dies [[spoiler: at Sailor Venus' hand]], and Minako is forced to realize that [[MarriedToTheJob to her the duty of a Sailor Soldier comes before both her dream to be an idol and her wish to find love]]. On the other hand, she also discovers she has TrueCompanions that will fight at her side.
* ButNotTooForeign: Maiku Otonaru, one-quarter Russian.
* ButtMonkey: Artemis, as per usual. As well as Wakagi and his older brother, because of V.
* TheCameo: [[Manga/SailorMoon Usagi]] and Naru briefly appeared at the end of a chapter of the manga.
** All the Inner Senshi shows up at least once: Rei shows up just long enough to identify the base of the MonsterOfTheWeek before being taken away by her classmates, Ami is seen in the airport with her mother at the start of the last chapter, and Makoto is seen in train near the end of the same chapter.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Thanks to his habits Amano manages to be one of the few characters never affected by the Dark Agency's energy-draining plans, and at one point he even manages to help Sailor V defeat the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* DeadpanSnarker: Artemis, at least when he's not in the midst of freaking out over something.
* {{Delinquents}}: Vivian attempts to draw energy from brainwashed gangs of juvenile delinquents. She herself dresses as a typical sukeban, even though she appears to be twenty-something.
** There is also Saitou and his gang, though they're more of a group of [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold.]] Saitou orders that Mina is officially under his protection, and anyone who messes with her answers to him.
* {{Determinator}}: Minako's first real instance of becoming this shows when she proves to be the only girl who resists the Rainbow Chocolates that cause everyone who eats them to quickly gain weight because she does ''not'' want people to see a fat Sailor V.
* DominoMask: See the picture above. Also doubles with GogglesDoNothing as she ditches them after her series ends, proving that a tiara is just as effective at hiding her identity as a mask.
* DoomedByCanon: Guess what happens to Phantom Ace/Danburite/Adonis in the last story?
* DyingCurse: Danburite's last words.
* EarlyBirdCameo: An [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe manga]] also used the character designs for who would become the ten Sailor Senshi.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The designs for Sailor V's costume and gadgets are very different from what the later Senshi would eventually receive. Despite being linked to Venus, V also has a pretty strong moon motif, and many of V's character traits and powers became redundant when Sailor Moon hit the scene, making V an even more obvious prototype.
* EvilDiva: The Dark Agency is full of them.
* {{Expy}}: A lot of readers unfamiliar with the timeline mistake Minako for an Usagi rip-off, not realizing that Minako came a year before ''Sailor Moon''. Those familiar with both series will argue that while both silly {{Genki Girl}}s, Minako is more likely to turn into a drama queen over a situation whereas Usagi will just squat down and cry. In general Minako is more action-oriented than Usagi, and these differences get played up in the ''Sailor Moon'' manga, where Minako plays TheLancer and TheCaptain to Usagi's [[TheHero hero]].
** Minako's otaku pal Amano is drawn exactly the same as Usagi's otaku pal Umino. [[EpilepticTrees Some speculate he's a relative...or maybe the same guy, who just transferred schools and had a slight name change.]]
** Minako's best friend Hikaru looks exactly like Ami, aka Sailor Mercury.
** Saito has an uncanny resemblance to Kunzite. Noting that he resembled someone she couldn't remember was one of the earliest instances of Mina recalling her past life.
** Superintendent Sakurada looks a lot like Rei Hino, aka Sailor Mars.
** Minako's mother looks exactly like Usagi's, and acts exactly like Usagi's when nagging her. However, the format means we ''only'' see her when she's nagging her, and so she appears to [[ParentalRejection not like Minako very much]]. However, we see her little - you only get a panel per issue when she's reacting to something like Minako's schoolwork suffering (from superheroing she of course can't reveal.) It was probably intended to be a relationship more like Usagi and Ikuko.
* AFatherToHisMen: Saito to his gang. They understand that he's meant for better things and try to get Minako to get through to him because they want to see him graduate with a clean record.
* FillerArc: The Pet Diary stories and "Youth Bet on the Hachimaki Stone" don't advance the Dark Agency plot in any way (the former featuring villains completely unreleated to the Dark Agency, and the latter having a Dark Agency character just doing stuff ForTheEvulz.) They do, however, focus a bit more on Artemis and feature more nods to ''Sailor Moon''.
* FunPersonified: The manga's general tone, save for its GrandFinale.
* GamerChick: Minako, who is obsessed with getting the high score on any given video game in the arcade.
* GenderBender: Minako uses her disguise powers to become a hot teen boy at one point in order to trick a vain MonsterOfTheWeek.
* GenderBlenderName: Minako calls Artemis on this, calling him a "crossdressing cat."
* GenerationXerox: Dark Guys, Twin Dark, and Dark Shizukahime are all clones of Fluroite, the head of the Dark Agency's talent division.
* GenkiGirl: Minako.
* {{GIRL}}: When Mina finally reaches her goal of getting the top score at a particular arcade game, the obnoxious {{otaku}} guy who previously had a lock on 1st place confronts her and accuses her of being a boy in disguise, even trying to pull off her "costume."
* HairTriggerTemper: Minako shows this in an instance where she beats up some boys for simply asking her why she isn't as feminine as other girls.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Minako is this at the end of the series. Emphasis on {{badass}} come time for her to make an appearance in the [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Moon manga]].
* HenshinHero
* IKnowMortalKombat: After Artemis and BOSS can't figure out how to force Minako to train, they hit upon the idea of creating a Sailor V video game which will teach her all the skills she needs to know. She becomes hooked on it, and actually becomes a better warrior because of it.
* ImAHumanitarian: Princess Lin-Lin, though never actually shown, is contemplating the best way to cook Mina after killing her.
* InspectorJavert: Wakagi.
* InterspeciesRomance - Well, kinda. Artemis had a short lived crush on a dog named Luna-chan [[spoiler: who turned out to have been part of Wan-Wan's nefarious plot, in that it was Wan-Wan in disguise. And a ''male''.]]
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: Sailor V could give WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck a run for his money when it comes to making completely absurd introductory speeches.
** And long ones. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Wan-Wan in ''Pet Chapter 2'':
--->'''Wan-Wan:''' Thy descriptive text is waaaaay toooooo looooong!!
* IllBoy: Maiku Otonaru.
* {{Irony}}: Adonis, a soldier for Kunzite who loved Sailor Venus in a previous life, dies with his [[UnrequitedLove love unrequited]]. He's reborn on Earth, but fights the woman he used to love because he's still serving Kunzite, who is with the Dark Kingdom now. The biggest irony is that Minako, who didn't even know this man in her previous life, falls in love with his heroic alter-ego Ace. [[LifeIsntFair C'est la vie.]]
* {{Josei}}: Invoked in one story where Mina disguises herself as a sexy businesswoman to investigate a hospital. One of the captions read "Josei comic: Codename Sailor V!"
* LateForSchool: Mina is chronically late.
* LoveGoddess: This is the manga where Minako earned her title as Goddess of Love and proved it by ''helping other people's love stories with her mere presence''.
* MagicalGirl: Was the prototype for ''Manga/SailorMoon''.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Fluorite is presented as the BigBad in the first chapter, but is later revealed to actually serve Danburite, who in turn is serving Kunzite (who himself serves Queen Beryl, who serves Queen Metaria, who in turn is a incarnation of series big bad, Chaos. ''Whew!'')
* MasterOfDisguise: Mina uses her disguise powers more consistently than Usagi did.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: The majority of the chapters each feature one of them.
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: The ''Cyberwarrior Girl Luga'' game, both the arcade and home console version. Luga uses it to cause fits of rage in order to steal energy.
* MysteriousProtector: Phantom Ace, who was created well after [[Manga/SailorMoon Tuxedo Mask]] seemingly to fill that role for Sailor V. It turns out that Naoko Takeuchi was playing off audience expectations, as [[spoiler: Phantom Ace turns out to ''actually'' be the BigBad, Danburite.]]
* NerdGlasses: Amano and OpaqueNerdGlasses for mangaka Marie Buraidaru.
* OriginsEpisode: Chapter 1 was originally the fifth chapter to be released. It was put into chronological order for the collected edition.
* {{Prequel}}: Retroactively. The original one-shot was published in July 1991 and is the only chapter that predates Sailor Moon, which began in February 1992. Later chapters of Sailor V are consistently set before Sailor Moon.
* PoliceAreUseless: Superintendent General Natsuna Sakurada spends most of her time [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee fangirling over Sailor V]] more than anything else unless it involves taking things out on Wakagi. Speaking of which, thanks to his ButtMonkey status Wakagi spends most of his time blaming V for all the incidents the Dark Agency causes.
* PunnyName: Sound it out: C'est la vie...
** Marie Buraidaru, author of a manga called ''Aurora '''Wedding'''''. Marie is obvious, but Buraidaru is simply "Bridal" rendered in Japanese style.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Superintendant Sakurada manages to reassign Inspector Wakagi to Siberia at one point. Understandably, he lampshades why the heck the Japanese police force has a Siberian outpost in the first place.
* TheRunaway: In Chapter 11, Artemis feels unappreciated and tries this tactic with Minako, deciding to stay away from her until she comes looking for him. [[spoiler: He's gone for a day, then comes back because he's worried about her, only to find she's barely registered that he was gone in the first place.]]
* RunningGag: Artemis chiding Mina for her misbehavior, and Mina in turn chiding Artemis for [[TalkingAnimal talking in public]].
* ShoutOut: One of Sailor V's post-henshin speeches is an homage to CuteyHoney's iconic speeches ó "Sometimes I'm an X, other times I'm a Y, but my true form is Sailor V!"
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: In ''Manga/SailorMoon'' canon, the BigBad for this storyline is a mere underling of the first manga arc's QuirkyMinibossSquad (specifically under Kunzite), though he does get to control a whole subgroup within the Dark Kingdom - the Dark Agency.
* StepfordSmiler: At the end of the manga, Minako goes from extreme sadness due knowledge she'll never find love and regret for [[spoiler: killing her true love]] to her usual antics surprisingly fast, implying the situation. We even see her going from crying to ''forcing herself to smile'' in just three panels...
* StoryWithinAStory: Minako's a fan of a manga called ''Aurora Wedding'', which is essentially a parody of ''Sailor Moon''. It ends at 110 volumes, running since the author was in her second year of middle school.
* SuperCop: A youma mistook Sailor V for this due her habit of busting bank robberies and generally acting like a Japanese cop, and superintendent-general Natsuna Sakurada wants to make V a cop. [[spoiler: At the end of the series, she succeeds.]]
* TaughtByTelevision: Well, by video games, Minako learns Artemis was the name of a ancient Greek goddess from a game. This gives Artemis the idea to have the Sailor V game made to train her.
* TemporaryBulkChange: One of the more elaborate Dark Agency schemes involved [=DeBrine=] selling highly fattening (and delicious) chocolates cheap around Valentine's Day. The girls eat them, they get fat, then give them to the boys, who also get fat. [=DeBrine=] then creates a weight loss clinic which endorses a miracle treatment, while she's really just sucking the energy of her clients and scamming them out of their money. Meanwhile, "fat" becomes the new in-look for the city even though everyone's trying to lose weight. [=DeBrine=] espouses that "this is the age of glamour girls". Despite failing, this was one of the more successful Dark Agency schemes because of how elaborate it was, lasting longer than most of the others.
* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: In the final story, V's "Venus Love Megaton Shower" is so strong it brings down the entire building.
* TheydCutYouUp: Mina gives this as the reason why Artemis definitely shouldn't talk in public: "They'd turn you into sashimi!"
* {{Tomboy}}: Mina is good at sports, loves playing video games, has no compunctions about climbing over fences/walls in a skirt, and is quite outgoing and aggressive. A couple of boys tell her that she should be more feminine, because NoGuyWantsAnAmazon, and she responds by beating them up.
* TragicVillain: Danburite.
* UnluckyEverydude: Or Dudette in this case. It should be noted that Wakagi's brother plays this straight. He just can't catch a break directly or indirectly because of V.
** Also Wakagi himself, when Sailor V is concerned: to show up the police, Sailor V solved various cases... And they all happened to be Wakagi's job, causing him a lot of trouble with his boss and getting him temporarily [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned to Siberia]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Pretty much defines Mina and Artemis's relationship in this manga. They're ''constantly'' fighting and bickering, each tending to overreact to whatever the other says or does... but at the end of the day they are always there for one another.
* TheVoice: Minako and Artemis' mysterious "boss", who communicates with them through Minako's Transformation Pen to give her mission objectives, is never seen. It's never revealed just who the "boss" is, but in ''Manga/SailorMoon'' it's implied to be the spirit of Queen Serenity.
* VSign: See the picture above, Sailor V uses it as her magical girl hand gesture.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Sort of: Minako has a very vocal dislike for police, but as Sailor V she acts as a magnificent officer, right down to give good advice and helping around just because (as Japanese cops are supposed to do). [[spoiler: And, at the end of the manga, is convinced to become a part time cop]].
* YouNoTakeCandle: Lin-Lin speaks like a stereotypical Chinese person.
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