Well, it had to happen eventually that I would do a Sailor Moon themed list and to be honest, top 5 sailor scouts is an easy start. I’m certain there will be other top 5 lists in the future that revisit our very favourite ditzy heroine. To keep it simple (and so that I could finish the list and not go crazy) I stuck to only Sailor Scouts from our solar system. It just seemed to make more sense. Also, I stuck to the 90’s anime adaptation when making my decision. If I ordered the characters from Crystal, they’d probably be in a different order and I have not read the manga.
Feel free to share your favourites (or your order) in the comments.
Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.
Honourable mentions this week go to Venus, Mars, Uranus and Neptune. Also, an honourable mention to Tuxedo Mask. Which kind of tells you who is on the list, but the question becomes, what order?
Number 5: Sailor Moon
Maybe it’s sad that the title character only just made the top 5 and was nearly edged out by Mars or Uranus. However, Sailor Moon is just not that good of a Sailor Scout. Her most amazing moments come when she is transformed into the Moon Princess which I don’t really count as being a scout. Sorry, Serena, but as a scout you just aren’t quite as interesting as some of the others.
Number 4: Sailor Pluto
Right from when we were first introduced to Pluto as the Keeper of Time, standing and guarding the doorway, I loved Pluto as a character. She seemed so sad and tragic and yet powerful at the same time. Later, she gets more involved (for reasons that are not explained in the 90’s anime) and she is every bit as awesome as she appeared to be. The reason for her placement at number 4 is her impact on the series is fairly negligible. Really, anyone could have been the door keeper and after that, Pluto is interesting but non-essential.
Number 3: Sailor Mercury
The much needed brains of the group, Ami regularly is overlooked because she isn’t as active in some of the fights. That said, despite being mostly the brain, when she needs to, Sailor Mercury dives in to the battle. Her confrontation with Tuxedo Mask in Season 1 was superb and her chess show down in Season 2 (combining combat and brains) was a real shining moment. She’s definitely an asset to the team.
Number 2: Sailor Saturn
It’s really hard to imagine that Sailor Saturn wouldn’t be on someone’s favourite scout list. She’s beautiful, fragile, and yet terrifyingly powerful all in one plot defining package. Hotaru stole the show during season 3 and her being transformed back into a baby was one of the most emotional moments I had while watching the original series. Plus, her uniform is one of the most adorable (not really the main point of the list but it is one of the better looks). Also, her weapon actually looks like a weapon and not a cheap toy.
Number 1: Sailor Jupiter
I’ll admit that Lita might be a bit of a sucker for a cute guy, but as Jupiter she’s physically the strongest of the inner scouts, her power (originally) shoots lightning at her enemies (and occasionally her allies), and she’s the only one of the original group that never turned their back on Serena during Rei and Serena’s power squabbles. She weaponises earrings, cooks up a storm, is competitive and yet super sweet. Sailor Jupiter is a great character and my personal favourite Sailor Scout.
For those of you who are still with me after my fan-girl list, who would you have included and in what order?