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|月野 うさぎ |
Juuban Municipal Junior High School Student (arcs 1-3)
Odango, Bunny, Bun-head, Dumpling head, Sailor Moon
Solar System Sailor Senshi, Luna, Naru Osaka
14 (arcs 1-2)
150 cm or 4'11"
Eating, sleeping, reading manga, shopping, playing video games, the color white, ice cream, cake, sweets, home economics
Carrots, math, English class, dentists, ghosts
A carefree sailor-suited schoolgirl, she is the civilian persona of Sailor Moon, leader of the series' primary heroines, the Sailor Senshi. She is also the love interest and future wife of Mamoru Chiba.
Usagi is a schoolgirl who lives in 20th Century Tokyo. She is shown to not view life with a great deal of seriousness, goofing off and oftentimes neglecting activities, such as schoolwork to play video games or spend time with her friends. In the beginning of the series, she acts somewhat immature and describes herself as a bit of a crybaby. Despite this, she acts friendly towards many people and tends to help others out with their problems. As the series progresses, she slowly matures and learns how to make decisions for herself as well.
At the start of the series, she is 14 years old and she is in her second year of middle school. Near the end of the series, she is 16 years old and she goes to high school.
Usagi has long, golden blonde hair kept parted in the center and typically tied into two buns/pigtails, odango hairstyle, and sky blue eyes. She is described as being one of the shortest Senshi, said to be standing at 4'11" (possibly 5'0" or a bit taller in later volumes).
Codename: Sailor VBefore she appeared in Sailor Moon, she appeared in Codename: Sailor V in both Vol.5 - The Machinations of the Dark Agency and Vol.6 - Showdown! Sailor V vs Cyber-Girl Warrior Lurga. In the former, she was seen looking at a poster advertising the Sailor V game (as well as possibly attending a Dark Guys concert at the beginning of the chapter). In Volume 6, she and Naru Osaka were outside of Game Center Crown, with Usagi wanting to go inside and play the Sailor V game, only to be stopped by Naru, who was afraid that they might be seen by one of their teachers and get into trouble.
In Vol.12 - Pet Chapter 2, Wan-Wan's Schemes!, Usagi and Naru are seen outside a bridal shop, admiring a wedding dress in the shop's window.
Dark Kingdom arc
In Act 1, Usagi is seen running to school when she steps on a strange black cat. Noticing a layer of bandages on its head, she removes them and finds a crescent moon symbol. She arrives at school where she is forced to stand out in the hallway as punishment for being late. She also gets scolded by Haruna for getting 30 percent on her test.
Usagi goes to Osa-P jewelry store with Naru to take part in a sale, where she briefly browses the inventory before leaving. She scrunches up her test and throws it over her shoulder, hitting Mamoru Chiba, who scolds her and makes fun of her test results. After this encounter, she goes to Game Center Crown to play the Sailor V Game. At Game Center Crown, she sees the same cat from that morning. When she arrives a home, her mother finds out about her tests results and gets kicked out of the house, only to be allowed back in after she started to cry and scream because she kicked the house door. When she goes into her room, she takes a nap insead of working on her homework and dreams about being in the Sailor V game and saving Motoki Furuhata, a worker at Game Center Crown, and the black cat. She is, however, woken up by the cat, who scratches her in the face for calling her crescent moon symbol a bald spot. The cat introduces herself as Luna and gives Usagi a brooch that allows her to transform herself into Sailor Moon. Usagi gets a call that her friend, Naru, is in danger and she runs to rescue.
When she arrives, Naru is being attacked by a monster from Dark Kingdom, who reacts when she hears the door open. The monster asks for Usagi's identity and Usagi's instinct makes her say her legendary Sailor Moon speech. After a failed attempt fight with the brainwashed civilians, Usagi falls on the floor and starts crying. Her hair accessory on her buns then releases high frequency waves and makes the people unconscious. A man in a tuxedo then appears and encourages Usagi to defeat the enemy. Luna tells her which attack she should use and Usagi defeats her first enemy with "Moon Tiara Boomerang". The man presents himself as Tuxedo Mask and leaves with a romantic parting phrase. This makes Usagi immediately fall in love with him. The next day, everything is back to normal and the victims have almost forgotten what happened last day, believing it was all a dream, while Usagi herself stands with her arms crossed and Luna on her shoulder, disappointed that it wasn't a dream after all.
In the next chapter, Usagi is being irritated of having Luna at home, watching her, and asks Luna about the current situation. Luna informs Usagi about the enemy and her mission, while Usagi panics about being forced to fight again. Shortly after, she cheers up and tries to suggest some ideas about her allies. The next day, Usagi hears about a girl named Ami Mizuno, who is the top rank student of the national practice test. By the help of Luna, the two girls meet each other and starts to chat. Usagi introduces Ami to the game center, where she beats the Sailor V game's high score and obtains a pen. Usagi also wants a reward and starts kicking the machine. She successfully gets an own pen and is satisfied.
Black Moon arc
Usagi's signature hairstyle derives from a "good luck charm" of the artist's. In college, Naoko Takeuchi would put her own hair up in odango before difficult class exams. By the intermediate stages of development, Takeuchi planned to have the character's hair be blonde in civilian form and change to silver when she transformed, but she was told by her editor that silver hair would be too plain for cover art. Stylistic use of differently-colored hair does sometimes appear in later artwork. Out of all the Sailor Senshi, Usagi's personality is closest to Takeuchi's own personality at the time that the series was created.
Certain background details of Usagi's character were chosen symbolically for instance, her Western astrological sign is given as Cancer, which in astrology corresponds to the moon. In reference to a popular Japanese belief, her blood type is given as O, supposedly indicating friendliness, optimism, and carelessness.
The kanji of Usagi's surname translate as "moon" (月, tsuki) and "field" (野, no).
Her given name is in hiragana (うさぎ, usagi) and so its meaning is not inherent, but the word itself means "rabbit" and this is used as a pun frequently throughout the series, even in her hairstyle and possessions.
Her entire name is structured as a pun, as the syllable "no" can indicates a possessive, if it would have been written as の, so that her name can also be understood as "Rabbit of the Moon." This derives from a Japanese folktale about the rabbit that is said to be visible in the Moon's face, much like the Western Man in the Moon.
The English-language manga gives her the nickname Bunny to partially preserve this pun; many other localizations use the name Bunny as well. "Usagi" is not a common given name in Japan.
Her name completely in hiragana/katakana would be "つきのうさぎ" (Tsukino Usagi).
- Usagi was the only character to appear in all of the acts in the manga.
- Usagi's family take their names from the real family members of the metaseries' creator, Naoko Takeuchi.
- In the manga, she is kissed by Mamoru Chiba, Prince Demande (unwillingly), Kou Seiya and Haruka Tenou (twice, unwillingly).
- In the manga Usagi slaps Demande immediately after he kisses her, in the anime she also cries but she is saved by Tuxedo Mask before Demande kisses her.
- She is hinted to have a physical relationship with Mamoru; she was seen sleeping with him in the last volume of the manga. She is seen sleeping with him once again on the cover of "Sailor Moon Short Stories Volume 2".
- "The Rabbit of the Moon" derives from a Japanese folktale about the rabbit that is said to be visible in the Moon crater's surface, much like the Western Man in the Moon.
- Usagi's crush on Motoki is not as big in the manga as it was in the anime.
- Her dream is to be a bride.
- In Ami's Exam Battle Story, Usagi questions "Who's that?" when Ami mentions Albert Einstein.
- In one piece of official artwork, Usagi's name is Romanized as "Usagi Tukino".
For images of the manga incarnation of Usagi Tsukino, please see Usagi Tsukino/Image Gallery.
- ↑ Usagi Tsukino at Sailor Moon Official Website (Japanese)
- ↑ From Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Shinsouban Volume 3.
- ↑ Sailor Games - Interview of Naoko Takeuchi at the San Diego Comic-con
- ↑ Ami's First Love, page 12