Do you think Minako's personality is often misunderstood?

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Minako is goofy, but her character has more layers of depth than the others, for sure. She was the first senshi. I particularly love the ending of the Sailor V manga series when Minako starts having visions of the Moon Kingdom and of the princess. Furthermore, the Sailor V manga did not end on a bright note: Damburite tells a thirteen year old Minako that her fate is to fight forever, and that she would never have what she most wanted out of life: love. Minako acts and behaves "a certain way," she tries to turn things into comedy, but on a closer examination there is more tragedy than comedy in her life.
 

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douwata said:
Minako is goofy, but her character has more layers of depth than the others, for sure. She was the first senshi. I particularly love the ending of the Sailor V manga series when Minako starts having visions of the Moon Kingdom and of the princess. Furthermore, the Sailor V manga did not end on a bright note: Damburite tells a thirteen year old Minako that her fate is to fight forever, and that she would never have what she most wanted out of life: love. Minako acts and behaves "a certain way," she tries to turn things into comedy, but on a closer examination there is more tragedy than comedy in her life.
mte :)
 
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Yen said:
Everyone gets exaggerated in the Side Stories. That's why they're not considered part of the main storyline.

And Setsuna, Haruka and Michiru even get goofy little OOC panels in the manga too. That's not exactly points in your direction. They're for humor's sake without degrading the character's personality entirely like anime directors did in entire seasons.
The side stories are canon and Minako acts like that all the time.
 

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Minako fan said:
Yen said:
Everyone gets exaggerated in the Side Stories. That's why they're not considered part of the main storyline.

And Setsuna, Haruka and Michiru even get goofy little OOC panels in the manga too. That's not exactly points in your direction. They're for humor's sake without degrading the character's personality entirely like anime directors did in entire seasons.
The side stories are canon and Minako acts like that all the time.
Not in the manga, she doesn't.
 
#46
I liked manga Minako a lot. But since the topic here is anime Minako, here is my opinion.

I think Minako should have been, less "ditzy" and a LOT more mature. I mean, before the series, she fought alone (not counting Artemis) and had no help except for the occasional Kaito(?) Ace whatever his name was xD

Realistically speaking, I think it would bear down a lot of stress on Minako. Also, a strong sense of responsibility. But even if Minako did all that in Sailor V, the anime made her a silly "blonde" with almost no maturity at all. Of course, she did show responsibility and maturity at times, but rarely. I think that she should of been more of a mature, responsible character. Even if her silly side stayed, I think it would be fitting that it would be almost like a second side to her? Something like a mask to hide her stress and sadness from the past (especially the thing with Kaito Ace). Maybe she'd have personality that doesn't want to worry her friends, which is why she acts silly to cover her stress? She would be a very important part of the Senshi, a true, brave leader. I don't know, this is just a personal opinion of mine on what Minako should be like.
 
#47
Depends on what her actual nature is. :P

I think people don't look deep enough when they think about Minako. :( I do believe she's a more complex character than a ditzy blonde, but even if people do know that, they hardly ever actually consider it. The ditzy side is often what people think of when they think of Minako.
 

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Lunarian Princess said:
Rika-Chicchi said:
Lunarian Princess said:
I'm getting brain cancer reading Minako fan's posts. :oh:
BTW, it's long been speculated by fans that PGSM Minako has got brain cancer/tumor. :)
LOL, why?
From her symptoms shown in the show, as well as some brain-scan images seen in her hospital. :)
 

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I blame the anime. It wasn't until I read the manga and watched PGSM that Minako became one of my favorite characters instead of one of my least favorite. Minako was her own person and not the over exaggerated version of Usagi the anime made her into after Classic. What was so hard about letting her stay that way? Classic Minako was just like manga Minako.

Still, I was willing to live with her being a Usagi #2(I can't deny that it made for some really funny episodes), but what I especially hated how the anime took away Minako's role as leader and gave it to Rei. I understand Rei is second in command in the manga and PGSM, but Minako's leadership was one of her most defining traits and a catalyst for her character development. They tried to fix this in Stars, but it was way too late making seem random and forced.
 
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I believe that :minako: is often described as the classic ''blondie'' one mainly because of her anime version. They focused too much on that side of the character in order to make her funnier that it had as a result her being sometimes underestimated as a senshi, because I cannot expect that a 16-year-old girl who chases idols like a maniac could be taken so seriously... ^_^' I mean... she's supposed to be the leader (sth that is obvious in the manga and even more clearly stated in the live-series. Although, she didn't turn into one of my favourite characters, at least, she was given the right attention.) I hope that this time, they'll show her more respect in the new anime and the leader will be a true one... :wink:
 
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Sailor_Geek said:
I blame the anime. It wasn't until I read the manga and watched PGSM that Minako became one of my favorite characters instead of one of my least favorite. Minako was her own person and not the over exaggerated version of Usagi the anime made her into after Classic. What was so hard about letting her stay that way? Classic Minako was just like manga Minako.

Still, I was willing to live with her being a Usagi #2(I can't deny that it made for some really funny episodes), but what I especially hated how the anime took away Minako's role as leader and gave it to Rei. I understand Rei is second in command in the manga and PGSM, but Minako's leadership was one of her most defining traits and a catalyst for her character development. They tried to fix this in Stars, but it was way too late making seem random and forced.
Minako felt bad for Rei and let her have it to make her feel better.
 

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The following is a repost of a comment I made in another thread about this very subject. I'm just doing it because it saves me the trouble of having to type all of it up again.

Lunar Archivist said:
Believe it or not, I can swallow Minako's change in personality because, in a way, it makes sense.

Minako was a relatively late addition to the cast and only appeared 33 episodes in, when the season was almost 75% over. While she was admittedly acting pretty mature at first, I suspect that much of this was due to her emotional state. I mean, let's face it, by the time she joined the others, she'd been actively fighting the Dark Kingdom singlehandedly for over a year as Sailor V, with a talking cat as her only confidante. Her activities as Sailor V had also had the side effect of alienating her from her classmates at school because they misinterpreted her frequent comings and goings as her blowing them off. And when she took a risk by letting one person into her world, said woman ended up inadvertently stealing her would-be boyfriend from her, all of which she didn't even tell Artemis, who lives with her 24/7/365. As easily as Minako bounces back from adversity, I think that the reason she acted so differently in the first season that she did in later ones was because she was emotionally scarred, depressed as hell, and afraid that opening up to her teammates would leave her vulnerable and hurt again. That's likely why she went to Usagi's house to comfort her after Mamoru was abducted by the Dark Kingdom. She knew what losing someone you loved was like since she was dealing with it herself.

But even early on, there were hints of her inherent goofiness peeking through. Her use of malapropisms. The way she and Usagi acted exactly alike when admiring the figure skater Misha. Her surprise that everyone else thought that their passing off a skiing vacation as a training exercise would be more believable to Luna and Artemis if she sold it to them, with none of them apparently suspecting that her utter lack of credibility was second to only Usagi's, speaks volumes. My personal interpretation is that she went on a decidedly un-Minako-like route from then on by trying to live up to their mistaken first impression of her....and ultimately failing. The first real insight into Minako's true self came in Episode 52, where we see her behaving exactly like Usagi in the morning. But even then, only we, the viewers, really caught wind of it. She managed to keep her true self hidden from her friends until her elaborate charade finally collapsed in Episode 78 during her infamous "Nurse Venus" schtick, when she was finally exposed as a total goofball. By that point, however, she probably felt comfortable enough around everyone to just drop the act and embrace who she really was and act normal (or what counts as normal for her) around them, which is why she was so radically different from then on.
 

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I do think Minako's personality is misunderstood. When she is fighting as a senshi she is very serious (even in the anime) as opposed to her civilian persona.

In Korea they would say that Minako has a 4D personality.
 
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kamen_glider said:
I do think Minako's personality is misunderstood. When she is fighting as a senshi she is very serious (even in the anime) as opposed to her civilian persona.

In Korea they would say that Minako has a 4D personality.
What's a 4D personality?

I think that in the case of Minako's personality people can't tell the difference between happy-go-lucky (which is what she is) and idiot. She's not the dumb blonde type poeple, she's just full of life and not afraid to be funny and even goofy.
 

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