What's your preferred English term for the girls?

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Pick your preference:

  • "Sailor Senshi"

    Votes: 26 32.5%
  • "Sailor Soldiers" (or "Warriors", "Guardians", etc.)

    Votes: 44 55.0%
  • "Sailor Scouts"

    Votes: 6 7.5%
  • Just "Sailors"

    Votes: 4 5.0%

  • Total voters
    80

Maetch

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Mar 31, 2010
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#1
Though I use the formality "Sailor Soldiers" as the technically-correct English term, I personally just call them "Sailors" when in idle conversation. It gets around the whole Senshi/Soldier/Scout debate.
 

Sailor_Geek

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Jul 26, 2012
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#2
Even though I say "Senshi" a lot because it's exotic, I voted "Sailor Soldier" since that's basically a translation of "Sailor Senshi" even though I prefer Sailor Warrior or Guardian as more accurate translations. Just no Scouts(where the hell did they even come up with that); I acknowledge that the dub got me into Sailor Moon, but I don't like it and I don't want to see anything other than VAs(the only good thing about both dubs) borrowed for the new anime.
 
#3
You didn't put "guardians" and "warriors".

I love "Sailor Soldier." it has so many lovely sound repetitions, that one could sing it. (in fact, they do! "Seeeraa sooorujaaa!") the word even looks beautiful. I think Soldier is a better translation than warrior, because warrior sounds individual, rather than them being part of a uniformed group. I mostly use "Sailor Soldiers" to address them, but sometimes use Senshi if I feel the person I'm conversing with would prefer it.

I don't care for Guardians half as much. I love the word, but with Sailor it presents a clunky sound device. I'm remembering I created a mixed gender magical group called the "Goddesss Guardians" before I read the manga and watched the live, and learned about the use of that term.
 

haifen

Lapis Lunaris
May 23, 2011
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#5
I've tried to avoid senshi since it has been appropriated by weeaboos and otherwise use English terms for any and all Sailor Moon related things, dub or not.

Guardians I was not a fan of since Soldier was the closest in canon (thanks AGAIN SuperS ;) ) and as mentioned abovie, is particularly euphonic with its alliterative compatibility with Sailor but I've also used Sailors in general on this board in particular to forego the whole issue. I've also used scouts just to be thorny :P though I do like this definition I found of the word for my favorite champions of justice:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scout said:
2scout noun

Definition of SCOUT

1
a : one sent to obtain information; especially : a soldier, ship, or plane sent out in war to reconnoiter
b : watchman, lookout
c : talent scout
2
a : the act of scouting
b : a scouting expedition : reconnaissance
3
often capitalized : a member of any of various scouting movements: as
a : boy scout
b : girl scout
I think DiC chose that term along with the "cookies" context because little girls (aka TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC) might also relate if they happen to be a part of such a group.
 
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#6
Chose scouts but I'm ok with other terms like Sailors and Soldiers. I can't stand the term Guardians. :dead:
 
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#7
I think they should be called soldiers cuz I like how it gives a nod actual female soldiers. Scout is snappy, but not very kick butt. Guardian is better but still kinda passive....warrior seems a bit too war-like.

I voted for senshi actually....not cuz I think it would be good to use in the english version, but I'm just so used to using it. Like, it doesn't have a negative connotation for me.
 

Sabrblade

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Sep 13, 2009
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#10
While I do use Senshi rather regularly, ideally I would have chosen "Soldier" but cannot due to those parentheticals next to it. Had "Warriors" and "Guardians" been give their own voting choices, I would have gone with "Soldier" in a heartbeat. But, since all three are grouped together, I cannot.

I don't want to choose "Senshi" due to it not being an actual "English term", and I won't pick any of the other options due to them being either wrong or weird. It's "Soldier" by itself or nothing. Therefore, I cast no vote.
 

Sabrblade

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Sep 13, 2009
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#14
Rika-Chicchi said:
"Sailor Rangers" FTW! :yoshi:
The need helmets.

And spandex. Gotta have spandex these days. ;)
 
#15
First off, I despise "scouts." It reminds me of girl scouts and cookies, which is just not the right word to describe the senshi. I mostly say senshi, but I sometimes say soldiers too. Both sound great. Guardians doesn't really go, but it's better than scouts. Warrior is the same as Guardians for me.
 

Rika-Chicchi

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May 7, 2009
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#16
Sabrblade said:
Rika-Chicchi said:
"Sailor Rangers" FTW! :yoshi:
The need helmets.

And spandex. Gotta have spandex these days. ;)
They could just go the Momokuro way w/ the oversized helmets & spandex miniskirt suits. lol However, a regular sentai outfit w/ the sailor motif would be nice, too - I think an all-female "sailor sentai" live-action show (at least partially) based on Sailor Moon could work. :D
 

Sabrblade

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Sep 13, 2009
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#19
PurpleWarrior13 said:
"Sailor Scouts" is what comes to mind immediately when I'm thinking of them. The term is so catchy, and fits the tone of the show well.
You keep saying that about the word. I do not think it means what you think it means. :p
 

Moon Fairy

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Aug 13, 2012
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#20
I like Sailor Soldiers, Sailor Guardians or simply Sailors. Sailor Warriors sounds somewhat harsh to me.

What does Sailor Scouts mean then? It always made me think of boy scouts. A very American term. Do other english-speaking countries use it as well?