Why do you think Naoko decided for the senshi to have so many dead parents?

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:ami: - dead father; EDIT: he's not dead, he's just divorced from her mother and he doesn't see Ami much if at all.
:rei: - dead mother, father is not involved in her life much
:mako: - both parents are dead
:hotaru: - dead mother
:haruka: - dead parents? lives apart from them?
:mihiru: - dead parents? lives apart from them?
:setsuna: - does she have parents?
 
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As Eiichiro Oda said about his characters in One Piece as to why so many of them have dead mothers, he replied, "mothers get in the way of adventure!" meaning that without parents to limit / shape the children, they tend to find their own way and get into adventures. While Sailor Moon sort of forces a destined quest on the senshi, the lack of their parents does still force them to be more than the average teenager:

Ami - self reliant for the most part
Mako - same deal
Hotaru - forced to seek friendship / camaraderie with Chibiusa and others, learns the power of friendship
Haruka / Michiru - apparently not bound by their families they can jetset and do whatever they please
Setsuna - feels like she's just alone regardless and bears that weight.
Usagi / Minako have families and are thus more playful / lazy (but get serious when needed) Though they both had heavy destiny drops on them to force that maturity as opposed to the others.
 
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As Eiichiro Oda said about his characters in One Piece as to why so many of them have dead mothers, he replied, "mothers get in the way of adventure!" meaning that without parents to limit / shape the children, they tend to find their own way and get into adventures. While Sailor Moon sort of forces a destined quest on the senshi, the lack of their parents does still force them to be more than the average teenager:

Ami - self reliant for the most part
Mako - same deal
Hotaru - forced to seek friendship / camaraderie with Chibiusa and others, learns the power of friendship
Haruka / Michiru - apparently not bound by their families they can jetset and do whatever they please
Setsuna - feels like she's just alone regardless and bears that weight.
Usagi / Minako have families and are thus more playful / lazy (but get serious when needed) Though they both had heavy destiny drops on them to force that maturity as opposed to the others.
Like what?
 

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Minako - "Oh Hi, you're the Goddess Venus who now has to pretend to be the Moon Princess to distract the Enemy from killing her and you need to defeat all these evil people, oh and you have no allies to help you."

Usagi - "Oh Hi you're actually the Princess of a doomed kingdom who needs to find allies and defeat the evil one that basically led to the destruction of the solar system, go do that now kthx"

They were saddled with a huge amount of responsibility. Granted when they met the others some of that burden was lifted (especially for Minako), but still, that's a lot to put on a kid who's had basically a free and easy life until then. Ami, Mako and Rei we know had it hard, by comparison, so when their destiny was revealed they were a bit more prepared for it.
 
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Minako - "Oh Hi, you're the Goddess Venus who now has to pretend to be the Moon Princess to distract the Enemy from killing her and you need to defeat all these evil people, oh and you have no allies to help you."

Usagi - "Oh Hi you're actually the Princess of a doomed kingdom who needs to find allies and defeat the evil one that basically led to the destruction of the solar system, go do that now kthx"

They were saddled with a huge amount of responsibility. Granted when they met the others some of that burden was lifted (especially for Minako), but still, that's a lot to put on a kid who's had basically a free and easy life until then. Ami, Mako and Rei we know had it hard, by comparison, so when their destiny was revealed they were a bit more prepared for it.
Yeah and they don't get along well with their mothers. Minako did enjoy being Sailor V a lot though....she definitely didn't seem to be burdened by it.
 
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Yeah and theydon't get along well with their mothers. Minako did enjoy being Sailor V a lot though....she definitely didn't seem to be burdened by it.
Well the first parts of Sailor V were written before Sailor Moon and was more comedic - The last parts (where she learns about Venus) are after Sailor Moon ended, and if you look at them + the way she is characterized as Sailor Venus for the first part of her reveal, she takes thins way more seriously (which PGSM turned up to 11). Then, after a while of hanging out with the others, she goes back to a more carefree style.
 
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Well the first parts of Sailor V were written before Sailor Moon and was more comedic - The last parts (where she learns about Venus) are after Sailor Moon ended, and if you look at them + the way she is characterized as Sailor Venus for the first part of her reveal, she takes thins way more seriously (which PGSM turned up to 11). Then, after a while of hanging out with the others, she goes back to a more carefree style.
Even more comedic? :D
 
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It seems that a tragic past is some kinda 'welcome' source to fuel a Hero(ine)'s Desire to change the world for the better (Only my personal Naught Point Naught Two Dollars).
 
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Ami's father is not dead. He just lives far away and is a bit too busy.
Did you know that in Japan the parent that doesn't get the custody of the child (and apparently joint custody is a rare thing) often never bothers (if that's the right word) to see them him again? It might be Ami's case too.
 
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As Eiichiro Oda said about his characters in One Piece as to why so many of them have dead mothers, he replied, "mothers get in the way of adventure!" meaning that without parents to limit / shape the children, they tend to find their own way and get into adventures. While Sailor Moon sort of forces a destined quest on the senshi, the lack of their parents does still force them to be more than the average teenager:

Ami - self reliant for the most part
Mako - same deal
Hotaru - forced to seek friendship / camaraderie with Chibiusa and others, learns the power of friendship
Haruka / Michiru - apparently not bound by their families they can jetset and do whatever they please
Setsuna - feels like she's just alone regardless and bears that weight.
Usagi / Minako have families and are thus more playful / lazy (but get serious when needed) Though they both had heavy destiny drops on them to force that maturity as opposed to the others.
I guess it's true but it's also kinda twisted of him to approach things like that.....
 

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Did you know that in Japan the parent that doesn't get the custody of the child (and apparently joint custody is a rare thing) often never bothers (if that's the right word) to see them him again? It might be Ami's case too.
She still uses his membership card for the fancy club, so they do meet once in a while. Anyway the point is that he is alive.
 

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Yeah but when several members of the main cast have dead or missing parents it's a bit too much/looses its 'charm'.
Only if it's a major focus point. I would also counter that coming from mostly broken families, it's all the more significant that they found a new family in each other.
 
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Another reason why so many of the characters have dead parents; laziness. The fewer characters you have, the fewer characters you have to draw and give visual space to. While this is a problem for all storytelling media, for a manga/comics, this is a specifically unique problem because the art has to tell the story in a set number of pages. Whereas in writing or in animation, you can get away with having an off-screen parent with an added line or two, in a manga, showing is telling.
 

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if they had living parents, there would be more characters to write about. while it could be good for anime fillers, it's unneccessary for the manga. because manga is shorter, takes more effort and you have to get to the final scene sooner. that's my point of view as an amateur writer.