Sailor Jupiter

Sailor Jupiter
Sailor Jupiter
Sailor Moon character
Sailor Jupter 01.jpg
Makoto in her Super Sailor Jupiter form as seen in the anime.
First appearance (See below)
Created by Naoko Takeuchi
Played by (see below)
Aliases Makoto Kino
Princess Jupiter
Affiliations Sailor Senshi
Shadow Galactica (manga)
Abilities/Powers Generation and manipulation of electricity, plant-related powers
English adaptation
Name Lita Kino

Sailor Jupiter (セーラージュピター Sērā Jupitā?) is one of the central characters in the Sailor Moon metaseries.[citation needed] Her real name is Makoto Kino (木野 まこと Kino Makoto?, or Lita Kino in the English versions), a strong schoolgirl who can transform into one of the series' specialized heroines, the Sailor Senshi.

Sailor Jupiter is the fourth member of the Sailor Scouts to be discovered by Sailor Moon, and serves as the "muscles" of the group.[1] In addition to being physically strong, she is able to generate, control and manipulate pure thunder and lightning and uses some plant-based abilities. Her friends rarely use her full given name, normally shortening it to Mako-chan.

Aside from the main body of the Sailor Moon series, Makoto features in her own manga short story, Mako's Depression. A number of image songs featuring her character have been released as well, including the contents of three different CD singles.



Makoto's strong, independent personality is hinted at in her most striking physical feature—her unusual height. She is stated at her first appearance in the series to be very tall, and considerable notice is taken in the Japanese versions, although this trait is downplayed in English translations (as her relative height is not all that uncommon in most Europeans). She is also physically very strong, and in fact was rumored to have been kicked out of her previous school for fighting. She is introduced to the series after transferring to Azabu Jūban Junior High, where Usagi and Ami are students, and where she stands out all the more because her school uniform is different from everyone else's; unable to find anything in her size, her school's administration tells her to wear her old one. It has a long skirt, which when coupled with her curly hair, was a common visual cue for a tough or delinquent girl at the time the series was created.[2] However, unlike these delinquent girls, her curly hair is natural.[3] Despite her tough appearance, she is very gentle. She always wears pink rose earrings and a sea-green hair tie that decorates her ponytail, even when transformed.

One of the most consistent characters across the many versions of the series, Makoto is always depicted as simultaneously the most masculine and most feminine of the younger Senshi. She is tall, strong, physical, and practices martial arts and other sports, but at the same time is rather busty and an excellent cook and house-cleaner (when Makoto and Usagi first meet in the anime she beats up bullies—and then offers Usagi delicious homemade riceballs). Her most closely held dream is to get married and own a cake and flower shop,[4] and she loves romance novels. Her favorite class is home economics and her least favorite is physics. After entering high school, she also joins the cooking and gardening clubs.[5] She likes all foods, but especially cherry pie, and meatloaf, and her favorite colors are green and pink. She loves horses and hates cheaters.

Makoto in her school uniform, drawn by Naoko Takeuchi. The long skirt and curly hair, unique to her, are a Japanese visual cue representing her "tough girl" personality.

Her domestic talents are explained as a deliberate effort to overcome her tomboyishness.[6] In the live-action series she enjoys shopping, but eschews "girly" things (she can be seen shopping for basketball shoes in one scene, for instance[7]); she cooks, but also physically overpowers bullies; she reorganizes her home, but does so with a sledgehammer.[8] She insists that she is not the least bit feminine, and seems surprised and touched when someone tells her she is.[9]

This dual nature comes from a need to be self-sufficient: in the manga continuity her parents died in a plane crash when she was very young and she has since then looked after herself. She is self-sufficient almost to a fault, and becomes extremely nervous anytime an airplane passes overhead. In the anime, Makoto lives alone, but it is never explicitly stated that her parents are dead—in the English adaptation, she says she cannot take care of a cat because her mother is allergic—and later in the series she is shown boarding an airplane without any mention of fear.[6] In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Makoto's parents' death is told in a flashback in Act 6, but how they died is not mentioned.[10]

Makoto has at least one former boyfriend; the importance of this subplot, as well as her level of obsession with cute men, varies wildly between adaptations. Fans of the anime typically have a perception of Makoto as extremely boy-crazy; a recurring gag is her obsession with people who look like the older classmate (sempai) who once broke her heart (unnamed except in the English dub, where he is called Freddy). In the manga, her "sempai" is mentioned only once or twice, and in the live-action drama is an integral part of why Makoto feels she needs to be alone.[10] In each version, there are mentions of other men who were very briefly a part of her life. Makoto is generally attracted to Motoki Furuhata, especially in the anime, but only in the live-action show do they become close.[9] By the end of the direct-to-DVD Special Act, they are engaged to be married.[11]

One quirk of Makoto's was made famous among English-speaking fans due to the translation of a particular anime scene. The girls are arguing over which of them should play the part of Snow White in a play.[12] In Japanese, Makoto insists that she would be best for the role because she has the largest breasts. In the English adaptation, she still points at her chest, but states instead that she has the most "talent." As a reference to this, anime fans occasionally use the term "talented" as a euphemism for "busty."[citation needed]

Aspects and aliases

As a character with different incarnations, special powers, transformations and extended longevity; a really long ageless lifetime virtually spanned between the Silver Millennium era and the thirtieth century, Makoto gains multiple aspects and aliases as the series progresses.

Sailor Jupiter

Makoto's Senshi identity is Sailor Jupiter. She wears a uniform colored in green and pink, with rose-shaped earrings and green, laced-up boots with height just above the ankles. In the manga and live-action series she has a belt carrying a small ball of potpourri[13]. She is given specific titles throughout the various series, including Soldier of Protection,[14] Herculean Jupiter,[15] Soldier of Thunder and Courage,[10], and Soldier of Caring.[16] Her personality is no different from when she is a civilian, although certain powers are unavailable to her in that form.

In Japanese, the name for the planet Jupiter is Mokusei (木星?), the first kanji meaning 'tree' and the second indicating a celestial object. Although the Roman planet-name is used, Sailor Jupiter's dominant element is wood[17] due to this aspect of Japanese mythology.[18] Unusually, most of her attacks are based on her secondary power, lightning, which is in reference to the Roman god Jupiter. She is by far the physically strongest of the Guardian Senshi, able to lift a full-grown man above her head,[19] even while ice skating[20] or to stop a stone pillar from falling.[21] In the early manga, she always has a short antenna coming from her tiara, which serves as a lightning rod; eventually this takes on the same role as in the anime, and extends upward only when she summons lightning. It does not appear in the live-action series.

As she grows much stronger and more powerful, Sailor Jupiter gains additional special abilities and powers, and at key points her Sailor Senshi uniform changes to reflect this. The first change takes place in Act 37 of the manga, when she obtains the Jupiter Crystal and her outfit becomes similar to that of Super Sailor Moon. She is not given a new title.[4] A similar event is divided between Episodes 143 and 154 of the anime, and she is given the name Super Sailor Jupiter. A third, manga-only form appears in Act 42, unnamed but analogous to Eternal Sailor Moon (sans wings).[22]

Princess Jupiter

Planetary symbol of Jupiter

In the Silver Millennium, Sailor Jupiter was also the Princess of her home planet. She was among those given the duty of protecting Princess Serenity of the Moon Kingdom. As Princess Jupiter, she dwelt in Io Castle and wore a green gown—she appears in this form in the original manga, as well as in supplementary art.[23][24] Naoko Takeuchi once drew her in the arms of Nephrite, but no further romantic link between them was established in the manga or anime,[25] In the stage musicals, it is stated that the two of them were in love at the time of the Moon Kingdom,[26] and this is also implied in the Another Story video game.[27]

Special abilities and powers

In her first regular Sailor Senshi form, Sailor Jupiter demonstrates her power over electricity with Sparkling Wide Pressure

Makoto is portrayed as unusually strong for a teenage girl,[1] but like the other Sailor Senshi, she must transform in order to gain access to her celestial powers.[28] She transforms into a Sailor Senshi by raising a special device (pen, bracelet, wand, or crystal) into the air and shouting a special phrase, originally "Jupiter Power, Make-up!"[29] As she becomes more powerful and obtains new transformation devices, this phrase changes to evoke Jupiter Star, Planet, or Crystal Power.[30] In the anime, Sailor Jupiter's transformation sequence evolves slightly over time, whether to update the background images or to accommodate changes to her uniform or a new transformation device, but they all involve electric charges forming an atom path which encircles her body.

In the manga, Sailor Jupiter's first named attack is Flower Hurricane, which is immediately followed by calling down lightning.[31] Emphasis is quickly placed upon her electric-based powers, and these are the norm in all versions of the series.[32] Her primary attack for the first story arc and most of the second is Supreme Thunder,[33] for which she calls down lightning from the sky with a tiny lightning rod that extends from the stone on her tiara (or, in the live-action series, with her leg). Although she channels this power, she is not immune to its effects, and can use her body to focus the electricity in a suicide move.[34] It is upgraded twice for one-off attacks in the anime series: once to Supreme Thunder Dragon,[35] and much later to Super Supreme Thunder.[36]

In the second story arc Sailor Jupiter gains Sparkling Wide Pressure,[37] which, aside from a manga-only power called Jupiter Coconut Cyclone, remains her primary attack for the rest of the second story arc, all of the third, and much of the fourth. When she takes on her second Senshi form (Super Sailor Jupiter in the anime), she acquires a special item, a wreath of oak leaves, which is described in the manga as "the emblem of thunder and lightning." It appears in her hair and enables her to use Jupiter Oak Evolution.[38]

Sailor Jupiter's earrings, large pink roses, are occasionally significant. She wears them in both her Senshi and civilian forms, and can use them as a projectile weapon if she needs to.[39] When they first meet in the manga, Usagi thinks the roses have a nice fragrance, and late in the anime the sight of them brings her back from temporary memory loss because it reminds her of Tuxedo Mask.[40] Much more important, in the manga, are the Jupiter Crystal and Leaves of Oak. The former is Makoto's Sailor Crystal and the source of all of her power, which becomes especially important in the fifth story arc. In the live-action series, she frequently uses unnamed electric attacks, and is given a tambourine-like weapon (the Sailor Star Tambo) by Artemis.[41] In the final episode, the Tambo transforms into a lance.


Makoto is present in the original proposal for a hypothetical Codename: Sailor V anime, but her name is given as Mamoru Chino. Creator Naoko Takeuchi confirms that this character eventually became Makoto, and writes that the original concept was quite different—Makoto was not only tough, but in fact was meant to be the leader of a female gang as well as a smoker.[42] A very similar name was later given to the series' male protagonist, Mamoru Chiba.

Sailor Jupiter's original costume design, like the others', was fully unique. It featured buckles, very long gloves, blue and yellow highlights, a bare lower torso, and a profusion of thin, dark pink ribbons—along with a face-plate and communicator. Later, Takeuchi was surprised by these sketches and stated that she did not remember drawing them.[43] Her instructions to the animators included a note that Makoto should appear muscular, "a little meatier than normal."[1]

The kanji of Makoto's surname translate as "tree" or "wood" or "spirit" ( ki?) and "field" or "civilian" ( no?). Her given name is in hiragana makoto (まこと?) and therefore difficult to translate. Possible meanings include "truth," "wisdom," and "sincerity." The given name "Makoto" is usually a male name, but is sometimes given to girls; its use here highlights Makoto's tomboyishness.[44]

Reception and influence

The official Sailor Moon character popularity polls listed Makoto Kino and Sailor Jupiter as separate entities. In 1992, readers ranked them at eleventh and fifth respectively, out of thirty eight choices.[45] One year later, now with fifty choices, Jupiter dropped to the eleventh most popular while Makoto was twelfth most popular.[46] In 1994, with fifty one choices, Sailor Jupiter was the seventeenth most popular character and Makoto was eighteenth.[47] In early 1996, with fifty one choices, Makoto was the twenty third most popular character and Jupiter was the twenty seventh.[48]

A five-book series was published, one book on each of the Guardian Senshi and Sailor Moon. Makoto's was released in 1996.[49] This book was later translated into English by Mixx.[50]


In the original anime production of Sailor Moon, Makoto is voiced by Emi Shinohara. For the English-language dub, the voice of Lita is provided by Susan Roman. She is the only significant human character in the English dub to be played by the same voice actress through the entire series run. Patricia Tollett also provides English vocals for songs sung by Lita in the English dub.

In the musical version, Makoto has been portrayed by 12 actresses: Noriko Kamiyama, Marie Sada, Takako Inayoshi, Emika Satoh, Akari Tonegawa, Chiho Oyama, Emi Kuriyama, Yuriko Hayashi, Ayano Sugimoto, Kaori Sakata, Karina Okada and Mai Watanabe.[51]

In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Makoto is played by Myū Azama. Also, child actress Misho Narumi portrays Makoto in flashbacks, dream sequences, and childhood photos.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Takeuchi, Naoko (September 1999). Materials Collection. Kodansha. pp. 12. ISBN 4-06-324521-7. 
  2. ^ Cherry, Kittredge (1987). "Christmas Cake Sweepstakes: Girlhood to Wedding" (paperback). Womansword: What Japanese Words Say about Women (First mass market edition, 1991 ed.). 17-14 Otowa 1-chrome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112: Kodansha International Ltd.. pp. 51–52. ISBN 4-7700-1655-7. 
  3. ^ In her first manga appearance, a teacher questions her about her hair.
  4. ^ a b Takeuchi, Naoko. "Act 37". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 13. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178820-5. 
  5. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (September 6, 1996). "Act 43". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 16. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178841-8. 
  6. ^ a b "Cold-Hearted Uranus? Makoto in Trouble". Sailor Moon. Toei. Asahi, Tokyo. May 14, 1994. No. 96, series 3.
  7. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 49.
  8. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 10.
  9. ^ a b Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 31. In this act, Mako and Motoki date, but they "break up" shortly thereafter.
  10. ^ a b c Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Act 6.
  11. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Special Act. Motoki catches Usagi's bridal bouquet and proposes to Mako on the spot.
  12. ^ "Steal Mamoru's Kiss! En's Snow White Strategy". Sailor Moon. Toei. Asahi, Tokyo. May 29, 1993. No. 56, series 2.
  13. ^ The belt that Jupiter wears was only shown in the revised Manga that was released during the run of PGSM
  14. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (July 6, 1994). "Act 23". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 7. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178781-0. 
  15. ^ The exact title given is "Kairiki Jupiter," meaning "Superhuman Strength Jupiter." This term was equated with the English word "Herculean" by Alex Glover. Takeuchi, Naoko. "Act 37". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 13. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178820-5. 
  16. ^ 1997 Winter Special Musical - Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Sailor Stars (Revised)
  17. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (July 6, 1992, September 5, 1996). "Act 5". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 1. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178721-7. 
  18. ^ Drazen, Patrick (October 2002). Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! of Japanese Animation. Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press. pp. 286. ISBN 1-880656-72-8. OCLC 50898281. 
  19. ^ Episodes 25
  20. ^ 39. Mercury remarks that "It's a technique no one in the world has accomplished yet" upon seeing this
  21. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 21
  22. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (July 5, 1996). "Act 42". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 15. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178835-3. 
  23. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (July 5, 1996). "Act 41". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 15. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178835-3. 
  24. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (September 1996). Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon Volume IV Original Picture Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324519-5. 
  25. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (August 1994). Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon Volume I Original Picture Collection. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-324507-1. , Naoko Takeuchi quote about it from the artbook: "This is the title page for the conclusion of the first series of Sailor Moon. It had a great deal of impact on the first series. Probably because the four couplings on the right side were very unexpected. I was thinking of love stories of the previous lives of these couples. I'd like to be able to draw that someday..."
  26. ^ Described by Luna and Artemis in Gaiden Dark Kingdom Fukkatsu Hen, the first musical.
  27. ^ Angel. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story (in Japanese). (Angel). Super Famicom. (September 22, 1995)
  28. ^ Allison, Anne (2000). "A Challenge to Hollywood? Japanese Character Goods Hit the US". Japanese Studies (Routledge) 20 (1): 67–88. doi:10.1080/10371390050009075. 
  29. ^ First used in each of Sailor Jupiter's first appearances, except the manga, where it is delayed to Act 10. In the English versions, Makoto does not say 'Make up' when transforming.
  30. ^ "Star Power" starting in manga Act 15, anime Episode 62, when she acquires the Star Power Stick. "Planet Power" starting in Act 24 of the manga only. "Crystal Power" starting in Act 37, when she acquires the Jupiter Crystal and her second uniform, and in Episode 151, when she acquires the Crystal Change Rod and becomes Super Sailor Jupiter.
  31. ^ Act 5. In the re-released edition of the manga, rather than simply calling lightning she uses the incantation Jupiter Thunderbolt. Neither this attack nor Flower Hurricane appears in the anime, but both are used in the live-action series.
  32. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (September 22, 2003). "Act 5". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Shinsouban Volume 1. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-334776-1. 
  33. ^ First used in Act 7 of the manga, Episode 25 of the anime, and Act 6 of the live-action series. In the English anime it is variously called Jupiter Thunder Crash, Supreme Thunder Crash and Jupiter Thunderbolt Crash.
  34. ^ "The Sailor Warriors Die! The Tragic Final Battle". Sailor Moon. Toei. Asahi, Tokyo. February 27, 1992. No. 45, series 1.
  35. ^ Appears only in Episode 55, and in English is renamed Jupiter Thunder Dragon.
  36. ^ Appears only in Episode 147, and in English is renamed Superior Sparkling Thunder.
  37. ^ Act 15 of the manga, Episode 65 of the anime. In the English adaptation, it was primarily called Jupiter Thunderclap Zap, but other names included the original name, Jupiter Thunder Power, Superior Sparkling Thunder, Supreme Thunder Crash, or, on one occasion, "Thunder!"
  38. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (June 6, 1995). "Act 36". Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 10. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178806-X. 
  39. ^ "Jupiter, the Brawny Girl in Love". Sailor Moon. Toei. Asahi, Tokyo. September 5, 1992. No. 25, series 1.
  40. ^ "For the Sake of Love! Endless Battle of the Evil World". Sailor Moon. Toei. Asahi, Tokyo. April 27, 1996. No. 171, series 5.
  41. ^ Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Act 26
  42. ^ Glover, Alex (unknown). "The Manga of Takeuchi Naoko - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 3". Retrieved 2007-07-11. 
  43. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (September 6, 1992, April 6, 1996). Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 2. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178731-4. 
  44. ^ "The Name Origin and the Name Meaning of Makoto". Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  45. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (April 6, 1993). Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 3. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178744-6. 
  46. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (July 6, 1994). Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 7. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178781-0. 
  47. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (June 6, 1995). Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 10. Kodansha. pp. 138–139. ISBN 4-06-178806-X. 
  48. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko (July 5, 1996). Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Volume 15. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178835-3. 
  49. ^ Kino Makoto Official Fan Book
  50. ^ Meet Sailor Jupiter: Thunder: Books: Naoko Takeuchi,Mixxent,Kondo Kunishiro,Ben Ettinger,K. J. Keiji Karvonen
  51. ^ Takeuchi, Naoko; Bandai (2009-07-03). "Sailor Moon Musical News". Retrieved 2009-09-21. 

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