Different shippings between the versions

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As we all know, being the multi-media franchise that it is Sailor Moon has more differences between it's versions than most Manga > Anime franchises do. Not only in it's story and plot elements or characterizaiton but even in it's romantic pair-ups. Alot of this has to do with the franchise taking a very "many different cooks in the kitchen" approach. Naoko is not the sole contributor or even creator of Sailor Moon: There's also corporations involved like Toei, Bandai, Kodansha, even her own editor Osabu could technically be credited as Sailor Moon's "true creator" since he was the one who pitched the idea from the very start. All these different involvements brings many different people working on their franchise, each with their own unique shipping biases.

Probably the one shipping element that's forever remained consistent between the versions are that the main couples always remain canon regardless, I'm talking about: Usagi/Mamoru, Haruka/Michiru, Chibi-Usa/Helios, (One-sided) Usagi/Seiya, Demande's obsession with NQS, Chibi-Usa's rather disturbing crush on Mamoru (taken more seriously in the Manga/Crystal) Luna/Artemis and Kenji/Ikuko (not really a "main" couple, but important in the creation of Usagi nontheless) All other shippings however seem to be fair game depending on the version you consume. So for this thread I thought I'd do a fun little experiment of listing out all the attempted ships between the versions and you can comment which continuity's ships you prefer overall. I will also include Original Character shippings not present in the manga at all such as Ail/En and Mamoru/Fiore, I'll even do the old Optimum dub's attempt at shipping just for the heck of it. Let's go!

Ships exclusive to the 90's anime
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Usagi/Motoki (one-sided)
Usagi/Jadeite (one-sided)
Usagi/Nephrite (for like a minute there when she first saw him in his "Maxfield Stanton" persona.)
Mako/Motoki (one-sided)
Naru/Nephrite
Naru/Umino
Rei/Yuuichirou
Rei/Mamoru
Ami/Ryo
Kunzite/Zoisite
Shingo/Mika
Jadeite/Tetis (one-sided)
Rei/Usagi
Mako/Ami
Motoki/Reika
Rubeus/Koan (one-sided)
Demande/Esmeraude (one-sided)
Demande/Saphir
Saphir/Petz
Professor Tomoe/Kaori (one-sided?)
Mamoru/Fiore
Mamoru/Fish-Eye (one-sided)
Ail/En
Ail/Usagi
En/Mamoru (one-sided)
Crow/Siren
Chibi-Usa/Peruru
Makoto/Haruka (one-sided)
Mamoru/Saori (one-sided)
Ami/Taiki?
Minako/Yaten???
Luna/Yaten (one-sided)
Michiru/Seiya
Chibi-Usa/Masanori
Ami/The dude from the composing music episode in SuperS (one-sided)

Ships exclusive to the Manga/Crystal
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Senshi/Shittenou (More so in Crystal than the Manga)
Minako/Rei
Hotaru/Chibi-Usa
Haruka/Usagi
Rubeus/Calaveras
Ami/Motoki (has a little one-sided crush on him in the DK arc, only in the Manga though)
Makoto/Asanuma
Makoto/Motoki (one-sided)
Minako/Ace
Rei/Kaidou (one-sided)
Beryl/Endymion
Pluto/Endymion
Slight Minako/Usagi? (That suggestive pic Naoko once drew)
Minako/Artemis (one-sided and only in the Manga)

Ships exclusive to PGSM
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Ami/Nephrite
Makoto/Motoki
Mamoru/Hina (one-sided)
Minako/Rei
slight Ami/Usagi? (she's now put in the "best friend" role compared to the 90's anime Rei and the Manga's Mina in those roles)
Beryl/Endymion (still one-sided)
Beryl/Jadeite


Ships exclusive to the Musicals (This is an interesting case cause the Musicals tend to use a mix of ships from both the 90's anime and Manga's continuity)
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Beryl/Endymon
Senshi/Shittenou
Pluto/Endymion
Demande/Saphir
Demande/Esmeraude
Petz/Saphir


Ships exclusive to the Another Story SNES game (Like the Musicals it combines ships from the 90's anime and Manga continuities)
--
Senshi/Shittenou
Ami/Ryo
Rei/Yuuichirou

Ships exclusive to the Optimum dub
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Darien/Amara
Darian/Michelle
Michelle/Brad (unknown named character)
Michelle/Mike (another unknown named character)
Sapphire/Emerald (one-sided)

As you can see, by far the biggest edition to the ships was the 90's anime, which version's set-up of ships do you prefer? I'd say overall I prefer the 90's anime interpretation of ships but I do appreciate the Manga for giving us stuff like Reinako, Minako/Ace, Minako/Kunzite, Chibi-Usa/Hotaru, Minako/Usagi, Beryl/Endymion, and Pluto/Endymion. There happens to be more ships I love that are a 90's anime invention than ships I love that are from the Manga (While the Manga/Crystal has ships I actively dislike like Sen/Shi, besides Venus/Kunzite) What say you?
 
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Ships exclusive to PGSM
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Ami/Nephrite
Makoto/Motoki
Mamoru/Hina (one-sided)
Minako/Rei
slight Ami/Usagi? (she's now put in the "best friend" role compared to the 90's anime Rei and the Manga's Mina in those roles)
And these too:

Usagi/Minako
Ami/Rei (remember their "one night stand" at Crown? lol )
Ami/Mako (regarding Mako looking after Ami when the latter was becoming "Akumi")
Mako/Minako (regarding Mako looking after Minako when the latter was seriously injured)
Venus/Zoisite (they'd worked together, leading to speculations that they might have a relationship in their past lives)
Endymion/Zoisite
Endymion/Mio (one-sided)
Beryl/Jadeite (regarding their final moment)
PSM/Usagi :mischief:
 
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And these too:

Usagi/Minako
Ami/Rei (remember their "one night stand" at Crown? lol )
Ami/Mako (regarding Mako looking after Ami when the latter was becoming "Akumi")
Mako/Minako (regarding Mako looking after Minako when the latter was seriously injured)
Venus/Zoisite (they'd worked together, leading to speculations that they might have a relationship in their past lives)
Endymion/Zoisite
Endymion/Mio (one-sided)
Beryl/Jadeite (regarding their final moment)
PSM/Usagi :mischief:
Forgot to include Beryl/Endymion and Beryl/Jadeite so went ahead and fixed it, the others you listed on the other hand are more like "shipping goggles" ships while I'm only listing the ones that had outright concrete hints XD (As much as I love Endymion/Zoisite myself)

Mio I didn't bother including because she's basically just an alter-ego of Beryl and that's already accounted for with the Beryl/Endymion ship. :)
 

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Forgot to include Beryl/Endymion and Beryl/Jadeite so went ahead and fixed it, the others you listed on the other hand are more like "shipping goggles" ships while I'm only listing the ones that had outright concrete hints XD (As much as I love Endymion/Zoisite myself)

Mio I didn't bother including because she's basically just an alter-ego of Beryl and that's already accounted for with the Beryl/Endymion ship. :)
Understood :) - apparently our standards for inclusion are different in their strictness. lol

I've actually forgotten Endymion/Beryl, but even if I hadn't I'd still include Endymion/Mio due to the pretty different feels (e.g. different ages, etc.) of the two shippings.

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BTW, I'd also add Minako/Artemis. =^_^=
 
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Understood :) - apparently our standards for inclusion are different in their strictness..
What qualifies as a suggested ship for me are any scenes that take place that are unabmigiously romantic/sexual rather than just any scene that can be interpreted as either platonic or romantic. :)

BTW, I'd also add Minako/Artemis. =^_^=
Done! Can't believe I forgot about them for the Manga lol.
 
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As we all know, being the multi-media franchise that it is Sailor Moon has more differences between it's versions than most Manga > Anime franchises do. Not only in it's story and plot elements or characterizaiton but even in it's romantic pair-ups. Alot of this has to do with the franchise taking a very "many different cooks in the kitchen" approach. Naoko is not the sole contributor or even creator of Sailor Moon: There's also corporations involved like Toei, Bandai, Kodansha, even her own editor Osabu could technically be credited as Sailor Moon's "true creator" since he was the one who pitched the idea from the very start. All these different involvements brings many different people working on their franchise, each with their own unique shipping biases.

Probably the one shipping element that's forever remained consistent between the versions are that the main couples always remain canon regardless, I'm talking about: Usagi/Mamoru, Haruka/Michiru, Chibi-Usa/Helios, (One-sided) Usagi/Seiya, Demande's obsession with NQS, Chibi-Usa's rather disturbing crush on Mamoru (taken more seriously in the Manga/Crystal) Luna/Artemis and Kenji/Ikuko (not really a "main" couple, but important in the creation of Usagi nontheless) All other shippings however seem to be fair game depending on the version you consume. So for this thread I thought I'd do a fun little experiment of listing out all the attempted ships between the versions and you can comment which continuity's ships you prefer overall. I will also include Original Character shippings not present in the manga at all such as Ail/En and Mamoru/Fiore, I'll even do the old Optimum dub's attempt at shipping just for the heck of it. Let's go!

Ships exclusive to the 90's anime
--
Usagi/Motoki (one-sided)
Usagi/Jadeite (one-sided)
Usagi/Nephrite (for like a minute there when she first saw him in his "Maxfield Stanton" persona.)
Mako/Motoki (one-sided)
Naru/Nephrite
Naru/Umino
Rei/Yuuichirou
Rei/Mamoru
Ami/Ryo
Kunzite/Zoisite
Shingo/Mika
Jadeite/Tetis (one-sided)
Rei/Usagi
Mako/Ami
Motoki/Reika
Rubeus/Koan (one-sided)
Demande/Esmeraude (one-sided)
Demande/Saphir
Saphir/Petz
Professor Tomoe/Kaori (one-sided?)
Mamoru/Fiore
Mamoru/Fish-Eye (one-sided)
Ail/En
Ail/Usagi
En/Mamoru (one-sided)
Crow/Siren
Chibi-Usa/Peruru
Makoto/Haruka (one-sided)
Mamoru/Saori (one-sided)
Ami/Taiki?
Minako/Yaten???
Luna/Austen (one-sided)
Michiru/Seiya
Chibi-Usa/Masanori
Ami/The dude from the composing music episode in SuperS (one-sided)

Ships exclusive to the Manga/Crystal
--
Senshi/Shittenou (More so in Crystal than the Manga)
Minako/Rei
Hotaru/Chibi-Usa
Haruka/Usagi
Rubeus/Calaveras
Ami/Motoki (has a little one-sided crush on him in the DK arc, only in the Manga though)
Makoto/Asanuma
Minako/Ace
Rei/Kaidou (one-sided)
Beryl/Endymion
Pluto/Endymion
Slight Minako/Usagi? (That suggestive pic Naoko once drew)
Minako/Artemis (one-sided and only in the Manga)

Ships exclusive to PGSM
--
Ami/Nephrite
Makoto/Motoki
Mamoru/Hina (one-sided)
Minako/Rei
slight Ami/Usagi? (she's now put in the "best friend" role compared to the 90's anime Rei and the Manga's Mina in those roles)
Beryl/Endymion (still one-sided)
Beryl/Jadeite


Ships exclusive to the Musicals (This is an interesting case cause the Musicals tend to use a mix of ships from both the 90's anime and Manga's continuity)
--
Beryl/Endymon
Senshi/Shittenou
Pluto/Endymion
Demande/Saphir
Demande/Esmeraude
Petz/Saphir


Ships exclusive to the Another Story SNES game (Like the Musicals it combines ships from the 90's anime and Manga continuities)
--
Senshi/Shittenou
Ami/Ryo
Rei/Yuuichirou

Ships exclusive to the Optimum dub
--
Darien/Amara
Darian/Michelle
Michelle/Brad (unknown named character)
Michelle/Mike (another unknown named character)
Sapphire/Emerald (one-sided)

As you can see, by far the biggest edition to the ships was the 90's anime, which version's set-up of ships do you prefer? I'd say overall I prefer the 90's anime interpretation of ships but I do appreciate the Manga for giving us stuff like Reinako, Minako/Ace, Minako/Kunzite, Chibi-Usa/Hotaru, Minako/Usagi, Beryl/Endymion, and Pluto/Endymion. There happens to be more ships I love that are a 90's anime invention than ships I love that are from the Manga (While the Manga/Crystal has ships I actively dislike like Sen/Shi, besides Venus/Kunzite) What say you?

What an impressive list you compiled. I like to combine various ship from the 1990s anime, manga/Crystal, PGSM, and musicals.
 
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Usagi/Galaxia - Manga.
I definitely ship it, but I'm not sure the "hints" provided could be considered unamgiously romantic and not just platonic. Galaxia does come to the realization that Sailor Moon is the star she was always looking for, but that could just mean in a general friendship way as well. Remember, she didn't believe in the power of any bonds - whether that be romantic or platonic.

I was actually referring to PGSM, lol but yeah, that's way more explicit in the manga, even to the pervy level. :ninja:

Another one I'd add for PGSM:

Kunzite/Darkury (one-sided)
Granted it's been awhile since I watched PGSM in full but where were either Minako/Artemis or Kunzite/Darkury unambiguously suggested?

Even though it wasn’t as explicit as it was in the Manga/Musicals/Crystal I’d say even in the 90s anime Beryl definitely had feelings for Endymion
I mean she gave him a marriage offer sure, but the way it came off didn't seem like it came from a place of genuine feelings, more like just an easier grab for power over the Earth. The way she makes her offer is just so blase and impersonal - like you would expect a political alliance to be. She doesn't seem that broken up over Endymion's refusal either. The only scene I can think of that might give a slight nod to Beryl's feelings being romantic is after Mamoru breaks free from his brainwashing and before she throws the Crystal when she says - "I won't forgive you Princess, taking Endymion away from me again." But again, it's hard to say whether that line was meant in a romantic way or Beryl just being pissy that her ultimate bargaining chip was taken from her again and she's now currently on the losing end of the war.
 
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I was actually referring to PGSM, lol but yeah, that's way more explicit in the manga, even to the pervy level. :ninja:

Another one I'd add for PGSM:

Kunzite/Darkury (one-sided)
Granted it's been awhile since I watched PGSM in full but where were either Minako/Artemis or Kunzite/Darkury unambiguously suggested?
I don't think it can satisfy your standard regarding ambiguity, tho, but in one scene Kunzite reached out his hand to try to touch Darkury's cheek (even from nearby her ear IIRC), only to be shrugged off by her. I also think he considered her as sorta his treasured "creation," hence he'd invested some feelings/emotions on her - whether such feelings/emotions had a romantic element is open to interpretation, tho, & that's why I said it can't fulfill your criteria for inclusion. lol

Yet another two:

Ikuko/Minako's manager (they might have a past relationship)
Shingo/human Luna (he seemed to be stunned by his 1st sight of her)