Does Sailor Mars look better with black hair or purple hair

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Raye has a black hair in anime, live-action and manga. I see Mario has a brown hair in cartoon, live-action, comic and video game. Sonic the Hedgehog has a blue hair in cartoon, anime, comic, manga and video game. Kirby doesn't have no hair in video game, manga, comic and anime. Awesome! =^_^=
 
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No, Rei's hair is supposed to be purple. Her hair is always purple in the manga. It's not black with purple highlights, because Naoko doesn't highlight black that way, she just uses white as the highlight for black. Mamoru and Hotaru both have black hair, it is highlighted with white. Rei's hair is straight up purple. Likewise Ami's hair is straight blue.

Rei's hair was changed somewhat for the anime, just like Makoto's redhead to brunette change.

 

Saturius

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I think it's also easy to see that her hair is purple in the manga when you match it with her bow. Her bow is purple and the color always matches Rei's hair.
 
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Woobwoob said:
No, Rei's hair is supposed to be purple. Her hair is always purple in the manga. It's not black with purple highlights, because Naoko doesn't highlight black that way, she just uses white as the highlight for black. Mamoru and Hotaru both have black hair, it is highlighted with white. Rei's hair is straight up purple. Likewise Ami's hair is straight blue.

Rei's hair was changed somewhat for the anime, just like Makoto's redhead to brunette change.

That statement isn't totally true. I just went through my Manga and found Rei with black hair.

Sorry, I think that's the way she likes Rei's hair to be colored in the manga. Also, there are plenty of examples of other pieces of artwork that have all the girls with a slightly different hair color. Sometimes Sailor Moon has white or pink hair. Rei has also had Red hair. All the dark haired girls have had their hair painted in shades of blue and green while the lighter haired girls were all painted blond. You could argue that Rei's purple hair is much more consistent than the other, but I would like to remind you that the concept art for Sailor Mars also shows her with black hair (unless someone else did the coloring which is totally possible) and every on-line bio that I have found has confirmed black. Also, don't you think if Naoko really wanted it to be purple she would have fought for it in the anime? All the other characters have the same hair color why would they bother changing only Rei's?

All of their hair are more saturated in the anime, but I don't think any of the colors changed from the original concept art with the exception of Usagi who went from pink to blond.
 

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Woobwoob said:
No, Rei's hair is supposed to be purple. Her hair is always purple in the manga. It's not black with purple highlights, because Naoko doesn't highlight black that way, she just uses white as the highlight for black. Mamoru and Hotaru both have black hair, it is highlighted with white. Rei's hair is straight up purple. Likewise Ami's hair is straight blue.

Rei's hair was changed somewhat for the anime, just like Makoto's redhead to brunette change.

There is one thing to point out, that can completely crush the idea that Rei is supposed to have purple hair...Haruka is a blonde. She's a much lighter shade then Usagi and Minako, but still a blonde. Rei and Hotaru both have black hair, but Rei's is a shade brighter, thus making it look purple.
 

Saturius

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It's not like that's the only photo that show's Rei with purple like hair. I don't know what Naoko intended her hair color to be, but in practically all color manga images, it comes off as purple to me. Plus, again, any manga image of Rei in her soldier uniform, her bow, which is definitely meant to be purple, always matches her hair color. If her hair isn't meant to be purple, I would think Naoko would stop using the same shades for the bow and the hair. I guess maybe it's meant to be a purple-black kinda thing?
 

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Usapon said:
Zhortac said:
Rika-Chicchi said:
Or "blackish purple"? P-:
Purplack or Blarple.
That just sounds too good to be real.
Actually descriptions like that are pretty common in hair salons in specifying hair dye colors - some even sound quite fancy/bizarre. lol
 
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Rhett Butler said:
Woobwoob said:
No, Rei's hair is supposed to be purple. Her hair is always purple in the manga. It's not black with purple highlights, because Naoko doesn't highlight black that way, she just uses white as the highlight for black. Mamoru and Hotaru both have black hair, it is highlighted with white. Rei's hair is straight up purple. Likewise Ami's hair is straight blue.

Rei's hair was changed somewhat for the anime, just like Makoto's redhead to brunette change.

That statement isn't totally true. I just went through my Manga and found Rei with black hair.

Sorry, I think that's the way she likes Rei's hair to be colored in the manga. Also, there are plenty of examples of other pieces of artwork that have all the girls with a slightly different hair color. Sometimes Sailor Moon has white or pink hair. Rei has also had Red hair. All the dark haired girls have had their hair painted in shades of blue and green while the lighter haired girls were all painted blond.
You asked a lot of questions, so here's a lot of answers.

90% of the time Rei's hair is purple in Naoko's drawings. In the pictures that it isn't purple, several if not all of the other senshi's hair colors have changed as well, meaning the coloring is done for style rather than to be accurate to the character's real features.

Rhett Butler said:
You could argue that Rei's purple hair is much more consistent than the other, but I would like to remind you that the concept art for Sailor Mars also shows her with black hair (unless someone else did the coloring which is totally possible)
A) It's concept art, so obviously it's not going to be exactly the same as the final character design. Her Sailor fuku is totally different in the concept art too.

B) Sailor Moon has pink hair in that picture and Jupiter has green hair. If Rei's hair is supposed to be officially black, why isn't Usagi's hair officially pink and Makoto's officially green? Because it's only concept art, not the final design.

Rhett Butler said:
and every on-line bio that I have found has confirmed black.
Where those profiles for the anime? Because you could certainly argue that anime Rei's hair is black. But the original Rei, the manga Rei, has purple hair.

Rhett Butler said:
Also, don't you think if Naoko really wanted it to be purple she would have fought for it in the anime?
Many things changed in the anime that Naoko was not pleased about, but didn't have enough control over the anime to stop, such as the Starlights going from male to female. If something that major got changed, she obviously didn't have any say at all in what color Toei made Rei's hair, lol.

Rhett Butler said:
All the other characters have the same hair color why would they bother changing only Rei's?
Actually, as I noted in my original post, Makoto's hair was changed as well. She is clearly a redhead in the manga, but in the anime she becomes a brunette.


Haruka's hair is also much darker in the anime than her original platinum blonde in the manga.


Rhett Butler said:
All of their hair are more saturated in the anime, but I don't think any of the colors changed from the original concept art with the exception of Usagi who went from pink to blond.
Usagi went from pink to blonde.
Rei went from black to purple.
Makoto went from green to redhead.
Pluto went from black to green.


Zhortac said:
There is one thing to point out, that can completely crush the idea that Rei is supposed to have purple hair...Haruka is a blonde. She's a much lighter shade then Usagi and Minako, but still a blonde. Rei and Hotaru both have black hair, but Rei's is a shade brighter, thus making it look purple.
Lol! :lol:

Purple is not a lighter shade of black. Gray is a lighter shade of black.
 

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Woobwoob said:
Zhortac said:
There is one thing to point out, that can completely crush the idea that Rei is supposed to have purple hair...Haruka is a blonde. She's a much lighter shade then Usagi and Minako, but still a blonde. Rei and Hotaru both have black hair, but Rei's is a shade brighter, thus making it look purple.
Lol! :lol:

Purple is not a lighter shade of black. Gray is a lighter shade of black.

It was back in pre-photoshop days. Same with using varios shades of red for a lighter, and more vibrant shade of brown too.