My favorite version is 90's anime Makoto Kino. I love Sailor Jupiter but I think her civilian identity is really the most badass and fun version of her there is. I love watching her do her thing when she is being boy crazy and doing all of her hobbies shes always so happy and optimistic. I really find her the most relatable and down to earth one of the group outside of Usagi.
I voted in the Rei poll, but just so I know for the future...because I don't really feel comfortable voting in these if I don't know the exact format or what exactly we're voting on...I really have to ask: how does this work?
I'm asking because I'm not sure how to rate each version of Makoto (or whichever character of the week) in this poll. And maybe I'm the only one overthinking this, but it just really confuses me.
Like, for things like the differences between Sailor Jupiter, Super Sailor Jupiter, and Eternal Sailor Jupiter, obviously we're talking about aesthetic differences and maybe throwing in power levels and/or attacks. But how does Makoto herself differ from Sailor Jupiter? In that case, you're suddenly not judging aesthetics -- you're talking about whether you prefer the character as a civilian or as a Sailor Soldier.
I'm also not sure how to rate prototype or rough draft versions of characters. That's also basically gotta be an aesthetic comparison, but how do you compare aesthetics against the version of a character we all know and love? How do you compare maybe small details that never made it into a character's history (like the prototype version of Ami being thought of as a cyborg) against a more whole version of a character presented over many years of a story?
I think this is why I got confused in the Rei poll and voted for her PGSM idol disguise, confusing it for her overall portrayal in PGSM. I would never imagine that a random disguise or persona that a character puts on for an episode would count as a "version" of a character. So for things like that, or for Minako's one-time Sailor Moon disguise in that one episode of S, it's hard for me to rate something like that against an actual version of a character (like "Minako in PGSM vs. Minako in the manga vs. Minako in the 90s anime" or what-have-you).
So how do you guys all do it? What exactly are you rating here? Is it aesthetic appeal? Character presentation/development? How does Makoto, for example, differ from Sailor Jupiter? I never really considered that the characters in civilian form are different people from their transformed selves, so I honestly can't make a distinction between Makoto and Sailor Jupiter in my head. They're the same person...
Or maybe it's just all in lighthearted fun and I just don't get it. That's very possible. For what it's worth, I don't think there's anything wrong with polls like these; in fact, I think they're a fun way to get people talking about these characters. But I'm just not sure how I'm supposed to fairly rate the choices given.
I'm just attempting a 2018 version of the Nakayoshi character polls. They didn't provide any criteria for why someone might favor Neo Queen Serenity over Princess Serenity over Sailor Moon over Super Sailor Moon over Usagi even though they're all technically the same character, so I've left it open for people to explain or not explain their choices.
Maybe which version you favor is based on aesthetics. Maybe it's based on an aspect of that version you find compelling. For example, maybe you really like the idea of chain-smoking, gang leader Mamoru Chino. Or maybe you really connect with Mako's orphan status or her unrequited love. Or maybe you just think Sailor Jupiter with green hair looks amazing and so that's your favorite version. It's up to you how you want to vote!
Maybe once I'm done with these I'll start a new set of polls or just one discussion thread (if there isn't already one; there might be) about which interpretation (manga vs 90s anime vs original dub vs Crystal vs PGSM vs musicals) of each character is your favorite.
I liked that she gave no shits about owning her masculine and feminine traits. She cooks and stuff because she actually enjoys it as much as she likes fighting. And she’s never ashamed of her toughness.
I love Makoto (I actually like "Lita" more...but that's another story). She is a mixture of traditional feminine qualities and masculine ones in a blend of competence. She also is the most boy-crazy of the girls, and despite being a delightful mix of traits that many people would be attracted to, that it was she herself who was the pursuer and unluckly in love. To me, her defining moment was when she, not even knowing she was a Sailor Guardian, jumped into a fight between a superhero and a monster as a regular human. She is an active hero, not someone who had to receive the call to start doing good.
But as much as I like Mako, I love Sailor Jupiter. Her lightning powers are awesome, and she retains the same, if not heightened, physical capability. Unlike some of the other "tough" Guardians, Jupiter reserves all her antagonism for the enemy. What I love about her is her absolute loyalty to the bitter end. That's not to say the other girls aren't loyal, but you can see where each would be tested. There's nothing that could get Sailor Jupiter away from Sailor Moon's side.
I also like Toonmakers' Sailor Jupiter, just for the idea of having a darker-skinned guardian on the side of the heroes. Yes, by 90's standards, Jupiter would be the token black girl, since she's "tough" and the "fighter" of the group, although I would hope that her personality would be somewhat different from that of Mako while keeping core attributes. Still, just having the representation, as flawed as it was, would have put it a notch above the original anime.