In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a firm believer that you can answer — or at least come up with a sufficient explanation — almost any question as long as you have the right data to work with. Be it information provided in the anime/manga, from official interviews, or even offhand comments made by characters, there are a lot of Sailor Moon mysteries that you can put to bed if you can just find the right angle to approach them from.
Alas, much like the hunt for the great Loch Ness monster, there are still some that simply defy all explanation. Whether you want to call them plot holes, oversights, or mere story omissions, the series hasn’t really left us with anything to work with to bring us any closer to solving these annoying questions.
Join me, dear readers, on a look at some of Sailor Moon‘s greatest unsolved mysteries. As the great, late Robert Stack would put it, “perhaps you may be able to help solve a mystery.”
What were the Four Kings’ true identities?
It’s hard to tell exactly what the Shittenou were in the anime, either humans or some sort of higher level Youma, but in the manga at least we learn that they were awakened from their human lives just like the Sailor Soldiers. However, by a sheer stroke of
plot convenience luck, apparently Queen Metalia (via Queen Beryl) was able to hypnotize the Four Kings before they were able to find their Prince.
Unfortunately, that’s basically as much as we ever learn about their lives in the “modern” day.
While the later arcs (and even Codename: Sailor V) eventually went on to flesh out a bit more about what the Shitennou were like back in the Silver Millennium, this will forever remain one of biggest supply of untapped potential for me. There were just so many places the story could have gone with creating human back stories for the Shitennou and Queen Beryl.
Why are the future Senshi in their base Sailor forms?
“Because,” I can hear the passionate commenters banging furiously on their keyboards like a thunderstorm rolling across the plains, “the Black Moon arc was written before the rest of the series had been fleshed out!”
And you’re absolutely right, my dear readers! Except, of course, for the fact that Ms. Takeuchi continued to depict the other future Sailors in their base forms even in Sailor Stars.1
The most reasonable explanation is that in the peace that came over the world with the dawn of Crystal Tokyo, the Sailor Senshi no longer needed to be so powerful and simply reverted back to their base forms. However, I don’t entirely buy into this theory for two reasons:
First off, why would they lose most (Super and Eternal) of their power, but not all of it (retaining their base form) in that case? If they still anticipated a “need for Sailor Soldiers,” they should have kept their maximum level.
Second, if the Sailor Soldiers did reduce their power whenever it wasn’t needed, we should have seen them go from Base → Super → Base → Eternal.
Alas… we never really get any sort of explanation on this other than assuming that we’re dealing with parallel dimensions.
How did Sailors Uranus and Neptune awaken?
Though the manga is completely mum on the subject, the anime at least shows how Michiru found Haruka and helped her awaken as Sailor Uranus. This doesn’t, however, get us any closer to figuring out how Michiru came to realize that she was Sailor Neptune in the first place. It’s more than a little bizarre when you consider that none of the Inner Senshi realized their true identities on their own, nor does it explain how Michiru got her transformation lip rod.
The obvious choices would be Luna (not possible because she didn’t know Uranus or Neptune’s identities), Setsuna (unlikely since Michiru was under the impression that she and Uranus were working as a pair), or possibly Queen Serenity.
The Queen Serenity AI/ghost seemed to no longer be functional after Sailor Moon’s trip to the remains of the Moon Kingdom in the first season, which would initially rule this theory out. However, since the Sailor Moon timeline works in mysterious ways, I suppose it’s possible that Queen Serenity reached out to Michiru from the Moon before the events of the Dark Kingdom story arc.
Alas, we have no information on this at all, so it all boils down to baseless speculation.
Why did Nehellenia enslave the Asteroid Senshi?
I get that Ms. Takeuchi wanted to include more Sailor Soldiers and almost assuredly created the Amazoness Quartet to eventually serve as a team for Sailor ChibiMoon. Even if I don’t necessarily think it makes a lot of sense that the four major asteroids separating the inner and outer planets would serve as the sleeping guardians to eventually protect Princess Serenity’s future daughter, this is at least canon as far as the manga story is concerned, so my misgivings don’t mean a whole lot here.
What doesn’t make any sense is why Nehellenia decided to use them as her hench
men women. The only explanation we get after Nehellenia is defeated is from Sailor Ceres, who tells us that they were supposed to be sleeping deep in the Amazon (rain forest?), but Nehellenia recognized their power and placed a curse on them, forcing the Quartet to work under her. Now that they are freed from Nehellenia’s nightmare, the Sailor Quartet will return to their slumber and await the day where they will join Sailor ChibiMoon as her guardians.
Considering that Nehellenia makes no use of the Quartet’s Sailor abilities, it always seemed to me like she could have forced just about anyone to be her minion. The only theory that makes any sense to me is that Nehellenia was afraid that the Asteroid Senshi would join Sailor ChibiMoon in the battle against the Dead Moon, so she made a preemptive strike to put them under her control before they had a chance to enter the fray. But that’s the best explanation I can think of.
What were the Sailor Wars?
The Sailor Wars sounded awesome on paper. Just imagine it — a massive battle spanning the vast expanses of space. And yet that’s pretty much all we ever learn about it.
What really makes the Sailor Wars so confusing is the fact that the the story leads us to believe that this was a huge battle that spanned the entire Milky Way galaxy. And yet, all of this seems like news to Usagi and the rest. Even assuming that her memories as Princess Serenity aren’t fully restored, at the very least you’d think that Luna would know something about this.
Considering that the Moon Kingdom — and by extension, Princess Serenity — serves as the de facto center of the universe, it seems absurd that the Sailor Senshi serving under the Moon Kingdom’s court wouldn’t be involved in this massive battle.
We never get an exact timeline on the Sailor Wars in either the manga or the anime, so the only real way to address this would be to assume that they either took place so long ago that it was treated simply as a legend to the people back in the Silver Millennium, or the Sailor Wars happened after the fall of the Moon Kingdom and before everyone was reincarnated in the modern day.2
I decided to keep this list down to only one item per season for the sake of brevity, but I’m sure we could probably go on for quite awhile if we tried. That said, however, I’m always amazed at just how much in the Sailor Moon universe can be explained, despite being such a long series spanning so many different forms of media and its massive cast of characters. You can tell that Ms. Takeuchi really put a lot of time and attention not just into her art, but into her back stories as well.
So do you have any possible answers to these mysteries? Or maybe some mysteries of your own that you’d like to introduce? Maybe if we’re lucky, we can actually find some answers if we put our heads together!