As odd as it may sound, some of my favorite questions to answer on this blog are the ones that seem so obvious that they aren’t even worth asking. Take, for example, the fact that the Outer Senshi are much more powerful than their Inner counterparts. Done deal, right?
Taken in context of Sailor Moon, it’s a fair argument to make. Though, when you try to scratch below the surface, it quickly becomes apparent that there are never any specific references to back this up.
What do we mean by “more powerful”? Is this true throughout the entire series, or just when the Outers first appear? And how do the Sailor Soldiers stack up against each other, anyway?
Today we’re going to take a closer look at this issue and see if we can finally answer these questions once and for all!
As we often end up doing, I think it’s important that we first clarify what we actually mean by “more powerful.” It may seem like a silly question at first glance, but there are actually several ways that we can evaluate power in Sailor Moon, and the answer may change depending on what metric we’re using.
What I’m talking about today is in terms of actual attack power. You know, the standard World Shakings and the Fire Souls of the Sailor Moon universe rather than stuff like when Princess Serenity brings the full power of the Silver Crystal to bear.
And this isn’t just because I’m trying to rig the argument in my favor, either.1 In the case of Sailor Moon, Sailor ChibiMoon, and to a lesser extent Sailor Saturn, there’s a big difference between their normal attacks and when they’re releasing the full force of their power. So it’s best that we look at everyone on as even of a playing field as possible.
Finally, our conversation is restricted to the anime, for reasons that I’ll be explaining shortly.
So how do we compare the relative attack strength of each of the Sailor Soldiers, anyway?
Fortunately for us, all we have to do is open up a book and check! Specifically, I mean Nakayoshi’s Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie Memorial Album.2 Much to my surprise, this book actually contains a list of each of the Sailor Soldiers’ attacks up to that point in the series, and ranked on a 5-axes, 10-point scale.
The five axes are:
- Attack: How powerful the attack is
- Accuracy: How accurately the attack can be aimed
- Recharge: The time it takes before the attack can be performed again (higher is better)
- Distraction: How well the attack distracts the enemy
- Speed: The speed of the attack
Since we’ve got this wealth of amazing data right here anyway, let’s first take a look at how each of the Sailor Soldiers stack up against themselves, or in other words, how their attacks grow and evolve throughout the series.3
First off, the Inner Senshi!
|Shine Aqua Illusion||7||8.5||8.5||7||6||37||7.4|
|Mercury Aqua Rhapsody||8||9||9||8.5||7||41.5||8.3|
The numbers here are pretty much what you’d expect from Sailor Mercury. Nothing terribly powerful, and as we’ll see down below, she tends to be on the low side compared with her Sailor Peers.
|Mars Flame Sniper||9||9.5||8||8.5||7.5||42.5||8.5|
I’m surprised to see that Sailor Mars’ attacks are actually slightly less accurate than Mercury’s, at least until we get to Flame Sniper. The recharge being low makes sense, when you consider that her attacks are fairly powerful.
|Sparkling Wide Pressure||9||6.5||7||7||7.5||37||7.4|
|Jupiter Oak Evolution||9||7||8.5||9||9||43||8.6|
Unsurprisingly, Sailor Jupiter is the powerhouse of the team. Her accuracy is pretty bad compared to everyone else on the team, but when you’re playing with electricity, I guess that’s to be expected.
|Venus Love Me Chain||6.5||8||9||6.5||7.5||37.5||7.5|
|Venus Love and Beauty Shock||8.5||8||8.5||7.5||9.5||42||8.4|
What Sailor Venus may be lacking in sheer attack power, she makes up for in generally high scores across the board. Compared to the other members of the Inner Senshi, Venus shows the least amount of growth between her first and second attacks, though only barely.
Now that we’ve gotten the Inners out of the way, let’s take a look at how the Outers match up!
|Space Sword Blaster||8.5||9||7.5||8||8||42.5||8.5|
Sailor Uranus is unique in that she is one of the only characters to actually show a net loss with her new attack, if only by 0.5 points. In-universe, I think this help supports the idea that new techniques are simply differently powered, though there’s also an argument to be made that this is an attack coming through the Space Sword and not necessarily reliant on Uranus’ power.
Sailor Neptune stands out for being the only Sailor Soldier to show no net change whatsoever. I do find it interesting that her stats in each category are completely different, though, so it at least provides additional incentives for her to rotate between either Deep Submerge or Submarine Reflection as the situation dictates.
Since Sailor Pluto only has one attack to work with here, we don’t really have anything to compare it against. However, second only to Sailor Uranus’ attacks, Sailor Pluto’s Dead Scream is one of the most powerful techniques in the series.
In short, what this basically means is that on average the Outer Soldiers are, in fact, more powerful than their Inner counterparts. Even if we were to throw out the Inner Team’s first attacks (since the Outers had no corresponding attacks of their own), that still doesn’t increase the average enough to cover the gap between the teams.
Obviously there are a lot of problems with this analysis, not the least of which being that the material we’re referencing here is probably just a bunch of random numbers thrown together by an intern. However, even if we were to argue that the numbers themselves aren’t accurate, I think that it at least gives us an insight into how the difference in power levels were viewed across all the Senshi.
So what do you think about all the stats? Anything strange stick out to you (like Crescent Beam’s surprisingly low attack power…)? And, if so, what would you change if you were in charge of rating the Sailor Team’s powers?
In case you’re interested in looking at the full table (including Sailor Moon and ChibiMoon), I’ve provided the full Excel file here for you.4
- Though that may be partially related. ↩
- See Nakayoshi’s Sailor Moon SuperS Movie Memorial Album ↩
- Note that the book actually includes all of Sailor Moon and Sailor ChibiMoon’s joint and separate attacks, though I have omitted them here since it’s not relevant to our analysis of the Inner vs. Outer Senshi ↩
- See Attack_Stats.xlsx ↩