Rei and… Rei?
When you consider the sheer volume of anime, manga, and videos games that produced in Japan every year, it’s really no surprise that you’ll run across characters that share the same name. The more popular or common a name is, the more likely you are to see it elsewhere, either in other media or even in the real world!
But when you stop and consider (1) the relatively short time period in which Sailor Moon and Neon Genesis Evangelion hit the market and (2) just how uncommon a name like Rei is in the first place, it’s a little harder to write it off as pure coincidence.
Today we’re going to take a look at the interesting, behind-the-scenes connection between these two juggernauts of anime!
This is another one of those interesting fan theories that I occasionally see bouncing around the internet. I especially like it because, in a series that is frankly lacking in diversity, the idea that any of the characters would have anything remotely different about them is interesting to me.
Not like being left-handed is much of a big deal anyway, but that’s about as close as we could hope to get.
So today we’re going to take a deeper look into the theory about our (possibly…) favorite left-handed Sailor Soldier!
You’ve got some ‘splaining to do, Grandpa Hino!
With how many articles I end up writing about Rei Hino, you’d think I should have named this blog Sailor Un-Mars’ed. But to be fair, it’s not entirely my fault that between the anime and manga, there are so many riddles about this Christian school-attending Shinto priestess who suffers from split personalities.
Today I’d like to take a look at trying to unravel the mysteries of Rei’s family tree and, specifically, which side Rei’s grandfather lands on.
I hope you join along, it’s going to be an interesting ride!
This can’t be normal
While most of the Sailor Soldiers don’t seem to show any sort of magical aptitude outside of their post-henshin’d form, Rei (and, okay, Hotaru) is unique in that she has supernatural abilities even in her “normal” form. After all, shortly after Rei’s first appearance in the manga we’re already given accounts of her having mysterious powers.
And that’s saying nothing of her fire reading abilities or stunning people with ofuda in both the anime and manga.
So we’re gonna take a look at the interesting possibility that this may be at least somewhat attributable to Rei being part demon. How, you ask? Read on and find out!
Usagi getting her fortune told (ep. 2; using yarrow stalks)
Once again, we’re going to be talking about something that you never knew you wanted to know: the way that each of the Sailor Soldiers prefers likes to throw their fate to the wind and find out what their fortunes may be.
That’s right, we’re talking about fortune telling! Join along for another trip into exploring the profiles of our favorite Sailor Soldiers!
Okay, whose fault is it??
I know that I’ve talked at length about how Rei was portrayed quite differently in the anime and manga, and I’m sure at some point you might be wondering when the commentary on this issue will end.
Well, depending on your opinion of the issue, I have some good or bad news for you — today is not that day.
That’s right! We’ll be looking at an exclusive interview done in the November 1992 issue of Animage between the magazine’s editorial staff, Rei’s voice actress, and the top production crew for the Sailor Moon anime.
Come for the trivia, stay for the drama!
Naoko’s sketch of the VA cast: (left to right) Kotono, Aya, Emi, Michie, Rika
If I were to tell you that Ms. Takeuchi wasn’t much of a fan of how the anime completely changed Rei’s character, I’m pretty sure you’d roll your eyes, tell me ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ and move on with your lives. Fair enough, it’s old hat. We all have heard this one before on the internet.
But what if I told you that Ms. Takeuchi had made changes to Rei’s character in honor of Michie Tomizawa, Rei’s voice actress and one of the leading proponents of changing her character?
Assuming I still have your attention, let’s explore a little bit!