To be completely honest, I love casually posing the question of who knows the Sailor Soldiers’ identities to other fans. Responses span the entire gamut of a vehement “no one!” to pretty much every member of the supporting cast, who were apparently just too nice to tell Usagi that they knew the truth.
Like all things in life, however, the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes.
Join along as we take a magnifying glass to the Sailor Moon anime and manga in an attempt to suss out just who actually has figured out the secret identities of our favorite sailor-suited soldiers of love and justice!
As with most questions that we try to answer here, it’s important that we first establish some ground rules about what we’re trying to answer before we can start analyzing the issue.
Specifically, it’s important that we address who we count in this list and who is excluded.
For example, if I were to tell you Luna knows that Usagi is actually Sailor Moon, that’s really not all that surprising. So does that mean that we can exclude all other members of the Sailor Team and their respective companions?
That depends on who you ask. For example, it was a pretty big deal when Mamoru learned that Usagi was Sailor Moon (and vice versa),1 and definitely no small shock for ChibiUsa to learn that Usagi was, in fact, her mother and the future Neo Queen Serenity.
Oh, and then there were the big unveilings when Neptune and Uranus learned about Sailor Moon’s true identity in Sailor Moon S,2 or when the Starlights finally figured out who the rival Sailor Team was in Sailor Stars.3
Though I consider these all pretty important plot points, I’m going to exclude all other “good guys” from this list for the sake of our sanity.
So if the heroes are out, what about the villains?
While in most series I would generally agree that it makes sense to include the villains in our list, let’s be completely honest here: how many Sailor Moon villains don’t wind up eventually figuring it out? And that’s not even addressing the fact that most of the villains either end up dead or healed.
In order to make this a nice, clean break, I’ve decided to restrict our analysis to only people who themselves have nothing to hide – what many Sailor Moon fans often refer to as “civilians” or “citizens.”4 That also knocks characters like Peruru off our list, so my apologies in advance to all you Sailor Moon SuperS movie fans.
Now that I’ve basically excluded most people from consideration, who does that leave us with?
Motoki is interesting in that he knows about the secret identities of Usagi and the rest in the manga, but appears to be clueless in the anime. Considering that the Game Center Crown is a family-run business and that this serves as the base for all of Luna’s secret communications, you think he’d pick up on something eventually. Alas, the cute and lovable goofball never seems to catch on in the anime.
Probably one of the first characters to come to many people’s minds, this anime-only character is unique not only in learning about Ami’s secret identity (and presumably the rest of the Sailor Team as well), but also for the fact that he’s one of the few one-shot characters to appear more than once. You go, Urawa!
Katarina and Alan
I threw both of these anime-only characters together since they appear in the same episode, and they both have the same connection of knowing about Minako’s true identity while she was living in London. Considering they both still live abroad, I imagine they aren’t much of a risk of exposing Minako’s secret.
Manga-only character and Mamoru super-fan, Asanuma has a surprisingly long run for someone who is otherwise a — no offense! — minor character in the series. He appears in the Black Moon, Infinity, and Sailor Stars arcs, though with only brief appearances in the latter two.
After confronting Makoto about how strange she and her friends are acting Makoto reveals to him that she is actually Sailor Jupiter, and then tells him the secret identities of the rest of the Sailor Team while she’s at it.
Old time friend and object of Minako’s affections, this one-shot anime character could have had it all if he had just chosen to date Minako instead of whatever other volleyball-playing harlot he went with.
Not one to hold a grudge, however, Minako came to his rescue in the guise of Sailor Venus when Tsutomu’s heart crystal was stolen by a Daimon. Despite being too dense to realize that Minako was clearly the better love interest, he was observant enough to notice that she and Sailor Venus were one and the same, so good for him on that one!
No offense to Mamoru and all the good he’s done in the series, but he really dropped the ball with this one. When his one-shot “friend” (who we never saw before or since) Saori was slated to be next in line to get her Dream Mirror taken by Tiger’s Eye, she witnesses Mamoru almost get hurt by a Lemure. Super Sailor Moon comes to his rescue and Mamoru, worried about her safety, yells out “Usakooooo!” Saori, obviously knowing Mamoru and his girlfriend, figures it out from there.
You could honestly put a lot of people in this “maybe” column, since it’s not like we’re ever really given a solid “no” on anyone in the series not knowing.5 However, in my opinion there are only two really strong contenders that are worth mentioning:
Though I feel comfortable saying that Naru doesn’t know the truth about Usagi in the manga, there’s a strong argument to make for the anime. Unfortunately, we never really get a clear answer for her, so we’re left eternally wondering if Naru ever realized how fourth-wall-breaking it was to sing the Sailor Moon theme song with Sailor Moon herself.
I realize that it’s a pretty normal thing in the series for characters to miss out on blatantly obvious hints and not realize that Usagi and Sailor Moon are the same person. However, in the case of Amade, it just seems especially unbelievable to me that he and Usagi go on a hair-raising Youma-chasing adventure through the streets of Tokyo, end up at the radio station together, and then he somehow fails to realize that she is also Sailor Moon, a super heroine who comes out of nowhere to help fight said Youma. At least that’s enough for me to put this anime one-shot in the “maybe” column.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the length (or lack thereof) of this list is entirely dependent upon where you draw the line of who counts and who doesn’t. In the interest of being thorough, I think it could be fun to see a full list of every single reveal — including enemies, other Sailor Soldiers, and otherwise — but unfortunately that type of article would be at least two or three times the length. That’ll have to wait for another time.
So who did I forget?? I’ve gone over this list at least two or three times and I feel reasonably comfortable it’s complete, but I’m almost certain I’ve left someone out. If I missed anyone, or if you have anyone else to add to the “maybe” column, let me know down below!
- See episode 34 ↩
- See episode 109 ↩
- See episode 188 ↩
- For the record, I personally don’t agree with that term, but since it is what is most often used among the community, we’ll keep using it here. ↩
- Though Shingo may be an exception, since it’s obvious that he absolutely adores Sailor Moon, but definitely wouldn’t feel that way if he know that was his sister ↩