Ian Andreas Miller.  25 March 2003.

     This article analyzes some of the information from the Parallel Sailor Moon story that is inside the Materials Collection book by Naoko Takeuchi.  The story is apparently one that Ms. Takeuchi wrote extemporaneously for that book.  (It also seems that she wanted to acknowledge the fact that 1999 was the year of the rabbit.)  A translation of the story is at Alex Glover’s Web site, and pictures of the story are in the Materials Collection image gallery.


Parareru Sr Mn
Parallel Sailor Moon

     The title of the story contains three English terms, but they appear in hiragana characters instead of katakana characters!  When the Japanese wish to approximate parallel, they usually write the katakana characters parareru.  Sailor Moon’s name usually appears in the Japanese script as Sr Mn.

     One may assume that the title of the story is also the name of the sailor soldier form of Kousagi.  Unfortunately, the sailor soldier name is not mentioned in the story itself.

     The Parallel in the title of the story and the reference to a certain dimension appear on the same page.  In that context, the story takes place in a “parallel dimension” relative to the established manga continuity.  Takeuchi seemed to have wanted to use the term dimension as if it is synonymous with the term universe.  Many animated shows, including the Bishjo Senshi Sr Mn anime, use the term in that way.  (See Bishjo Senshi Sr Mn anime episode 120: ! Ijigen kara no Shinryaku!  Mugen Gakuen no Nazo, which means Invasion from Another Dimension!  The Secret of the Mugen School.)  In the Parallel Sailor Moon story, the dimension does not refer to a measure of spatial and temporal extent (length, width, height, or time) or a physical property (mass, length, time, et cetera).

    Since this story takes place in a “parallel dimension,” we might as well treat it as a completely different continuity.  We do not use anime information when we refer to the established manga continuity, and vice versa.  Similarly, we should not use established manga continuity information or anime information when we refer to this Parallel Sailor Moon story.  This story depicts a world that is like our own Earth, the anime’s Earth, and the established manga continuity’s Earth.  However, the characters in the Parallel Sailor Moon story may be different from their counterparts in the different continuities.  What is true in the established manga continuity may be false in the Parallel Sailor Moon story.  It would not make much sense to shoehorn information from the other continuities into the Parallel Sailor Moon continuity.  It would be best to use the information from this story to find the truth of that continuity.


Tsukino Usagi; futari no komochi; (nenreihimitsu)
Tsukino, Usagi; Parent of two people; (Agesecret)

     We have to wait five pages before we get to see Usagi, the main character!  According to the narrative, Usagi is a parent.  Later in the story, we learn that the two people are Chibi Usa and Kousagi.  We know of only one daughter of Usagi in the established manga continuity: Chibi Usa.  Since Chibi Usa in that continuity comes from the teenage Usagi’s future, that Usagi is not yet a real parent.  However, in the Parallel Sailor Moon story, Usagi is a parent of two people.  There is no mention of a future daughter coming from the future.  We cannot find any good evidence that there are any time travelers in this story.


Tsukino Chibi Usa; ch 3 (Tsukino-ke chjo)
Tsukino, Chibi Usa; Third year of middle school (eldest daughter of the Tsukino household)

     In the established manga continuity, Chibi Usa calls herself “Tsukino Usagi” at least once.  Another character calls her “Tsukino Usagi-chan.”  However, Chibi Usa does not have the name “Tsukino Chibi Usa” in that continuity.  It seems that Chibi Usa really is her name in the Parallel Sailor Moon story.

     Later, we learn that she really is a daughter of Usagi.  Unfortunately, the name of Chibi Usa’s father is not mentioned.  Mamoru may be his name.


Tsukino Kousagi; j 3 (Tsukino-ke jijo)
Tsukino, Kousagi; Third year of elementary school (second daughter of the Tsukino household)

     Kousagi does not appear at all in the established manga continuity.  She is a new character who appears only in the Parallel Sailor Moon story.  Some of the other characters call her “Chibi,” and she apparently hates cats.  The term kousagi means small rabbit.  (The ko in the name is not the ko that means child.)

     In the established continuity, three members of the Sailor Quartetto say that in each generation of the royal family of the Silver Millennium, the queen has only one daughter.  However, notice that does not say anything about whether the queen can have sons or not.  Some fans have pointed out that since the Sailor Quartetto women are not directly related to the royal family, the four women may be mistaken.  So it has been said that the idea that the queen can have only one daughter is debatable.  Since Usagi does have two children in the Parallel Sailor Moon story, the rule that the Sailor Quartetto mention does not apply to it.

     We do not know the exact ages of Chibi Usa and Kousagi, but we can come up with guesses.  Since we cannot find any evidence that they are from the future, and existence is not the default condition, there is no reason to think that either girl came from the future.  So we should not assume that Chibi Usa is more than 900 years old, as she is in the established manga continuity.  We could look at their school levels to get an idea of how old they might be.

     Let us assume that the school system in the Parallel Sailor Moon story works as it does in real life.  (That is a reasonable assumption since the narrative uses real-life numbers and real-life school-grade divisions: elementary and middle.)  In Japan, the third year of middle school is also grade seven.  Students in grade seven there are usually thirteen years old.  Chibi Usa may be around thirteen years old.  Since the story takes place in 1999, she might have been born in 1986 (give or take a year).  Third graders in Japan are usually 9 years old.  Kousagi might have been born in 1990 (again, give or take a year).

     If Chibi Usa is supposed to be born around 1986, and Usagi is only a teenager around the 1992-1995 period, then Usagi would have been too young to give birth to Chibi Usa.  We are not told that Chibi Usa came from the future, so we cannot honestly think that idea can solve the apparent age problem.  Usagi is a parent of two people in the story (not will be a parent of two people).  If she is a parent, and there is no evidence that tells us that the daughters are time travelers, then the Parallel Sailor Moon Usagi in that continuity's 1999 period would be older than the Usagi who lives in the 1999 period of the established manga continuity.  In other words, the Usagi in the established manga continuity and the Usagi in the Parallel Sailor Moon story would have been born in different years.  There is nothing wrong with that idea since the truth for the characters in this continuity does not have to match up completely with the truth for the characters in the established manga continuity.  After all, in the manga continuity, we meet Chibi Usa when she is 900.  However, according to the BSSM R: Authoritative Edition (Ketteihan), Chibi Usa is only 6 in the anime continuity when we first meet her.

     Incidentally, Usagi and her four friends do not transform into sailor soldiers in the Parallel Sailor Moon story.  It is not known whether they have the power to become sailor soldiers.  Kousagi and the young girls, however, do become sailor soldiers.  Unfortunately, we do not know the sailor soldier name of Kousagi.  We do not know her friends’ sailor soldier names, either.  Kousagi’s transformation phrase is “” “Parareru Mn Paw Meiku Appu,” or “Parallel Moon Power Make Up.”  (Notice that the phrase is written in hiragana characters!)  Possible sailor soldier names are Parallel Sailor Moon, Sailor Parallel Moon, or even just Sailor Moon (where the Parallel in the title of the story is used to distinguish Kousagi from the Sailor Moon [Usagi] in the established manga continuity).  Not one sailor soldier name appears in the story itself, so we cannot determine how a possible naming system could work in the story.

     Here is some information about the friends of Usagi, Chibi Usa, and Kousagi:


Mizuno Ami; Komochi (nenreihimitsu)
Mizuno, Ami; Parent (agesecret)

     We also learn that Ami is a doctor.  Her husband is also doctor.  She has a daughter named Ami.  Little Ami looks like a younger version of her mother.


Hino Rei; Komochi (nenreihimitsu)
Hino, Rei: Parent (agesecret)

     According to the narrative, Rei is a calligraphy class teacher.  Her husband is a Shinto priest and a teacher.  She has a daughter named Rei.  Little Rei looks like a younger version of her mother.


Kino Makoto; Komochi (nenreihimitsu)
Kino, Makoto: Parent (agesecret)

     In the Parallel Sailor Moon story, Makoto owns a shop.  Her husband helps her.  She has a daughter named Mako.  Mako looks like a younger version of her mother.


Aino Minako; Komochi (nenreihimitsu)
Aino, Minako: Parent (agesecret)

     Minako seems to be a housewife who follows her husband around as he works as an assistant director for a comedy.  She has a daughter named Mina.  Mina looks like a younger version of her mother.


Tomoe Hotaru; ch 3
Tomoe, Hotaru; third year of middle school

     Hotaru may be thirteen years old.  If that is true, she might have been born in 1986 (give or take a year).  In the Parallel Sailor Moon story, Hotaru and Chibi Usa both wear glasses!


Mizuno Ami; j 3 (Mizuno-ke chjo)
Mizuno, Ami; Third year of elementary school (eldest daughter of the Mizuno household)

     Little Ami looks and acts rather like her mother.  She does not seem to like Kousagi much.  Her personal name is written in hiragana characters, but her mother’s personal name is written in kanji.


Hino Rei; j 3 (Hino-ke chjo)
Hino, Rei; third year of elementary school (eldest daughter of the Hino household)

     Little Rei looks and acts rather like her mother.  She does not seem to like Kousagi much.  Her personal name is written in hiragana characters, but her mother’s personal name is written in katakana characters.


Kino Mako; j 3 (Kino-ke chjo)
Kino, Mako; third year of elementary school (eldest daughter of the Kino household)

     Mako looks and acts rather like her mother.  She does not seem to like Kousagi much.  Her personal name is written in katakana characters, but her mother’s personal name is written in hiragana characters.


Aino Mina; j 3 (Aino-ke chjo)
Aino, Mina; third year of elementary school (eldest daughter of the Aino household)

     Mina looks and acts rather like her mother.  She does not seem to like Kousagi much.  Her personal name is written in katakana characters, but her mother’s personal name is written in kanji.


Pinku no neko
Pink cat

     Some fans refer to the pink cat as “Pink Head,” but the cat’s real name is not known.  In the Parallel Sailor Moon story, the pink cat tells Kousagi that she is a princess.  The four other young girls are supposed to be the followers of Kousagi.  When Kousagi says the words “Parallel Moon Power Make Up,” she becomes a sailor soldier.

     The cat has a human form.  She may or may not be a guardian cat.

     Three women who look like Haruka, Michiru, and Setsuna from the established manga continuity also appear in this story.  Unfortunately, they are not specifically named.  They teach a cooking class that Kousagi and the four other little girls attend.

     Now that we have analyzed the story, we can state several facts about it.  First, the story is its own self-contained continuity, and it does not make sense to use information from the established manga continuity to determine what is true about the characters in the story.  (Chibi Usa does not seem to be from the future in the story, and she does not seem to be older than 900 years old.)  Second, we cannot find sufficient evidence to determine whether Usagi and her four friends can become sailor soldiers in this new continuity.  Third, we do see Kousagi and the other four little girls become sailor soldiers, but we are not told their sailor soldier names.  We do not have enough information to determine any naming pattern for sailor soldiers in this continuity.

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