Hino Rei/Aino Minako

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Pairing: Hino Rei/Aino Minako
Alternative name(s): Rei/Minako, Mars/Venus
Gender category: yuri
Fandom: Sailor Moon
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: common
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Hino Rei/Aino Minako is a popular pairing for Hino Rei (Sailor Mars) and Aino Minako (Sailor Venus) in the Sailor Moon fandom.


Rei is a stoic and serious individual who does not get too involved with men. She is described as being a beautiful, smart and reserved woman. She lives with her grandfather at the Hikawa Shrine on Sendai Hill, which is where she works as a miko. Later on, it is revealed that her dream is to become the head priest of the shrine.

Minako is an friendly and athletic teenage girl who likes playing sports and video games. She also likes idols and dreams to become an idol as well.

The two are Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus respectively, and are both from the five original Inner Sailor Senshi of the Solar System.[1][2]


When writing for the ship manifesto, sammywhatammy notes the some of the fanon that connects Rei/Minako with Roman mythology.

Another basis for this pairing I like to elaborate on, but which is probably my own fanon, is Roman mythology. I know Roman deities were renamed and stolen property of Greece, but considering that the planets and therefore the Senshi go by the Roman names, that’s what I’m sticking with.

Venus (Aphrodite) is a goddess who was immortalized in Botticelli's Birth of Venus. According to the most well-known version of myth, she was born of the sea foam (while, actually, the foam had formed like an oyster around, cough, somebody's genitals that had been cut off and thrown into the sea). She is famous for being the goddess of love, lust, and beauty. She's fickle, jealous, and easily offended. Fearing that the gods would fight over Aphrodite's affections, Zeus forced her to marry the stoic mason god, Vulcan (Hephaestus). He made the world's most beautiful jewelry for her, but Aprodite hated the arrangement and often sought the company of others, usually Mars (Ares), the god of savage and brutal warfare.

This affair is mentioned enough in Greek mythology to leave an impression. I'm not saying that Rei and Minako have to fall for each other just because their namesake gods did; but it is an amusing parallel.

sammywhatammy also adds some of the appeal of the ship, when compared to other popular ships such as Haruka and Michiru

I guess there are a few reasons why I love this pairing far more than the ever wonderful and popular Haruka and Michiru. One, Haruka and Michiru are established as a couple before they appear in the series, but with Rei and Minako you get to watch the subtle things between them as they learn to get along. And unlike Haruka and Michiru, it's a graceless pairing; they're awkward and bicker a lot. And (this is SO shallow, I know), I LOVE how good they look together. I'm a sucker for bright colors (lawl it's the animator in me), especially warm colors. Red and yellow together is pretty awesome.[3]


Minako and Rei by Marco Albiero (2022)



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