A Sailor Senshi (セーラー戦士, Sērā Senshi?) appears as a type of heroine in the metaseries known as Sailor Moon. The name comes from sailor fuku, a type of school uniform, and senshi, which can mean "soldier" or "warrior". Naoko Takeuchi, the manga artist who originated the series, coined the term by fusing English and Japanese elements, and fans speaking each language have adopted it. The translation "Sailor Soldier" is also common, used not only by English-speaking fans but also appearing in the stage musicals. The live action series translates the word as "Guardian". The DiC dub of the anime used "Sailor Scout" for the majority of its run; other common titles include "Sailor Warriors," "Sailors," or simply "Senshi." Like most Japanese loanwords, the word Senshi is both the singular and plural form.
Sailor Senshi, as classic magical girl heroines, have both civilian and magical identities. Each Senshi has a transformation sequence which grants her a uniform in her own theme-colors and her own kind of elemental power; these powers come from an object called a "Sailor Crystal" said to be within each of them. Accessories gained with their uniform, such as Sailor Moon's tiara, can also be used as weapons. According to Naoko Takeuchi, only females can be Sailor Senshi, although there is at least one male with a Sailor Crystal. This is Mamoru Chiba, who is the guardian over the Earth and gives himself the pseudonym "Tuxedo Mask."
The most iconic and well-known Senshi, Sailor Moon, leads the primary group of Senshi in defending the Earth (or the galaxy, if necessary) from otherworldly threats. Officially, this team consists of ten people: Sailor Moon herself, Sailor Chibi Moon, and eight planetary Senshi named after the planets of the solar system, including Pluto (but not Earth).
When referring to a group, the series itself uses the terms "Sailor Senshi" and "Sailor Team" with multiple meanings. "Sailor Senshi" may refer to the entire classification of heroines, but either term may also mean the ten planetary Senshi, or the group of five comprising Sailor Moon and her four Guardian Senshi in particular. English versions also use the phrase "Sailor Scouts".
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... Sailor Moon is described largely in terms of its characters—a sustained, 18-volume narrative about a group of young heroines who are simultaneously heroic and introspective, active and emotional, dutiful ... The combination proved extremely successful, and Sailor Moon became internationally popular in both manga and anime formats ... The function of the Sailor Senshi themselves has been analyzed by critics, often in terms of feminist theory ...
... Japanese theaters showed a trailer before the Sailor Moon R movie a 15-minute short named Make Up! Sailor Senshi ... Usagi and Chibiusa overhear two girls talking about the Sailor Senshi after they see a poster ... most elegant, strongest, and the leader of the Senshi, Usagi grandly claims those titles for herself ...
... Sailor Tin Nyanko † (セーラー・ティン・にゃんこ, Sērā Tin Nyanko?), the fourth of the Sailor Animamates to appear, has as her human ... Sailor Star Fighter attacks her, and although she escapes unharmed, she is killed by Galaxia ... It is revealed that Tin Nyanko killed Sailor Mau, the Senshi of her home planet, taking her star-seed so that Tin Nyanko could be a Sailor Senshi ...
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“Captain Bligh: Mr. Byam, youre up late.
Byam: Its very warm below, sir.
Captain Bligh: I hadnt noticed it. A true sailor can sleep in an oven, if need be, or in a keg of ice.”
—Talbot Jennings (18961985)