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The Top Ten Most Epic Deaths in Sailor Moon

Super Sailor Mars dies in Eternal Sailor Moon's arms

By now most of us have seen the magnum opus of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Infinity War Part 1. It’s a film that has a WHOLE LOTTA death that has spawned the most delicious memes. It made me think about other films and cartoons that have a whole lotta death, and behold! You know what has a whole lotta death in it? Sailor Moon! In fact, there’s so much death in Sailor Moon, I could be here all week! Death in the manga! Death in the anime! Death in the live action! Death on the stage! But, I shall restrain myself. I decided to put together a top ten list of the deaths that were most impactful to me across all incarnations of Sailor Moon. Here we go!

10. PGSM Zoisite’s Death

Zoisite leans against a tree while Sailor Moon leans over him

The short lived live action TV show of Sailor Moon is probably the least known in the Sailor Moon community, and that’s a bummer because it serves up many iconic moments, including the death of Zoisite–which broke my heart into a million pieces. For most of the show, Zoisite is our silver haired emo king, playing away mournfully on a piano. That is, until he remembers that he used be Prince Endymion’s right hand man. In Act 44, Awakened Zoisite dies protecting Sailor Moon from a youma. He dies while leaning against a tree while Sailor Moon pleads that he shouldn’t die. Perhaps it’s Miyuu Sawai’s performance in this scene because every time I watch this, I don’t want Zoisite to die either!

9. An’s Death in Sailor Moon R

Ali holds An as she dies

I’m not a huge fan of the Doom Tree Arc aka Makai Tree Arc, but it does contain one of the most epic final battles in Sailor Moon. What I remember most about this scene is that Sailor Moon gets her butt kicked throughout most of it. However, it’s Sailor Moon’s willingness to put her life on the line for Mamoru that inspires Ali to do the same for An. Unfortunately, he is brushed aside and it’s An who puts herself between the Makai Tree and Ali. The Tree stabs her in the chest with a Very Sharp Root and An finally proclaims her love for Ali as she dies in his arms. After hating her for 10 episodes, An pulls a successful Hail Mary and wins my heart in the end.

8. Queen Beryl’s Death in the Manga

Manga Sailor Venus stabs Queen Beryl through the chest with the Holy Sword

This epic death makes this list one part out of epicenss and one part out of frustration. In the manga, Beryl meets her end when Sailor Venus rams her through with the Holy Sword. It’s a moment where Venus truly shines as the leader of the guardians and it’s so, so satisfying seeing Beryl meet a gruesome end. However, in Sailor Moon Crystal, the animators perhaps thought this was too gruesome and had the Holy Sword nick a stone on her necklace instead. Not only that, but Crystal takes the sword out of Venus’s hands and puts it in Sailor Moon’s instead. Venus fans were none too pleased with change–this one’s for you!

7. Zoisite’s Death in the 90s Anime

Zoisite dies in Kunzite's arms among lots of flowers

If you had to ask me who my favorite Dark Kingdom general is, I would have to go with Zoisite. He’s such a catty bitch, he gives the boring Dark Kingdom most of its personality. So, when he finally goes, you are not only sorry for him, but for yourself too. (Look at all those flowers!)

6. Sailor Pluto’s Death inLa Petite Étrangère

Headshot of Mikako Ishii as Sailor Pluto In La Petite Etrangere

Sailor Pluto’s death in the second season is probably one of the most important death in all of Sailor Moon yet shockingly enough it doesn’t happen in the 90s anime. However, Sailor Pluto does die in the the takarazuka stage version, La Petite Étrangère and she goes out like a boss. She dies with Sailor Moon and King Endymion by her side as she sings to Black Lady the mournful song, “Not Loneliness.” Every time Pluto actress Mikako Ishii sings “Small Lady” I get shivers up my spine!

5. PGSM Sailor Venus’ Death

PGSM Sailor Mars cries

Spoiler Warning! Minako dies of an unknown illness in the live action TV show. It’s actually a pretty anti-climatic death and one that I hate with a passion that burns hotter than 10,000 suns. So why is it on this list? The only good thing we get out of this death is some more Mars x Venus feels which I am always here for. When Mars realizes that Minako has died, she lets out an iconic blood-curling scream. In the final battle, she summons Venus’s special dagger which makes Venus’s absence in the final battle all the more tragic.

4. Sailor Mars’ Death in Classic

Mars is down but not for one last move

I could have done a whole list consisting solely of the deaths that occurred during the the final battle against the Dark Kingdom (maybe at a later date!), so I would be remiss if I didn’t at least include one of them on this list. And that honor goes Sailor Moon’s best friend, Sailor Mars. This battle still gives me heart tremors even though I’ve seen it a million times. It’s the way Mars gives Moon the peace sign as she runs off. It’s the way the youma disappears under the ice and then grabs mars. It’s the way that even at the edge of defeat Sailor Mars takes the youma out in one last fiery blast.

3. Inner Guardians’ Death in Stars

a golden disc rips through the inner guardians

One of my biggest Moonie regrets in life is that I never sat down and fully watched Stars until a few years ago. So, by that time, I mostly knew how everything would shake down. However. You know how sometimes you think you know something, but really, YOU HAD NO IDEA?! Yeah, that’s what it was like watching the inner guardians bite the big one in Stars. NO ONE had told me that during this scene there’s a ripping sound as Sailor Galaxia cuts down all the inners in a matter of seconds. A RIPPING SOUND. To this day, this scene haunts me.

2. Sailor Kakyuu’s Manga Death

Sailor Moon fans may know that Princess Kakyuu bites the big one in Sailor Stars. What you might not know is that in the manga, she becomes a sailor guardian and has one of the most brutal deaths in all of Sailor Moon. How is that so? Well, let me walk you through this.

So Princess Kakyuu accompanies Eternal Sailor Moon on her journey to Sagiterious Zero Star. So far, so good.

Princess Kakyuu overlooks the galaxy, talking about Sagittarius Zero Star

When the enemy attacks, she transforms into a badass sailor guardians with an amazing fuku! This battle is ON!

Sailor Kakyuu introduces herself

She attacks too!

Sailor Kakyuu attacks with playing cards, Starlight Royal Flush

And then a mere TWO PAGES later, the most badass guardian ever falls by A STAFF THROUGH THE CHEST.

Sailor Kakyuu is stabbed through the chest with Sailor Chi's staff

I don’t know about you, but I can hear this photo. It’s been over 15 years but it still gives me nightmare.

  1. Sailor Uranus & Sailor Neptune’s Deaths in Stars

Neptune and Uranus touch hands as they disappear

Hello to all those people who skipped the rest of the list just to see if I listed this as The Number 1 Most Epic Death in Sailor Moon. What kind of Sailor Moon fan do you take me for?! Of course, this would be number one! Urgh, this scene gets me every time. From Uranus’s”Are you scared, Michiru?” to Neptune’s “I want to touch you” to Uranus’s final “Atatakai ne” (aka You’re warm Michiru), this scene makes me just cry and cry.

So there you have it! My Top Ten Most Epic Deaths in Sailor Moon. What’s did I miss? What would your top ten be? Which death hit you in the feels the most? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  • AvatarAnonymoonJune 28, 2018, 09:58

    Ugh, Venus’s cancer and death is one of the (many) reasons why I will never get into PGSM, it was so stupid and soap opera-ish. Zoisite’s death was touching and made me appreciate him more. Kakyuu’s death was indeed gruesome, and I feel like Crystal cheated us all by sanitizing (and eliminating!) the deaths in the manga, especially Beryl’s.

    Haruka and Michiru’s death in Stars is indeed a tear-jerker, but I’m surprised you neglected to mention their near-death experience in S, everything from Michiru getting shot up over and over in a desperate attempt to save her lover to Haruka finally sacrificing herself (with no small amount of resigned despair) is just wrenching, but I guess they don’t count because they’re only near-death experiences?

    Finally, I think it’s terrible to list the Inners’ deaths in Stars higher than their deaths in the original season. Yes, I like Mars bonding with Moon, but the original made Japanese schoolkids cry. It still gets to me too and is, I believe, one of the most powerful moments in the series. Suddenly, it’s End Game and the seriousness levels just got cranked up to eleven. The Inner Senshi are dropping left and right, and then not even Mamoru or Usagi are spared. To think that Naoko originally wanted to end things this way would have made the entire series a shocking tragedy, maybe almost too much. But it showed the lengths that the Inner Senshi would go to in order to protect their princess, and they were the most heroic sacrifices of all.

    • Anne LeeAnne LeeJune 28, 2018, 15:41

      I think PGSM is still good to watch, but yeah, the overall ending of it kind of breaks my heart because I think it’s just so antithetical to the themes of Sailor Moon.

      Yeah, I constructed this list, posted it and then I was like, HOW DID I FORGET THE URA_NEP DEATHS IN S?!?! I blame the Cloverway dub. Sometimes I just block out S because of that dub.

      Fair enough about the Stars/Classic inner deaths!

      • AvatarAnonymoonJuly 2, 2018, 09:27

        I just couldn’t get into PGSM. It had worse production values than Power Rangers, the cats were reduced to frickin’ stuffed animals, and then there was Sailor Luna and “Darkury”. With Venus’s cancer on top. So I went “lol nope”. I’d probably be better off trying to watch the musicals.

        Cloverway’s dub is what forced me to finally go full Purist once I realized the DVDs had the uncensored Japanese version (finally!), but just think how DiC would’ve butchered it. At least CW did things like using the original music and doing away with the lame “Sailor Moon Says”, among other things.

        By the time the Senshis deaths roll around in Stars, it just isn’t shocking anymore, it’s like “Oh, they’re getting killed off again?”, and all at once too. A friend and I were fond of saying that the Inners were great as individuals and terrible as a team, because they were usually reduced to cannon fodder to get knocked down in order for Usagi to shine. I prefer the Stars manga to the anime, and the scene where Galaxia sadistically makes Usagi fight their reanimated corpses, along with Mamoru, felt far more dramatic than what we got in Stars. It seems like they really started watering things down in the later seasons of the anime, whereas the deaths in season 1 actually surpassed the manga in intensity and emotion. I guess that’s why I wish Crystal was a combination of manga with some of the better changes in the anime, I mean, they’re already making stupid changes (like the deaths we’re discussing), so it’s not like they can claim it’s a 100% faithful manga adaptation anyway.

        There I go, rambling again. Thanks for listening.

        • Anne LeeAnne LeeJuly 3, 2018, 18:50

          No worries! I love listening! Yeah, the anime ending to season 1 is probably my all-time favorite ending….for anything!

  • AvatarAnnaMay 13, 2020, 12:56

    old article, but I would just like to say! I’m super happy you listed Uranus and Neptune’s death in Stars as number 1! (and I agree, the death of the inners in the earlier season is more epic than their death in stars)

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