March 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the first broadcast of Sailor Moon in Japan. And over those three decades, Toei Animation’s manga adaptation has become one of the most popular and influential series of all time, appearing in everything from Pixar turn red for HBO euphoria.
As Sailor MoonWith Marvel’s legacy cementing itself, it’s hard not to think of another group that’s become so influential to a new generation of nerds: the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of the Avengers. While the two groups seem very different, one being a Japanese anime series featuring mostly all female heroines and the other being an American film franchise with a team of heroes centered mostly around super-powered males, the Sailor Senshi and the original six MCU Avengers also have a lot more in common than most realize – and imagining the two crossing paths only makes the ties more apparent. In the 90s, Sailor Moon introduced many fans to Japanese anime, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe brought new fans to Marvel comic book characters (aside from the X-Men). The two vigilantes also fight for love and justice, have unlikely and reluctant heroes, and even survived an internal power struggle.
But what does it really entail pitting the Sailor Senshi against the Avengers? Who would win if the teams ever crossed paths? Let’s find out.
We will assume that all of our competitors are fully energized. This means there will be no time to attack during the infamously long transformation sequences – and that goes for Sailor Moon. and Iron Man. All fighters are also in their strongest forms for the most part. For the sake of continuity, the Sailor Senshi are transformed into their forms of sailor moon starsthe last season of Sailor Moonand the MCU Avengers are as they were at the start of Avengers: Endgame. Therefore, Captain America has his vibranium shield, but Iron Man doesn’t have the Infinity Gauntlet.
This being established, let us ask ourselves aloud: Who would like to earn?
Sailor Moon vs. Iron Man
Sailor Moon and Iron Man are reluctant leaders in their respective groups who end up making some of the biggest sacrifices. While Iron Man has more of an advantage with his intelligence and technology, Sailor Moon has magical powers with a seemingly limitless source of moon energy fueled by her belief in love and justice. There’s also her Silver Crystal, which has the power to allow the Sailor Senshi to jump through time, revive an entire population, dramatically extend lifespan – Sailor Moon’s daughter is 900 years old! – and of course defeat any enemy.
Unfortunately, Iron Man, a mere mortal in a high-tech suit, is often weak against magic; he was no match for Scarlet Witch’s mind-altering magic in Avengers: Age of Ultronand brandishing the infinity gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame caused his untimely death. With Sailor Moon’s goddess powers, passed down through generations of Moon Kingdom royalty, and weapons like the Holy Grail in her arsenal give her a distinct advantage over just about every Avenger, including Tony Stark. .
Winner: Sailor Moon
Sailor Mercury vs. Black Widow
Both Sailor Mercury and Black Widow rely on tactical skills to defeat their foes. Sailor Mercury uses technology such as the “Mercury Goggle”, which allows her to scan her enemies for weak spots, but her real weapon is intellect; canonically, she holds an IQ score of 300, while American magazine columnist Marilyn vos Savant, who holds the highest IQ in the real world, has a score of 228.
Of course, when it comes to melee combat, Black Widow reigns supreme. Black Widow’s training from The Red Room also gives her the experience to withstand almost any attack. Fortunately, Sailor Mercury has a few powerful attacks in her arsenal, including “Mercury Bubble Blast”, which creates a thick fog to hide her location, and “Shine Aqua Illusion”, which has the power to freeze her enemies in a block of ice. If Sailor Mercury can physically keep Black Widow away long enough, she has the odds of winning with brains (and combo attack) outweighing brawn.
Winner: Marine Mercury
Sailor Mars vs. Hawkeye
Both Sailor Mars and Hawkeye specialize in long-range attacks, with the Senshi relying on fire to attack enemies, and the Avenger using an array of specialized arrows. However, although Sailor Mars has an unlimited number of ofuda to exorcise demons, Hawkeye can fire several trick arrows in seconds that could possibly fight Mars fire. So what does it amount to?
The iron will should work to Sailor Mars’ advantage; in the season 1 finale of Sailor Moon, Mars is crumbled by rocks and attacked by several enemies, but still finds the will to fight several bad guys after being badly injured. Then, seconds before taking her last breath, she eliminates another villain with her “Fire Soul!” which causes a huge explosion of fire.
However, with Hawkeye’s impeccable aim, it’s only a matter of time before Sailor Mars is hit by an arrow of the Acid, Sonic, Freeze-or, heck, Extinguisher-variety. While I don’t want to admit it (because Ronin deserves to be exorcised with Sailor Mars’ ofuda), Hawkeye and his deep quiver will likely take the win here.
Winner: Hawk Eye
Sailor Jupiter versus Thor
Thor is the “god of thunder” and Sailor Jupiter is the “goddess of lightning”, so it’s only natural that these two clash. But throughout all of their quests, I’d say the two are evenly matched on their thunder and lightning magic powers, which means any encounter would come down to hand-to-hand combat. Sailor Jupiter is very skilled in combat and has taken down enemies without even needing to change into her Sailor Senshi form, but admittedly she doesn’t have as much combat training due to the need to balance schoolwork and hobbies.
Meanwhile, Thor regularly travels to Jotunheim to hunt giants. Unless Jupiter can use Thor’s ditziness to his advantage, Thor has the odds of winning in this fight. We might actually see a version of this fight in the near future: Zeus, whose Roman counterpart lends his name to Sailor Jupiter, would apparently go up against Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Sailor Venus vs. Captain America
While Captain America leads the Avengers into battle, Sailor Venus is tasked with leading the Inner Senshi (Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, and Sailor Jupiter). In addition to their hero roles, the two have also served as mascots, with Cap (reluctantly) boosting for the U.S. military and Sailor V starring in her own line of video games and comic books in the world of Sailor Moon lively.
As for abilities, Sailor Venus has strong attacks like “Crescent Beam”, which shoots an energy beam towards her enemies and can split in different directions and “Love Me Chain”, which whips a chain. Captain America may be able to block these attacks with her famous shield, Sailor V’s attacks may split in different directions, which could prove difficult for a super soldier, even backed by her Avengers. To win, he had to get in close and engage Sailor Venus in melee combat to compensate for her long-range attacks. The real deciding factor? Cap’s “I can do this all day” mentality. This is the stamina needed to win against the Sailor Senshi.
Winner: Captain America
Tuxedo Mask vs Hulk
Although there are five Inner Senshi, there are six MCU Original Avengers. So, by default, the Last Avenger, Hulk, must face Tuxedo Mask. Despite popular opinion, Tuxedo Mask (in the anime) has a few attacks in his arsenal, including the ability to throw razor-sharp roses and use his cane as a sword.
None of these attacks could win against the Hulk. Let’s go. In the end, the Hulk would probably rock Tuxedo Mask like a rag doll (much like he did with Loki in The Avengers). The good news is that with his sacrificial spirit, Tuxedo Mask will gladly take one for the team. In the end, this match requires only two words: “Hulk Smash”.
Debate amongst yourselves whether any of the Avengers could really beat Sailor Moon…