See, I’m actually intrigued to see how Crystal interprets the Shitennou’s pre-brainwash personalities. It’s something that we, the viewers/readers, were never privy to, and with the announcement that their respective crystal’s qualities will be the foundation to their personalities is something that have caught my interest.
Take Kunzite for example, I always thought that the soft-coloured crystal (which is usually used for healing and romance) was a misnomer for such a cold and cruel villain. But what if his pre-brainwash personality was actually concurrent with the crystal’s qualities, and Beryl/Metalia just corrupted or inverted these qualities to become a sick, twisted version of himself? The opposite of healing and love is – you guessed it, destruction and apathy.
Like I said before in another post, another observation is that the Kunzite crystal has an affinity for the Planet Venus and Aphrodite. This itself is a very intriguing aspect of Kunzite as it is rarely addressed in the fandom. Since Naoko had a thing for crystals, it’s not far-fetched to assume that one of the reasons why he was paired with Venus was because his crystal namesake is naturally aligned to Venus.
Note that another love interest of Venus, Danburite, is also named after a crystal that is associated with love and healing. Kunzite and Danburite seem to also have a strange history together, dating back to the Sil!Mil.
In their past lives, Danburite (or known as Adonis back then) was sent to Earth as a Venusian soldier to aid the Earth forces against a war. In the present time, Adonis/Danburite would go on to continue serving the 4 Generals under the Dark Kingdom operation, as hinted in the Sailor V manga.
I’ve always thought that it was a bit strange that a person with Venusian origins, would defer to an Elysian even after being reincarnated into the modern world. Why were Danburite and Kunzite working together in the first place? Was Kunzite’s influence on Danburite stronger than the incarnation of Venus, Minako Aino herself? Danburite was also hinted to be jealous of Venus and Kunzite’s past relations (just like Beryl with Serenity/Endymion), was that the reason why he went to the dark side in the first place? And in his utter rage for not receiving Venus’ love, he bonded with another corrupted individual with similar characteristics as him – Kunzite? But unlike Kunzite, Danburite kept his powers of love, but used it instead to trap and control women into submission. Whereas Kunzite’s qualities were reversed when he turned evil, Danburite’s were simply magnified.
The dynamics between the three have the potential to be something complex, but sadly Naoko decided to keep things vague instead of expanding further on the matter.
Another thing I’d like to note is that when Kunzite regains his memories temporarily, and when he reverted back into crystal form, the change in his personality seemed closer to his crystal’s namesake original qualities. He is much less apathetic (looking more serenely calm) and often have a smile on his face. He also played an important role in exposing Metallia’s weakness, allowing Sailormoon and Tuxedo Mask to turn the tides and defeat her ultimately.
I really hope Crystal does Kunzite justice, because manga!Kunzite is one of the better developed male characters in the series. And that’s not me delving into yet another unsolved mystery – was Saitou-san in the Sailor V manga the civilian identity of Kunzite or not?
Until next time! (and perhaps I’ll try to tackle the whole Saitou-san = Kunzite debacle, but I’m pretty sure it’ll once again boil down to “we will never know for sure, fuck this!”…..so yeah)
Today, we all thrilled to bring you a (long-delayed!) conversation with the amazing @jlalafics. Enjoy, I know I did :)
I have so been looking forward to chatting with you! So to start, can you tell me how you found your way into the HG fandom?
I watched the trailer for the first movie and I was thought, “This is interesting. I should pick up the book.” Then I like read all of them by the time the movie came out. Even made my husband and mom read them too!