Haruka Tenou

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Character Information
Name: Haruka Tenou
Name (kanji/kana): 天王はるか
Alignment: Moon Kingdom
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Lives: Tokyo
Occupation: Student, professional race car driver
Family: Michiru Kaiou (cousin; English dub only)
Associates: Michiru Kaiou, Setsuna Meiou, Hotaru Tomoe
Aliases: Sailor Uranus
First Anime Appearance: A Beautiful Boy? The Secret of Haruka Tenou
First Manga Appearance: Act 24 Mugen 1 - Yokan
First PGSM Appearance: N/A
English Name: Amara Tenoh (anime), Haruka Tenou (Mixx manga), Haruka Ten'ô (Kodansha manga)
Actors: Megumi Ogata (anime), Sarah LaFleur (dub)
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Haruka Tenou

Haruka Tenou was the civilian identity of Sailor Uranus, and appeared in the Sailor Moon anime, manga, musicals, and video games.

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[edit] Personality

Haruka was a fast runner, a talented pianist, and an accomplished race car and motorcycle driver. She was one of the few characters to be seen operating a car, along with Mamoru Chiba.

She lived the life of the wealthy Tokyo elite and, in the S season of the anime, attended Mugen Academy, a school for genius students. At the time, however, she attended it to infiltrate its operations. She wore the men's uniform of the academy rather than the women's, and was thus often mistaken for a man.

[edit] Family

Haruka had no known relatives in either the manga or anime series, and seemed to only live with Michiru. In the manga, she moved in with Michiru and Setsuna Meiou to raise baby Hotaru after she was reborn at the end of the Infinity arc, and the four of them formed an adopted family. They also moved in together in the Stars season of the anime.

[edit] Relationships

Haruka was romantically linked with Michiru Kaiou. Although the anime was not graphic, there were several hints given, especially during the Stars season, that Haruka and Michiru had a physical relationship. In the English dub, however, Amara (Haruka) and Michelle (Michiru) were changed to be cousins in order to avoid controversy surrounding homosexuality.

[edit] Musicals

In the musicals, Haruka was played by Sanae Kimura, Nao Takagi, Asako Uchida, and Akiko Nakayama.

Haruka's personality in the musicals was much the same as in the other versions of the series, though at least in Kessen / Transylvania no Mori - Shin Toujou! Chibi Moon wo Mamoru Senshi-tachi, she was ranked with the likes of Usagi, Makoto, and Minako in academics.

[edit] Trivia

  • Haruka was able to drive a car and ride a motorcycle despite the fact that the age for earning a driver's license in Japan was 18. When this was brought up in the anime, she claimed she got her license abroad.
  • Haruka and Michiru seemed to own a helicopter and could pilot it themselves. In the manga, Haruka had her own helicopter named the Tenoumaru (天王丸; Heavenly King).
  • When Megumi Ogata, Haruka's voice actress, asked Kunihiko Ikuhara how she was supposed to portray Haruka and Michiru's relationship, she was told to act as if they were a married couple.[1]
  • In the anime, despite her gender, Haruka always referred to herself with the pronoun "boku" (僕), which is usually only used by males. This, as well as her androgynous looks and penchant for wearing men's clothing, may explain why many characters thought she was a man when they met her for the first time.
  • When Haruka and Michiru were changed to "cousins" in the Cloverway dub of Sailor Moon, it spurred jokes of incest among fans.
  • In the French adaptation, Haruka was named Frédérique, and it is a common misconception that she was intended to be a boy. However, Frédérique was simply mistaken to be male and later revealed to be female, although she and Mylene (Michiru) were "best friends," rather than girlfriends. Frédérique was given a male voice when in civilian form, and a female voice when shown as Sailor Uranus.
  • In the Mexican dub, Haruka kept her name, but her voice actress, Belinda Martínez, changed her tone of voice according to Haruka's current form. When playing her civilian self, Martínez gave Haruka a very deep voice that could easily be mistaken for a male one, and as Sailor Uranus she used a much lighter and more feminine tone. At the end of episode 92, Haruka used her "Sailor Uranus" voice to tell Usagi and her friends that she was a girl and not a boy.

[edit] References

  1. Q & A Rocking the Boat - An interview with Megumi Ogata


Civilian identities of Sailor Senshi
Solar System Senshi
Usagi Tsukino | Ami Mizuno | Rei Hino | Makoto Kino | Minako Aino | Chibiusa
Haruka Tenou | Michiru Kaiou | Setsuna Meiou | Hotaru Tomoe/Miss Dream | Chibi Chibi
Luna Tsukino | Shiva Shingetsu Astarte
Kinmoku Senshi
Kou Seiya | Kou Yaten | Kou Taiki | Princess Kakyuu
Shadow Galactica Senshi
Chuuko Nezu/Chuu Rat | Reiko Aya/Half Bird | Akane Karasuma/Manila Karasu | Nyanko Suzu | Miss Butterfly
Senshi in Parallel Sailor Moon
Kousagi Tsukino | Ami Jr | Rei Jr | Mako Kino | Mina Aino