Zoisite

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Character Information
Name: Zoisite
Name (kanji/kana): ゾイサイト
Alignment: Dark Kingdom
Species: Humanoid
Gender: Male; female (dub)
Lives: D Point, near the North Pole
Occupation: Shitennou
Family: Unknown
Associates: Queen Beryl, the other Shitennou, Prince Endymion
Aliases: Professor Izono (manga); Izou Saitou, High School Student B (musicals)
First Anime Appearance: A Powerful New Enemy! Nephrite's Evil Crest
First Manga Appearance: Act 3 Rei - Sailor Mars
First PGSM Appearance: Act 6 - The Transfer Student is Sailor Jupiter
English Name: Zoycite (dub), Zoicite (manga)
Actors: Keiichi Nanba, Masaya Matsukaze (anime); Yoshito Endou (PGSM); Kirsten Bishop (dub); Lucien Dodge (Viz dub)
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Zoisite

Zoisite was the third of the Shitennou to appear in all Sailor Moon continuities, though his characterization altered dramatically in each adaption of the story. In most continuities, he had long blonde-brown wavy hair tied back in a ponytail, but in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, he had straight silver-white hair in a low ponytail.

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[edit] Anime

[edit] Personality

Zoisite in the anime was far more calculating, and a little more vain and sarcastic, than his manga counterpart. He actively plotted against Nephrite, and even eventually brought about his demise. Anime Zoisite was also more prone to accidents and getting into humorous situations than manga Zoisite, as shown in his chase after Rhett Butler through the sewers of Tokyo in episode 31.

[edit] Relationships

  • In the anime Zoisite was trained by Kunzite and the two were lovers; he could often be seen in the arms of Kunzite, who reassured the younger Shitennou when things went wrong. When Queen Beryl fatally injured Zoisite for attacking Tuxedo Mask without her permission, Kunzite stayed next to the dying Zoisite's side until he passed away. Kunzite blamed Prince Endymion for Zoisite's death and despised him for it.

[edit] Censorship

In the original English dub of Sailor Moon by DiC, Zoisite was changed from a homosexual man to a heterosexual woman called Zoycite to avoid any potential backlash from parents who may not approve of a gay relationship being present in a children's cartoon. Her personality was much the same as male Zoisite's, but was perhaps a little less subtle. This change continued across many of the foreign-language dubs, and several others changed Zoisite and Kunzite to be brotherly figures rather than lovers. However, Viz Media announced that in their remastered English dub, Zoisite will remain male and his relationship with Kunzite will remain intact.[1]

[edit] Manga

[edit] Personality

In the Materials Collection of the manga, it was said that Zoisite's personality was that of an "effeminate, youngest-child type"[2] and also that Zoisite used dirty methods of attack.

[edit] Relationships

  • The romantic relationship between Zoisite and Kunzite was an invention of the anime and did not exist in the manga; the Materials Collection stated that Zoisite and Kunzite are more like brothers, with Zoisite acting as the younger brother.
  • As opposed to plotting against Nephrite and bringing about his fellow Shitennou's eventual demise, as occurred in the anime, Zoisite was actually visibly upset when Nephrite died in the manga.

[edit] Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

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Zoisite in PGSM

[edit] Personality

In the live-action series, not only was Zoisite's appearance and uniform drastically altered, but his personality was as well. He was much quieter and more subdued than his prior incarnations, and was rather obsessed with protecting Prince Endymion. Zoisite spent most of his time playing the piano through which many of his powers seemed to be channeled, e.g. creating Youma, interfering with events in the human world, etc.

[edit] Relationships

  • Zoisite was obsessed with finding and protecting Prince Endymion, both from Queen Beryl and from Princess Serenity. Some fans believe his obsession bordered on infatuation and even unrequited love, although these feelings have never been shown to be canon.
  • Another popular fan canon pairing is that of Sailor Venus and Zoisite. This is due to the fact that she was often the target of his attacks, especially when she was posing as a decoy Moon Princess, and also due to the fact that the two both worked together at one point trying to erase Usagi's memory of her love for Mamoru in the hopes that it would avert another disaster like the one that occurred in the Silver Millennium and the Earth Kingdom.

[edit] Trivia

  • Zoisite's name is likely derived from a mineral known as zoisite.
  • Zoisite was the only Shitennou who both owned Youma and created other Youma from human beings.

[edit] References

  1. Official Twitter page of Viz Media
  2. - The Manga of Naoko Takeuchi - Sailor Moon - Materials Collection - Translated by Alex Glover