16 Things You Didn’t Know About Sailor Moon And Tuxedo Mask’s Relationship
The original manga love story of Usagi and Mamoru is VERY different from the anime. Most people This did not help the Prince and Princess's relationship. I've always liked the relationship. Mamoru always tells Usagi that he believes in her, and always shows up to help her when she is weak. Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask are the epicenter, but they are not the only ones. Before Usagi and Mamoru, there was another relationship that.
Tuxedo Mask apparently has no idea why he's driven to protect Sailor Moon, he just knows that me must. Eventually Mamoru learned the truth about his past incarnations and gained control over his transformations.
Even given that, dressing in formal clothes and fighting with roses seems an odd choice for defending Sailor Moon.
But Tuxedo Mask's creator had her reasons. In the standard pattern of the first season, the scouts engage the monster of the episode. Things go badly, then Tuxedo Mask intervenes to save them.
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The rescue shoe is frequently on the other foot. Tuxedo Mask gets kidnapped more than any of the other characters, ending up helpless and, in a couple of cases, brainwashed. That leaves it up to Sailor Moon and the Scouts to save the masked man she loves from the latest threat. Sometimes that means saving Tuxedo Mask from himself: In the aftermath Sailor Moon, now accessing her full power, resurrects them all, but erases their memories so they can live normal lives again.
Of course, that doesn't last, and the girls are soon fighting the latest menace. Mamoru stays blocked longer so he can't become Tuxedo Mask. Instead his instinctive desire to guard Usagi manifests as a psychic projection, the Arab-cosplaying Moonlight Knight.
Same come-and-go style, same use of roses, but the new identity kept the Scouts guessing, as they had about Tuxedo Mask.
To further confuse things, the Knight, being a psychic projection, sometimes wound up in the same room as Mamoru, proving they were different. Eventually, of course, Mamoru got his memories back and switched back to evening clothes. One of the changes was how Tuxedo Mask debuts. In the anime he shows up to save Sailor Moon and that appears to be all he wants. In several instances, the past relationship causes friction between Rei and Usagi.
Usagi brings up the relationship as a reason not to trust Rei with Mamoru. Though Rei did a good thing, and was only following her heart, her past relationship with Mamoru causes her more trouble than it did good. Usagi even distrusts Rei enough to sneak into her home dressed as a ninja. All of this is just to ensure that she's not doing anything with Mamoru, her house-guest. They are both much, much younger than him. Both Rei and Usagi are about fourteen when they meet Mamoru, while Mamoru himself is seventeen.
This means the middle school Rei dated a college-aged man. At the height of Usagi and Mamoru's relationship, they are sixteen and nineteen, which is less strange, but still quite a big age difference. These are the only women Mamoru has shown any interest in, even though they are much younger than him. The show does little to acknowledge the strange age gaps, but does have Usagi hide her relationship from her parents initially. She's dating a college boy, after all. Usagi is reluctant, but Mamoru goes to stay at the shrine.
Mamoru takes a break from a college report to take a bath. Mamoru quickly jumps into the bath to cover himself and Rei runs from the bathroom, but the damage is done. Later, Usagi finds out about the situation. She's jealously livid, even though Rei insists she didn't want to see Tuxedo Mask like this. It's a strange episode, to say the least. He'd been around the Sailor Scouts because of Usagi's crush on him and their snarky banter, but he hadn't been put in the spotlight.
Once Rei starts pursuing him, viewers get an official name for the tall, dreamy college boy: She's the one that integrates him into their circle of friends and marks him as an important cast member. Mamoru was clueless, since he never retained his Tuxedo Mask memories, but the other Sailor Scouts also rebuffed her.
No one was suspicious about Mamoru disappearing and returning when Tuxedo Mask wasn't around. Despite their resistance, Rei was still sure Mamoru was Tuxedo Mask. Only time would tell that she was entirely correct in her assumption. The matching heights, hair color, and face structure helped, of course. As light-hearted as they may be, they are insults nonetheless.
Their constant back-and-forth is so bad that it's even confusing to Rini, their daughter from the future who comes back in search of them.
Chances are if your younger, immature Earth selves confuse your own daughter, it's time to back up a step or two and lay off the meatballs. This doesn't happen overnight though, throughout season one we see Serena breaking down and complaining that she doesn't want to be Sailor Moon or fight anyone, although it's her destiny to do so.
She cries of how tired she is of fighting and that she doesn't want to do it anymore, until Sailor Mars ultimately slaps her across the face. The fire goddess herself, Rei, is the one to snap Sailor Moon out of her pitiful crying session by asking if that's really how she wants to repay Tuxedo Mask. Darien is less of a crybaby about who he is, instead he uses the few facts he does know about himself to propel him forward with his destiny. He doesn't know the reason for why he is who he is and half the time he doesn't even remember what he's doing as Tuxedo Mask, but knows he has to get all of the crystals at any cost.
Between the two of them, they find a way to grow together and eventually work as a team to save the world and bring about the peaceful future that they know is possible. This is something that differs from the manga, where Rei is depicted as boy-hating with not much interest in the dating world.
In the anime, it's portrayed that she and Darien do in fact date, as brief as it is. Up to that point, the anime explicitly shows Rei and Serena constantly waging war over Darien who, by no secret, is representing as being wildly attractive. It causes tensions between Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars, and their feuding is no good for anyone least of all the battle for the Silver Crystal. From the get-go, they seemed to be at odds and even though their relationship eventually changes and evolves over time.
Initially it was no walk in the park. Darien eventually conveys to Rei that his heart isn't in it for her, which is not surprising considering his fated history that he has no way of knowing, but certainly feels.
It's a strange love triangle but it's also one that's short-lived and silly aside from the few people who will always ship Rei and Mamoru.
In order to see the few true moments where Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon become the ultimate dedication of true love, you have to look past their constant bickering and Tuxedo Mask's purpose of constantly being kidnapped and tortured. A couple that fights together, stays together. Serena may not be the smartest, prettiest or agile girl in the world, but amidst all of Darien's teasing, never once was he hateful or intentionally malicious.
This is of course not counting the times he was under the control of the Negaverse and couldn't be held responsible for his actions other than to say again, what the heck, Tuxedo Mask?
Even as he's whaling insults, you can tell by the look on his face and tone of his voice that he genuinely cares for Serena, even if it's initially in a best-friend kind of way. At the end of Sailor Moon R: The Movie, he even puts his hand on her shoulder as she's virtually sacrificing herself in the ultimate display of togetherness, unity, and support. We're not crying, you're crying. Up to this point, it had only been Darien with whom we'd seen any competition.
Including from Queen Beryl who had a weird, intricate need for Tuxedo Mask.
His devoted stalkers went as far as his own daughter unintentionally, of course and always left Serena fighting for him one way or another. With Prince Demande, we see the script switched and all of a sudden it's Sailor Moon who needs some serious rescuing. Since Prince Demanda is well aware that Serena is the future queen, he gets it in his head that somehow he'll have control over her by seducing her which of course, does not work.
Last we checked his name wasn't Darien and he didn't walk around in a tux flinging roses. In the anime, things are either portrayed differently or completely left out from the manga.
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The first difference is kind of hilarious and something that he and Sailor Moon definitely don't have in common in the manga. In the anime, both he and Sailor Moon actively transform to turn into their alternate superhero personas, while in the anime it's implied that Tuxedo Mask's attire is nothing but a costume change.