How Different Was Tuxedo Mask in the Anime and Manga?
Second only to Sailor Moon, Tuxedo Mask was one of the original suited soldiers of justice fighting for peace and love on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo. In addition to the rather substantial differences between anime and manga Mamoru, Tuxedo Mask (when taken as an individual character) was also rather different between the two. Today, we’re going to look at a few of those differences.
Probably one of the most obvious differences between anime and manga Tuxedo Mask is that in his animated form, he’s able to transform much like the rest of the Sailor Team.1 This appears on-screen only once throughout the Sailor Moon anime, though he transforms on several occasions throughout the Sailor Moon Sound Drama Collection2 published under the Animate Cassette Collection label. This is based on the anime and uses the same voices actors and actresses, so I believe it can be considered something of a joint/alternate universe, if not entirely canon. His transformation phrase in the audio drama is:
Tuxedo Power, Make Up! (click above for the audio)
I understand that they wanted to align this with the transformation phrase shouted out by the Sailor Team, but it might have been a wise idea to use another term rather than make up, but that’s neither here nor there.
So what about the manga? Well, what’s interesting about Tuxedo Mask in the manga is that he doesn’t transform at all. In fact, the tuxedo he wears isn’t so much of a costume, but actual clothes that he puts on.3
Though it appears that he may actually gain the ability to transform later in the series (around the Black Moon Family arc or later) since we never really witness Mamoru himself actually walking around in a tuxedo later on, at least in the very beginning Mamoru was actually actively dressing up in a tuxedo and mask when he was running around and playing super hero.
That brings us to difference number two!
Interestingly enough, things actually get reversed here between the anime and manga when it comes to his special abilities. Though his use of his cane and roses both for offense and defense is consistent between both the anime and the manga, he has one more power in his arsenal in the manga known as the “Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber.”4
Perhaps more interesting, though, is that this isn’t where Mamoru / Tuxedo Mask’s powers end in the manga. It’s also claimed that he has the powers of psychometry,5 or the ability to make connections between a physical object and events or persons related to it.6 He also displays the ability to heal injuries with only his touch.7
So what gives? Why does he have powers in the series where he doesn’t transform, but is stuck to sticks, rose-throwing, and motorcycles8 in the anime where he has an actual transformation? Well, the answer to this comes from when Usagi uses the power of the Silver Crystal to resurrect the Moon Castle and the Silver Millenium and heals the Earth.9 King Endymion himself also explains some of this away when discussing why it is that he too was able to live 1,000 years like the people of the Moon Kingdom:10
“It was all due to the power of the Silver Crystal . . . I was also granted power from the crystal and have been given a lifespan like those of the Silver Millenium court.”
We can assume that this would also mean that when Usagi had used the power of the crystal to cure him, she also gave him additional powers that were normally not granted to humans.
So as you can see, there were quite a few differences in the character in both his human and super hero forms, with both of them being equally interesting in my humble opinion. Though with some characters like Rei, the anime took some pretty drastic liberties, I feel like Mamoru was a pretty unique character in both incarnations. Which is your favorite?
- See episode 19 of Sailor Moon Classic ↩
- See the Sailor Moon Sound Drama Collection (Wikipedia) ↩
- See vol. 2, p. 49 of the original manga ↩
- See vol. 5, p. 46 of the original manga; for more details, see Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber ↩
- See vol. 4, p. 176 of the original manga ↩
- See Psychometry (Wikipedia) ↩
- See vol.4, p. 121 of the original manga ↩
- See ep. 69 / ep. 23 of Sailor Moon R ↩
- See vol. 4, pp. 22-23 of the original manga ↩
- See vol. 5, p. 116 of the original manga ↩