Ah, Tuxedo Mask… Sailor Moon‘s leading man and namesake for for this blog. Whether you’re a fan of his far more active manga counterpart or the quirky anime rendition who manages to always “save the day” without ever actually doing anything, I think we can all agree that the Masked Tuxedo plays an invaluable role across from our leading lady.
In honor of Mamoru Chiba’s birthday, I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight five interesting facts about the man behind the mask and his role in Sailor Moon. Happy Birthday, Mamoru!
Considering the age difference between our leading couple, this is a question that gets asked a lot.1 While everything is (mostly) kosher with Usagi and Mamoru in the manga, him being in university throws a bit of a wrench into things.
But where does Japanese law weigh in on this? They don’t seem to keep their relationship a secret in the series, so it can’t be too big of a deal… right?
Speaking of the age difference between the two, why did the anime decide to change Mamoru from a cold and aloof high schooler to a cool-guy university student in the first place? It seems like they could have saved themselves a whole lot of issues if they just skipped that little change.
On the other hand, it may have had a very important impact on the anime’s narrative…
Putting aside for a second whether or not the Sailor Moon R movie should even be considered a part of the series canon, the pivotal hospital scene where Usagi gives Mamoru his trademark rose2 is one that I’m sure left a strong impression on most of us.
But there’s something amiss about this scene. Could it really have played out as we see, or did Mamoru only encounter a vision of Usagi — Princess Serenity — as he sat all alone in his hospital bed?
There’s no nice way to put this: Mamoru is… well, he’s a weird guy. While Motoki is busy running the family business and otherwise being a productive member of society, Mamoru spends his days making fun of 14 year old girls and riding panda-operated kiddy trains and theme parks.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the character, but the series leaves more than a few hints that the amnesia has much further-reaching effects than we’re led to believe.
We all know that Ami Mizuno is an unmatched child genius, even if her 300 IQ may be overblown, but we rarely discuss Mamoru’s intellect in both the anime and the manga. Not only is he rich, tall, and handsome, but the guy is also attending some of the best and hardest to attend schools that Tokyo has to offer.
The only problem that faces him is that he claims to want to be a doctor, though that’s absolutely not possible with his chosen undergrad. What gives, Mamoru?
What’s my favorite thing about Mamoru? Well, I’d have to say it’s the fact that he actually is Usagi’s boyfriend, actually. Far too often, shojo manga creates drama by having the “chase” and romantic tension between the two leads just drag on and on until the series finally ends, but Sailor Moon doesn’t bother with that trope and just gets them together right away, though this was probably more due to the oversight of assuming the series would only run for one season rather than by design.
So, hats off to ya, Mamoru! If only we were saved from that stupid Sailor Moon R story arc where you break up for literally no reason, your relationship would otherwise be an inspiration to us all!
If you have any questions you’d like me to look into about Mamoru, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!