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It’s Sailor Moon’s 20th Anniversary this year, and I’m going to AWA, and I’ve been thinking about it—How fun would it be to do a panel with a Sailor Moon theme? I noticed last year’s panels included a Sera Myu panel, but I would love to help run a panel that focuses on either the manga or PGSM. Or even just a “broad spectrum” sort of panel.
If you are interested, please send me an ask or reblog/reply to this post!
I thought since today was “International Mamoru Day” and that sometimes love interests are fun to discuss, I’d write about a small teensy post about Mamoru Chiba… However, like everything else I decided to write, it’s not that small (what was supposed to be 3 paragraphs could easily now be 10), but the simple reason I can’t keep it down to so few paragraphs is because when you think about it—Mamoru is a very complex person, just like every other character in the Sailor Moon universe.
My first experience with Mamoru like many other girls is with the English dub. “Darien” would at times irritate me, but within reason, I was a third grader when Sailor Moon began its run on Toonami for the first time. I hardly could understand how someone so mean at times could end up being the love of my favorite character’s life. But at nine years old, are you supposed to understand love and falling into it? Occasionally, I’d see him as gentleman, and at those times, he reminded me of Prince Eric (Little Mermaid). He was barely my favorite person when he was Darien, but I loved him when he was Tuxedo Mask. I thought he was a different person when he was throwing the rose, and so I always appreciated him more like that. When I collected and gathered images online, it was never of Mamoru/Darien, but always of Tuxedo Mask.
As puberty began to hit, and I found a collection of Sailor Moon fan subs online, I began to see a different side of Mamoru. I think anime Mamoru is very flawed, but at the same time, when I was 13, he seemed like an ideal perfect boyfriend. He showed up when you needed him. He accepted Usagi’s flaws and loved her for it. I was always drawn at this point in time to their manga images, but I had only read a little bit of the manga as I was slowly collecting it. (I hated how Usagi was initially called “Bunny” in the translations, just as a side note). I still held a candle more for Tuxedo Kamen than civilian Mamoru, but as Barney Stinson would say if he knew Mamoru: “Nothing suits Mamoru Chiba more than a tuxedo." I have a love for classy menswear, I’m sorry.
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