Well, here we are at day three of the 30 day anime challenge. This entry was already a given when I saw the list. But it also might be a bit bias because of the fact I’m just a big Sailor Moon Fangirl.
Favorite Male Character Ever: Tuxedo Mask (Sailor Moon)
When I was first starting to watch anime, of course I had veered towards Sailor Moon. My most favorite male character in all of anime is of course, Tuxedo Mask (Tuxedo Kamen). While most who want a Prince on a white horse, mine always wore a tuxedo while throwing sharpened roses as a distraction so I can defeat the villain.
Tuxedo Mask is Sailor Moon’s one true love. When she was known as Princess Serenity back on the Moon Kingdom, he was Prince Endymion of Earth. They fell in love, despite the fact that the two planets were going to go to war. While I didn’t care for the pre-missing memories version of Mamoru from the 1990’s anime first season (he seemed like a class A jerk), his loyalty and love much improved in the follow up seasons. In Sailor Moon R: The Movie, he is willing to fight his friend from childhood to save Sailor Moon. He explains that without her and her love, his life would be nothing.
Around the same time, the first half of the Sailor Moon R he is known as the Moonlight Knight.
While Mamoru still hadn’t recovered his memories in that first half like the Senshi did, there was an ever growing need to protect Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity. That growing need became the Moonlight Knight. Once Mamoru regained his memories after the battle with Ann and Ai, the Moonlight Knight disappeared and he became Tuxedo Mask once more.
In Sailor Moon Crystal, I feel he is portrayed better as they did not stray much from the source material. The age gap had been shortened (in the original 1990’s anime, he was already attending college where as in Crystal he was only in his first or second year in high school in comparison to Usagi’s second year in middle school), and his mood was more mysterious and less jerk like. They also emphasized that he did have latent powers that would eventually show up to help the Senshi and more so when combined with Sailor Moons.
Well, there is day three. I am trying to keep up with this! And now I end with a nice wet photo of Mamoru. You’re welcome!