Sailor Moon might be seen as a magical girl anime/manga series created by the legendary mangaka Naoko Takeuchi, but it is also a romance on the side. We all know the premise: Usagi Tsukino rescues a cat named Luna, who helps her awaken her powers and become Sailor Moon. She would then meet other Sailor Scouts along the way and come across a man by the name of Mamoru Chiba, who takes on the mantle as Tuxedo Mask.
They did not start off so hot, but the more they come across paths, the more they are drawn to each other. They later find out that they were Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion in their past lives and due to the Moon Kingdom’s fall, they and the other Sailor Scouts were reincarnated in modern Tokyo.
Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask’s romance is one of the best parts in the story of Sailor Moon. Their dedication to each other is incredible and they would go to full lengths to protect each other. Perhaps it was fate that they were destined to be together, but their blooming chemistry is a joy to watch or read in the manga or in the classic anime plus Crystal.
While their romance is outstanding, there are some interesting secrets about their relationship that connect the two lovebirds. Ranging from a few forms of media, the love between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask transcends beautifully. Here is twenty-five wild revelations about Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask's relationship fans didn’t realize at first!
23 Troubling Age Gap
In America and Japan, the age of consent is vastly different. So, when America got Sailor Moon and noticed how Usagi was in middle school and Mamoru was near college, the idea of them being together is troubling.
In the classic anime, Usagi is fourteen while Mamoru is eighteen. At the very least, their love for each other has transcended through time. So, while their ages might be concerning, they are just in different bodies and technically ageless.
22 The Subtle Changes
Sailor Moon has reached a bigger audience once it arrived in America in the late 90s despite having a dub that is catered towards children. Usagi and Mamoru mostly stayed the same not liking each other, only to love each other as time goes on.
In the DiC localization, Darien (Mamoru) calls Serena (Usagi) “meatball head” while in the original Japanese and Viz Media localization, he calls her “bunhead.” Them teasing each other started off very strong, but fate helped them grow from hating each other to loving each other.
21 Their Similarities
It is intriguing how Usagi and Mamoru mirror each other. In their past lives as Princess Serenity and Prince Endymion, they are both next in line for their thrones. They also have the same number of guardians with the former having her four Inner Sailor Scouts and the latter have the four generals.
With them, they can earn their respective powers, even if their methods are entirely different. It goes to show that they are connected in more ways than one.
20 Usagi's Strong Will
Usagi started off as a crybaby who enjoys junk food and playing video games, but she goes through amazing character development. She would even go to greater lengths to stop those who would take her life or endanger Earth.
The fact that she slew Mamoru while under Queen Beryl’s control displays her strength to do what’s good for the world. Thankfully, he, along with the other Sailor Scouts who sacrificed their lives, are revived. Even if Mamoru ends up getting captured or be in danger, Usagi manages to stay strong, knowing that he can be saved.
19 Opposites Attract
One can look at Usagi and Mamoru and think, “They don’t seem compatible with each other.” While their personalities differ greatly with Mamoru being smart, calm, and mature and Usagi being a crybaby, loud, and whiny, it makes the concept of opposites attract more appealing.
They bring out the best in one another. Even if they might enjoy doing different activities, when these two are together, it all works out in their favor.
18 Who Is This Guy?
There were a lot of changes made to the Sailor Moon anime to expand the story and this instance is confusing but fascinating. Once the beginning of Sailor Moon R arrived, everyone lost their memories but would get them back, except for Mamoru, in a way.
Parts of his memories formed into another version of him called the Moonlight Knight. They remember Usagi’s feelings while Mamoru has no clue about being Tuxedo Mask or loving Usagi. But if there is anything that he’s going compared to Tuxedo Mask/Mamoru, he actually has an appropriate weapon.
17 Tied To A Character In Different Ways
While this character is not all relevant to the story, he is connected to Usagi and Mamoru. Motoki Furuhata is a minor character who works at the Game Center Crown where Usagi goes after school. He is also friends with Mamoru in the first anime.
Funnily enough, Usagi thought Motoki was Tuxedo Mask at first. It is pretty cool how a minor character like him can serve as a connection to Usagi and Mamoru. It is a nice touch for the 90s anime to include.
16 Manga Vs. Anime
There is always the argument of which version is better: manga or anime? Sailor Moon is no exception. The romance in each version is handled very differently. The manga is more passionate since it is a romantic magical girl story, while the anime focuses less on the romance and more on girl power and action.
Their romance, regardless of what version will always be remembered in anime and manga storytelling. If there is one couple that anime fans will remember, it is Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask.
15 PGSM Exclusives
The live action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is a unique retelling of the original story. It actually features school girls in actual disguises, making it more believable for them to fight the forces of evil.
In this Japanese-made TV series, there are exclusive forms that both Usagi and Mamoru have. They are known as Princess Sailor Moon and Metalia Endymion. Both are dangerously powerful and serve up one of the show’s most tense moments.
14 Don't Make Her Angry
If there is one PGSM exclusive character that would go beyond limits for her beloved, it is without a doubt, Princess Sailor Moon. She is dedicated to getting Prince Endymion back, but she is more cold, ruthless, and vengeful. She literally destroyed the world in grief for losing Endymion.
Imagine if this was in canon to the original story. Not only would Sailor Moon be a darker story, but it would take away her pacifism and will to save people without taking their lives.
13 From Hate To Love
Like most romances, Usagi and Mamoru did not start off being friendly towards each other. Ever since Usagi failed a test and crumbled it, it would land on Mamoru’s head as he picks it up and trash talks her.
Unlike most romances, however, they are drawn to each other like a moth to a flame, and when they discovered their past lives, their long-awaited feelings returned, and we are treated to one of the best romances in anime.
12 Retconning The Anime
The Sailor Moon R movie is a nice treat that tells an original story that acts as filler. While it is not necessarily canon to the anime or manga, it does take some liberties to add some twists and give some love to Mamoru, who is known for being shafted in the 90s anime.
In this movie, a young Mamoru is in the hospital since his parents passed away from a car accident. While crying, Usagi sees him, comforts him, and offers him a rose, since she was at the hospital while her brother Shingo was born. It is strange how they do not recognize each other years later, but this scene was still very sweet.
11 Testing Their Relationship
In the original anime, Usagi and Mamoru’s relationship is incredibly shaky but has some great moments. During the filler episodes, Mamoru begins to experience nightmares, which causes him to break up with the poor girl. Later on, Usagi would get the same nightmares too.
As they reconciled and meet up with King Endymion, he stated that he was testing their relationship. It was a strange way to add drama into the 90s anime, but it at least helped Mamoru and Usagi become closer.
10 Love Hurts
While Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask’s love for each other is beautiful, it is also rather lethal since it caused a war between the Earth and Moon Kingdom to begin. There are also people who try to steal one or the other, such as Queen Beryl and Prince Demande.
They are victims of having their kingdoms in ruin and losing their lives from the war between the Earth and Moon. In their future lives, everything is intact for the better.
9 Just Married
Who doesn’t want to see Usagi and Mamoru tie the knot together? In the end of Sailor Moon’s story, they do become husband and wife, but it did not carry over to the original anime. However, the live action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon manages to do so.
Even though it is a completely different retelling of the manga, it was amazing to see this become a reality in the Sailor Moon-verse. The Japanese fans must have been ecstatic to finally see this couple get married on the small screen. Hopefully, Crystal can do the same.
8 Unable To Stay Away From Her
In the filler episodes of Sailor Moon R, the anime decided to add in drama by making Mamoru break up with Usagi. While Mamoru had the best intentions, it was a sad time for both him and her. The episode “Awaken, Sleeping Beauty! Mamoru's Distress” showcases how important Usagi still is to him, despite breaking up with her a few episodes beforehand.
Despite wanting to protect Usagi, it was inevitable that he could never move on from her. It just shows that they need each other in their lives, starting from the Silver Millennium.
7 Mirrors A Fairy Tale In A Way
Going back to the episode “Awaken, Sleeping Beauty! Mamoru's Distress,” it is, as it says in the title, inspired by Sleeping Beauty. Even though it does not take place in the manga, this episode starts off the drama of Mamoru having a nightmare of Usagi turning into Princess Serenity and the world below her crumbles.
With Usagi being put to sleep, it is up for her “prince” to wake her up with a kiss. While it does not feature a fight scene with a dragon, Mamoru was able to save Usagi from a doomful fate.
6 Love Is Inevitable
About eight episodes later after the Sleeping Beauty episode, “Our Feelings are the Same! Usagi and Mamoru in Love Once Again” marks the end of Usagi and Mamoru’s separation as a couple. It was a heartwarming episode that shows how much Usagi and Mamoru can’t be without each other.
This episode is a perfect example that love can be found again in two people who had to go their own ways, but it is impossible to truly let go of someone who is fated to be with them, and Usagi and Mamoru show that love never truly perishes.
5 The Other Daughter
In the next lives for Usagi and Mamoru, they are destined to become the Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion. Together, they have a daughter Chibiusa. While this fact is not entirely canon in the main story of Sailor Moon, Usagi and Mamoru end up having another daughter.
Parallel Sailor Moon stars Kousagi Tsukino, who is also a Sailor Scout. This story was made in 1999, which was the year of the rabbit. Even though this is not a continuation, it is a nice side story fans get to witness.
4 He Has Some Competition
Even though Usagi and Mamoru have stuck together through thick and thin, both of them have love rivals. For now, let’s refer to the ones who are in love with Mamoru. In the classic 90s anime, Rei Hino, also known as Sailor Mars, actually dated him. It was a strange transition from manga to anime, but it makes for hilarious bickering between her and Usagi.
There is another who tried to take Mamoru away from Usagi, and that Queen Beryl. She was in love with Prince Endymion, but after finding out about his relationship with Princess Serenity, she eventually led a surprise attack on the Moon Kingdom, which costed Endymion’s life, along with the Sailor Scouts.
3 She Has Some Competition
Poor Usagi also has a couple of competitors trying to win her heart. In the Dark Moon Arc, Prince Demande wants her to become his queen so they can rule the universe together, but Tuxedo Mask manages to save the day.
Then in the Stars Arc, Seiya, who is part of the Sailor Starlights, forms a close bond with her. With Usagi missing Mamoru, she was desperate for him and found solace in the Sailor Starlight, but her heart always goes back to the former.
2 Staying Strong Despite All Odds
What makes Usagi and Mamoru’s relationship so special is how strong they are together. Despite losing their lives during the Silver Millennium, they found each other again and grew to be inseparable. Their romance is sparked with passion, but they do get into a fit of hiccups here and there.
While as Sailor Moon, Usagi is strong and capable of standing her own ground, but she would not want to fulfill her mission unless her beloved Tuxedo Mask is there. When he’s in trouble, she’s there to save him, and vice versa.
1 Their Names' Origins
This entry has to feature one of the most unique attributes to Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask’s relationship. Usagi means “rabbit,” and with her being associated with the moon, it contributes to the myth of the rabbit on the moon making rice cakes. Mamoru’s name means “Earth Protector,” which represents him technically being Sailor Earth.
In the past, they were known as Serenity and Endymion. In Greek mythology, Selene was the goddess of the moon, while Endymion was a shepherd and the two fell in love. This perfectly refers to how Endymion was the prince of the Earth Kingdom while Serenity was the princess of the Moon Kingdom.