It really bothers me how some people act like Mamoru is a “threat” to the girl power present in the series and as such he should just be shoved in the corner and forgotten about until it’s convenient. This mentality is so beyond fucking stupid. Mamoru is the exact opposite of a threat to the female empowerment themes in the series. Let’s see…
- Mamoru never fails to make it clear that he idolizes Sailor Moon and has complete faith in her ability to save the day. In lesser shows, there would probably be some reoccurring theme about the guy feeling insecure and emasculated because the girl is more powerful, but this never, not once, happens throughout the course of BSSM. Instead, Mamoru laments that he wishes that he was stronger so he could stand by Usagi’s side and support her with everything he has; he doesn’t want to be stronger than her, he just wants to support her in any way he can because he loves and respects her more than anyone else.
- Mamoru makes it pretty clear that he thinks the world of the Senshi and, in particular, their friendships with Usagi. Like a third of his speeches in the original anime revolved around how strong and beautiful and amazing their bonds with each other were and how their friendship could triumph over anything. He also does his best to support the other girls, both in day to day life and during battle.
- His and Usagi’s relationship is a prime example of what a romantic relationship should be like, especially in regards to not neglecting your other relationships. Usagi and Mamoru go on dates, talk to each other, and spend time together pretty frequently, but not at the expense of Usagi’s relationships with her friends and family. Sometimes, when a person (especially a teenager) gets a new boyfriend/girlfriend, they begin to neglect their friends and family even if they aren’t intentionally doing it. This never happens with Usagi and Mamoru. She still makes plenty of time for her friends and doesn’t exclusively focus on him. And Mamoru never shows any jealousy towards them, not even once. He fully understands how important Usagi’s friends and family are to her and so doesn’t intrude.
- He’s like the best dad ever. Chibiusa utterly adores him for a reason, even in his King Endymion form. He always does everything he can to support and encourage Chibiusa and makes her feel like she can do anything.
These are all just off the top of my head. Mamoru is a great character and in no way “threatens” the dynamic between Usagi and the rest of the girls. So can some of you stop acting like such stereotypical man-haters? It’s embarrassing.