My Thoughts about Seiya and Usagi
I know it's something we fans talk about a lot, but I was laying in bed this morning thinking about Sailormoon (like ya do), and I came to this conclusion: Seiya is great and all, but she's not the one for Usagi.
Fans love it. Seiya is passionate, fun and outgoing. She's very affectionate and sweet and thoughtful. In contrast, Mamoru seems plain, even boring. Seiya seems to be totally infatuated with Usagi, ready to do anything for her. Like I recently read from one fan, their relationship developed naturally through their interaction with one another - no pre-destined plan. Seiya seems to truly, deeply care for Usagi. In contrast, a lot of fans see Mamoru as cold and not very understanding. Maybe they even see him as forced to her side against his will because of some predetermined fate.
But there's one super important thing missing from this: Usagi loves Mamoru.
Sure, she totally cares about Seiya, maybe even has a crush on her, but Usagi's affection for Seiya is a result of her longing for Mamoru. Seiya reminds her of Mamoru. Clearly, we don't see the resemblance! xD But Usagi is looking for comfort when she is alone and scared and she finds that comfort in Seiya. Unfortunately - and I think regardless of destiny - she's not in love with Seiya. When the time comes, when things are very hard for her, she longs for Mamoru. How can anyone forget that scene on the roof in the rain?!
Seiya reminds me of an ex boyfriend of mine. Actually, since I never officially 'dated' him, that term might not be totally appropriate. But the feeling is the same. I was lonely and he was charming. He was there for me, romantic, did all the right things, said all the right stuff. I didn't have a Mamoru that was away, but in the end it was clear that he and I were not going to end up together. I thought he was cute and sweet and all that but I didn't love him the way I think you ought to love someone you're going to make a babeh with :3
The anime did a botch job on Mamoru and Usagi, but they ARE in love on their own accord. Just because he lets her take the lead doesn't mean he's not there for her. In fact, I think that's what people often struggle with. Usagi is the strong one - she is front and center. Mamoru plays her support; he's the great man behind the powerful woman. Just because he doesn't fill this superman role always stealing the show, doesn't mean he isn't in love with her. And certainly Usagi is totally in love with him. Even in the anime, her friends see it and warn her that she will hurt Seiya's feelings by leading him on. They know that she's truly in love with Mamoru.
I understand fans liking Seiya and enjoying her relationship with Usagi because it's a fling, it's exciting, and it's a little scandalous. For me though, what it all comes down to is that Usagi and Mamoru are definitely, totally in love. Even if Seiya made Usagi happy for a while, Usagi did not love her. In the end, their relationship was going to fail - perhaps maybe, in a similar way that Usagi and Mamoru were going to stay together through all the crap they went through.
Ahhhh I love this story. <3 USAGI + MAMORU 4EVA!