Let's Discuss the 90s Anime Audio Dramas

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There are tons of threads on here about the manga, the 90s anime, the live action series, Crystal, the musicals, the video games, and the various dubs, but I never really see much discussion about the audio dramas* (in fact, it's hard to find much information about them at all), so I thought I'd make a thread to discuss them.

*(This thread is specifically for the 90s anime audio dramas. If someone wants to start a thread to discuss the DJ Moon releases from the live action series, feel free.)

For reference, here's the list of the 90's anime audio drama CDs from Wikimoon:

Sailor Moon R Drama
Sailor Moon S Drama
Sound Drama Collection - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon 1
Sound Drama Collection - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon 2

Sound Drama Collection - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon 3 - Prelude of Romance
Sound Drama Collection - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R 1 - Kaette Kita Ail to An! Bishoujo Senshi-tachi no Yume o Genjitsu ni Sakusen Hatsudo!
Sound Drama Collection - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon R 2 - Toki o Kakeru Bishoujo Senshi
Sound Drama Collection - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S - Danshi Kouseniri! Tsui ni Meguri Atta Unre no Hito!
The dramas in bold have been subtitled by MissDream. I'm not sure whether the other dramas have been translated by any other group, if they're available for download anywhere, or if the above list is even complete. Unfortunately, while each release has its own Wikimoon article, they're each practically barren, with only a few including track lists and some cast info. (The situation at Sailormoon.wikia is even more grim.) So if there's anyone on here who knows more about the audio dramas from the anime, your knowledge would be most appreciated.

The Sailor Moon R Drama and Sailor Moon S Drama CDs are simply the audio from the R and S movies (which leads me to wonder if there was a similar CD put out for the SuperS movie).

The Sound Drama Collection - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon 1 (a.k.a. Anime Cassette Collection Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon Volume One on the MissDream site) and the Sound Drama Collection - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon 2 audio 'dramas' are pretty random and goofy, and very meta. Many of the tracks are one-off gags; others take the form of a quiz show.
The storyline for the first drama involves Kunzite and Zoisite trying to figure out who Sailor Moon is by holding voice actor auditions for the Sailor V movie. The audition tapes the girls make are hilarious, and we learn Ami knows pi to the 80,000th number. The second involves Kunzite and Zoisite returning to Dream Land with a scheme to blackmail the Sailor Soldiers by recording their most embarrassing stories.
The stories definitely don't fit in with the continuity of the anime, but they do contain a few interesting things that may or may not be considered canon, such as Mamoru transforming into Tuxedo Mask by saying, "Tuxedo Power Make Up!" and Zoisite being bisexual (he says he's dated girls from some junior high school in Hiroshima).

As for the Sound Drama Collection for S, I'll post my thoughts when I finish listening.
 
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The first one takes place before I'm guessing since Minako doesn't appear in it; the second one takes place after since she does. She also talks about Alan a lot. Also Mamoru is brainwashed/evil. So you can see how it doesn't align with the anime continuity at all :lol:
 
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Oh yeah it doesn’t even try lol

Zoycite is alive and Mamoru is evil and Minako is talking about Alan have fun even trying to place that in continuity :D


Does the Minako-less one have the Senshi aware that Kunzite exist?
 
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Whoops! Kunzite actually doesn't appear in the first audio drama; I just checked. Clearly the two blended together in my mind. My bad! ^_^'

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Anyway, here is my review of the first part of the S tie-in audio drama, Danshi Kouseniri! Tsui ni Meguri Atta Unre no Hito! (Can anyone translate the title? MissDream didn't and I can't find a source that gives the title in kanji for me to try and Google Translate.)

Prologue

- As the characters begin recording the drama, Usagi asks Rei if "Super" is the one with Pegasus. ("No! Pegasus was in SuperS!") Was it the one where they were searching for the Silver Crystal? (Ami informs her that was season one.) Minako thinks it's the one where Luna became a human; Mako(? I have trouble distinguishing the Japanese voices) says that was the movie. Then Haruka and Michiru show up, along with the Death Busters, and clear things up.

It's a really funny, really meta fake-out gag, but it makes me wonder when this was recorded. Wikimoon gives June 20, 1998 as the release date for all the Sound Drama Collections, which I'm assuming is when they were released on CD; but when did the original cassettes come out? Obviously this was recorded after SuperS finished, but was it recorded during Stars or after?

Part 1: Infiltration of the Boy's School, and A Chance Meeting with a Destined Person

- The first storyline features a lot of bathroom humor, of which I'm not a fan. I'm even less of a fan of the heterosexism/homophobia that runs pretty flagrantly throughout.

- Basically, the story begins with the girls tracking a Daimon to the "Azabu Academy for Boys." Since it's an all-boys school, they use their transformation pens to turn into male students. Minako and Rei apparently look hot as guys, and they tell Makoto that she's
"never looked better," much to her chagrin. Ami is not comfortable as a boy, and that's where the heterosexism/homophobia
begins.

Mako(?) decides to tease her by saying, "I've always liked you. So, will you go out with me? . . . Come on Mizuno, give me a kiss!"
To which Ami replies, No, you can't... We're both girls! No! You can't say that, we're both boys, not girls!" Then, realizing Ami is taking Mako(?)'s advances seriously, they call her a pervert. :| :| :|

The girls then split up into two groups. After getting distracted by all the cute boys, Ami, Minako, and Rei go off to have a subplot about being too embarrassed to use the boys' bathroom.

Meanwhile, Usagi and Makoto head to the school gym to watch some boys having sports practice. Mako gets hit in the head by an errant basketball. Senda Haitaro, the team captain, helps her up and comments on how soft her skin is. Mako naturally comments on how he looks just like the upper-classman she used to like, and she joins the basketball team and starts practicing, much to Usagi's annoyance.

While they practice, Senda asks Mako to go see a movie with him on Sunday. At first Mako's happy, but then she remembers she's disguised as a boy. She thinks to herself, "If he only knew I was a girl... We'd be such a hot couple!" Yikes. :sick:

Kaolinite then shows up because - surprise, surprise - Senda's the target! She unleashes her Daimon, Taikukan, to retrieve his pure heart, only to find it's - surprise! - not a talisman. Usagi and Mako transform and quickly defeat the Daimon.

Anyway, now Senda knows they're Sailor Soldiers (and, more to the point, GIRLS), so Mako naturally thinks, "Now he's going to say it... 'Makoto, so you were really a girl... Makoto please go out with me...'" *facepalm* Instead, now that he knows Mako's a girl, he cancels the date since he doesn't like girls; he's "only interested in guys." Usagi realizes this means he's "on the other team." Just then Haruka shows up and, mistaking her for a guy, Senda starts hitting on her. Usagi observes it seems he's into pretty boys. Mako seems heartbroken . . . for about two seconds. Then a new guy walks past who reminds Mako of her upperclassman.


It's not a bad segment per se (though I could have done without the bathroom humor), but the heterosexism/homophobia is incredibly cringey and dates it terribly. It kind of feels like it was maybe inspired by the "Does Mako like Haruka?" episode of S, but that makes Mako's comments/actions all the more confusing and frustrating. Still, Senda is a cool character and I wish he'd appeared in the anime. A gay male character who isn't a villain would have been a great addition. As it stands, we only have that fashion designer from SuperS (which is a bit of a stereotypical profession for a gay man to have; an athlete character would have been cool).
 
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Part 2 - Haruka's Misery: Premonition of Impending Doom

The second part of the S audio drama begins with Haruka running into a fishmonger with her bike, causing him to sprain his ankle. To make amends, she agrees to take his place at work for the day, only to be completely embarrassed when Usagi and the others happen by the market and see her hocking fish.

Later that day, Haruka gets into another bike accident, causing another guy to sprain his ankle. (Who knew Haruka was such a reckless motorcyclist?) Again she agrees to take the guy's place at work. She asks what he does. He informs her he works as hostess at a gay bar. (Get it? Because gay men are women! Hahahahahaha. :| By the way, the guy speaks in a very stereotypical femme voice because of course he does.) For some reason, Haruka freaks out at the thought of working at a gay bar. In fact, she virtually gets into a fight with the guy as she breaks her promise and tries to leave.

This storyline ends with Haruka back at home with Michiru, complaining that she's just had a day from hell. She asks Michiru what she'd do if she (Haruka) "became someone completely different from who [she is] now." Michiru says that's an odd question, but tells her that no matter what, things would never change between them; she'd never feel any differently about Haruka. She then remarks that Haruka made a lovely fishmonger (much to Haruka's embarrassment), adding, "It's too bad. If you became a hostess, I'd be your customer every day." She asks Haruka why she turned that job down. Haruka again gets very flustered and says "There's no way I would!"

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I find it extremely weird that Haruka has such an extreme, negative reaction to the prospect of working at a gay bar. I get that she's a butch woman and working at a place catering to men might not exactly suit her, but her reaction still comes off as over the top and very uncomfortable. I guess even Haruka has some internalized homophobia.



Part 2A - Sailor Moon Dark

Even though the next two tracks have nothing to do with the above, according to the track list on Wikimoon, they're still grouped in with the Haruka story.

This storyline begins with Professor Tomoe complaining to Kaolinite about how the Sailor Soldiers have defeated yet another one of his Daimon. He says the Sailors are nothing but delinquent students, unlike his own wonderful students at Mugen Academy. When the Death Busters finally take over the world, he says he'll make everyone like his students. To this end, he announces he's made a brand new, hyper-powered soldier: "Sailor Moon Dark!"

Sailor Moon Dark, the "sailor-suited soldier of hatred and evil" ( :lol: ), looks exactly like Sailor Moon. Professor Tomoe's reasoning is that the Sailor Soldiers would never attack an enemy that looked like Sailor Moon. He sends Kaolinite and Sailor Moon Dark off to attack, confident in his scheme. Unfortunately, to Kaolinite's shock, the Sailors waste no time in destroying the Daimon. Kaolinite returns to headquarters. She tells Professor Tomoe they should use more underhanded methods, only to be rebuked by him. The Death Busters have more honor that that, apparently.

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I loved this so much. It was cute, hilarious, and not at all problematic. I wish this had been an episode of the anime. I'd love to see "The Sailor-Suited soldier of hatred and evil, Sailor Moon Dark" in action. Could have made a hilarious follow-up episode to the one in Classic where Zoisite impersonates Sailor Moon.
 
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Yeah its a bit sad that it seems Sailor Moon didn’t have the most progressive view toward LGBT people more so gay/bisexual men. Not that this is surprising given Fish-Eye or Usagi’s reaction to Zoicite/Kunzite in the first series memorial. The Haruka focused one sounds pretty gross.

The boy-school one sounds cute and minus the homophobia bit from Ami (which seems slightly out of character given how she seemed low key amused by the idea of Mamoru having ahem involvement with men in the R movie maybe Ami is closet bisexual and she was just having some internalized bi panic when Mako(?) “hits on her?) Seda would have made for a nice character of the day. If that was an actual episode I wonder how Cloverway/Optimum would have handled it? Probably have Seda ask boy!Mako to hang out with the rest of the team at the movies and later tell Mako he has a girlfriend
 

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Speaking as a gay Sailor Moon fan, I do find the LGBTQ humor to be very dated and problematic, but it's not that surprising to me because the old Seramyus also has a lot of this immature type of humor in it. The 90s anime did to some degree as well but I always felt like it was at least more sympathetic to gay characters and was a bit ahead of it's time compared to other old anime. The only justification I can offer is that the Inners were portrayed as stereotypical "boy crazy" teenagers in the 90s and this kind of petty and gossipy type of attitude towards LGBTQ people was commonplace among teenagers in the 90s, at least it was when I was in school. In that regard, the Inners are still ahead of the times that they would still be friends with Haruka and Michiru in spite of their own hang ups about it.

Haruka's behavior is just too bizarre though and I feel like whoever wrote this audio drama must not have had much experience with the anime. Even putting aside Haruka's weird internalized homophobia, Haruka's actions are just so out of character for her, who usually acts a lot more cool and collected than this. Zosite being bi is interesting but I remember Kunzite having some romantic feelings for Queen Beryl in the 90s anime too and Zoisite getting jealous of Beryl, so I can see Zoisite being bi as well. Thank you for posting your synopsises for these! Even if it's lower quality content, I always find it interesting learning about new Sailor Moon content, and I had never heard of these audio dramas before until this thread. The only ones I knew of were for the first two movies and there was an audio drama for the last two episodes of the first season that had Kotono Mitsuishi as Usagi instead of Kae Araki. Hopefully someone will post a full translation of these one day.
 
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Part 3 - Desert Island

It seems Uranus and Neptune have washed ashore on a desert island after being thrown into the ocean while fighting a Daimon. They've been there for a week and speak seriously (and dramatically, as they are wont to do) about their seemingly hopeless situation, but it's all fine since they can endure anything as long as they are together...

Then Usagi speaks up and we learn that ALL of the Sailor Soldiers (apart from Chibi Moon, Pluto, and Saturn, of course, who don't appear in these stories) are stranded on the desert island. Jupiter wistfully remarks on what a great couple Uranus and Neptune are (which feels weird given her behavior back in Part 1). Mars wants to be proactive about getting off the island but they can't seem to think of any solution. Mercury says their only hope of rescue is Tuxedo Mask. She points out that every time Sailor Moon's in danger, he shows up to save the day. Everyone conspires to put her in danger (much to Usagi's dismay) to draw him to the island. Uranus starts things off by hurling a "World Shaking" at her.

Meanwhile, back in Tokyo, we find Mamoru in a ramen shop. While slurping his ramen, he gets a sudden premonition that Sailor Moon's in danger. He calls out "Tuxedo Power, Make Up!" and transforms into the "Tuxedo suited soldier of love and hope, Tuxedo Mask!" He dives into Tokyo Bay and starts swimming.

Back on the island, the girls have almost lost all hope. They've thoroughly beaten up Sailor Moon and still no Tuxedo Mask. But wait! Suddenly, a red rose is flung. Then, atop a palm tree, they spy him! "The tuxedo-suited soldier of love and grace, Tuxedo Mask!" They start begging him to help rescue them from the island, but he doesn't have a boat, so it's hopeless. Turns out Mercury's plan was a bad one and Sailor Moon was hurt for naught. The story ends with everyone still stranded.

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I loved this segment so much. It definitely felt like a throwback/spiritual sequel to the infamous dinosaur island episode of R, only shorter, funnier, and Chibiusa- (and dinosaur-) free. I loved Mamoru using "Tuxedo Power, Make Up!" to transform again (I guess that really might be his canon henshin phrase) and I loved his intro speech. (I want him to get a properly animated introduction sequence now.) Just a perfectly wacky story. I would have loved this to have been fleshed out a bit more, not as a full episode, but as a short (perhaps it could have played before the S movie?).



Part 4 - Mamoru's Pure Heart

It's November and Usagi and Mamoru are hanging out. It starts snowing and Usagi gets super excited and distracted. Mamoru comments on how pure Usagi is, which reminds him... He starts to tell Usagi there's something he's been concerned about lately, but when he tries to tell her what it is, he can't quite get the words out.

Usagi decides to bring him to talk to Ami. Ami asks if he's worried about not getting as much screen time as he used to. He confesses that she's right; ever since Uranus and Neptune showed up, they've been taking up his screen time and he's lucky to be on the air once every three weeks now. But that's not what he wanted to talk about. Seems he's worried about pure hearts. The Death Busters have been targeting people with pure hearts. Usagi and all the other Sailor Soldiers have been targeted, but he hasn't! He's worried he has an impure heart.

Luckily for him, Ami's just invented a device that can peer into people's hearts, so Mamoru has her use it to look into his. They have him go to sleep and then turn the device on. Inside his heart, they see an office. It appears he's the president of a major company. Michiru is his secretary and they talk about preparing for a business meeting. Then Minako shows up, calling Mamoru "onii-chan." She hugs him and tells him she's gotten the lead role in a ballet, all thanks to his support. He promises to take her shopping for a present on Sunday. Then Makoto calls; he refers to her as "nee-san." (There's literally no point to the call.) He gets a call on the other line. It's Rei. She's his mistress. She speaks in a very sexy voice, complains that she never sees him anymore and that she's lonely, and asks if he really loves his wife? He assures her that he loves her best and promises to take her on a trip to the hot springs really soon. Then Haruka shows up. She's another employee and wants to go over some files she's been working on for way too long. They're full of spelling errors it turns out, so Mamoru starts chewing her out. He's a total jerk to her and tells her to clean every toilet in the building or he'll fire her before literally cackling like a madman.

Usagi cannot believe what she's seeing. Is this Mamoru's heart's secret desire? To have Michiru as his secretary, Haruka as his subordiante, Minako his little sister, Mako his older sister, Rei his... secret lover?! Ami tries to assuage her by saying these aspirations are all subconscious, but Usagi just wants to know why she wasn't in his heart at all. Ami points out Heart!Rei mentioned he had a wife and Usagi cheers up. They keep watching and see Mamoru leave his office and go home to a big house where he's greeted by his wife......Ami?! After kissing her (on the forehead, per her request), he suggests they take a bath together. She reluctantly agrees and he begins laughing in a super creepy, pervy way.

Usagi is NOT happy about this development. Why isn't she in his heart? They keep watching and... it turns out she is. As a cat. Heart!Mamoru has a cat named Usagi. Ami surmises that "since [their] relationship is so decidedly one-sided, in [Mamoru's] mind [Usagi has] the same position as a pet." Usagi is extremely upset about this and wakes Mamoru up and starts screaming at him, hitting him, and saying she hates him. Mamoru asks if he has a pure heart. Ami diplomatically says he's a "man of strong ambition" and his heart is "purely...something" and Mamoru is relieved.

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Oh...my...god... This segment was the most bizarre, bat-s**t crazy thing ever. There's so much to unpack I don't even know where to begin. I mean, on the one hand, I love that they acknowledge Mamoru's never being targeted by the Death Busters (which always bothered me) and the whole thing is clearly inspired by Minako's episode (if only Ami had had her pure heart device then!), but then it just takes SUCH a turn. Mamoru's fantasy of the girls is soooo sketchy... Haruka is once again depicted as a buffoon... And seeing Usagi as a pet? I just... Wow. Would LOVE to hear what Rose has to say about this :lol:


(BTW - @NeonGenesis - I'm just following along with MissDream's subtitled releases of the audio dramas. The third audio drama from Classic and the two from R are missing - I hope someone will upload and translate them someday; I think the third one from Classic might be the aforementioned finale episodes with Kotono as Usagi - but they have the others. I'm just posting these summaries because it makes it easier to discuss things, and so there's a record of what the dramas are about for those who haven't listened to them yet. I'm glad you're enjoying them so far. It's always fun discovering content, even if it's technically really old stuff.)
 

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I know we fans have joked about Mamoru not having a pure heart but I never thought it would be actually parodied by the show itself. So it's canon Mamoru doesn't have a pure heart? At least his feelings for Rei were real...?
 
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I know we fans have joked about Mamoru not having a pure heart but I never thought it would be actually parodied by the show itself. So it's canon Mamoru doesn't have a pure heart? At least his feelings for Rei were real...?
I mean... He sees her as a mistress, so even if he has real feelings for her, they're not especially flattering ones. (Same goes for Ami.)

Anyway.


Part 5 - Mecha Tomoe

Professor Tomoe has made up his mind to battle the Sailor Soldiers personally. To this end, he dons his secret weapon: the Super Battle
Suit Omega-1. He stomps off into the city in his mecha suit, which Usagi and the others instantly mistake for a giant robot, complaining that there are no giant robots allowed in "Sailor Moon." As Tomoe begins ranting about how girls today don't pay attention, Sailor Moon blasts him with "Moon Spiral Heart Attack!" Tomoe staggers off into a bar to drown his sorrows over being bested once again by "those damn girls."

The next morning, Usagi finds him sleeping it off in the street. She wakes him up and they get into a brief argument. Before running off, Usagi gives him some advice that inadvertently encourages him to not give up on trying to conquer the world.

Tomoe complains that the audio drama is nearly over and he barely got to be in it. He says they should have given him a story instead of doing one about "that trash inside the college kid's heart." Fortunately, he's invented a super-compressed recording device (which he uses to record 36 hours of his talking) and a playback device (yours for the low, low price of 200,000,000 yen!).

The Sailor Soldiers show up to put an end to the Death Busters' scam. Tomoe unleashes his "Sailor Moon Dark Army," a wave of 101 Sailor Moon Darks. Uranus and Neptune arrive and the Sailors begin attacking. (Sailor Moon uses "Moon Tiara Action," "Moon Healing Escalation," and "Moon Princes Halation.") Tuxedo Mask attacks with "Tuxedo Stick!" Tomoe dons his "Super Battle Suit Omega-2" to join in the battle, attacking with "Death Busters Beam" and "Death Busters Punch!" Kaolinite gets involved and attacks with "Death Busters Missile!" Usagi comments that the battle seems to have gotten a bit too big and will have to be continued on the next cassette collection...

The end credits are really cute, with all the voice actors introducing themselves and cracking up. Megumi jokes that she'd like to work at a gay bar now, so at least she doesn't share Haruka's bizarre hang-ups!

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This was a cute way to end the audio drama cassette/CD. Tomoe and Kaolinite are hilariously adorable, and the exchange between Usagi and Tomoe is oddly sweet. The final battle is awesome. Loved Sailor Moon bringing back all her old attacks, and "Tuxedo Stick" is a perfectly banal attack name for 90s anime Tux. I would have loved to see an animated battle between the Sailors and 101 evil Sailor Moon clones. Amazing.

I really enjoyed listening to the S drama collection. Even though parts of it were SUPER problematic, it was mostly very funny, weird, and entertaining, more so than the Classic ones (in my opinion). I really hope the R ones become available with translations someday; I'm very interested in them.

I do wish Optimum/DiC/Pioneer/Cloverway/whoever had dubbed these back in the day. The original dub cast were so expressive and had such distinct voices, it would have been a treat to hear them do these audio dramas (if not all new, dub original audio dramas), and I'd love to know how they would have adapted them. I feel like DiC was perhaps considering doing something along those lines since they released the "Unnatural Phenomenon" episode as an audio cassette. I think they were testing the waters to see how well other audio releases would fare, but any plans for future releases likely died since I'm pretty sure that cassette flopped. (I'm guessing that its being packaged with the 11 inch dolls was the result of their trying to unload excess/unsold stock.) Seems a shame. I wonder if Viz will try dubbing them? (Doubtful given I don't think they've been dubbed in any other countries and there probably isn't much interest in them. Besides, the Viz cast just is not distinct or expressive enough. If they did an audio drama it would be a disaster.) I also wonder why they haven't done any for Crystal. Maybe they're not a thing anymore? (Or maybe Toei's just waiting to adapt Stars as a podcast :lol: )
 

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Some of the stories seem interesting. I especially like the one with the girls disguising themselves as boys and the character of Senda Haitaro the nice gay boy. However I absolutely loathed the story about the Mamoru's heart story which honestly completely assassinated his character and not only that is completely out of his character. His love for Usagi was one of the driving points of his character and portraying him as just an amoral cad is contradictory to his very nature as a character not just in the 90s anime but in all of the canons. I imagine that Naoko Takeuchi probably hated this story as well. I could honestly see her suing Toei if they actually tried to make this story canon. Honestly maybe there is some truth to the rumor that certain members of Toei hated Mamoru's character. This story was simply disgusting and an insult to Mamoru's canon personality and deep love for Usagi.
 

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MariaTenebre said:
Some of the stories seem interesting. I especially like the one with the girls disguising themselves as boys and the character of Senda Haitaro the nice gay boy. However I absolutely loathed the story about the Mamoru's heart story which honestly completely assassinated his character and not only that is completely out of his character.
These are meant to be humorous parodies so I wouldn't take anything they say about the characters very seriously.
 
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I actually like the Mamoru focused audio drama because its pretty brutally honest that Mamoru never really acts like Usagi is his girlfriend. Half the time it seems like he’s just appeasing her. It’s shockingly self aware


I also like Moon using Moon Princess Halation in that one drama since unlike Crescent Moon Stick there was no indication she even lost the Cutie Moon Rod
 

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I actually like the Mamoru focused audio drama because its pretty brutally honest that Mamoru never really acts like Usagi is his girlfriend. Half the time it seems like he’s just appeasing her. It’s shockingly self aware


I also like Moon using Moon Princess Halation in that one drama since unlike Crescent Moon Stick there was no indication she even lost the Cutie Moon Rod
Actually that is false Mamoru treats Usagi very well and like she is his girlfriend. They go on dates, they have romantic moments and Mamoru has said numerous times that being with Usagi feels wonderful to him. This audio drama went completely against Mamoru's characterization in the 90s anime and in all canons.
 

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Neon Genesis said:
These are meant to be humorous parodies so I wouldn't take anything they say about the characters very seriously.
Of course there's always truth to parodies. That Mamoru characterization didn't come out from nowhere ;)