Was Naru supposed to have a bigger role?

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BlueMoon

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Sep 6, 2014
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Naru was just a character written to give Usagi someone to interact with before all the Guardians joined the cast. The anime remembered her for a bit, but she was largely reduced to a minor role because the story just didn't need her anymore. I highly doubt she was ever written to be anything more.
This.

Naru’s sole function was to just be Usagi’s friend before the Senshi started appearing and to give Usagi someone to save that she has a personal stake in the first act. Her role is severely diminished after Act 1. The anime treated her a lot better keeping her around a bit longer. It helped that there was 7 episodes with just Usagi as a Senshi and making Usagi and Rei at odds with each other gave Usagi more reason to hang out with Naru even with Rei and Ami being her other friends but once Mako shows up you could slowly see the anime staff phase Naru out that after Minako shows up Naru only appears in about 3 episodes in the rest of the Dark Kingdom series.

Frankly, the idea Miss Takeuchi considered Naru to be the Moon Princess or Sailor Saturn is laughable
 
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Naru in the anime and manga was a representative figure of Usagi's life before her becoming Sailor Moon. As the series went on, the more Usagi befriended the Sailor Guardians and was more faithful to the mission of keeping Earth safe, the further away she drifted from Naru.

In the anime she was a constant companion to Usagi and a constant target to the Dark Kingdom to lure Sailor Moon out in the first season. In Sailor Moon R, she was present for about 5 appearances. In Sailor Moon S, she is seen in two appearances. In Sailor Moon SuperS, she only appears once. By Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, she is gone.

Her appearance in the manga are partially the mirror for her anime appearance as the manga came first on monthly basis and the anime on weekly basis. But it was actually a relative of Naru that Naoko tacked on in a story during the Stars arc.
 
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#23
Naru in the anime and manga was a representative figure of Usagi's life before her becoming Sailor Moon. As the series went on, the more Usagi befriended the Sailor Guardians and was more faithful to the mission of keeping Earth safe, the further away she drifted from Naru.

In the anime she was a constant companion to Usagi and a constant target to the Dark Kingdom to lure Sailor Moon out in the first season. In Sailor Moon R, she was present for about 5 appearances. In Sailor Moon S, she is seen in two appearances. In Sailor Moon SuperS, she only appears once. By Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, she is gone.

Her appearance in the manga are partially the mirror for her anime appearance as the manga came first on monthly basis and the anime on weekly basis. But it was actually a relative of Naru that Naoko tacked on in a story during the Stars arc.
Naru also appeared in the side story with her sister Naruru. Naru even scolds Naruru in the end. It would be interesting if that side story was adapted to the 90s anime as in that canon Naru was an only child. Maybe Naruru could have been Naru's cousin or maybe Naru's father's child with another woman and Naru's half sister.
 
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Naru makes a small, non-speaking appearance in the manga proper as well during that arc. In Stars 3, we see Usagi, Naru, Haruka, and Michiru having lunch together. I wish they'd put that scene in the 90s anime (there's absolutely no chance it'll be in Crystal should it ever get around to the Stars arc) since that's such an unusual group of people and I'd love to see their dynamic. Oh well.

Yes, the supporting characters more or less vanish in the manga as they do in the 90s anime, but I still feel like Naoko handled them better overall. It only feels like they're more prominent in the anime because they were in so many filler episodes early on. Even if Naoko ultimately did nothing with the plot point, she did make it so that Motoki and Asanuma (and likely Naru and maybe even Umino too) knew the girls' and Mamoru's secret identities. The 90s anime should have developed that into storylines, but instead Toei chose to play it safe and boring with formulaic filler involving nobodies.
 
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Naru makes a small, non-speaking appearance in the manga proper as well during that arc. In Stars 3, we see Usagi, Naru, Haruka, and Michiru having lunch together. I wish they'd put that scene in the 90s anime (there's absolutely no chance it'll be in Crystal should it ever get around to the Stars arc) since that's such an unusual group of people and I'd love to see their dynamic. Oh well.

Yes, the supporting characters more or less vanish in the manga as they do in the 90s anime, but I still feel like Naoko handled them better overall. It only feels like they're more prominent in the anime because they were in so many filler episodes early on. Even if Naoko ultimately did nothing with the plot point, she did make it so that Motoki and Asanuma (and likely Naru and maybe even Umino too) knew the girls' and Mamoru's secret identities. The 90s anime should have developed that into storylines, but instead Toei chose to play it safe and boring with formulaic filler involving nobodies.
Its like we had so many filler, but we don't know what to do with it ?