Neon Genesis wrote:
Why was assigning a Sailor Guardian to each of your circle of friends such a thing anyway? There's a Sailor Moon podcast I listen to and all the hosts said the same thing happened with their circle of friends.
Yes, I've heard of other Sailor Moon fans doing the same with their groups of friends as well.
It kind of reminds me of when I was younger (around eight or so); my friend (the aforementioned "Sailor Chibi Moon") and I were into Power Rangers. She had discovered the show first through her older brothers and then introduced it to me. Her favorite was the Pink Ranger, and therefore she'd "claimed" that character already. Initially, I was okay with assuming the Yellow Ranger as a favorite character and as the character I'd play when we played together. (This pretty much consisted of play fights in my backyard.) But after I watched the series for a bit, I found that while I admired Trini (the Yellow Ranger), I identified much more with Kimberly (the Pink Ranger). This created a dilemma because I was no longer willing to be designated the Yellow Ranger all the time, and she wasn't willing to share the Pink Ranger. We were no longer able to play that game. lol
Although we no longer played make believe games at the age that my friends and I got into Sailor Moon, it was kind of the same thing. I guess there's something fun about being able to "claim" a favorite fictional character to yourself and have others identify you with that character. Maybe for some people, it is like assuming that character as a part of their identity? Certainly I think I've been like that to some degree with Michiru/Sailor Neptune, and others I've known have done that with other fictional characters.
It's kind of strange, but I think it's something that a lot of people do innately.