Minako's Love-Duty Angst

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CrystalBard

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What exactly makes Minako think that being a Guardian means no time for romance? Even in the Manga and Crystal she seems waaaaay more serious about her duties than the others. Is it just her personality to take things extremely seriously?
 
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What exactly makes Minako think that being a Guardian means no time for romance? Even in the Manga and Crystal she seems waaaaay more serious about her duties than the others. Is it just her personality to take things extremely seriously?
Well, we know she was the first to have her memories of the past, she was also fighting alone for awhile. This affected her to a point where she develops this strong sense of responsibility that clashes with her carefree nature. She had to deal with it on her own, while Usagi fought once on her own and by the time she got her memories back she had all the support she could possibly need.
 
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lord Martiya

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What exactly makes Minako think that being a Guardian means no time for romance?
A series of failed romances, killing two love interests for being agents of the Dark Kingdom, and Ace setting up the latter situation precisely to show her that, if she had to choose between duty and romance, Minako would always choose duty. After the latter, she just gave up on something she'd trumple over at a moment's notice, it was faster and less painful this way.
 
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Minako committing to her purpose as Sailor Venus and a guardian Senshi is similar to Usagi committing to her purpose as Cosmos, in Usagi's case she has to give up her dream of Utopia and balance with Chaos, and in Minako's case she gives up her purpose of relationship in order to commit herself as a Guardian Senshi.
 

lord Martiya

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What balance? SM's Chaos isn't chaos as in any modern concept, it's Chaos as in the Ancient Greek idea - the universe devoid of everything. You can't balance with it, either you exist or Chaos exists.
 
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What balance? SM's Chaos isn't chaos as in any modern concept, it's Chaos as in the Ancient Greek idea - the universe devoid of everything. You can't balance with it, either you exist or Chaos exists.
My point here is that she has to fight with Chaos to keep the Universe in check rather than cling to her utopia and she has to accept that if she is to commit becoming Sailor Cosmos.
 

Thexall

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What exactly makes Minako think that being a Guardian means no time for romance? Even in the Manga and Crystal she seems waaaaay more serious about her duties than the others. Is it just her personality to take things extremely seriously?
Balancing private life and duty is a popular topic and with the Spiderman TAS it also regularly hits the mainstream. Even real soldiers who actually exist have to deal with this topic regularly if they are stationed abroad for several years. And the Senshi would have an even greater obligation, as they must protect the entire solar system. To draw the line to fiction again: Soldier 76 from the game Overwatch has ended his same-sex partnership with a person unknown to us because he has classified duty as more important.
 
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Tsundereshipper

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What exactly makes Minako think that being a Guardian means no time for romance? Even in the Manga and Crystal she seems waaaaay more serious about her duties than the others. Is it just her personality to take things extremely seriously?
A series of failed romances, killing two love interests for being agents of the Dark Kingdom, and Ace setting up the latter situation precisely to show her that, if she had to choose between duty and romance, Minako would always choose duty. After the latter, she just gave up on something she'd trumple over at a moment's notice, it was faster and less painful this way.
Because she realizes at the end of Sailor V that no matter what happens her Princess will always be her personal most important person (whether you want to interpret this romantically or platonically is your choice) the one who she'll put above everyone, so it's probably better not to get attached. It's not even just Venus, Mars in the past was also said to have taken a vow of chastity towards the Princess and also seems little interested in romance outside of Kaidou.

Keep in mind too that maybe Minako just isn't wired to desire a serious romantic relationship, I personally always interpreted her manga self as aromantic. (she's not asexual though, that girl is horny as [BLEEP]) I think it's telling that even before she got back her memories she was always falling in love left and right but was never truly serious about any of them, even Artemis remarked on the flimsiness of her "1000 first loves." She's the type of person who's able to find her fulfillment in something other than romance, and that's okay.
 
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