I feel that Mamoru and Shigure from the Fruits Basket manga are very similiar. Do you agree? Why or why not?
To be fair, I can’t say that I’m really that much of an expert on Shigure’s character (since I was pretty much all about Kyou and Tohru in Furuba), but I wouldn’t say they’re that similar? Shigure is much more flighty (if deliberately so, he knew what he was doing) and much more manipulative and willing to be somewhat malicious to achieve his goals. Mamoru, on the other hand, is much more reserved and serious and genuine when interacting with people.
He has a quick wit and says some hilarious things (his deadpan reaction to Usagi talking to her cat while they were on the bus sends me into hysterics every time or when he just lifts Chibi-Usa to toss her over his shoulder while she giggles wildly, just totally playing with her) but he doesn’t have secret agenda like Shigure does. Even when he’s not really on Usagi’s side (like in the Dark Kingdom arc), he’s pretty straightforward about how he’s not sure if he’s their enemy or not. When he figures out who Sailor Moon is, he doesn’t keep that information to himself for long, he reveals himself to her when he takes her back to his apartment, because he’s honest like that.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t shades of grey with both characters, because of course there are! I’m not saying Shigure was coldly manipulative and lying to everyone or that Mamoru was incapable of having an agenda. Just that they didn’t strike me as being similar? I’d be very curious to know why you think they’re similar, though! I’m certainly willing to have my mind changed, if you’re up for discussion.