This drawing is so cute <3 It’s from one of my artbooks, which covers the first season of the series. Naoko included some really cute doodles, and this is one of them!
Anonymous asked you:
Here’s an ask! Rei and Usagi start an Exchange Diary of Love. <3 Well ok perhaps not “of love” but, nevertheless, the sort of exchange diary that was common at the time (way before Facebook) between steadies or best friends to write their feelings for each other, tell stories, share drawings, and photos, and things that remind them of each other, or that they thing the other will like. So, for both Rei and Usa, what would their respective entries mostly be like?
ADORBS. I had that! Or, well, okay, I GOT that and was a stupid ass who just hoarded it forever. (SHUT UP I KNOW I RUINED THE ENTIRE POINT)
What would Rei and Usagi put in there for each other? Well first I’m going to have to assume that they implicitly understand that it’s JUST for the two of them. Usagi wouldn’t mind who saw what she did and what she felt, but if we’re going to get anything even remotely honest from Rei then she has to trust that it’s for Usagi’s eyes only.
So with that condition in mind.
Usagi, of course, totally starts this. She’s out wandering shops and she sees this blank book with a gorgeous cover on it — cherry blossoms or fire against a night sky or just beautiful abstract patterns, something that makes her think of Rei — and she gets the idea to do this. She goes home and spends the rest of the day working on it (she SHOULD be doing homework; Luna is summarily ignored). The first page is a title page, something like “ME AND REI” and little SD-Usagi hugging a grumpy SD-Rei that Usagi draws herself. That sets the tone for the rest of her first entry of the book: it’s like six pages telling the story of Usagi and Rei, all drawn by Usagi, all coloured in crayon. Stuff like Usagi seeing Rei across the temple courtyard that first time (complete with hearts in eyes of course) and then Rei morphing into this sharp-toothed demon and smacking Usagi with an ofuda. Just little cartoons of moments in their friendship.
Usagi gives it to Rei and she just doesn’t really know what to do or say. She makes a couple of cracks about the art, which Usagi just smiles and absorbs. Then nothing. Rei doesn’t mention it again. But then Usagi never expected anything, so that’s fine.
So she’s completely surprised when, about ten day later, Rei’s giving her the book back. She won’t say anything about it, just hands it to Usagi and walks away.
Rei’s added to the title page, “USAGI AND ME”, below Usagi’s stuff, and drawn her own version of the two of them. It’s not as good as Usagi’s, not even given Usagi’s child-like style, but it gets the point across.
After Usagi’s drawings are a few beautifully done kanji in calligraphy. “Love”, “Friendship”, and even “Justice”, which makes Usagi grin like crazy. Then a page with snippets of lyrics and music. Usagi can’t read the music, but she recognizes the lyrics as songs Rei’s written herself. On the last page Rei’s taped a photograph of herself and Usagi that Mako took, not long after she joined. Usagi’s glomped onto Rei as per usual, and Rei is scowling at Usagi, but the hint of a smile is undeniable.
It takes off from there.
Usagi’s entries tend to lean more toward pictures and representations. She draws a lot, but also loves to stick in random shit that Rei, frankly, can’t make sense of half the time. Like once there was just this leaf pressed into the book, and when Rei got it back she wrote “??” on the page, and then Usagi replied in the book “I thought of you!” and at that point Rei just lets it go because heaven forbid she should be able to follow Usagi’s thought process, she’d go mad.
Rei uses words more often than Usagi does, but almost always indirectly. She’s all the time working out song lyrics in there, but will also quote poetry or proverbs. She loves including photographs though, and has become pretty well addicted to dragging Usagi (and the others, who don’t realize it but make frequent appearances in the book) into photo booths when they go out.
Written throughout, from both of them, are little secrets and dreams and promises. There’s no one page for it, “THIS IS WHAT I DREAM, ITEM ONE” and so on. They can appear anywhere, often back in the book, on pages already used, or flung way forwards into the pages that are months away from being touched. The other always finds them, but never comments. Just reads it and then, somewhere, adds their next.
When the book’s finally filled, I don’t know who gets it.
Probably they continue to swap it back and forth, so it’s always with whoever needs it most at the time.
EDIT: It got better.They probably get another book and keep going. After all, this has become a habit and a nice constant in their lives. They could do it for themselves, but at this point probably half the pleasure is giving book to the other one and seeing what’s +ed.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if they kept it going? All the way up to and through Crystal Tokyo? Just hundreds and hundreds of books, filled with their entire lives. The times when there’s nothing, because life’s just too busy and the world needs them more. Times when it’s fast and intense, after they’ve managed to survive (or not, but have come back, again).
And then one day, after Neo-Queen Serenity has died and Rei’s followed her, an adult Chibi-Usa finds them all. She’s the first and only other person to have ever seen them. Usagi and Rei are gone. The pages are old and brittle. The colours have dulled and the ink has faded. But it’s still this beautiful history of their friendship. unfolding in front of Chibi-Usa.
So carteraug21 of DeviantArt made a series of gorgeous linearts of the Sailor Princesses and gave me (and anyone else who is interested) permission to color them! First up are Princess Mercury and Princess Mars!
The new background image for the soon-to-be-new theme is all done!
Usagi giving the Moon Stick to Rei actually makes utter sense when you look at not only the two of them and their relationship, but what Usagi is trying to accomplish.
She’s hatched this plan to get Mamoru back. And it’s a kind of ridiculous plan. She’s going to pretend to separate from the others, make herself appear weak and vulnerable, to attract the bad guys and get taken to the Dark Kingdom, where she plans to find Mamoru, snap him out of his brainwashing, and save them both.
Let’s take a moment to marvel at this. This is Usagi’s plan. This is all her. This is what she came up with, after seriously considering the problem and their failed solutions thus far. The levels of deception at work here are pretty damned impressive. There are so many variables that it’s not smart. It’s a pretty bad plan, really. But it’s DESPERATE. And the fact that she convinces the others to go along with it shows just how desperate it is.
But for all of Usagi’s desperation, there’s only so much she’s willing to risk. Herself, yes, without question. But not her friends. Not the world.
Beryl CANNOT be allowed to have the ginzuishou.
Usagi knows it’s her biggest bargaining chip. More, she knows herself. This is so pivotal to what’s happening here. Usagi knows that when pressed, when directly given an ultimatum to save someone she loves or give up the crystal, she’ll choose someone she loves every time.
So she makes it so this can’t possibly be an issue and removes the ginzuishou from play. She plans for herself. She plans for her “weakness”.
And as always, she turns to Rei to be her strength.
Usagi goes to Rei because Rei is the one she knows will hold out.
Usagi knows how much her friends love her. They’re her protectors, her guardians. They were literally born to keep her safe. Mako, Ami, and Minako, when faced with Usagi in agony, might break from the plan. They simply love her too much to see her suffer.
And that’s exactly what happens. It’s too unbearable, listening to Usagi scream while they cower in the bushes nearby. She may DIE while they sit there and watch, and they can’t take it. With Mako leading the charge, the three of them are going to rush in there and save Usagi, plans be damned.
It’s Rei who says no.
It’s not because Rei doesn’t love Usagi. It’s exactly the opposite. She loves Usagi so much that she will take this pain. This impossible job of just sitting and watching. She’ll deny everything about herself, because Usagi has to try.
Because Usagi asked her to.
Usagi entrusts the ginzuishou to Rei because she knows Rei loves her so much that she’ll keep it.
See, this is why I absolutely despise the change that the dub made, where Rei (or rather Raye) literally just swiped the Moon Stick from Usagi/Serena’s nightstand because she feels like she’s more deserving to be the leader. Not only does it completely undermine Usagi and Rei’s friendship and total trust in one another, it makes Rei look like a calculating and untrustworthy harpy who’s trying to usurp control instead of Usagi’s best friend who loves her deeply and is just keeping a promise.
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