Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 5) - Sailor Jupiter - Makoto Kino - Accessory Appreciation Post
I absolutely love all of the attention the episode placed on Mako’s many, many cute accessories. It showed that, despite her reputation and somewhat intimidating stature, she really is just a kindhearted, lovely girl who wants to be seen as the person she is instead of what people think she is.
The first thing Usagi notice about Mako was her earrings. The second thing? Her scent. That’s actually a bit unusual, but maybe Mako was getting ready for her first day at her new school, and she decided it wouldn’t hurt to use just a smidge of her mom’s perfume to help her (hopefully) make a good impression and maybe give her a confidence boost. Yeah, I’ll go with that. Imagine Mako, pulling the perfume out of the special make-up box her mother always kept it in, and spritzing on just a little bit to help her feel close to her parents on her first day in a strange school and hoping that maybe she’ll find a friend.
STOP YOU’RE CRUSHING MY HEART
But wait, there’s more! I noticed this line later on in the episode:
Maybe the bento was also Mako’s mother’s. She was planning on giving it to Mako when she got older, but unfortunately, she was unable to watch Mako grow up. Mako eventually found the bento herself and treasured it, even making a special pouch to house it.
"Apparently, everyone’s scared and won’t talk to me."
"Why are they scared of such a lovely girl like you? They must be crazy!"
Makoto Kino || SMC 05
Here are the Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter cards from my Sailor Moon card deck! There are only 3 of each (Minako got 8, however). The artwork is so pretty! The cards themselves are sort of damaged and dirty (due to their age), but I tried my best to clean them up.
Also, here are Minako’s cards!
Oh, COME ON. I keep getting sidetracked by all of these fucking amazing Mako scenes! How am I ever going to finish the episode when it’s packed with Mako being the best?
Okay, so first of all, Mako’s reflexes are KILLER. She was just startled by Usagi sneaking up behind her and commenting on her cute bento, but, when the baseball started rocketing towards them, she had enough time to react and catch it before it nailed Usagi in the face (and can I just say how incredibly painful it is to be hit with a baseball, especially one that’s just been batted? Once I got hit in the leg and the marks from the baseball’s stitches stayed for like two days even when the skin bruised. I can’t imagine being hit in the face with one).
Then, when the guys apologize and ask for the baseball back, Mako angrily throws it as hard as she can (so hard it sails way past the baseball field) while yelling what seems to be her signature line (given the amount of times she’s already said it), “Be more careful!” She knows that it was an accident so she doesn’t confront them (if they had purposely thrown or hit the ball at Usagi, there would be hell to pay) but she’s still really pissed at their carelessness; they could have seriously injured someone.
BUT THEN, the real kicker is that she didn’t even know that it was Usagi. Mako didn’t have the time to process Usagi’s face before the ball incident so she’s surprised. That’s right; Mako didn’t protect Usagi because she was Usagi, she protected her because she was a person in trouble. From what we’ve seen, it seems like Mako has an almost instinctual need to protect those in danger. When she saved Usagi from being run over in street or when she caught the ball, they didn’t seem like totally conscious decisions; they seemed like reflexes. Someone’s in trouble, so Mako helps them. It’s that simple.
Of course, Sailor Jupiter is later known as “The Soldier of Courage/Caring/Protection,” and it really shows here. Crystal’s writing is truly excellent so far!