Headcanon: Rei’s necklace
In the manga, Rei is often shown wearing a necklace. In fact, during the earlier arcs, she’s never seen without it.
The Materials Collection even makes special mention of it.
It also mentions that, after transforming into Sailor Mars, the pendant moves to her waist and becomes a tool that helps her generate fire.
To me, this seems to imply that Rei’s pendant has a special significance to her. So I did a little digging through the manga, and lo and behold:
That’s right; Rei’s deceased mother, Risa (name revealed through PGSM, btw), owned the exact same necklace! See?
So my idea is that, before she died, Risa passed her necklace onto Rei and Rei’s treasured it ever since. She treasures it so much that it actually becomes a part of her fuku and helps her with her powers; in a way, it’s almost like Risa herself is supporting and helping her daughter even though she died years ago.
Some of my favorite shots of Rei Hino thus far :3
Back when I first got into Sailor Moon (in late 2008, when I was 13), I remember scouring the net (with what little scouring skills I had back then, at least in comparison to now) for clips of the Senshi’s attacks so I could watch them whenever I wanted.
If you remember, in the R movie, the Senshi preform bitchin’ versions of their attacks (Moon Princess Halation, Shine Aqua Illusion, Fire Soul, Supreme Thunder, and Crescent Beam) that are powerful enough to wipe out entire legions of Fiore’s flower youma. Anyway, the clip I found of Fire Soul was unsubbed. This, combined with the amazing visuals
Made me think that the attack’s name was “Fire Storm,” which are an actual thing (and are extremely destructive and awe-inspiring). So, for quite a long time, I thought that Mars had a special attack called Fire Storm. I was quite disappointed to find out that it was just Fire Soul, haha.
Rei Hino will be the death of me. These scenes with her will just NOT STOP COMING.
So, Ami suggests that Rei try out the Sailor V game, but Rei is a bit apprehensive because she’s never played a video game before. Ami coaches Rei through the game, allowing her to beat it. Overcome with excitement, Rei high-fives Ami.
However, she then gets self-conscious. Remember, this is a girl who has spent the majority of her life with no one to depend on or spend time with except for her grandfather and Phobos and Deimos, her two crows. So of course she’s self-conscious about one of her first outings with her new friends. Of course she’s probably worrying about what to do and say in this completely alien situation; who wouldn’t be?
But once she goes with her feelings, she finds that everything will be alright. Being with Usagi and Ami is just so easy, she doesn’t have to worry about keeping up the front of an aloof and mysterious lady. She can do and say whatever she wants and these girls will still stand by her.
That “thanks, Ami-chan!” probably has to do with a lot more than just beating the game.