OH MY GOD WHO SAID IT WOULD BE OKAY TO INCLUDE THIS SONG
ARE THEY TRYING TO ABSOLUTELY FUCKING DEVASTATE THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE? THAT WAS A RHETORICAL QUESTION, OF COURSE THEY ARE.
Okay, first of all, I love how they included one of my favorite scenes from the manga.
(it’s read from left to right; I used Mixx’s translation because I like it the best for this particular scene)
But more than that, I love how Pluto spends the last moments of her life telling Black Lady/Chibiusa how much she loves her, how sorry she is that she wasn’t able to protect her, and how thankful she is for their friendship. Black Lady/Chibiusa is literally the reason why she’s dying (if Black Lady hadn’t stolen Usagi’s Ginzuishou, Pluto would have never had to stop time to prevent the Silver Crystals of the past and future from meeting and destroying the world) and Pluto doesn’t do anything but assure Chibiusa of her love for her.
In turn, Black Lady is so devastated by the death of her most precious friend that her grief cuts through Wiseman’s evil influence over her and restores her to her true self. Their love for one another is what beat the bad guys.
I get a little testy when people try to argue that the 90s anime “fixed” this situation by making Usagi and Mamoru (in the forms of Neo-Queen Serenity and Endymion) the ones who saved Chibiusa from herself. According to them, it makes more sense to have Chibiusa’s parents be the ones to save her. But they don’t understand that, while this works out perfectly in the anime, it wouldn’t make sense in the manga (or in Petite Etrangere). In the anime, Chibiusa and Pluto’s relationship was rather unexplored and underdeveloped until the S season. She had a much closer relationship with her parents.
But in the manga and Petite Etrangere, Chibiusa’s relationship with her parents is somewhat strained. She adores them, but she also respects them to the point where she feels like she’s not good enough for them and will never live up to their achievements, especially regarding her mother. Chibiusa and NQS’s relationship is in no way unloving or filled with conflict, but Chibiusa just looks up to her so much that she can’t bear to let her mother know that she’s anything but a perfect lady.
Her closest, warmest relationship is with Sailor Pluto, who acts like a second mother to her. With Pluto, Chibiusa isn’t afraid to voice her insecurities and fears and doubts because she knows she won’t be judged, and in return, Pluto comforts and encourages her. They cheer each other up and have fun together, each one filling in something that the other needs.
This scene represents just how strong and profound their relationship is. Pluto loves Chibiusa enough to die for her and Chibiusa’s love for Pluto rescues her from Wiseman’s manipulation. I’m so happy that Petite Etrangere gave this friendship the attention it deserves!