I MAY BE STRESSING UNNECESSARILY OVER WHETHER YOU MEAN ‘SENSHI’ HERE TO BE PLURAL OR SINGULAR.
I MEAN, YOU KNOW THEY’RE ALL MY FAVORITE. I ADORE LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE SAILOR SENSHI (ummm, of our solar system let’s say). ALL OF THEM ARE WONDERFUL AND I LOVE THEM.
Okay, but if I rant about all of them we will be here all day, so for convenience’s sake I’ll choose one.
MAKO. MY GIRL.
God, I love Makoto Kino so much. So very much. And I wanted to pick her to talk about because she’s not quite like my usual favs. My usual favs are the ones I can PROJECT MYSELF ALL OVER (then I’d probably be talking about Michiru and/or Ami). Mako is unusual in that I DON’T see so much of myself in her, though a good deal of things I would LIKE to have but don’t really come easily to me.
But basically, MAKOTO KINO, ALL THAT IS GOOD IN THE WORLD.
I love how relentlessly optimistic she is. She really does believe, unshakably, in the essential goodness of the world and of people. And I like that’s it’s such a different brand of Usagi’s galactic messiah-esque Love of All Things. It’s just so rooted in the here and now in all the little things in life (it’s just Mako’s little things also involves punching evil monsters in the face). Usually I love the complicated characters, the ones who overthink and question and doubt, but there is something very refreshing about Mako’s unwaivering faith in the people she cares about and the world in general. And Mako HAS NOT HAD AN EASY LIFE. It would be so easy and understandable for her to be bitter and doubtful towards people given how she is ORPHANED AND LEFT WITH NO SUPPORT at such a young age, got her heart broken by some jerk, and had trouble making any friends because of how her actions are misinterpreted. Mako has every reason to not believe in the goodness of the world BUT SHE DOES SO ANYWAY.
I love how utterly lacking she is in the usual superhero struggle trope (of like the ~sacrifices~ of being a hero and how you need to ~give up the things you want~). Mako has no struggles of duality, Sailor Jupiter is WHO SHE IS and she loves it. Because even if she wasn’t given a magic pen and thunder powers she would still be courageously standing up for people against evildoers THAT IS WHO SHE IS. She’s such a gloriously uncomplicated HEROIC young woman.
And I just love how in so many ways she is the most stereotypically superhero-ish of them all (the biggest, the strongest, the quickest to run into a fight, the first to throw herself in front of someone) and yet she is also defined by being so GENTLE and LOVING and her “toughness” on the battlefield is not seen at odds at all with being a person who wants most of all to nurture and care for people.
And of course there’s the entire breaking down of the ridiculous notion of “tomboy versus girly girl” where Mako just IS WHO SHE IS and is equally happy cleaning and baking cakes as she is being HELLA STRONG AND GRACEFUL AS FUCK ON THE BATTLEFIELD.
Also she is wives with Ami, I mean it’s really hard to be a more straight up ADORABLE couple than those two.
I THINK THIS BARELY STRATCHES THE SURFACE BUT YEAH, I REALLY FREAKING LOVE MAKOTO KINO.