i loved jet sm

anonymous asked:

I feel like if Alex ever went on a boat he'd have his hair up, like in a man bun. And he's the kind of guy that would have his hands around you're hips at all times because he thinks everyone's staring at you and he gets jealous.

AND HE’D TOTALLY WANT TO JET SKI AROUND WITH YOU ON THE BACK, BECAUSE NOTHING IS BETTER THAN HAVING HIS S/O CLINGING TO HIM FOR DEAR LIFE WHILE HE LOOKS LIKE A BADASS

docholligay  asked:

I'M SAD GODDAMN IT HARUKA AND MICHIRU IN STARS

THE CREATORS LOVED THEM SO MUCH

docholligay  asked:

ROP FIVE MOMENTS REI WAS A RIDICULOUS HONEY NUT FRUITCAKE GO

You are pandering to me so hard right now, all these months in the past.

THANK YOU

TOP FIVE MOMENTS REI HINO WAS AN ABSURD TOASTER STRUDEL (as leap immediately to mind because ASKSHARKNADO Apocalypse) LET’S GO


5. “One to read, one to save, one to sell.” [Episode 134, “Makoto’s Friendhip! A Girl Who Adores a Pegasus”]

The time Rei became an 90s comic book collector and schooled everyone on the proper way to get an autograph for a favoured book THAT SHE LITERALLY ONLY LEARNED ABOUT THE DAY BEFORE BECAUSE THE OTHERS WERE TALKING ABOUT IT

AND THEN AFTER EXPLAINING SHE KEPT WALKING AWAY GIGGLING TO HERSELF BECAUSE REI-CHAN IS A FORWARD-THINKING LITTLE MAIDEN AND HAS NO IDEA WHY EVERYONE IS LOOKING AT HER THAT WAY


4. “I have a plan!” [Episode #15, “Usagi is Frantic! Rei’s First Date”]

The time Rei decided she wanted to take a date to the park that’s about to close, for no other reason than the fact Usagi wanted it first, but that isn’t why this ranks. She decided Mamoru will be the one to take her for an assorted fruit snack pouch of reasons that are all delicious but are also not why this ranks. This ranks because Rei does her research, determines the best time to spring this on Mamoru (WHO SHE HAS NEVER BEFORE SAID TWO WORDS TO), lies in wait for him, visualizes her rousing success, and executes her plan with every ounce of Rei Hino enthusiasm.

AND PROMPTLY TRIPS AND BUSTS HER FACE AND MAMORU STEPS ON HER

BUT

BUT REI DOESN’T LET THAT STOP HER AND BY GOD TWENTY SECONDS LATER SHE’S GOT HER DATE

IT’S AN AWKWARD AND HORRIBLE DATE BUT SHE SET OUT WITH A PLAN AND SHE ACCOMPLISHED IT IN THE MOST RIDICULOUS WAY POSSIBLE BECAUSE REI HINO IS A DISASTER OF A HUMAN BEING BUT GETS WHAT SHE FUCKING WANTS


3. “Starring: Me.” [Episode 54: “The Culture Fest is for Me! Queen Rei Sings With Passion.”]

The time Rei worked her ass off organizing her school’s festival and then revealed she was making herself the star performer at the concert.

BECAUSE IF SHE’S DOING ALL THE WORK WHY THE FUCK NOT

THERE IS NOT ONE DROP OF SHAME ABOUT THIS

AND WHEN HER FRIENDS FIND THIS OUT THEY’RE JUST RELIEVED BECAUSE YES THAT IS EXACTLY THE REI HINO THEY KNOW AND LOVE


2. “Glaring is an appropriate tactic.” [Episode 11, “Usagi vs. Rei! A Nightmare in Dreamland”]

The time Rei suspected the Dream Princess at the amusement park was evil, and so decided the best way to prove this was to sit several yards away in plain view, back ramrod straight, fists clenched in lap, barely blinking, AND GLARE AT HER UNTIL SHE DID THE SUSPECTED EVIL.

I have no words for how much I love that this was Rei’s decision. And this was her first episode after reawakening. THIS SHIT RIGHT HERE IS HOW THE CREATORS CHOSE TO FIRST REALLY INTRODUCE REI TO US AND BLESS THEM FOREVER FOR IT


1. “Did you call?” [Episode 194, “Holy War in the Galaxy, The Sailor Wars Legend”]

THE TIME REI RAN HALFWAY ACROSS TOKYO IN SEVEN SECONDS BECAUSE USAGI BLEW A WHISTLE

AND THAT WASN’T COINCIDENCE THAT WAS A FUCKING PLAN

THAT WHISTLE SERVES ONE FUNCTION ALONE AND THAT FUNCTION IS TO SUMMON REI HINO WHEN AND WHERE SHE IS NEEDED

WHEREVER SHE MAY BE WHATEVER SHE IS DOING SHE WILL BE THERE

SHE’LL BE THE CRANKIEST OF CREATURES ABOUT IT BUT SHE’LL FUCKING BE THERE

THAT THE REI WHISTLE EXISTS AS A LITERAL THING IN CANON IS THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT HAND-ENGRAVED TO ME

Bonus! “I made it myself.” [Sailor Moon Musical]

The time Rei leapt into battle with her evil clone.

Wearing a sign that read “The Real One”.

So you would be able to easily identify The Only Legitimate Rei Hino.

And she made that sign herself.

By hand.

AND THEN HAD TO SPECIFICALLY TELL YOU SHE MADE IT

BECAUSE EVEN THE SIGN CANNOT BE A CHEAP IMITATION

YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND PRECISELY HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT YOU RECOGNIZE THE ONE TRUE REI HINO

SHE EVEN TOOK THE TIME IN BATTLE TO STAMP HER FUCKING NAME ON IT 

THERE ARE SO MANY LEVELS TO THIS SINGLE MOMENT THAT I AM STILL AFTER ALL THIS TIME SHRIEKING ABOUT IT

REI HINO IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS HONEY NUT FRUITCAKE AND I LOVE HER

SO

FUCKING

MUCH

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Meanwhile Galaxia’s regretting bringing that whip out if this is what’s going to happen.

OKAY THERE’S A LOT TO GO OVER HERE KIDS LET’S GET STARTED

First, the truly divine level of “innuendo in the face of danger” we have going on here, because oh my god. This is something unique between Haruka and Michiru that Stars has cultivated over the course of the season, and I really can’t say enough wonderful things about it. S was such a powder keg of tension between the two of them, all these EMOTIONS that neither Haruka nor Michiru were able (or willing) to express. I’m reminded of times in that season where they faced imminent death, and yet weren’t able to draw strength from each other. Remember when Michiru tried to take Haruka’s hand and Haruka pulled away? (BECAUSE FUCKING HANDS, RIGHT??) It’s such a quiet and sad moment, particularly because it’s Michiru putting herself in a vulnerable position, and Haruka refusing what’s being offered.

Now here we are in Stars. From the first episode of the season, we learn how different things are between them, and gods know I WORDS all over everything at the time. What’s so fantastic though is IT’S KEPT GOING. That wasn’t a one-off, it wasn’t an isolated joke, IT’S WHAT HARUKA AND MICHIRU DO NOW. They’ve gone from “oh no we can’t allow ourselves this tiny moment of barest physical comfort” to “three seconds from making out in front of the ‘queen’s throne’”.

I love that this is their reaction to looming death and fear. I love it for a bunch of reasons I”m going to talk about, but I don’t want to let that idea pass without comment. Because make no mistake, Haruka and Michiru are FREAKING THE FUCK OUT. Galaxia is killing this planet as effortless as she killed countless planets before. She’s already killed the Inners. Michiru’s attacks were brushed aside. Haruka’s sword was caught one-handed, cracked, and tossed away effortlessly. They’ve just been hit directly with Galaxia’s power and I’m going to take a guess that it didn’t feel great. But not only is is a logical conclusion that they’re worried, the creators went so far as to give us visual proof.

Like I’ve said repeatedly, details are everything. This is particularly true when it comes to something visual in animation (especially in this time period when everything was done by hand and so required a substantially higher investment). Basically, characters don’t sweat without reason. We’ve seen Haruka and Michiru get their ass handed to them in a myriad of exciting ways. They’ve looked scraped and bloody and beaten and disheveled, but they never sweat. Sweat isn’t a shorthand for “hurt”. It’s shorthand for “nervous”.

Haruka and Michiru look fine and they sound completely relaxed and so not bothered with what’s going on around them, but it’s all a front. Galaxia may or may not be picking that up, but WE do, and that’s the point. It was vitally important that we know two things here:

  1. Haruka and Michiru are seriously concerned.
  2. When they’re seriously concerned, they turn to each other.

This isn’t just breaking the tension by dropping a high energy sex-fueled bomb on the unsuspecting populace, ALTHOUGH THAT ALSO. It’s about Haruka trying to disguise her fear with bravado, and verbally reaching out to Michiru for reassurance. (Note, by the way, that this time it’s HARUKA opening that door.) And Michiru responds immediately. Their banter is charged, but easy. It’s comforting, but intimate. They’re turning this moment of fear that’s outside of themselves into something personal ONLY about themselves. It’s a reminder of all the other times they’ve done this, and survived. It’s a promise for all the things waiting for them when they survive this, too. (”Later, when we’re alone.”) It’s an affirmation of all the truly personal things they’ve shared that are only for them, just in case this time they don’t get to walk away.

This moment is so many things, in so many ways, and it’s wrapped up in nothing but filthy innuendo between two loving and committed badass ladies and it’s beautiful.

becauseforoncethisisme  asked:

I am suddenly really uncomfortable about Usagi and Haruka after everything is finished. Will they talk it out, do you think? Or will this fester in Haruka's heart?

Let me know if I’ve got it wrong, but I think the post you’re referring to is this one? Specifically:

Consider that this is one of the very last things Haruka will hear. The tearful confession that, in the end, USAGI TSUKINO had lost faith in her.

I don’t think Haruka would bring it up, no. If nothing else, for her, Usagi saying this is exactly correct. Why SHOULD Usagi have believed in her? Haruka stayed alive and did nothing to prevent the Inners from dying. Usagi had to watch them fade away around her and in her arms.

Usagi watched as Hotaru and Pluto, Haruka’s own family, died, by Haruka’s hands. Haruka attacked her, twice. Haruka beat her down, literally. Haruka did all she could to break Usagi’s spirit. Haruka did all she could to convince Usagi that she was a traitor, that everything she’d ever said, everything she’d ever done, was a lie. That for the low low price of a few more hours, she would betray everything she ever claimed to believe in.

How WOULDN’T Usagi have lost her faith? And it’s right, really. Haruka never deserved to have it in the first place.

I don’t think Haruka would ever bring it up.

But Usagi?

Once everyone’s back (BECAUSE THEY WILL BE) and things have calmed down a bit, she’ll be replaying everything. (Again and again and again and …) Every word, every gesture, every feeling. Given the vast ocean of shit Usagi’s dealing with, she may not remember immediately, but there’s no doubt in my mind that she WILL. She’ll remember that the last thing she said to Haruka and Michiru was that she’d lost faith in them. She’ll remember the shame she felt that they’d remained true, and how deeply it shook her that she could’ve given up on them so easily.

Haruka would never have said anything, but Usagi can’t help but say EVERYTHING.

Suddenly Haruka and Michiru are inundated with Usagi’s love and faith and friendship. Opening the front door and there’s a banner (LETTERS IN RAINBOW GLITTER, WAY TO GO USAGI) and balloons and “I BELIEVE IN YOU HARUKA-SAN, MICHIRU-SAN.” And Haruka’s “??!??!?!!?” and Michiru’s like “Clearly I will need to buy more wine.”

Usagi hovering every available moment so she can cheer with greatest enthusiasm whatever mundane task is being performed. Popping out of the bushes unexpectedly: “WOW MICHIRU-SAN THAT IS THE BEST AND MOST PERFECT SHADE OF BLUE THAT PAINTING IS GOING TO BE SO GOOD SO GOOD”. (Michiru stops painting outdoors for a month.) “HARUKA-SAN YOU FLIPPED THAT STEAK BETTER THAN ANYONE HAS EVER FLIPPED A STEAK (can I please stay for steak?)”

Just Usagi overcompensating all over the place at everything. Michiru figures things out very quickly, and making some gesture to show how buoyed she is by Usagi’s very welcome love and support. Like, saying she found it in her to play a beautiful piece of music that she’s dedicating to Usagi’s clear and true friendship. (It’s a McDonald’s jingle or something.) She plays it, and Usagi cries and Michiru is afraid no amount of dry cleaning will save this shirt. But the (fairly ironic) point is that she’s made Usagi believe that SHE believes, and now Usagi can focus all her attention on Haruka, who is really the only person here who needs it. (Also it becomes much cuter when Michiru does not have to deal with it herself.) 

(She sends Rei a bouquet of beautiful flowers and the card “I better understand now.” Rei takes it about ten different ways; Michiru means three of them at most.)

With Usagi’s undivided efforts on Haruka, I don’t think it’ll take very long. Like I keep saying, Haruka is a believer, and one thing the believers very much want to do is believe. I don’t know if the scars will ever truly heal. They both had their limits tested: Haruka in how hers don’t exist, Usagi in how hers DO. I think they’ll make peace with it, though. Be a little different, perhaps, but okay.

And they’re both going to love the attention, let’s be honest.

First of all, I enjoy Minako’s method of handling this. Someone knowing your name, knowing where to find you, specifically targeting you with plans to kill you to death? Some people might consider that a stressful situation and treat the “you” in question with delicate care.

Minako’s like IT COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME WE CAN’T POSSIBLY PREDICT ANYTHING BUT THAT IT’S TOTALLY GOING TO HAPPEN, with her little clenched fist and and her complete lack of tact.

Which of course only gets worse.

And the whirlwind that is Minako scoops Rei up too because it’s not like Rei isn’t on hyper alert right now anyway and requires encouragement.

SO LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT I LOVE

I love that Rei and Minako were probably THE WORST POSSIBLE CHOICES to begin this. This should’ve been been calm, reasonable Ami, or strong, comforting Mako. My screaming demands that I be allowed this aside (ALL STILL TRUE), this has to be a shock for Usagi. I was just talking last night about how a key difference between Usagi’s Senshi and Kakyuu’s Starlights (thus far at least) is how our girls are friends while the others have a palpable divide between them.

And now here she is with her girls treating her different from them, alongside the forceful implication that they’ll protect her at their own expense? (Because THAT’S what Usagi needs right now, to be reminded of more people leaving her.) I don’t see any way Usagi isn’t going to chafe at all this.

I”m getting a bit ahead of myself, but it highlights why I think Ami and Mako would have been the better choices to start all this. They’d have a much better chance of easing Usagi into this.

BUT NO IT’S REI AND MINAKO

And of COURSE it’s Rei and Minako. Of fucking course it is, it couldn’t possibly be anyone else.

Like Minako isn’t going to kick this plan off. It’s probably 80% HER plan. More importantly though, for all her huge goals and big dreams, Minako is a Senshi first. There is a CLEAR and DIRECT threat to Usagi, more so than there ever has been before. This is precisely what Minako is all about, and at Usagi’s side is exactly where Minako needs to be.

And let’s take a second to appreciate that Minako is there, completely on-time, FOR SCHOOL. FOR SCHOOL PEOPLE. If anyone ever dared question Minako’s devotion, let them recall this moment. MINAKO WAS UP AND DRESSED AND READY FOR SCHOOL IN ENOUGH TIME TO BE AT USAGI’S HOUSE AND GET THEM ALL THERE BEFORE THE BELL

As for Rei, is this even a question? Usagi’s life is in danger, where the hell else is Rei going to be? Keeping Usagi out of trouble has been Rei’s life mission since they met. We know how seriously she takes Usagi’s well being for shit like keeping her fucking shoelaces tied. This is the bad guy specifically saying I AM COMING FOR YOU USAGI TSUKINO. I’m frankly surprised she wasn’t in Haruka and Michiru’s backseat.

There is nowhere else Rei is going to be but standing next to Usagi, ready for anything and everything the bad guys are going to try and throw at her. And if Usagi’s going to put up a fight, as Rei well knows she will, well who better to not give a shit and make her do it anyway?

It HAD to be Rei and Minako, and the fact that it had to be is also why I think it was completely the wrong decision, and I LOVE that.

Then there’s Rei and Minako flinging their accusations on LITERALLY EVERYBODY THEY SEE, and that’s so fantastic because you know they aren’t making any of that shit up. They are literally seeing an enemy EVERYWHERE, and again that’s so perfect for the two of them. Rei suspicious of everyone, Minako not taking anything at face value.

And they’re feeding on each other and it’s going to keep building and it’s all because they just love Usagi SO FUCKING MUCH and I’m basically going to explode.

I SURE HOPE NOBODY WAS EXPECTING ME TO GET TO ANY OTHER SCENE TODAY BECAUSE THIS MIGHT JUST BE IT WE’RE HERE FOREVER NOW

WHAT TO FUCKING DO WITH THIS

This set up, jesus wept. We cut to this huge long shot of Tokyo. Miles and miles of cityscape. It’s peaceful and beautiful for anywhere, but particularly for a huge city like this.

We stay there for several seconds. Then a low rumbling starts in the distance. The screen begins to shake, slowly at first but with increasing violence. A smoke trail appears, coming from the right edge of the screen. It makes a sharp turn and starts speeding towards us.

Something is coming. FAST.

And it knows exactly where it’s going.

THAT THIS IS REI IS FUCKING KILLING ME

I don’t know how far TA actually is from Juuban, but the idea here is undeniable: KIND OF FAR. It looks like Rei runs at least ten blocks toward the camera, and it’s literally impossible to know how many she ran before that turn because she’s coming from such a long distance WE DON’T EVEN HEAR HER AT FIRST. And when we finally do, it’s several seconds more before we see her.

REI IS LIKE HALF THE FUCKING CITY AWAY

AT SCHOOL

PRESUMABLY IN A CLASS

BEING TAUGHT

BUT SHE STILL MANAGES TO HEAR THE WHISTLE

AND JUST FUCKING LEAVES

TO RUN MILES IN SECONDS

BECAUSE USAGI NEEDS HER

It’s so over the top and ridiculous and impossible, AND YET ALSO COMPLETELY BELIEVABLE BECAUSE REI HINO

If anybody can figure out a way to actually do this, it’s Rei fucking Hino. If Usagi’s in trouble, nothing – NOTHING – is going to stop her. REI HAS FUCKING DIED AND THAT DIDN’T STOP HER THIS IS NOTHING

And I must take a moment to applaud how that they’ve actually been establishing this all season. Rei has repeatedly turned up at Juuban when she “couldn’t possibly” be there, surprising the shit out of everyone. So in this one moment we have irrefutable proof that Rei is the most fucking amazing, that there is pretty much nothing she can’t do when Usagi and the others need her, that she is so beyond ridiculous and I will never sufficiently express my love for her, and it’s all wrapped in the pay-off for a season long recurring joke.

EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF THIS IS A GOD DAMN TREASURE

REI FUCKING HINO PEOPLE

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Michiru doesn’t answer if she’s scared. But at the same time, she does. Everything here answers that question.

We’re down to words now, so let’s savour them. Like how Michiru begins with saying Haruka’s name.

She doesn’t have to. Haruka just asked her a question. Michiru knows Haruka is there. Michiru doesn’t have to say it, which means Michiru WANTS to say it.

For herself. Michiru is an artist, she works in details. She wants to remember how it feels, how the light pressure builds in the center of her throat, how her lips angle together, how her tongue flicks against her teeth. She wants Haruka to remember how it sounds, the syllables both soft and sharp and hers. She wants Haruka to remember how it sounds when SHE says it. No one else will ever say Haruka’s name where she can hear it; that privilege belongs to Michiru alone.

Haruka responds. It’s soft, inquisitive. maybe a little urgent. Their time is short, but if Michiru needs anything at all, Haruka wants to know. They’re disintegrating feet apart, unable to see each other, and Haruka has no idea what she can possible do. But all Michiru has to do is ask. Haruka wants to know. One final MISSION, perhaps.

The way Michiru says “I want to touch you, Haruka.” (there’s the name again) is actually heartbreaking. The delivery is so perfect, filled with a mix of emotions that are particularly gut punching because we never get to hear them from Michiru.

There’s the fear that Haruka was asking about. For dying? Maybe. But I think more for the idea of dying without getting that last touch. And I want to take a second to dwell on that, because it’s not just Michiru asking for goodbye glass of chardonnay (OR SOME FANCY WINE I DON’T KNOW). You could argue that it’s impossible for either Haruka or Michiru to be vulnerable than they are right now, but you’d be wrong. Michiru could choose to die wrapped in the biting self-control in which she lived, but she isn’t. She’s expressing a need to Haruka, a need for connection, a need for comfort, a need for HER. Michiru is risking spending her final moments in rejection, AND SHE WOULD NOT BE WRONG FOR BEING AFRAID OF THIS.

REMEMBER 110

Which is, no question, the parallel this moment is drawing.

As Haruka and Michiru last faced their deaths together before entering Marine Cathedral, Michiru reached out to Haruka for comfort and Haruka turned it aside saying “It’s too late for that.”

Now, far more than then, it’s too late for that. Michiru is exposing so much more of herself than mere death by asking this of Haruka By asking nearly the impossible of her. But it’s something she needs, desperately, and if maybe it’s a little selfish too (after all, Haruka could fail at the very last thing someone asked of her) well, Michiru’s owned her selfishness to this point, why stop now.

And then what runs a close second to my favourite part, because for a second, nothing happens. Michiru’s already moved, she’s already trying. But Haruka just lies still.

I didn’t think there was an actual chance she would say no, but the pause leaves such a delicious opening. Is Haruka remembering those times she pulled away? Is she regretting them? Is she trying to figure out what she can do to make this last wish of Michiru’s come true? Is her head filled with images of herself finding a last burst of strength so she could shoot to her feet and scoop Michiru into her arms, and if they must die, let it be wrapped around each other. She can do that, surely. Love is everything, after all. Is she realizing she can’t? Is she facing yet another failure in an ocean of failure? This one with an extra sting, perhaps, because it’s what Michiru needs, and Haruka can hear that need plain in her voice, but there’s nothing she can do.

Or maybe it’s just Haruka finding the strength. After turning her head and the shuffle she was able to make, she’s just on empty. But she has to find more. Haruka’s given absolutely everything, but because Michiru’s asked for this one small thing, she has to find more

However you read that pause, the remains that Haruka DOES.

It’s the tiniest gesture, but given everything they’ve been through and how far they’ve come, it feels like victory.

anonymous asked:

Usagi #18

Usagi, #18: Special talents they have

Not a headcanon, BUT ACTUAL CANON.

I can’t not include the girls’ reaction by the way.

REI LITERALLY UNABLE TO HOLD HERSELF UP

MAKO-CHAN SUPPORT ME IN THIS TRYING TIME

Episode 200: Why Were You Like This

The time has come to wrap up my thoughts on Episode 200. Not a task I’m looking forward to, in part because it’s the signal that I’m really done, and in part because I’m still pretty upset at how much complaining I’m about to do.

You have disappointed me greatly, Episode 200.

This isn’t how I wanted the finale to go. It failed me on pretty much every possible level, from storytelling and pacing to character interaction and emotional resonance. I can’t tell you how much I don’t want to conclude this liveblog project with a post yelling at an episode. BUT HERE WE ARE. I’ve not pulled my punches on any of the previous 199 episodes, and I’m not going to start now.

Episode 200, then. How it was a shitty series finale, and every last way I’m bitterly disappointed.

THE FACT THAT THIS CAP IS AS TOUCHING AS THE SENSHI REUNION GETS GIVES YOU SOME IDEA OF WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST

Keep reading

Usagi starts freaking out because Galaxia’s giving zero fucks about the Starlights and broadcasting their ass kicking on her own SCREENOTRON. Forgetting Bird Sacrifice (not in quite the way I meant, but), Usagi goes running straight for the zappy barrier because she is a deeply caring bunny of very little brain, but Rei and Mako are on Usagi-wrangling duty and run forward to catch her.

BUT IT’S REALLY KIND OF GREAT

When we cut to Usagi running, Mako and Rei are already moving. Usagi gets, at best, like a two step headstart. What’s awesome in that is demonstrating just how on edge Rei and Mako are. They’re watching people they know – friends, sort of – potentially being killed on a fifty-foot giant screen. But rather than be sucked into that, they were ready to react INSTANTLY. And not just to an incoming attack, which would be one thing, but to Usagi running away from them and TOWARD THE DANGER. They recognized what she was doing and processed it INSTANTLY to be already moving and cutting her off.

And I can’t lie, this sort of scenario puts me in a frame of mind for another time Usagi went running headlong toward something and had to be stopped. I SEE YOU EPISODE.

Take a second to enjoy how it’s animated though, because it’s actually pretty great. I’ve been looking at it loop as I write this, and Mako’s legs are especially captivating. The way she zigzags to follow Usagi makes me think of a watching a predator chasing prey. Then I love how she just bodily wraps herself around Usagi. Mako you are best.

Then there’s Rei, who has to put on an extra burst of speed to not just catch up to Usagi but GET IN FRONT OF HER. And I’ll remind again that Usagi’s tearing headlong into an INVISIBLE INSTAKILL BARRIER, so Rei doesn’t really have any idea where it is. So her gut reaction? Put her body between Usagi and the deadly thing. REI HINO I SWEAR TO GOD

There are some great single frames in there too.

WELCOME TO YOUR LIVES LADIES

Rei puts her head down for this sprint to duck in front of Usagi, and I really quite enjoy that for the “GO GO RUN FASTER” element she was doubtless screaming in her head. But it’s also great if you consider that for all she knows she’s about to run straight into the aforementioned invisible instakill death barrier, and yeah, I’D PROBABLY WINCE A BIT TOO

It’s also possible Usagi just clocked Rei in the head, which would make Mako’s expression even more hilarious.

I JUST REALLY LOVED THIS A LOT

My best girls being the best bodyguards.

I KNOW I’VE SAID THIS BEFORE BUT

WILL NEVER NOT LOVE HOW WE CUT TO REI’S MARCHING RED HIGH HEELS AND TIGHTLY CLENCHED FISTS

EVERYONE ELSE GETS ANOTHER FACE SHOT

REI DOESN’T NEED THAT THIS WILL TELL YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HER

SHE’S CAUGHT OH MY GOD I FUCKING KNEW IT

THIS IS IT THIS IS HOW IT ENDS

ALL I WANTED WAS TO HATE YOU

THAT’S ALL I WANTED BUT YOU COULDN’T LET ME HAVE THAT COULD YOU

NO YOU TWO HAD TO DO WHAT YOU DO

YOU TWIST ME AND YOU GUT ME AND YOU DENY ME AT EVER TURN

ONLY TO LEAVE ME HERE

SCREAMING AT YOU IN ALL-CAPS AND AGONY EXACTLY HOW WE STARTED

HOW DARE YOU

HOW DARE YOU LEAVE ME LIKE THIS

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This is the only time Rei fades in the entire scene. She’s without her Star Seed, but still she refuses to go slowly. Rei doesn’t just resist death, she demands that she remain whole, a solid and full presence until the second of her death. Every moment she’s alive, Rei is never anything less than herself. To the very end, Rei is fully and completely 100% Rei Hino.

Of course this is less comforting in a minute. OOPS. I wonder what Rei would’ve said if she’d known. Evoke the Outers maybe? YOU KNOW HOW CUDDLY THEY ARE

“Usagi, don’t forget, you have Michiru.”

Usagi just staring at Rei like

Rei shifts her gaze uncomfortably and fades away a little faster.

SEE IF I’M LAUGHING I’M NOT CRYING

Not that this line gets me too badly. It’s actually the only one that doesn’t completely work for me. Interestingly, it serves a similar function as Rei’s line about Yuuichiro at D-Point. In both cases, they don’t fit their moment, and that’s because they’re laying groundwork for a different moment entirely. At D-Point, it was so Rei’s last words would echo with Usagi, stopping her from kissing Mamoru before she went to fight Beryl (which I adore, so I suffer the clunkiness of the set-up, though I think Usagi’s decision would’ve worked without being specifically pre-established). Here, it’s to remind the audience that Usagi and Rei (and we) think Mamoru is still around, so when it’s revealed he’s dead, it’ll be (ostensibly) an even more devastating blow. Again though, I don’t think the reminder really needed reminding since it’s been reinforced all season.

So this line just kind of sits there, not feeling very natural, PARTICULARLY because it’s coming from Rei, in the wake of her confronting Usagi and the big reveal that she hasn’t heard from Mamoru at all. The last we heard of the Senshi discussing Mamoru, Ami confirmed that he’d never arrived at the university. That doesn’t exactly lead to the conclusion Rei’s going for right now.

Still, there’s some wiggle room with it. What Rei wants to give Usagi more than anything else is determination. Rei wants to be as certain as she can be that Usagi won’t give up, she needs to give her anything she possibly can to cling to. And it’s kind of great that Rei dangles Mamoru in front of Usagi, in a way. Beyond anything else, Usagi responds REALLY WELL to reward-based structures, so I’m faintly amused that even now, Rei’s relying on what works.

Mostly though, what breaks me here is Rei slipping in one last “idiot”. Said in the most loving way with the saddest smile on her face at how silly Usagi still insists on being. So many people love you, Usagi. Don’t you know by now you’ll never be alone?

Rei’s in so much pain, she’s got to be so tired and hurting. And fucking scared, she’s sixteen years old and DYING. But she hears Usagi being afraid of being alone and all she can do is give her that look, filled with such love, and calling her the same familiar thing she’s been calling her since their beginning. It was a harsher word then, spat in frustration and intended to sting. It’s a caress now, a term of endearment, meant to soothe with comforting familiarity. And that moment exists for Rei and Usagi both, a final memory they share.

Which brings us to the end.