Today’s featured speech is Usagi’s speech to Queen Nehellenia in episode 172, Moon Power of Love! End of the Nightmare.
After Queen Nehellenia has taken everything away from Usagi— her friends and her lover— in an attempt to make Usagi suffer loneliness as she did, Nehellenia sees that rather than responding with hatred, Usagi looks at her with sympathetic eyes. Unwilling to see this, she strangles Usagi, wanting her to become angry. Instead, Usagi continues to feel sad for Nehellenia, caring nothing of herself.
Usagi reveals that she believes that she would never be able to endure loneliness as Nehellenia did. She also realizes that if Nehellenia defeats all of the Senshi, she will be alone once more. Rather than caring for herself, Usagi requests that Nehellenia take out revenge on her and free her friends. She explains that her friends will forgive Nehellenia, and become Nehellenia’s friend, so that no one has to be alone anymore.
This is a touching moment that to me suggests that one of Usagi’s greatest strengths is in her weakness. She has a lot of difficulty being on her own. The times when she feels that her friends are truly lost are when she becomes unable to move, lost in her self-doubt and despair. And yet, she has turned this around into such strength, by being able to realize that her friends are always with her, and recognizing that even the people who she faces as enemies may really simply be struggling as she herself would if she were alone.
Stitched/redrawn pages from Kodansha’s Sailor Moon R TV Magazine Deluxe vol 1. Quite large! Scans from Three Lights.
TRIGGER WARNING: “I’ve spent years lying to my friends and family about it; years of my life spent feeling ashamed and unworthy. After see Frozen and hearing “Let it Go” for the first time, I’ve been inspired to be honest with my friends, family, and ultimately myself about my ED. “The fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all.””
I wish I could be a magical girl. It would be so much fun!! I’d fight monsters and demons and stuff in a cute frilly outfit, AND, maybe people would care about me.
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" Frozen means everything to me. I know it’s not perfect, but hearing about it and finally having a Disney film that was everything I wanted helped drag me out of a really dark place. My best friend claims to be a massive Disney fan, but whenever I get excited about Frozen, she gets annoyed and just ignores what I say about it. It really hurts to know that she doesn’t understand that it’s saved my life."