Also adorable? The ways in which Chibi-Usa is NOT like Usagi.
Usagi doesn’t worry that she’s being a nuisance. I think Usagi firmly believes it is IMPOSSIBLE for her to be a nuisance. (She and Rei have had extended “debates” about this.) But Usagi never doubts herself and never doubts her friendships.
For Chibi-Usa, this is all new territory. Hotaru means SO MUCH to her, and it’s happened so quickly. She finally has that friendship she’s been looking for her entire life, but she’s so keenly aware of all of her faults. She certainly hears about them often enough.
She’s had reassurance throughout this episode that things are going well, that Hotaru wants her around. Girl nearly exploded her heart chasing her down, after all. But still, there’s nothing like hearing it, directly, confirmed by the person herself.
I love that Chibi-Usa is just as unsure as Hotaru. Needs this just as badly.
FRIENDS just happens for Usagi. It’s as natural as breathing. It’s good to be reminded that it’s something Chibi-Usa has to really work at and consequently, in her own way, needs that much more.
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Everyone immediately picks up on how important Chibi Usa’s friendship is to Hotaru - the poor girl has lived an isolated life with THOSE PEOPLE where she’s being prepared to essentially be sacrificed to an apocalyptic alien entity, and that’s on top of her illness and “weird” powers and being unable to connect with anyone her own age. That is all quite obvious.
But it’s not a one-way thing. It’s not all about Chibi-Usa being PERFECT SAVIOR existing only to save Hotaru from her pathetic existence. CHIBI-USA ALSO NEEDS HOTARU AND IT IS SO IMPORTANT!!!
Chibi-Usa is also very, very lonely. Yes the girl has amazing parents and the best set of aunts in the world, but when it comes to being a child who is the essentially the heir to the world throne, she doesn’t know how to make those kind of connections on her own. Yes her family is great, but so much of her self-esteem and identity issues come from feeling like she can’t live up to her mother, and I think not having “her own” friends falls into that.
That’s why I do have a soft spot for Chibi-Usa for all that she can be bratty and really terrible to Usagi a lot (especially in the anime, she’s one of the very few characters who I feel gets a far better deal in the manga aside from the weird age issue that I’m glad the anime got rid of). Because I remember what it was like being an only child with a lot of adults around but always feeling out of step with kids my own age, trying and failing to engage with them, not really understanding them, and then feeling like a failure when I couldn’t make friends on my own (not to turn this into a self-pity party, I had a few friends as a child, VERY FEW, and I didn’t really learn how to make meaningful, lasting friendships until I was a teenager basically).
So I love this observation of why Hotaru is important to Chibi-Usa. Making friends isn’t natural (yet) for Chibi-Usa the way that it always has been for her mother (THE R MOVIE, SHE’S GOT TO BE LIKE 4 AND SHE COMFORTS MAMORU, USAGI WAS A SUPERHERO FROM BIRTH). It’s obvious what Chibi-Usa has to offer Hotaru but really they both give each other something very deep and meaningful.