I backed this up three times to get the exact caps I wanted, and every single time I couldn’t help but laugh. There’s just so very much here that delights me.
That Rei immediately sees through whatever disguise magic is in place to protect Senshi identities (and I think we can probably keep assuming there’s something until proven otherwise) and recognizes Usagi is fantastic. And I mean Sailor Moon is pretty obscured by a rainbow icee right now, so I feel fairly confident in guessing there’s some psychic connection shit happening here too.
But then Rei doesn’t just see Usagi, she sees Usagi LIKE THIS
Remember Usagi ACTUALLY looked like this:
Which is still all kinds of swooning, but the Usagi in REIVISION has an exuberance happening that goes above and beyond even the reality.
AND THAT’S WHAT REI SEES
THAT IS FANTASTIC
Rei is seeing Usagi with her own heart right now more than her eyes. When she thinks of Usagi, this is what comes to mind: a girl overflowing with love and happiness, and it’s all for Rei.
That Rei’s seeing it while Usagi’s in the middle of getting her ass kicked is just extra funny.
I must note that while the subtitles decided to skip this (a real crime, I think), Rei says “Usagi-chan”. This entire episode, Rei’s been saying “Usagi-san”.
The change is important. That it’s happening NOW is important. The last thing Rei knew, she was rushing off to rescue Usagi, and that act alone was significant. Still, even as Rei was running to the rescue, she was keeping distance between them.
When she wakes up, she’s facing her vision of Usagi in danger come true. Only it’s not quite what she was expecting, because Usagi’s different, just like her. Rei replaces her image of Power Usagi with Happy Usagi Full Of Love, and realizes that it IS possible to be both.
Usagi got a taste of what it was like to be Rei, and it encouraged Rei to open up just a little. Now, after all that fear, after deciding to leave her sanctuary, after deciding Usagi was more important that all of that, Rei is facing her first real moment of connecting with someone. Someone who looks at her like Usagi does. Someone who already loves her.
Rei saying “Usagi-chan” here shows how, whether she realizes it or not, Rei already loves her back, too.