I LOVE THE WHOLE WORLD RIGHT NOW.
It’s a lot more common these days, of course, but back when Sailor Moon started, the instant support and friendship between characters wasn’t nearly as common, it was something special about the manga and helped it stand out. But even today, when it’s a lot more frequent to see women supporting each other in magical girl series, it still strikes me just how instantaneous their support for each other is.
Usagi doesn’t hesitate to exclaim over Ami’s skill with the game, there’s not a single bone of jealousy in her system over something like this, to watch someone she likes be good at something. There’s instant WOW YOU’RE SO GREAT just pouring off Usagi and it’s 100% genuine.
No matter how many awesome series I come across or amazingly supportive female characters I find (AND I WANT THEM ALL!!!!), Usagi will still mean so much to me for the way she’s so great with her friends, both in the way she makes them so easily, cares about them and notices them, and in the way she admires her friends’ talents.
Plus, I love seeing Ami play the game and I’ve always felt like that game was Luna’s way of nudging along the Sailor Senshi to give them hints and maybe gauge their readiness for the next battle they would face and seeing Ami just absolutely, totally NAIL the more intellectual aspects of the game, the timing and finding the weak points and all that excellent STRATEGY that goes into things, which is what she’ll help bring to the table later as part of the group, is wonderful.
And, finally, you know what I love about Ami? She might have been isolated and seemed unfriendly to people, she might have been shown to be shy and a little awkward at times, but you know what she NEVER had to do? Dumb herself down to get along with people. She was fucking AWESOME AS HELL at this game and so she ROCKED IT. She’s whip-smart, she’s brilliant in her studies, and so she rocks the hell out of EVERY TEST SHE TAKES.
There is never any narrative dumping on Ami for being brilliant. Instead, we are shown HELL YEAH SHE’S AMAZING AND ADORABLE AND WONDERFUL, AMI IS PERFECT AS SHE IS. ♥ ♥ ♥