(SCREAMS TO THE HIGH HEAVENS) DEAR ANON YOU ARE GOLD
In no particular order (because that’d be way too hard)-
1. Rei’s character being ACCURATE TO THE MANGA
I’ve mentioned this many times already but that’s because it’s incredibly important to me. I loathe what the first anime did to Rei, it’s the main reason why I just can’t get into it. The anime (especially the version with the english dub) made Rei into this quick-tempered loudmouth, who constantly argues with Usagi over her being the leader, who also crushes on Mamoru, and who wants to be an Idol??? Now, these aren’t bad qualities- it’s just that they aren’t Rei.
Rei is, at first glance, a “cold beauty”. A cliche description but also one that conveniently sums up the fact that Rei’s character is made up of a mix of desirable and undesirable qualities in women in traditional Japanese society. On one hand, she’s extremely beautiful and ladylike, with a familiarity with social etiquette and housework (or temple work). On the other hand, she is devoted to her dream of becoming head priestess (her neighbors call her “creepy” for her divination abilities), she lacks interest in romance or marriage, she has a blunt tongue and a proud, serious, withdrawn demeanor. She can also be too intense for some people- her disinterest in romance is partially caused by her being aware that if she falls in love, she’ll want the person all to herself, ruining them in the process. I think in some ways, ignorant dudes could label Rei as a “bitchy feminist” but Takeuchi-sensei treats her character with nothing but respect. No one ever tries to change her- no one should change Hino Rei, because she’s perfect as she is (which is why the anime version of her feels like such a betrayal).
Now SMC is supposed to only cover the Dark Moon Arc but there have been rumors that it’s also going to include the Rei-centered short story “Casablanca Memory” which makes me ecstatic because I WOULD DIE to see this scene come to life on screen:
Every time I read this scene I get such extreme feels OTL