THIS SO BEAUTIFULLY WTF SERIOUSLY
There is literally no good reason why this happens at all. I often times view Usagi turning to the Disguise Pen as a way to boost her confidence. I actually really love it for that and its analogue in real life of dressing a certain way to help us be a certain way. The problem is that things are happening so fast that Usagi has NO NEED to do this. Her confidence isn’t taking a hit, she’s not scared at all.
We can of course argue all that nervousness and fear is still happening for Usagi and we just can’t see it. There’s nothing to definitively say that’s not the case, of course. Still, if there’s two things we know of Usagi (and which even Crystal Usagi supports) is that she’s not exactly the quickest strategist ever, and she’s not really good at hiding when she’s afraid. For me, this is just another problem arising from Crystal’s abysmal pacing, but let’s ignore the rushed character development part and instead focus on her response, because it’s kind of beautiful.
Usagi is stuck in “REI-CHAN IS THE BESTEST MOST AMAZING PERSON ALIVE AND I MUST PROTECT HER AT ALL COSTS” mode, so she doesn’t hesitate to act. And that first act?
TURN INTO A FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TO SAVE PASSENGERS
This was Usagi’s thought process. Not in a Point A to Point B to Point C logistic pattern, it was just what her heart cried out for her to do. She felt she needed to be something more than just Usagi to save Rei so she turned to the Disguise Pen, and then THIS.
AND LIKE A FLIGHT ATTENDANT WOULD JUST DO THIS
LIKE THIS IS NOT JUST A FLIGHT ATTENDANT THIS IS URBAN WARRIOR JUNGLE SURVIVALIST PARKOUR PRINCESS FLIGHT ATTENDANT
THIS IS JUST HOW USAGI THINKS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS WOULD BE
I have endless questions about the functionality of the Disguise Pen, not the least of which is if it actually bestows some kind of powers when used. Looking at this, I HAVE ONLY MORE QUESTIONS. Like that leap on the bus is not one I could see lazy sub-par-everything Usagi Tsukino being able to make (and stick). But can she do it because of Senshi power bleed-through? Can she do it because she believes in herself really hard? Can she do it because SHE IS NOW IN FACT AN URBAN WARRIOR JUNGLE SURVIVALIST PARKOUR PRINCESS FLIGHT ATTENDANT, because the Disguise Pen magic made it so?
Finally, I do enjoy this on a meta level. A flight attendant’s job is one that’s traditionally seen as for women and so easily denigrated. But it’s Usagi’s immediate go-to to get shit done, and she’s cute and she’s wearing a short shirt and fuck-off heels and she’s FUCKING RUNNING AFTER A BUS AND LEAPING ON IT LIKE SHE’S IN A GODDAMN SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER LIKE THERE SHOULD BE EXPLOSIONS AND SHIT EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW SORRY LUNA THE SUITCASE WAS A BOMB AND EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME