THAT’S IT. I’M TAPPING OUT. I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE.
Usagi’s determination to protect Ami, her anger on behalf of someone taking advantage of Ami and using her so coldly like that was a major strike to my fannish heart in the first place.
But then you have Ami standing off to the side, blank-eyed and glassy, dazed and not really there, except that she’s clutching the pen that she couldn’t be stopped from picking up. Even as she saw Usagi transform, she doesn’t move, she just stays there, her eyes out of focus and her hands clutched around the pen.
But then Usagi says I WON’T LET YOU HURT MY FRIEND ANYMORE and that gets through to Ami, softely repeating the word back and nope, that’s it, I’m out of here, I can’t take these feelings anymore.
Because, for Ami, she doesn’t really have any friends, she’s lonely and doesn’t really have the time or know how to make them, she doesn’t know how to interact with friends. But along comes Usagi and, oh, Ami likes her so much and Usagi just beams all this sunshine right into Ami’s life and then she stands up and angrily says YOU WON’T GET TO HURT MY FRIEND ANYMORE, this is Usagi who is so determined because AMI IS HER FRIEND, and that’s what really cracks the hold over Ami.
That Usagi called her friend and meant it, that Usagi stood up for her and defended her, that Usagi was angry at the way the youma hurt Ami like this.
Just. That’s everything Ami has ever deserved to have, RIGHT THERE, because she is wonderful and Usagi gets that. Because Usagi is so wonderful, because he loves Ami, even if she doesn’t know it yet or knows why she loves Ami yet, but SHE DOES and AMI LOVES HER, TOO.
I have too many feelings about this moment and they are all trying to burst out of me at once because YOU CANNOT DEFEAT THIS FRIENDSHIP, NOTHING YOU CAN THROW AT IT CAN DEFEAT THIS FRIENDSHIP, and that is just right there in my heart.