Usagi: No matter how tough it gets, I just want to live my life with these people!
I also want this line, this moment, because it’s the culmination of Usagi’s development. She’s given a chance to die, to let everything end because she’s struggled so hard, she’s been through the worst possible pain- and she knows because of her power her life will be fraught with danger. So she has a chance to just end the pain.
But she’s like “No. No, my life is hard because of my power. But if I wasn’t Sailor Moon, I wouldn’t have met these wonderful people, and I want to live on my world surrounded by the people I love. I know it will be tough, but I have a world to protect, and I’ll keep living because I love the people around me, and we’ll always keep going.”
It’s such a huge contrast to the first arc, where she was very much willing to give up on life. She killed herself because she had to kill her boyfriend, leaving her loved ones and earth behind in her despair. But in Stars? The exact same thing happens her, literally everyone she loves dies and she has re-kill them when Galaxia sets the zombie Senshi-and-Tuxedo-Mask on her and she’s told, “hey the only way to fix this is to end all life” and she’s like “nope, sorry I’m not giving up, I can still get through this and save everyone”. And then she’s straight up handed the oppurtunity for a peaceful death and she’s like “nah, sorry, I have stuff to do and I wanna be with my loved ones.”
It’s such a massive example of character development and shows how much more self-assured she’s gotten, how much stronger. She’s truly reached it, she’s become the hero for the world, the person who everyone can always count on. She went through hell and she came out of it knowing she can overcome anything, with true faith in herself and everyone around her. There’s so many narratives where women are punished for being strong and powerful, that they are condemned to suffer for it. That’s why I really appreciate the massive agency Usagi has here. She could choose to end her suffering, to give up the fight. But she recognized that while it’s hard being a powerful young woman, it also brings her all this joy and helps the world so much, and she’ll always have people that both depend on her and support her. She’s proud of who she is. And I love it.