prynnette asked: I wrote a thing about Rei the other day, and it got me to thinking a lot about the way she's portrayed in the manga vs. the anime. I'm curious--do you prefer one or the other? Any thoughts in general on that divide?
I don’t really prefer one over the other! Rei gets more screentime, importance, and arguably development in the anime, and she’s a total badass and her relationship with Usagi is SO great. However, I don’t like that they cut out her distinterest in men, or the scene where she essentially rejects heteronormativity after a monster tries to force her into it. Nor that her backstory was never explored. However I loved her dream to be a career woman, her tenacity, and the complexity of how she related to others by trying to toughen them up.
I LOVE manga Rei’s blatant feminist rants and that she’s allowed to dislike men without being fixed, i love most of her backstory because it’s very heartbreaking and compelling. Her relationship with Minako is FANTASTIC in the manga and I ship it.
It is ridiculously easy to read manga Rei as somethingromantic (i’m goin with bi-romantic) asexual because she shows no interest in sex and explicitly rejects it, along with living life as a bride. I really value that, and especially loved her arc in supers.
I did feel her having a romantic connection to a guy and he essentially abandons her was an unnessecary for her backstory and sort of gives a “reasoning” for her dislike of having a boyfriend that didn’t really need to be there. The story could have been told without that element. I did like her speech afterwards tho.
Overall, my favorite iteration would be PGSM Rei- her backstory was explored with the most depth, they kept her dislike of men and implied asexuality, she got a lot of development and all her relationships with the other girls had depth and she had an intensely romantic friendship with Minako! With zero “this dude broke my heart” in her backstory. Best of both worlds, and I hope the new anime goes with that.