One of the things that drew me so much to Sailor Moon as a kid – and continues to draw me in – was the fact that Usagi wasn't depicted as some kind of amazing, incredible wunderkind. She was a klutz, did poorly in school, had self-esteem issues, and was in general very relatable. I felt like Usagi wouldn't judge me – she had no qualms about making friends with anyone and everyone, and there was no trace of malice or manipulation in her actions. She was nothing but genuine, and she was never going to push you away for being fat or ugly or weird or different. In fact, she would tell you those things were what made you great. People tend to dismiss Usagi for her perceived stupidity, but her strength is in her kindness. She's a hero. She's the greatest hero, if you ask me.
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