MORE ON THE DISGUISE PEN
I mentioned briefly during the real time liveblog too, because there’s a detail here too specific to ignore:
Without question, Usagi, Rei, and Ami all have tiaras all in the same style.
I’m going to immediately and confidently call no way on Ami and Rei just HAPPENING to have tiaras lying around that match. Or, at all. (I mean our Rei MIGHT, but I can’t see it for Crystal Rei.) So there’s no way that these are anything less than magically constructed.
I figure this means one of two things: the girls ALSO used the Disguise Pen, or they have their own.
I mean fuck, the arcade machine appears to just spit out magical doodads with impunity, why the fuck not. This also is a possibility that sits nicely with some ideas I had a little bit ago (see here and here).
But from the extra universe perspective, I have a hunch that Crystal isn’t going to go down this path at all, that nobody stopped to consider about the implications of all three of the girls wearing identical tiaras right now, so I doubt there’ll be future developments to back this up. Instead, what seems easiest, is to assume that they all shared the one pen.
That’s interesting in and of itself, as it confirms that the Disguise Pen is an option for everybody. For MULTIPLE everybodys, they can all disguise themselves whenever they want.
It’s also interesting from the standpoint of their dresses. If we assume (as I just did) that these appearances are pulling from the girls’ thoughts, these are the looks that they created for themselves.
Usagi very specifically says to turn her into a princess, but we don’t know what Rei and Ami said. I have to think that they wouldn’t have picked “princess”, particularly since this isn’t really the way to stay low-key and sneak into a place. “Dignitary” or “fancy guest”, sure, but “princess” specifically carries with it a certain weight and associated attention. I’m going to guess they didn’t even WANT to use the damned pen.
"Usagi, I don’t need to use that. I HAVE dresses."
"I do as well. Usagi-chan, if you really feel we should do this, we can just change and reduce the risk of—"
"NO WE ARE ALL CUTE PRINCESSES NOW USE THE PEN"
And so use the pen they did. Ami probably not very comfortable with the idea of being a princess really. She basically just wants to be wearing her dress which she knows is comfortable and looks decent on her, and so that’s what she gets. The little necklace was an addition she wasn’t expecting though. It’s cute!
Rei’s though, I look at it and I can’t help but see how similar it is to Usagi’s dress. The colour scheme, the rose, even the long white gloves. And that’s interesting. Remembering Crystal Rei’s background (which I don’t think the creators were doing here, but let’s run with it anyway), this makes me feel that Rei actually CAN’T envision herself as a princess. Where Ami really didn’t try, I feel like Rei DID (if she must do it, she’s going to DO IT, this is the Rei Hino way), but what the magic latched on to was really Usagi, only with a few modifications. That when Rei thinks “Princess”, what she subconsciously answers with is “Usagi” is a very interesting thought.
I so also love that she gave herself a clutch. Rei will be a Princess if she has to, dammit, BUT A PRINCESS WITH EXTRA ACCESSORIZING AND THAT ACCESSORIZING WILL ALSO BE USEFUL.
And the consider after Rei and Ami have used the pen and now have their magic dresses and they stand before Usagi and she just frowns. She frowns and she frowns and she frowns some more.
"I SAID PRINCESSES DO IT AGAIN BUT THIS TIME WITH TIARAS"
And lo, there were tiaras.
THIS. THIS GORGEOUS GROUP PHOTO. HARU’S NOT LOOKING AWAY. THE BABY’S SMILING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. EVERYONE’S HAPPY, AND MAKOTO IS YOUR HAND TOUCHING HARU’S ASS????
of course he’s smiling. i’d be smiling too if makoto touching my ass