Today’s featured speech is Makoto’s speech to Minako in PGSM Act 46, Sailor Venus Awakens Her Senshi Powers.
In order to defeat a powerful youma that has been possessed by Queen Metalia, Makoto decides that she will sacrifice her own life, using her powers to take the youma down with her. However, at the last second the youma knocks her aside, leaving both of them injured but alive.
Inside her hotel room, Minako scolds Makoto for doing something so reckless. Makoto argues that she was living up to Minako’s example, being willing to give up her present form to fulfill the mission from the past life. She decides that the reason she has been all alone her entire life is to make sure that no one will be sad when her inevitable sacrifice is made, and claims that she doesn’t mind dying now because Jupiter will survive.
In this scene, Makoto mirrors the way that Minako has been acting throughout the series— remaining alone so there is no one to mourn her, and holding on to the belief that her Senshi form is eternal while giving up her present self. Seeing Makoto speak this way before her helps Minako to realize how she appears to others. It also helps her to understand that although both she and Makoto think that they are alone, they’re not. They both have friends who will absolutely mourn them if they die. This helps Minako to awaken her Senshi powers, and later to decide to try the surgery, not wanting to give up on herself as “Minako” just yet.
This scene also shows Makoto’s true strength and dedication not only to the mission, but to protecting her friends. She would gladly give up her own life if it means saving her friends. I think she did such a reckless act with the hope that if she succeeded, Queen Metalia would be destroyed and Usagi would be free to live as she pleases without worrying about the Silver Crystal destroying the planet.