So here’s the scene that demonstrates Seiya has accepted his love for Usagi as being unrequited. I think it’s a pretty important scene. It shows that Seiya wasn’t just trying to steal Mamoru’s girlfriend… by this time he definitely realizes that his love isn’t returned (in the same way, anyway— clearly Usagi loves Seiya very much as a close friend), and is satisfied with this.
This is a good time for me to discuss something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. I’m not sure how many people here are familiar with Kierkegaard’s works, but Seiya is an excellent example of what he calls a “Knight of Infinite Resignation”, which exists in contrast to the “Knight of Faith”. Here’s the wikipedia page that discusses what that is if you’re interested. As opposed to the Knight of Faith who would believe that against all odds, if he loves someone he will definitely be together with them in this life, simply because he has faith that it will happen, the Knight of Infinite Resignation recognizes the improbability of it happening. Still, the Knight of Infinite Resignation does not give up on the love, only resigns himself to the fact that it will not be achieved in this life. He may believe that in another life, with different circumstances, it will happen.
Seiya is a Knight of Infinite Resignation because he knows that Usagi is completely devoted to Mamoru, that he doesn’t have a chance of breaking up that relationship (nor would he want to, because of all the pain it would cause Usagi). However, Seiya fully admits his love and does not give up on it, simply resigning himself to the fact that it cannot be reciprocated in this lifetime. He believes that if he had met Usagi earlier, their life could have been achieved, and so perhaps may even believe that in another life their love would have succeeded, or will succeed. Instead, in this life, he is happy just to have known and loved Usagi, despite this love being unrequited.
Old post but I’m really proud of this one.
I know the gender pronouns are all masculine here, at the time I wrote this I wasn’t really sure how to talk about the Starlights. However, these days I tend to stick with feminine pronouns for them (though I think a case can be made for it being okay to use male pronouns when in their civilian forms since they themselves, and all the other characters in the show use those for them)