I could be wrong, but I think it was to give Usagi more time to mature a bit as a guardian before it becoming known that she was the princess. The more people who know, the more likely that information will fall into the wrong hands.
It also provides an in-universe reason to explain why Minako was awakened first.
It's amazing how much a difference it makes when you enjoy the villains.
I positively *flew* through the Amazon Trio episodes, way faster than S even, but now I'm just crawling through the Quartet episodes lol. More like limping really.
Tempted to just start on Stars, but at the same time I know the plot episodes of SuperS are soon so I would like to see those but then I remember the Quartet and put it off lol;;;
Edit: Watched a few more. Other than Palla Palla the others are growing on me a bit. They're no Trio but I don't hate them at least now lol. I think the main problem was their first real episode was extremely irritating which put a bad taste in my mouth.
I have some thoughts about the portrayal of Chibi-Usa and Helios in SuperS.
Tldr; version: yikes, do it differently.
This is something that could've been super cute and sweet but it went terribly, terribly wrong. First of all, they had Chibi-Usa falling for him BEFORE she knew he was a boy. Now I could've accepted the idea that even though she didn't *know*, she knew in her heart. Except... In the Chibi-Usa's rhapsody of love episode, not only was her descriptions to the others of him were describing his HORSE self, but ALL of her romantic fantasies with him were him as a HORSE x_x
Also oh god, HORSE KISS. NO. At least they spared us the foul sight of it by showing him as a boy in that moment, but we know he's a horse there, he doesn't have his human form back yet, and he was sort of ghostly to imply it's not really real, whereas whenever you see Pegasus he's perfectly solid. She's kissing a horse. Those are horse lips on her lips. Nevermind the fact that she's too young to be kissing anyone just yet, but a HORSE. X_x
As much as I made fun of Tuxedo Mask and his roses, I gotta say now that I'm halfway through Stars I'm hardcore missing that rose toss and his signature music. Lol It's just not the same without.
Also they did too good a job of making ne absolutely DETEST Taiki. I already hated Taiki for being such a creep, but won't even humor a sick little girl in the hospital for a quick autograph? Really? I suspect they're going to attempt to make Taiki likeable later, but it's far far too late lol.
Does anyone know if the 90s show was coloured by markers or paint? I feel like a lot of the backgrounds look like paint (especially in the spots where the colour fades into white) but the characters look done by markers to me, so I'm curious.
There was definitely a special charm to hand drawn animation cells that I just love.
Well finished Stars! First time I'd ever watched it *properly* all the way through.
I was happy with the ending. It was perfectly clear that Galaxia was never evil, it's not that she had a change of heart, she was not evil. It was essentially just Chaos running around in her body, and instead of choosing to strike her down, Usagi cleared Chaos out of her and returned her to her true self.
Galaxia had even sent out her star seed when she knew she was being taken over in hopes that she'd be taken out. Not evil. Very fitting that Usagi was determined to restore someone like that instead of kill.
And yeah, hated the extremely destatable Yaten and Taiki all the way to the end. Lol they were more of a villain than Galaxia honestly Seiya was a really good character, but ugh the two next to Seiya? Someone kill them please lol.
In character design for sure. But every other way, ugh. Hate.
In terms of design I hated both Taiki and Seiya lol I kept waiting for the moment their wigs would fall off lol
But for the actual personality and actions took, I liked Seiya. I ship Usagi and Mamoru though.
I do wish the season didn't fixate on them so much though. At least with SuperS and Chibi-Usa she was an established character for two seasons so it didn't feel out of nowhere, but the Star Lights kinda just ran in and hijacked the season and they totally didn't earn it. Also didn't like that they were the ones who taught Usagi such an important lesson, would've been far more fitting if the inners had.
It had the feeling like they were trying to recapture the way Haruka and Michiru were in S but fell flat.
I always find the pronunciation double standard kind of curious. Like if an English speaker mispronounces Mamoru or something, oh man do they get ripped apart for it, and yet they have no problem with the way a Japanese person pronounces 'Princess Serenity.'
Not saying the Japanese person should be attacked for mispronouncing an English word and name, but why is it okay to attack the English speaker for mispronouncing Mamoru?
It's a double standard that's both weird and kind of funny in an irritating way lol.