Your most hated episodes of the 90s anime

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Maraviollantes

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Umm, I mean if the immigrants were coming here and killing off the entire population that already lived here to make room for them, I might want that to be prevented?

How is Sailor Moon preventing an alien civilization from killing off the human race anything like immigration?
In our (real) world, assuming that some illegal immigrants (or their political leaders) arriving to your country might do something bad in the future is not a valid moral or legal reason to murder all of them indiscriminately based solely on them belonging to that specific race/nation. And I don't think it can be justified as a valid moral or legal reason in a fantasy anime world either.

Imagine that tomorrow I hear on TV that supreme ayatollah of a hypothetical country X threatened to obliterate the entire US with nukes, so I take a shotgun and just randomly shoot all immigrants from that country I see in the street. Without giving a damn if they personally did anything wrong, or if they are even aware of the ambitious plans of their ayatollah. Sounds crazy? But that's exactly what Sailor Moon was doing. Murdering all immigrants from Tau Nebula on the spot. No questions, no personal accountability, no compromise.
 
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#22
There are many episodes I dislike because the monsters—in my opinion—look ridiculous, not to mention the dinosaur episode.

An episode that bothers me a lot, though, is 125 or 126 (S): Sailor Moon eliminates Pharaoh 90, sacrifices herself, saves the world and Hotaru—and then Neptune and Uranus attack Sailor Moon and challenge her to a fight? After she saved the world? That made no sense whatsoever. Uranus and Neptune should have kneeled down and recognized Sailor Moon as their Princess, as they did in Crystal.
The many reasons I despise these characters in the 90 s.
 

morri

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#24
Well?

Classic:

"Learn How to Be Skinny from Usagi"

This episode was terrible. Fat shaming left, right and centre. And also an awful message to send out to young girls who may be struggling with their own self image. I get that people weren’t as aware or sensitive to eating disorders in the early 90s but still, the themes are handled with zero sensitivity. Also I hated how they basically assassinated Luna’s character by turning her from a stern yet fair mentor to a flat out bully.

R:

“The Beach, the Island and a Vacation: The Guardians' Break"

What were they thinking, really?! Everything just felt so... off. It’s as if they tried to take the beach episode in Classic and just suck out all the fun.

Also a lot of the episodes with Chibi Usa in this season are a slog to get through for me (Thankyou Crystal rectified her character. That’s one thing I will give it credit for)

SuperS:

“Protect Mamoru: Ninja Usagi's Jealousy"

Usagi at her absolute worst. Paranoid, obsessive and all around unbearable. It’s like they were trying to undo all her character development she had up to this point for a few cheap jokes.
oh agree on such. Naoko seem to have some fatphobia, with beauty values probably being quite strict . she also has a subplot in sailor V manga which is about a spirit/youma giving out fattening sweets .
also I didnt like the filler arc of ale and ann
 
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I have a huge dislike of that stupid episode where Chibiusa makes friends with a badly drawn pair of pleisosaurs. That episode did not please me at all, and dinosaurs don't have flippers!
Annoys me that Calaveras didn't get her own solo episode, but we got this? Garbage.
There are very few episodes I actively dislike, and I ennjoyed everything about the episode where Michiru balances a lemon on her stradivarius while playing,except for one thing: the damn monster of the day, goddam did Octave nearly ruin that episode for me. One of the few Daimons I didn't feel sad about getting Lovely'd to death.
 

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I have a huge dislike of that stupid episode where Chibiusa makes friends with a badly drawn pair of pleisosaurs.
I'm so glad someone else took issue with the dinosaur episode. It is my least favourite episode. Dinosaurs just doesn't fit, it breaks my trust in the story. Now if they were aliens like Phobos and Deimos I could maybe have run with that. But they were just dinosaurs. I can't help but think this was the result of a dare to make an episode with a dinosaur.

Also almost all anime beach/holiday episodes are trash.
 
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Thank you! I appreciate that.
I'm sure it must have sucked for the animators and writers going from Protect Chibiusa! Clash of the Ten Warriors to that.... You go from the Senshi finally having a showdown with the Four Sisters to.... a beach episode where Chibiusa makes friends with a badly drawn Lapras? I feel for them.
Technically, the beach episode was before the showdown.

I don't feel bad for them at least on that front because animated series don't work like that. Typically, multiple episodes are animated at once in batches; there is no way to reliably release an animated episode a week with a serial schedule even if the animators are working at breakneck speed and you employ all the cheats in the world. Basically, the animation team that worked on the previous episode was likely not the same team that worked on this episode, and the animators don't get to choose what to animate.

In fact, the script writer of that episode actually wrote a lot of pivotable and memorable episodes, which makes this misfire even more aberrant. I speculated someone in charge probably mandated a beach episode and due to the time crunch, the writer had to come up with something and this was the result.

Plus, with the anime trying to somewhat be parallel to the manga, it needed more padding. It has to be hard to develop a series when the actual material is ongoing and it doesn't seem as though Takeuchi had a long-term plan for the story, at least from the writing. That makes it hard to develop any sort or meaningful story and makes the show reliant on "filler."

As far as the original question, another hated episode for me is Jupiter and Venus' R power-up episode. I hate it because it is surprisingly bland for a power-up episode and was dependent upon contrived drama between Makoto and Minako. Even in the old dub, its title, "A Charmed Life," is just a recycled name of the debut of Sailor Mars "An Uncharmed Life." No, there's no intentional mirroring. It's just reused.
 
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litacan

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first season's the last two episodes. they were depressive.
the episode in r where minako and makoto had a fight seemed bad and somewhat unrealistic too.
and so much episodes of the s. i don't like uranus and neptune-centric episodes.
 
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I dunno I quite liked that episode for Calaveras throwing shade at everyone including her boss and Petz getting a bit too into Mako and Minas ex boyfriend trouble. Even when she's evil Petz is a very sweet lady deep down
 
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As far as the original question, another hated episode for me is Jupiter and Venus' R power-up episode. I hate it because it is surprisingly bland for a power-up episode and was dependent upon contrived drama between Makoto and Minako. Even in the old dub, its title. "A Charmed Life" is just a recycled name of the debut of Sailor Mars "An Uncharmed Life." No, there's no intentional mirroring. It's just reused.
It was also rather annoying that twice they had to share a power up episode where Mercury and Mars got individual episodes. Those two already got shafted in the first series by not appearing until the halfway point (or in Venus’s case the last third of the season) now they have to share power up episodes? R was especially annoying because we had that thunderstorm episode between Mars power-up episode and Jupiter/Venus power up episode. Like that seemed custom made to be the episode where Jupiter got her new attack and it wasn’t for some reason?

Also it seemed like the anime tried to give Lita and Mina a Serena and Raye dynamic at times but couldn’t be bothered to commit to it.