Usagi and Serenity still have the same basic personality, though: Cheerful, happy-go-lucky, daydreaming, easily smitten, childish, etc. -- I wouldn't be surprised if Serenity also turned out to be both naive and a crybaby too.
Right, in the anime/manga. Not in PGSM, though. SakuyamonX is arguing that PGSM's take makes more sense because it shows how different life circumstances might make "the same person" develop into two totally different people.
As for Venus' coldness in PGSM, I agree she's that way because of how life circumstances have molded her, and in this case I think one of those life circumstances is learning about her past life in the first place. She's already having a rough time because of her illness, but then she finds out about this past life thing and that she was reborn specifically to fulfill this mission (at least, that's what she's led to believe--others, like Rei, disagree with this assertion and think they were reborn to have a second chance at living). When I put myself in her shoes, I think it would be easy, even comforting, to fall into the habit Minako did. When you find out about all these responsibilities from the past life, you think, "Well, what's the point? My interests and hobbies, my friends, the things that make me me
, the past life mission takes precedence over all of it. So why should I bother making friends? Why should I bother getting surgery so I can live? Why should I even bother living? The whole point of my life is just to do this job." So then it becomes an easy excuse to not keep fighting to do the things that might be hard, like undergoing a risky surgery or putting yourself out to make friends. But deep down, I don't think she really
likes this, because she keeps chickening out when it comes to keeping Usagi away from Mamoru, or seeing Makoto throwing her relationship with Motoki away. It's fine to use that excuse on herself, but she doesn't like it so much when she sees her friends suffering because of it.
That's why I love PGSM's Minako so much, even though I know a lot of people don't like her and think she's a bitch. She's not really a bitch
; she's just reacting to the knowledge of the past life in her own way. PGSM showed each of the Senshi coming to grips with the knowledge that they're reincarnations in different ways. Rei outright rejects it. Usagi feels torn, because she understands the implications of her past life, but she loves her life now, her family and friends and Mamoru; she wants to find a way to work around it. Makoto tries to force herself to be beholden to the mission because she thinks she should
, but deep down, she doesn't want to. Minako becomes bull-headed about it, and it causes her to lose all faith in her current life. The only one whose reaction we don't know much about is Ami's, because she's so introverted and keeps her feelings on the subject to herself.
We also see the Shitennou and Mamoru reacting to the past life, with Zoisite embracing it fully, Jadeite confused over it, Nephrite outright rejecting it and Kunzite vowing to avenge it, wanting to destroy everyone involved in it, including himself. One of the main tenants of PGSM is the way people cope with learning about their past lives, and I think it's a very interesting and realistic interpretation. Most people I know wouldn't be like, "OKAY COOL, DESTINY." Many would reject it, because we want to believe we control our own destiny. If I were in this situation, I would surely react like Rei, because I don't believe in predestination--I believe in free will. So that's why I loved PGSM's take on reincarnation, and I would like to see an exploration of that in the new anime (although I can live without it, since I think PGSM did a good job of it so I can always fall back to that).