Totally agree about the break-up. If there hadn't been the filler arc in R, it might've been more tolerable, but the original anime's first 2 seasons went like this:
Mamoru is a Jerk -> Mamoru temporarily stops being a jerk after learning Usagi = Sailor Moon -> Mamoru gets brainwashed, and instead of having 2 episodes/acts of him being creepy, it's tons of episodes of him yanking on Moon's heart strings by "protecting her" from other baddies because he wants to do it himself -> Mamoru practically kills Moon... -> Everyone gets reborn, he goes back to being a jerk -> Remembers who he was, then gets brain-messages from the future and goes right back to being a jerk. ...while still letting Chibi-Usa hang off him.
Bleh. I think those 2 seasons alone were responsible for me not being swayed by their relationship in the OG anime.
Yes Mamoru could be a jerk but what many seem to forget is that Usagi could be every bit as jerky and their relationship in the first season was basically them teasing and having fights to cover up their feelings for each other which has been done so many times in other anime. Also I wouldn't say he was jerky during the Al and En arc. In fact in this arc we see them develop feelings for each other without the aid of their memories.
However I didn't like the break up arc but I still don't see why people think that Mamoru was so evil for it. He did what he did by breaking up with Usagi because he thought it was the only way to protect her. Of course I have heard various theories as to why future Mamoru did it. One in particular that I liked because it tied it to Mamoru's death in Sailor Stars.
My Sailor Moon pet peeves would be the break
up arc in the R season. I'm re watching R on Hulu
now. I forgot just how much I don't like the 90's anime
Mamoru, until I was reminded of the break up arc.
Again I don't see why people blame Mamoru for this as he broke up with her because he thought that if he stayed with her she would die.
1. "Inner Senshi" is a fan-made term. Nowhere in the manga are they referred to as such.
2. "Outer Senshi" (or, rather, the Senshi of the Outer Solar System) refers only to Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, who ARE the Sailors of the three outermost planets of the solar system (barring Pluto's reclassification and the future appearance of Nemesis and/or other planets) so that title makes sense for them.
3. Sailor Saturn is neither an "Inner" or an "Outer" Senshi. She's ~on her own~ which perhaps explains why she's also a part, presumably, of Chibi Moon's future team.
Sailor Saturn has been referred to as a member of the Outer Senshi and the team is regularly referred to as the 4 Soldiers of the Outer Solar System.
As for my pet peeve it is basically how the Outers as a team basically got shafted in SuperS and Sailor Stars and hardly were used especially Saturn who never got a single transformation or attack animation.