- Apr 1, 2020
Look at the impact Demande's death had on both stories. In the manga, Demande's death serves to strengthen the bond between Usagi and Mamoru, which made him very effective as a villain. In the anime, his confession does nothing to erase his previous actions and it doesn't have any lasting effects on Usagi's character. She came out of the R arc the same person she did going into it. The whole redemption angle in this case hurt the story more than it helped.
In Crystal, Demande's character was more complete and showed that Usagi was able to awake ppl's good inside them, even someone like Demande in the manga.
In the anime, his confession also showed that he had regain his heart and realized the path was wrong. And it was done by Usagi, it showed her will to trust in such ppl actually was the right way to go. As it was a big theme of R. Because of it, she continued that path and chose to trust Hotaru in S.