The first arc's quality probably hurt this series

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Slowpokeking

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I think 3-5 were all fine based on the manga, they finally had grasp on it. 3 was also the manga's best arc overall.

But the DK arc's quality was a bit meh, the manga wasn't very mature at that time, but the changes were mostly meh. The art/action wasn't good enough. The 2nd arc was getting a bit better.
 
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I think the manga only started to get interesting with the Black Moon arc.

I think Naoko had interesting ideas for the first arc, but nobody was able to predict how successful Sailor Moon would become & also Osano probably censored some of her ideas.

She wanted a senshi cyborg. We got Hotaru in Infinity.

She wanted to kill everyone. She got to do this in Stars.

I think that maybe it is fair to say that TOEI‘s season 1 finale is an idea that Naoko had, but wasn’t allowed to develop?
 

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The Dark Kingdom is my least favorite arc in the manga and both anime adaptations, and I really don’t love it in musical form either. Crazy cuz that’s the arc that introduced me to Sailor Moon but it’s not like I hate it or anything, I just find it the least compelling.
 
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Poor planning.
 

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TBH we also kinda live in a "comback narrative" era so HAD they massively improved in S3 and continued right on in S4 it might've been different. Yes there was an improvemenet in S3 but not nearly enough. DBS also got clowned HARD for its initial batch of episodes (animation memes being FAR worse than Crystal suffered) but managed to turn things around eventually

Add massive breaks in between the arcs time that and most people simply checked out long time ago. There was some return of interest among the general public with those Cosmos OPs in 90s style but then Toei dropped the ball again having no Netflix/global release for months so ppl checked out again.
 

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The whole ONA ruined this series reception. An animation show without animation...

Toei, Kodansha and PNP also wasted the opportunity to refresh and innovate the Magical Girls Sentai subgenre with Crystal.
 

Slowpokeking

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TBH we also kinda live in a "comback narrative" era so HAD they massively improved in S3 and continued right on in S4 it might've been different. Yes there was an improvemenet in S3 but not nearly enough. DBS also got clowned HARD for its initial batch of episodes (animation memes being FAR worse than Crystal suffered) but managed to turn things around eventually

Add massive breaks in between the arcs time that and most people simply checked out long time ago. There was some return of interest among the general public with those Cosmos OPs in 90s style but then Toei dropped the ball again having no Netflix/global release for months so ppl checked out again.
Yeah, it took nearly a decade.
 

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The pacing was horrible, the added plots were not really exploited because of the 1/1 adaptation, the streaming platform was not technically adapted (hello SD quality), the budget was TOEI cheap....

I even suspect that they didn't really know at first if they were going to really do a 1/1 or go further in the DK plot with 20 episodes...

That plus the extrem toxicity of old 90's fan base who couldn't accept something else than their holy old SM anime... and you got a catastrophe on your hands
 

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I even suspect that they didn't really know at first if they were going to really do a 1/1 or go further in the DK plot with 20 episodes...
That's deffo a big one, probs not and they aimed for a one time anniversary short thing. But its not like planning is always mandatory, it helps but won't cover up wrong decisions either.

They didn't plan 150+ new DB episodes either, it kinda accidentally happened based on 1 movie but they were definitely more devoted to it once the gears were working in full force
 

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They didn't plan 150+ new DB episodes either, it kinda accidentally happened based on 1 movie but they were definitely more devoted to it once the gears were working in full force
If we're talking Super, we have to go back to Kai because the circumstances surrounding Buu's broadcast over there was also a mess.
 
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Toei, Kodansha and PNP also wasted the opportunity to refresh and innovate the Magical Girls Sentai subgenre with Crystal.
The problem with that genre is that corporate meddling usually helped create and feed that genre and the authors no longer accept that nowadays.